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As we told you last week, BYT is overwhelmed with excitement about some of our Death Becomes Us-True Crime Festival warm-up events, especially the magical partnership between us and Drink Company, resulting in DEATH BECOMES US PUB, which opens today to the public.

Can’t wait until after work to go check it out?  Scroll through below for a sneak peek at our homage to all manner of murders and misdeeds, with decor and cocktails inspired by these three infamous flash points from the past:

  • Black Dahlia (1947): The brutal murder of Elizabeth Short in 1947 is regarded as one of the first cases to garner nationwide media attention. Incredibly, the case remains unsolved.
  • Salem Witch Trials (1690s): This infamous series of trials resulted in the deaths of 20 people — both men and women — for alleged witchcraft in Salem, Mass.
  • Elizabeth Bathory (16th century): Cited by some as the most prolific female serial killer, this Hungarian noblewoman’s claim to fame is torture and mayhem, including allegedly bathing in the blood of virgins to retain her youth.

The drinks are going to be delicious too from ‘Pearfect Crime’ cocktail, a riff on the Brandy Crusta that includes fresh Bartlett pear juice, to ‘Covered in Honey’ — inspired by one of Lady Bathory’s more sadistic acts — is a combination of gin, fino sherry, fig honey grenadine, bitters and Perrier.

Learn More About Death Becomes Us – True Crime Festival at : truecrimedc.com (and see you, not just at the pub but at the shows too, November 3 & 4)

all photos: Jeff Martin