- 12 Tasty Mexican Drinks Beyond the Margarita
- 12 cocktails inspired by your favorite 2013 Emmy Nominees
- ‘Mad Men’
- ‘Breaking Bad’
- ‘Game of Thrones’
- ‘Downton Abbey’
- ‘House of Cards’
- Turn to for the Comedy Nominees
- Emmy Awards Cocktails: 12 Drink Recipes To Celebrate TV’s Biggest Night
- Where to get hilarious, fun pop culture themed cocktails in D-FW
- Either way: Have you ever caught yourself ordering a drink not so much for its artisanal sophistication but mainly because its name made you chuckle?
- The Clothesline at Bird Cafe
- Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds at Abacus
- Violet Beauregard at Lark on the Park
- Wallstreet Bully at Mudhen Meat and Greens
- Free Falling at Whiskey Cake
- Shakespeare Sister at Wild Detectives
- A trio of treats at The People's Last Stand
- Gun by Warhol at Cafe Modern
- The Wayward Son at Wayward Sons
- Swipe Rey-T at the Libertine
- Live for the nightlife?
- 12 Best TV-Themed Restaurants
- 12 Sullivan's Restaurant and Broadcast Lounge (New York)
- 11 Salta Burger (Palestine)
- 10 All Men Must Dine (London)
- 9 SDCC Pop Ups (San Diego)
- 8 The Black Lodge (Vancouver)
- 7 Cheers/Bull & Finch Pub (Boston)
- 6 George’s Bar (Melbourne)
- 5 McGee's Pub (New York)
- 4 ABQ (Shoreditch)
- 3 The Pandorica (New York)
- 2 Central Perk/Friends Cafe (Liverpool/Beijing)
- 1 Walter’s Coffee Roastery (Istanbul)
12 Tasty Mexican Drinks Beyond the Margarita
My husband hates margaritas. Shocking, right? Who hates margaritas? Well, come to find out after making him try mine at dinner for a solid three years (“You must’ve gotten a bad sip last time!”), he actually, truly despises them.
He usually settles for a Mexican beer, but today I’ve set out to give him and all his fellow marg-haters some more options. I’ve rounded up 12 delicious Mexican drinks that go way beyond the classic margarita.
Consider one of these stellar concoctions alongside a batch of margaritas at your next fiesta. My husband will thank you.
Blood orange juice and pepper-infused tequila create a drink that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is the taste buds.
Make This: Sol de Flare Cocktail
This spicy, Mexican beer-based concoction is easy to make and pairs perfectly with chips and dip.
Make This: The Michelada
Image courtesy of ONE. midtown kitchen.
Cucumber-infused tequila and jalapeno tincture meet cilantro ice cubes for a garden-fresh creation that’s sure to impress.
Make This: Springtime in Baha
Michael Chiarello, CookingChannelTV.com
Kick this jalapeno-filled cocktail up a notch by replacing the lemon vodka with tequila.
Make This: Michael Chiarello’s Bloody Maria
Aarón Sánchez, Food Network Magazine via FoodNetwork.com
This nonalcoholic drink is made with rice, cinnamon and sugar. Serve the sweet, milky mixture over ice.
Make This: Horchata
You can make this classic tequila cocktail as simple or intricate as you’d . The three staples for the recipe are orange juice, tequila and grenadine.
Make This: Tequila Sunrise
Image courtesy of Tuan Huynh
This tomato-based cocktail features tequila and lime juice, which work to make the overall flavor light and fresh.
Make This: Heirloom Reviver
Bobby Flay, FoodNetwork.com
Lemon and lime flavors pair with white wine and tequila to create the ultimate warm-weather drink. Muddled mint adds a refreshing touch.
Make This: Tequila Sangria
Mark Bittman, CookingChannelTV.com
A traditional fruit drink in Mexico, agua fresca is relatively easy to make. Puree your favorite melon, and add in water, sugar, mint and lime juice.
Make This: Agua Fresca
Any drink that doubles as dessert is my kind of drink. This chocolate mocktail features cocoa powder, cinammon and almond milk.
Make This: Mexican Chocolate Mocktini
This frozen concoction has some similarities to the margarita but boasts enough differences to give it its own unique flavor. And you’ll never guess the number one difference: avocado. That’s right; guacamole has officially met its match.
Make This: Frozen Margie-Cadorita Cocktail
Image courtesy of Fuego Cocina y Tequileria
Maybe you don’t hate margaritas, but you’re just kind-of on the fence about them? This spicy, garden-fresh variety is for you. Cucumber and jalapeno take this drink up a notch, ensuring it’s anything but basic.
Make This: Gherkin Fresca Margarita
12 cocktails inspired by your favorite 2013 Emmy Nominees
The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air this Sunday, and here at Hypable we want to help you party it’s 1969.
We present 12 drinks inspired by the 2013 Best Drama and Best Comedy Emmy nominees. From Game of Thrones to Modern Family, we’ve got your taste buds covered.
Don Draper s his cocktails he s most things: Old Fashioned. So whether you’re making it for a Hilton, or just making it for yourself, this “manliest” of cocktails will leave you feeling a true mad man come Emmy night.
Old-Fashioned2 oz whiskey1 sugar cube2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 slice lemon
Place sugar cube in an Old-Fashioned glass and dissolve with a splash of water. Add two dashes of Angostura bitters, ice cubes, a slice of lemon and 2 oz of whiskey. Mix and leave stirring rod in glass.
We wouldn’t encourage you to make blue meth (since, you know, it has the tendency to turn people into psychotic baby-thieves), but making this blue vodka-based cocktail is a much more reasonable alternative to celebrate one of the most dangerously gripping dramas on television.
Blue Ice1 shot Vodka1/2 shot Blue Curacao
1 dash lime juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
‘Game of Thrones’
Dornish wine might be the drink of choice in Westeros, but out here in the North, we scoff at the sweet stuff. On Emmy night, cheer on the Starks with this hearty drink from the official Game of Thrones cookbook, specially inspired by the Old Bear’s infamously picky drinking habits.
Hot Spiced Wine1 bottle of sweet red wine1/2 cup of honey1 tbs each of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and nutmeg
Handful each of dried cherries, raisins and almonds
Bring wine and honey to a simmer, then remove from heat and stir in spices. Serve into mugs.
A must-have at Downton dinners, the Crawley’s are singlehandedly responsible for bringing sherry back in style. Once the most popular drink in the U.S., the sherry cobbler faded into obscurity during the Prohibition era when our tastes got, shall we say, a little more rebellious. So keep it classy a Crawley Sunday night and settle in with this fruity, Dowagger Countess-approved drink.
Sherry Cobbler4 oz sherry1/2 tablespoon superfine sugar1 orange slice
Shake the sherry, sugar and orange peel well with cracked ice, then pour unstrained into a tall Collins glass. Top with raspberries and add a straw.
Carrie might her tequila straight, no lime, but we recommend going with something that makes you sound a little less depressed and lonely. So have fun on Emmy night and be thankful you’re (probably) not a C.I.A. agent in love with a terrorist by sipping on Carrie’s favorite tequila, lime included.
Tequila Revolución Silver Mojito2 oz Tequila Revolución Silver1 oz agave nectar1 oz lime juice2 oz club soda
4 mint leaves
Muddle the mint leaves in a shaker, then add the tequila, nectar and lime juice. Fill the shaker with ice, shake, and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with club soda.
‘House of Cards’
Compared to most of the personalities on this show, this drink isn’t actually that sour, and with Frank Underwood’s bourbon of choice, Blanton’s, it can be downright refreshing as you celebrate on Emmy night.
Blanton’s Whiskey Sour2 oz Blanton’s bourbon2/3 oz lime juice
1/2 tsp sugar
Add all ingredients into a shaker, fill with ice, then shake. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
Turn to for the Comedy Nominees
Emmy Awards Cocktails: 12 Drink Recipes To Celebrate TV’s Biggest Night
TV’s biggest night is finally here, and as you prepare to sit back and see if your favorite TV shows will emerge victoriously, make sure you’re celebrating Emmy’s Night properly, with the perfect cocktail for the night’s festivities.
Whether you’re hosting a viewing party for the night’s show or you’re sitting solo, make sure to have at least one of these cocktails on hand for a perfect Emmy Awards.
Countdown to Cuvée
Celebrate the Emmy's with a Countdown to Cuvee. Photo: Barefoot Wines
- 4 ounces Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee
- ½ ounce honey-flavored Whiskey Liqueur
- Lemon peel
Cut a long and wide strip of lemon peel. Dip both sides of the lemon peel into sugar. Then place the sugared lemon peel inside a champagne flute, circling the inside rim. Pour the chilled honey whiskey liqueur and Bubbly Brut Cuvee into the flute through the center of the sugared lemon peel.
This drink, featuring Ketel One Vodka, is one of four official drinks for Emmy night.
- 1 ½ oz. Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, infused with strawberries
- ¾ oz. Lime juice
- ½ oz. Honey syrup
- 1 oz. Sencha green tea
- 1/16 oz. Chareau liqueur
- Yuzu and Strawberry pearl
Combine the first five ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake and strain liquid into carbonating vessel and charge with CO2. Pour into chilled glass over yuzu and strawberry pearls. Tue flowering lavender to the outside of the glass to finish.
Celebrate the Emmys with a Fizzy Zipper. Photo: Stoli
- 1 ½ parts Stoli Crushed Mango
- 2/3 parts lemon juice
- ¼ part simple syrup
- Tonic water
Combine all ingredients in a glass. Stir, garnish as necessary and serve.
The Golden Girls
“The Golden Girls” may not be eligible for Emmys anymore, but it's still a perfect show-themed cocktail for the award show. Photo: Stoli
- 2 parts Stoli Strasberi
- 1 part fresh lemon juice
- ½ part simple syrup
- Splash of lemon-lime soda
- Strawberry for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a glass. Stir, garnish as necessary and serve.
The Handmaid's CockTale
Fans of the Hulu series will love celebrating with a Handmaid's CockTale on Emmy Night. Photo: Sparkling Ice
- Coffee Liqueur
- Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry
- Heavy Cream
- Sage Leaf
Mix coffee liqueur and Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry in a cocktail glass. Just before serving, gently add cream and garnish with a sage leaf.
Enjoy Emmy Night with Labyrinth, an official cocktail for the night. Photo: Ketel One
This intriguing and refreshing cocktail is another official one made especially for Emmy Night.
- 1 ½ oz. Ketel One Family-Made Vodka
- ½ oz. Ancho Reyes chile liqueur
- ½ oz. Lime juice
- 1/2 oz. Agave nectar
- ½ oz. Lemon juice
- ¾ oz. Carrot juice
- Pinch kosher salt
- 5 drops each Bittered Sling Celery Cascade and Moondog bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Add ice, shake well and strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Garnish with seasonal sprigs such as carrot greens, pea shoots, onion bloom or celery leaves.
A Ketel One Radiance is a perfect Emmy Night drink. Photo: Ketel One
Sparkle the stars getting trophies with this official cocktail.
- 1 ½ oz. Ketel One Family-Made Vodka
- 1 ½ oz. Verjus
- ½ oz. Rosé syrup
- ¼ oz. Grapefruit liqueur
- 3 dashes Bittered Sling Lem-Marrakech bitters
- 2 oz. Mediterranean tonic
- Orange oils
- Edible flowers
Prepare the rosé syrup by combining equal parts rosé wine with sugar by volume, and stir until dissolved. Combine chilled ingredients in a Collins glass over flower ice spear. Add tonic and stir to integrate. Mist with orange oils, place straw and garnish with edible flowers.
Raspberry Lemon and Lime Ginger Beer Champagne
Celebrate the Emmy's with this delicious cocktail. Photo: Brooklyn Crafted
- 1/3 oz. Raspberry puree
- 1.5 oz. Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini, Lemon/Lime
- Splash of Limoncello
- 4 oz. Champagne
- Squeeze of Lime Juice
- Fresh Raspberries
Stir Raspberry puree, Brooklyn Crafted and Limoncello in a champagne flute. Top with champagne and a squeeze of lime juice. Garnish with raspberries.
The Restoration is a perfect pick-me-up cocktail for Emmy Night. Photo: Ketel One
This cocktail is the perfect pick-me-up as Emmy night goes on.
- 1 ½ oz. Ketel One Family-Made Vodka
- 1 ½ oz. Cold brew coffee
- ¾ oz. NOLA coffee liqueur
- ½ oz. Honey syrup
- 1 ½ oz. Almond-coconut milk blend
- 3 drops absinthe
- Lemon oil
- Dehydrated lemon round
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into chilled coupe glass. Mist top of cocktail with lemon oil and clip dehydrated lemon round to the rim of the glass to garnish.
Stranger Things Sipper
Celebrate the Netflix series with this cocktail. Photo: Sparkling Ice
- 1 part Wicked White Whiskey
- 2 parts Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry
- Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry/ Sugar Syrup “Blood”
- Kiwi slices
Reduce 1 cup of Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry with 2 tablespoons of white sugar into thick syrup. Drizzle over both interior and exterior of cocktail glass. Chill whiskey and Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry and garnish with 2 kiwi “eyes.”
Westworld Wine Spritzer
HBO fans will want to sip on this drink during the Emmys. Photo: Sparkling Ice
- 2 oz. White wine
- ½ kiwi
- 6 oz. Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry
- Lime twist, for garnish
Add kiwi and wine into a cocktail shaker and muddle lightly. Shake and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Fill with Kiwi Strawberry Sparkling Ice. Garnish with a lime twist and serve.
When Ginger Met Ruby
This cocktail from Brockman's is a great Emmy's option. Photo: Brockman's Gin
- 1 1/3 oz. Brockman’s Gin
- 2/3 oz. Ruby Port
- Premium Ginger Ale
Fill a short tumbler with ice cubes. Add Brockman’s Gin and Ruby Port, topping with ginger ale. Garnish with grapefruit zest, fresh ginger and ground nutmeg.
Where to get hilarious, fun pop culture themed cocktails in D-FW
Craft beer gets a lot of the limelight these days, but fans of a well-constructed cocktail haven't been left behind on Dallas' drinking landscape. The allure of exotic liqueurs and reinvented classic recipes emanates from the pages of thoroughly considered menus at steakhouses, beer bars, fast-casual counters and, yes, the mysterious and occasionally maligned cocktail dens.
Aspersions “pretentious” and “extravagant” are sometimes cast at cocktail culture. It's often associated with fedoras and hipsterdom, both of which are …
a matter of taste, similar in that regard to a chipotle tincture or Cointreau spherification.
Perhaps you're among the elite whose palates have evolved to appreciate bitter profiles and unpronounceable ingredients. Maybe you're not quite there.
Either way: Have you ever caught yourself ordering a drink not so much for its artisanal sophistication but mainly because its name made you chuckle?
That's OK. You're human.
Catching a pop culture reference on a menu isn't a particularly unique experience, but it can often be an amusing one. Here are some of our favorites — drinks inspired by or named for movies, characters, songs, television shows and larger-than-life figures — currently available for purchase at bars and restaurants in D-FW.
The Clothesline at Bird Cafe
Bird Cafe landed in Fort Worth's Sundance Square in late 2013, and it balances an impressive list of beers, wines and “nectar,” a.k.a. craft cocktails. A riff on the 1972 Oscar winning film, The Godfather, this special doesn't live on the regular menu. Get it now through January.
Manager Amber Davidson explains that The Clothesline spins out from the classic Godfather cocktail and keeps going. “We've taken it a little further by adding in a quote from the movie The Godfather, secured to the glass by a tiny clothespin,” she says.
The Clothesline: Toki Japanese Whisky, Amaretto, Pedro Ximenez Sherry and a Luxardo cherry for $12
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds at Abacus
Someone might have told you that the title of this John Lennon-penned Beatles song is code for “LSD,” but Lennon and his songwriting partner Paul McCartney denied it vehemently; it was instead, they argued, an homage to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, inspired by Lennon's son Julian, who composed a drawing at nursery school with the same title.
As for Uptown Dallas restaurant Abacus, the song in turn inspires a frothy pink concoction as light and colorful as kaleidoscope eyes.
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds:Ford's Gin, lemon, strawberry shrub, champagne for $12
See also: Other pop culture and literary options at Abacus include Secret Garden, Fly Away on My Zephyr (a reference to the Red Hot Chili Peppers song) and the Hemingway Daiquiri, each pictured in the slideshow below. Click on the three dots in the bottom right corner for ingredient descriptions.
Violet Beauregard at Lark on the Park
If the image of Oompa Loompas rolling a tween girl through the bowels of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory to be juiced didn't thoroughly eliminate your desire for blueberries (or gum, or chocolate, or humanity), then Lark on the Park's electric purple, pineapple-blueberry libation might be for you.
The cocktail takes its name and inspiration from Roald Dahl's uber-competitive character, whose passion for gum chewing and disregard for others ends disastrously. A word of warning: If at any point you hear this song, stop drinking immediately and run.
Violet Beauregard at Lark on the Park: Gin Mare, pineapple-blueberry and rosemary reduction, lime for $13
Wallstreet Bully at Mudhen Meat and Greens
Gordon Gekko got your tongue? You might appreciate this pick from Mudhen Meat and Greens, the vegetable-forward lunch spot at the revamped Dallas Farmers Market. It was inspired by the famous Charging Bull sculpture in New York City's Financial District.
Interesting fact: The statue was not commissioned by the city, but rather completed and installed guerrilla-style as an ode to the “strength and the power of the American people” following the market crash of 1987. Police almost had it carted away for obstructing traffic, but it remains today as both a popular tourist attraction and iconic — if controversial — symbol of American capitalism.
Wallstreet Bully at Mudhen: George Dickel Rye, blood orange Ramazzotti and Angostura bitters for $10
Free Falling at Whiskey Cake
This bad boy from Plano's Whiskey Cake will take you straight back to 1989 when Tom Petty was breaking hearts up and down Ventura Boulevard and fit gals in neon spandex were gathering the courage to roll down a half pipe for the first time. It doesn't have to make sense; if the song is real you feel it.
Free Falling at Whiskey Cake: Absolute Elyx Vodka, Laird's Apple Brandy, cranberry, local honey, lemon and nutmeg for $10
Shakespeare Sister at Wild Detectives
She has a name, you know: Judith.
That's Shakespeare's sister, a fictional character Virginia Woolf invented as a thought experiment in her seminal feminist essay, “A Room of One's Own.
” Had Judith been born with equal talent as her brother William, Woolf argues, restrictive societal constructs would ly have prevented her from creating the foundations of Western literature.
That's why ol' girl needs a space of her own and a paycheck.
The Wild Detectives probably cannot help you out with rent, but they offer a quiet, literary space for musing and handwritten notations (they famously pulled weekend WiFi last year to encourage smart conversation sans internet connection). Brand director Andres de la Casa-Huertas says this seasonal, springtime cocktail is a “very well balanced” take on a whisky smash.
Shakespeare Sister at The Wild Detectives: fresh blackberries, lemon juice, honey, mint, bourbon, St. Germain and Peychaud's bitters for $10.50
A trio of treats at The People's Last Stand
Oh, you movies? Music? Books? We're not highlighting a single pop culture cocktail from The People's Last Stand because Mockingbird Station's upstairs lounge has a million great ideas, and they change from week to week. Three from their regular menu that made us smile:
April O'Neil — That's right, the foxy redheaded reporter who hangs out with and assists the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in her rad yellow jumpsuit gets her own spot on the menu.
Breaking news: Reporters don't get to actually wear bitchin' jumpsuits, but that's what makes her an icon.
April O'Neil: strawberry and kiwi-infused vodka, lemon, brown sugar, cucumber, ginger beer for $10
Berry White — Can't get enough of this drank, babe. Smooth, sweet and delicious just the velvet-voiced Grammy winner, Barry. Berry White: Rour Roses Bourbon, orange, lemon, wild berry cordial, berry compote, brown sugar for $10
Sleeping With the Enemy — Man, remember when Julia Roberts could do know wrong? This creepy, cheese 1991 thriller taught us that the labels of canned vegetables should always be facing forward and you can try to flush a wedding ring down the toilet, but you can't get rid of a horrible marriage that easily. Sleeping With the Enemy: Ketel One Vodka, Kronan Swedish Punsch, lemon, strawberry, brown sugar, champagne for $12
Scroll through for a look at each:
Gun by Warhol at Cafe Modern
All of the house cocktails at Fort Worth's Cafe Modern are named after famous paintings you can see on a stroll through the adjoining Modern Art Museum.
All are high-brow, but at least one is a pop-obsessed reference to mid-century artist Andy Warhol.
You can see his “Gun” (1982) in the museum's permanent collection and enjoy a taste of a bubbly, bourbon-y cocktail inspired by it.
Gun by Warhold at Cafe Modern: W. L. Weller Bourbon, Solerno, lime, ginger beer for $10
The Wayward Son at Wayward Sons
If putting radishes and cilantro in a libation seems the work of a bartender “masquerading as a man without reason,” give this prodigal child a second look. The eponymous signature cocktail from Greenville Ave. spot Wayward Sons is, prog-rock band Kansas' 1977 billboard hit “Carry On Wayward Son,” a nod to those who do things their own way.
The Wayward Son at Wayward Sons:Gilbey's Gin, yellow chartreuse, radish, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeno, pepper for $12
Swipe Rey-T at the Libertine
Even if you've been the dating game for awhile, we're betting you get this clever app reference. If not, we'll break it down: Swiping right on the photo of a fellow Tinder user means you would to meet that lady or gentleman for a … um, romantic date, or something.
Choosing this cocktail at The Libertine Bar just means you have an appreciate for witty puns and dry whiskey.
Swipe Rey-T at the Libertine Bar: Apricot-infused Redemption Rye, strawberry Aperol, lemon, ginger and mint for $9
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12 Best TV-Themed Restaurants
Have you ever been watching a TV show and wished that you could just transport yourself into their world? Have a cup of coffee at Central Perk or a drink at Cheers? Maybe you just love the show so much that you want to surround yourself with it at all times. Luckily, you aren’t the only one.
In fact, there are all kinds of bars and restaurants created for TV fans – themed around the show in general, or lifted directly from the set to the real world.
Settle into these destination dining experiences, and you can pretend that you are living in the same world as your favorite characters, or just enjoy the nerdy thrill of a fun theme.
Some of these are pop-ups that had a short lifespan, and others would involve some serious travel, but all of them are small-screen-themed.
Here are the 12 Best TV-Themed Restaurants.
12 Sullivan's Restaurant and Broadcast Lounge (New York)
No longer in existence, Sullivan’s had a brief moment in the sun of the ‘90s, when the bar and restaurant underneath the Ed Sullivan Theater was the perfect homage to Gleason and Sullivan. Previously Cordial Bar, it was where the two hosts would come to drink and decide whether they wanted steak or Chinese food for dinner.
As a nod to this, the restaurant had two menus, one steak-themed and one featuring Cantonese food. The décor was pure ‘50s greatness, with a bandstand for weekend live music and photos from The Ed Sullivan Show on the walls. A perfect restaurant for New York City, it’s a shame that this one closed down after less than two years on the scene.
11 Salta Burger (Palestine)
In 2014, Palestinian burger company Salta Burger made headlines with the announcement that they were building a replica of Krusty Krab’s – the fast food joint from Spongebob Squarepants.
The restaurant is an exact copy of the cartoon burger joint, inside and out.
From the flags on the roof to the colorful tables and boat cashier desk, it’s your only chance to feel you are visiting Bikini Bottom.
The restaurant serves mostly seafood, but features a Krabby Patty as well. Most of the restaurant photos are from construction a couple of years ago, so this cartoon-lovers paradise may not have made it ( posts do show it open last year, however). Still, it was a fantastic concept for anyone wanting to live the SpongeBob dream.
10 All Men Must Dine (London)
This pop-up only existed for a brief time last year, but the Game of Thrones dining experience was incredible.
A recreation (of sorts) of the banquet hall at King’s Landing, the immersive restaurant has diners becoming Lords and Ladies of Westeros for an opulent meal.
The guests were chosen through a competition – the winners had the best answers to the question “who is your favorite GoT character, and what would you cook to win their heart?”
Treated to medieval entertainment while they ate, the menu featured items such as spiced pigeon, fruit and almond pie and poached veal tongue. We can only hope that HBO comes up with another banquet this in the future!
9 SDCC Pop Ups (San Diego)
Every year, geeks flock to California for San Diego Comic Con, and the entertainment spills the convention center into the streets, bars, and restaurants nearby. There are always TV-themed events going on – immersive dining at pop-up restaurants, themed cocktail nights, even the restaurants without specific events introduce comic, movie or tv-themed specials to the menu.
AT SDCC 2015, these included Carry On My Wayward Cocktails (Supernatural themed night with plenty of beer and pie), SherlockDCC (Sherlock themed drinks party), and a Blindspot-themed restaurant (The Tin Fish, which was revamped for The Blacklist the year before). With SDCC 2016 approaching quickly, TV fans will no doubt have a whole new range of pop-ups and parties to attend.
8 The Black Lodge (Vancouver)
Twin Peaks may have been short-lived, but it has a dedicated cult following, and if you find yourself in Vancouver, you can find other fans at The Black Lodge.
The cabin-themed restaurant features tables made from cross-sections of tree trunks, a mountain mural, a photo of Laura Palmer above the bar, a Red Room bathroom and a wanted poster for BOB.
Serving vegetarian comfort food, many of the menu items and drinks are named to make Twin Peaks fans smile, and there are plenty of smaller details for hardcore fans to geek out over.
No word yet on whether or not the lodge will be hosting viewing parties for the upcoming revival series.
7 Cheers/Bull & Finch Pub (Boston)
When the producers of the show Cheers were still tossing ideas around, they went out to try and find a location that would convey the ideal American bar, and found the Bull & Finch in Beacon Hill, Boston. As well as serving as the inspiration for the show, exterior shots of the Cheers bar feature the Bull & Finch.
The pub has since been re-named Cheers Boston, with a second bar (Replica Cheers) that opened in 2001. The Replica Cheers has a replica of the Cheers set for the main bar (as well as a patio upstairs). Fans can look at Cheers memorabilia here while you enjoy a beer, including Sam’s Red Sox jacket, Cliffie’s mailman suit, and Lilith’s Eco-podi uniform.
6 George’s Bar (Melbourne)
a love for the neurotic George Costanza, George’s opened in Melbourne this year, and is already a huge hit with Seinfeld fans. Described as more of an homage than a theme, it’s first and foremost a great place to drink. However, there are touches of Costanza everywhere, from the pretzels on the bar to the signed photos on the wall.
Quotes from the man himself appear everywhere, along with a few menu items with punny names (Draped in Velvet, The Hand Model). Of course, there is one particular element that isn’t particularly understated – an enormous mural of George Costanza in his undies on the wall outside!
5 McGee's Pub (New York)
McGee’s is a friendly Irish Pub in Hell’s Kitchen, and the inspiration for the hit show How I Met Your Mother. Fans of the comedy series will recognize McGee’s as MacLaren’s, the bar below Ted and Marshall's apartment where they spent an inordinate amount of time.
As it turns out, the creators of the show used to drink at McGee’s while they were working as writers on The Late Show with David Letterman, and decided to use it for their new series.
The booths, the mural, the atmosphere – all lifted from McGee’s.
The bar now enjoys enormous popularity among fans of the show, and has introduced HIMYM-themed food and drinks, as well as putting up memorabilia from the show and showing it on the big-screen on Mondays.
4 ABQ (Shoreditch)
What started as a pop-up became a regular fixture in London, where patrons can cook up Breaking Bad-themed cocktails in an RV (with a lawn and benches outside to continue the fun).
Fans bring their own booze (vodka, whiskey, rum or gin) and buy a ticket for time inside the RV where various tablets and chemical concoctions are added ( a pink tablet, nitrous oxide, or calcium lactate) to build the cocktail.
Every detail is Breaking Bad themed, and while the sittings are short, a bartender can continue to make drinks for you outside the RV. And of course, you can also buy blue rock candy.
3 The Pandorica (New York)
The Pandorica, in Beacon, New York, is a restaurant where every detail is related to the famed BBC series, Doctor Who. From the art on the walls to the TARDIS vases on the tables, to the Dalek on the wall, everything is a nod (subtle or otherwise) to everyone’s favorite time lord.
The menu is also Whovian, with Who-mmus and pita points, K-9 corndogs, Solarian nests, and two types of fish fingers and custard. One is a dessert, with battered French toast acting as the fish. Appetizers are 'spoilers,' desserts are 'sweeties,' and Doctor Who is always playing on the TV. It’s an adorably whimsical way for Whovians to dine.
2 Central Perk/Friends Cafe (Liverpool/Beijing)
The only coffee shop in New York City where there was always a free seat on the big sofas, Central Perk was made famous by the ultimate '90s sitcom: Friends. While there is no real Central Perk in the Village, there are now two replicas – one in Bejing and one in Liverpool.
In Bejing, the coffee shop is officially called “Friends Café,” although it still bears the Central Perk logo on the window.
The décor mimics the show set, the TV is always playing Friends, the staff take on the names of the characters (as do the cupcakes!), and there is a real life smelly cat to snuggle. There’s even an exact replica of Joey and Chandler’s apartment next door.
The Liverpool version had brief success as a chain, with three Perk-themed cafes featuring replica furniture and coffee machines, but closed down this year, to the sorrow of British Friends fans.
1 Walter’s Coffee Roastery (Istanbul)
This incredible Breaking Bad-themed café in Istanbul has everything for fans of coffee and chemistry. Every detail has been considered, and this quirky café will really make you feel you are getting your caffeine from a (very clean and safe) meth lab.
The baristas wear yellow jumpsuits, there is a periodic table stretched across one wall, and the décor is otherwise very clean and clinical. Coffee, milk, and espresso is served in beakers (or to-go mugs with a warning label) and there’s even a Bunsen-style percolator. In a final nod to the show, the café sells blue rock candy in plastic bags (as well as the usual café fare).
Did we miss any of your favorite tv-themed restaurants or bars? Let us know in the comments!
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Rose Moore has been writing about film, TV and comics since 2013, when she began writing for a local print magazine in Vancouver, BC.
Since then, Rose has written for Horror Honeys, Moviepilot and Quirkbooks as well as Screenrant, increasingly focusing on comic books and live-action comic adaptations, as well as diversity and representation on screen.
Rose also co-hosted the DC Movies Podcast, and has guested on other nerd and entertainment podcasts over the past five years.
Rose’s love of comics began all the way back in the early ‘90s, when she discovered the X-Men while living in Africa (where there wasn’t a whole lot to do but read!), and since then has had an on-again, off-again love affair with not just Marvel, but DC and indie comics as well. You can follow her on : RoseMooreWrites for tweets about comics, movies, and more.
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