Pop-ups and events are in full swing around D.C., and this selective guide includes everything longer-term pop-ups and one-off events.
The Deal: Magpie and the Tiger, Petworth’s promising Korean American dining room that closed its cozy dining room in August after a quick six-month run, has a temporary new home across town on H Street NE. The month-long residency at Please Bring Chips, called Gachi Gachi!, comes from husband-wife duo Caleb Jang and Roren Choi (formerly at Reveler’s Hour). Jang plans to build upon his original pocket-sized menu with small plates like crispy, cheesy Korean potato salad, kabocha squash and kale banchan, and hodugwaja (walnut pastries). The booze list includes wines, makgeolli, and sake. Catering and events company Please Bring Chips now occupies the old home of Burmese restaurant Thamee.
Where: Please Bring Chips; 1320 H Street NE
Dates: Friday, November 11 to Sunday, December 11 (Fridays to Sundays); Muchas Gracias founder Christian Irabién will pop up in the space next (December 15 to January 22).
Cost: $125 per person (or $195 with beverage pairings); click here for tickets.
Meet Blossom at Union Market
The Deal: Blossom, D.C.’s first canned, ready-to-drink espresso martini, pops open to the public in Union Market this weekend. Each 12-ounce, pastel-hued can (9-percent ABV) features cold-pressed coffee, vodka, nutmeg, chocolate, and vanilla. A two-day release party includes complimentary ‘tinis (8,000 cans to be exact), branded giveaways, art installations, DJ sets, and more. Blossom Beverages founder David Jack also leads marketing at Dupont’s espresso martini standard-bearer Residents Cafe & Bar (though the cans aren’t affiliated with or sold at Residents).
Where: Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE
Dates: Saturday, November 12 and 13 starting at noon
Cost: Four-packs will be also available for $24.99; order online here.
Saved by the Barrel
The Deal: Capitol Hill’s bourbon-and-brunch standby Barrel reboots its basement bar for the first since the pandemic with a ’90s-themed takeover for the next three months. Trend-setting SoCal sitcom Saved by the Bell is the muse for a nostalgic soundtrack, zippy neon decor, and wild bartender outfits. The Barrel team refines recipes for ’90s favorites like an Appletini and Cosmo. “We Were on a Break” (a Long Island iced tea) is made with Barr Hill gin, El Dorado rum, Old Forester bourbon, lemon bitters, and orange Curacao. A section of “grown-up” Capri Suns include an “Ecto Cooler” (bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, blue curacao). On-brand snacks for sale include Pop Tarts and potato chips.
Where: Barrel’s basement (613 Pennsylvania Avenue SE)
Dates: Starting Thursday, September 22 through Saturday, December 31, with a Y2K New Year’s Eve party as the pop-up’s finale. Open 6 p.m. to close on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Cost: Cocktails are $13-$15
Chef Paolo Dungca x Supreme Barbeque
What: Filipino chef Paolo Dungca debuts a pop-up menu for local chain Supreme Barbeque. Starting Saturday, September 10, its Annandale, Virginia location serves limited edition dishes like pork ribs tocino, smoked chicken insal with acharra and chili-vinegar, and cassava cornbread with macapuno butter. At the Block food hall in D.C., Dungca runs tasting menu spot Hiraya and co-owns fast-casual Pogiboy with James Beard Award winner Tom Cunanan, which graced the cover of Food & Wine this summer. Supreme Barbeque owner Jeremy Canlas has experience combining Asian flavors with American barbecue at its dual D.C. locale, which serves 16-hour smoked brisket alongside brewed-to-order teas from Auntea Boba.
Where: Supreme Barbeque, 6920 Braddock Road, Annandale, Virginia
Lost Sock Roasters at Phillips Collection
The Deal: Lost Sock Roasters opens a new pop-up cafe this fall inside the Dupont Circle’s revered Phillips Collection. A full espresso bar, iced and hot seasonal drinks, and non-caffeinated options join a list of wines and beers. Owners Nicolas Cabrera and Jeff Yerxa debuted their first standalone coffee shop in Takoma last year after roasting in Brightwood Park since 2015. Look for baked empanadas by Hungry Moon Foods in Hatboro, Pennsylvania (Cabrera’s parents’ company), as well as new creations by chef Jordi Harper. The cafe is outfitted with free Wi-Fi and a massive patio. Tryst formerly operated a cafe inside the private museum.
Where: The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW
Dates: Hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: The cafe will be open to museum guests as well as the general public (without an entrance fee).
Reverie x Minibar
The Deal: When extensive fire damage forced Michelin-rated Reverie to temporarily close last month, its chef/owner Johnny Spero turned to his former Minibar boss José Andrés to figure out a way to support out-of-work staff. Four full-time Reverie employees will collaborate on joint tasting menus at Minibar for a month this fall, Spero tells Washingtonian. Spero, who’s gearing up to open Bar Spero downtown next week, will go back and forth between both. Reverie will likely not reopen this year, he says.
Where: Minibar, 855 E Street NW
Dates: Starting Wednesday, October 5
Cost: Multi-course dinners are $350 per person; $25 from each sale directly supports Reverie staff. Tickets here.
Desayuno at Cinder BBQ
Details: Cinder BBQ’s new Mexican breakfast pop-up brings tamales, enchiladas, huevos rancheros and huevos con chorizo, pozole, and chilaquiles to Petworth, according to Petworth News.
Where: Cinder BBQ, 800 Upshur Street
When: Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon
Details: Chef Ed Hardy, who recently closed Rogi pierogi stand, is back with a meatball (and other round foods) pop-up conveniently located in the former Rogi space at Chefscape at the Village at Leesburg. Everything on the menu is in ball form, such as Eastern shore hushpuppies with Old Bay and lobster cream; Italian meatballs; Swedish meatballs; arancini, bourbon balls, and cake pops.
Where: Chefscape at The Village at Leesburg, 1602 Village Market Boulevard SE #120, Leesburg
When: Check social media for updated schedules.
Details: From husband-and-wife team Michael Turner and Alexandra Bookless Turner (and named for their daughter), naturally unleavened pan pizzas made with mid-Atlantic grains come with pepperoni, sausage and peppers, four cheese, as well as an all-cheese white version with chile flakes, garlic, and honey drizzle. Add on a kale Caesar or a slice of cajeta cheesecake for the full deal. Details on ordering and payment here.
Where: Pick-up is in D.C.’s Trinidad neighborhood. Exact location will be shared upon order confirmation.
When: The pop-up returns once a month with dates announced on the website and Instagram.
A.i. Pop-Up Event Series
The Deal: Nü Androids’s multi-sensory project pops up in a 12,000-square-foot Northeast warehouse through the spring, complete with well-known EDM DJs, activations, custom light shows, LED music visualizers, and art installations. Healthy 4you Juicebar slings fresh-pressed cold juices, pastries, and Neapolitan-style pizzas with a cauliflower crust option. Look for a curated cocktail list named after the featured headliner’s tracks.
Dates: Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. (upcoming lineup here)
Where: A.i. (2101 New York Avenue NE)
Cost: Tickets are $20 to $35 per person
A Presto! Italian Foods
The Deal: From veteran Tune Inn bartender Stephanie Hulbert-Sargent, Rammy-nominated A Presto! Italian Foods celebrates the kind of Sunday dinner she grew up eating in New Jersey with her Italian family, according to Washington City Paper. Named for Hulbert-Sargent’s maternal grandfather, family is the name of the game with several dishes are named for family members. Mama Sue’s meatballs, lasagna, chicken Parmesan, and Sunday gravy all make appearances on the rotating menu. Reservations available here.
Where: Bullfrog Bagels upstairs space (317 Seventh Street SE)
Dates: Thursday through Sunday nights from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Balangay Pop-Up at Bullfrog Bagels
The Deal: Filipino chef Wing Villarias sets up shop at Atlas District’s Bullfrog Bagels three nights a week with an a la carte dinner menu featuring classics like lumpia, crispy pork belly, fried calamari with squid ink, vegan pancit, and fried chicken adobo.
Where: Bullfrog Bagels, 1341 H Street NE
Dates: Open for dine-in and takeout Thursday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Dishes start at $8
Kennedy Street Tacos
The Deal: Chef Jaren Morrow’s taco Tuesday residency at neighborhood dive Jackie Lee’s features a menu of crunch wraps, quesadillas, burritos, taco salads, and pick-your-own proteins.
Where: Jackie Lee’s, 116 Kennedy Street NW
Dates: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday
Cost: Tacos and dishes are $6-$10 and sides (tostones, beans, rice) are $3 each
The Deal: San Lorenzo chef Massimo Fabbri debuts a lunchtime pop-up showcasing the sandwiches his mom used to make him in Tuscany. On the savory side, a 10-inch baguette comes with mortadella and caprese. Another option has 18-month prosciutto di Parma ham, burrata mousse, crushed tomato, and 12-year-old Balsamic. A “sweet” section served on a round brioche bun include Nutella ricotta with strawberries and hazelnuts and “Vegano” with fresh figs, mint, and fig jam. The menu will also feature four salads and a soup of the day.
Where: San Lorenzo Ristorante + Bar, 1316 9th Street NW
Dates: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
Cost: Sandwiches run $10-$14. Orders will be available through DC to GoGo, Doordash, Grubhub, Uber Eats or via pickup at San Lorenzo via phone (202-588-8954).