Look, I don’t know you, but I’d bet real money that you haven’t been invited to the royal wedding. That might be a rude assumption, but we’re going to go with it because you have been invited to the next best thing. You may not have gotten a letter and there might not be a horse drawn carriage to take you away, but a royal party certainly awaits you at D.C.’s premier pop-up bar space.
The only thing you’ll have to do is make it through the line.
Drink Company, the incredible force behind D.C.’s buzziest pop-up bars, opens up their Royal Wedding pop-up bar tonight, and whether you’re a font of royal knowledge or you couldn’t give a damn about what the monarchy is up to, it’s sure to get you in the mood. While their pop-ups usually incorporate natural, outdoor elements like bountiful cherry blossom trees, haunted swamps and winter wonderlands, Matt Fox and Adriana Salame-Aspiazu, the pair behind the special projects team, has gone in a different direction. Instead of creating something straight out of a storybook, they’ve decided to draw from history, recreating the main hall of St. George’s chapel where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to be married.
The result is a breathtaking architectural wonder. While illuminated stained glass windows line the wall and royal knight’s flags are draped across the bar, those are the last things you see. What your eyes are glued to from the moment you walk into the room is the intricately carved ceiling. Sticking to one bar (the old Eat The Rich space) allowed Salame-Aspiazu and Fox to really nail the details, “I had so much time to pay attention to every corner,” says Adriana, Matt agrees adding, “We wanted it to be accurate… You want to pay homage to that place.” Complete with historically accurate ceiling bosses, the ornate ceiling and sturdy columns that trail down the walls reference the best parts of St. George’s gothic architecture. You would never guess they’re made with nothing but pool noodles, styrofoam and Foam Coat.
Walk through the chapel and you’ll find yourself in a grand throne room inspired by one at Buckingham Palace. Lush gold and red fabric delicately hang from the walls, a chandelier sparkles in the center of the room, but the main draw here are the huge, red velvet thrones. They’re made for grabbing a photo with you and your royal better half. You’ll also spy some familiar faces in here in the form of jaunty cardboard cut outs. Of course, no throne room would be complete without a reference to Queen Elizabeth’s dearly loved corgis. (RIP Willow)
As you can imagine, the team has a whole host of programming ready for the day of the wedding, including full breakfast service for those of you dedicated enough to join them at 7 a.m. But even if you don’t make it in on 19th, there’s a few other ways you can get involved. Drink Company is teaming up with The Invictus Games Foundation (a charity Prince Harry founded) to give away a replica of Meghan and Harry’s wedding cake. Just buy a couple of raffle tickets (with 100% of the proceeds going to Invictus) and you could go home with a lemon and elderflower cake baked by the official chef of the British Embassy. If you’re not interested in winning a cake, donate a few dollars and you can send a letter to the happy couple, the bar has a classic royal mailbox which will be filled with letters and sent to Kensington Palace.
Just don’t forget to BYOF (bring your own fascinator).