The cherry blossom theme will return to Drink Company’s Pop-Up Bar (PUB) on Seventh Street NW for a second year, the company announced yesterday. But, sadly, the Super Mario Bros. will not be the center of attention. Instead, ramen will be the star of the flower-themed rotation, which starts next week.
This year’s multi-part tribute to the short-lived pink flowers that temporarily take over D.C. will begin Thursday, February 28, and run through April 21. One room is modeled after a French fairy tale garden from the Palace de Versailles, and another will be all about soup.
Instead of Mario and Godzilla drinks and decorations, there will be a ramen room offering vegan miso broth and noodles from Hiro Mitsui, who runs Ramen by UZU in Union Market. According to Washingtonian, the ramen decorations include foam noodles wiggling out of the walls, 8-foot chopsticks hanging from the ceiling, and blown-up mock toppings like pork belly and fish cakes. Plans for a third room have yet to be revealed.
Cocktails will include a Honeydew, Honey See — with sake, Americano vermouth, fermented rice syrup, cucumber, honeydew, and absinthe — and the Once and Floral, a sour made with Bluecoat Gin, peach, matcha, lemon, orange flower water, and egg white.
Lines are typically crazy at the Pop-Up Bar, which in past iterations has turned into a Game of Thrones bar and a Rick and Morty bar (for like a day). On Wednesday, March 20, only, timed $20 tickets will grant access to the pop-up, with all proceeds going to the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
The cherry blossom bar is located at 1843 Seventh Street NW. Hours are 5 p.m. through 12:30 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Ramen won’t be served on Tuesdays.