Season four of Rick and Morty might be more than a year away (it’s like Harmon and Roiland are actively trying to ruin our lives), but at least you have a brand new place to obsess over how a plumbus is made with a few of your closest friends. Drink Company, the evil geniuses behind all your favorite pop-up bars, are back with a theme that’s sure to rival their Game of Thrones bar. Digging deep into the mythology of Adult Swim’s break out hit, the Wubba Lubba Dub PUB, much like the show, rewards viewers who lean a little on the obsessive side. Whether you’re an Interdimensional Cable fanatic, care deeply about the politics behind the Council of Ricks, or just want to show everyone in the multiverse what you’ve got, you’re welcome here.
The rules of time and space might not mean much in Rick and Morty, but if you start in the old Mockingbird Hill space, you can almost walk chronologically through the seasons. The main bar is dedicated to Anatomy Park and is dominated by a naked 24-foot Ruben that hangs right over your head. While cartoon guts cover the bar top, the walls are filled with lightly grotesque murals painted by graffiti artist Andrew Funk, who has worked on Drink Company’s pop-ups before. More than any other pop-up theme, Funk’s work dominates all three of the bars; his colorful murals brighten up the space and give the necessary cartoonish ambiance. As she pops her head in to explain a reference to me (I’m a bad Rick and Morty fan), Special projects team member Adriana Salame-Aspiazu explains that one of their biggest challenges was transforming a 2D world into a 3D bar. Between Funk’s murals, his hand painted cutouts and the sculptures that fill the space, it feels like they hit the mark.
Head to the back of the bar and you’re transported into episode one, where Rick and Morty head to dimension 35-C Farmer Rick’s mega tree farm in search of some mega seeds. Made with Drink Company’s favorite pop-up material, Foam Coat, the 100% phallic mega trees cover the walls, with the bulbous seeds hanging above your head. Keep looking up and you’ll find Rick’s spaceship which special projects team member Matt Fox made out of actual garbage (think leftover plywood, old trashcans, etc) just like in the show.
Walk into the next bar and you’ll find yourself in an amalgamation of Rick’s garage lab and an episode of Interdimensional Cable (including a new TV in the corner that will play nothing but the cable shows). Look up to check out some Real Fake Doors and then soak up the gaggle of meeseeks posed precariously behind the bar. Fox, who does a lot of the robotics work behind the pop-ups, plans on having some of the meeseeks bop and move around. After you’re done downing a Concentrated Dark Matter (made with armagnac, vermouth, amaro and orange oil), walk into the portal / hallway and make your way through the rest of the multiverse.
Dominated by the Council of Ricks, the third bar is more like a grab bag of all your favorite Rick and Morty side characters than one specific reference. You’ll find cut outs of everyone from Jaguar to Scary Terry to (of course) Pickle Rick. Feel free to settle down and order a Squanch shot (just squanch it) as you watch the screaming sun turn, or make your way into the backroom and be transported into the Cygnus-5 expanse where you can hop on a stage and get schwifty with all your favorite Cromulons. Thankfully, the mic isn’t actually hooked up, so no one in the bar will be forced to listen to your horrible karaoke version of “Danger Zone”, but you can pretend it is for the ‘gram.
Before you head on over to 7th Street to spend a few hours getting riggity riggity wrecked and yelling about the Cronenberg universe, make sure you throw on your best Rick Sanchez get up. There will be a special line for Ricks who may either bring a (fully costumed) Morty or a Bird Person as a +1. Just remember, no Tammy’s allowed.