17 Restaurants Every Pop Culture Fanatic Should Visit
Jurrasic World Café in Japan
Dinosaurs may be extinct, but this eatery is bringing them back to your plate. With dino-bites and drinks, every dish on the menu at this limited-time restaurant is fit for a T-Rex. Their Jurassic World Burger is served on a black bun, and the charcoal plate features a raptor scratch. Other menu items include a volcano curry, complete with lava and a dinosaur head atop the dish. The café also serves up desserts and lattes (with dinosaur art in the foam). This limited-time-only pop up shop will be in Tokyo from July 5-August 6 and Osaka from August 10-September 30.
Saved By the Bell
Saved By The Max in Los Angeles
Another SBTB reunion may not happen for awhile, but it's all right. The Saved by the Max pop-up diner will definitely give you a slice of the Bayside High experience. Michelin-starred chef Brian Fisher created a menu inspired by the cool '90s crew, with options like AC Sliders (get it?), Tori’s Fried Chicken and The Kelly Kapowski Monte Cristo. Specific to their new west coast location, the popup is serving items like the Beat Valley Pancakes and Preppy Pastrami. Diners can stroll past the cast's lockers and lucky ones can even eat in a replica of Mr. Belding's office. Their L.A. eatery debuted May 1, and follows a yearlong sold out run in Chicago. Tickets for second semester (through September 2019) are on sale now, and they seem to sell out fast, so we suggest you book early.
The Upside Down in Chicago
Fans of the Netflix series can take a trip to Hawkins, Indiana at this pop-up bar featuring an upside down shot machine and hand painted art of the most beloved characters like Eleven and Barb. The space, which is managed by Emporium Popups and designed by AJ Tarzian of Anarchitype Productions, Jared Saul and Jorge Saldarriaga of Emporium, boasts a nearly identical alphabet wall to the one in Will's living room—and after a few of their "Eleven's Eggo's" slushies, you might actually believe he's sending you a message, too.
Scum and Villainy Cantina in Hollywood, CA
May the forks be with you! Star Wars fanatics are going to get a taste of a galaxy far, far away in the form of the Scum and Villainy Cantina. No word on what food will be served just yet, but bar bites centered around the film franchise are to be expected. The pop-up cantina, due to open next week, will take 2-hour reservations nightly—at 6 pm and again at 8:30. Each reservation includes two drinks of your choice, a souvenir pint glass, a Scum and Villainy challenge coin, and more surprises. Walk-ins may visit between 11 pm and 2 am. And oh yes, costumes are most welcome!
Stay Classy New York in N.Y.C.
Classy drink names like "I Piss Excellence" and "Smelly Pirate Hooker" will be your first tip-off that this Manhattan establishment is Will Ferrell-themed. The bar also hosts trivia nights, pizza party Tuesdays, and what would a Ferrell joint really be without an Anchorman night?
Rue’s Café in N.Y.C.
Fans of the '80s sitcom may soon dine in celebration of the sassiest group of women on television. Rue’s Café is named after Rue McClanahan, who played the saucy, sensual and ever-sophisticated Blanche Devereaux. Michael LaRue, a friend of McClanahan and owner of the café, will fill the space with memorabilia from her estate — including her personal piano for live music — and the menu will also include some of her own recipes. Let's pray for delicious cocktails and cheesecake at this golden idea for a restaurant.
Walter's Coffee Roastery in Instanbul, Turkey
While the Breaking Bad London pop-up bar operated out of an RV similar to the one Walter turned into a meth lab, this Instanbul version set up shop in an actual building with science-y details like a giant periodic table on the wall, beverages served in beakers and the coffee shop's employees donning hazmat uniforms.
George's Bar in Melbourne, Australia
"No soup for you!" Instead, this George Costanza-themed bar serves up toasties (Aussie speak for "sandwiches"). If, for example, you’ve always wanted to pretend you’re an architect (/marine biologist/importer-exporter/latex salesman), the “Art Vandelay” toastie with double cheese may just be for you.On the beverage side, you can get yourself one of their specialty cocktails like the “Marisa Tomei” (George’s inexplicable-but-fleeting secret lover) or the “Hand Model” (his equally short-lived career path).
The Lockhart in Toronto
Get ready to throw down, wizards — with cuisine, not quidditch. Drinks like the "Shacklebolt" and the "Tinworth" — along with movie trivia nights on every first Tuesday — draw Hogwarts fanatics to this cocktail bar. The restaurant is known for its tapas and "brunch potions," and the walls are lined with subtle nods to the beloved franchise (like a neon sign that reads "all was well").
Orange Is the New Black
Litchfield Penitentiary Cafeteria in Singapore
For two days only, Netflix celebrated the Season 4 premiere by transforming a local diner into an OINTB-inspired cafeteria, and the menu seems to have fare that even Red would approve of. Executive chef Bjorn Shen served up high-end prison eats —including her take on the controversial Nutraloaf. “I’ve made this dish look and feel like a Nutraloaf, but taste much better,” she told Mashable. “Mine’s made of mushrooms, cheddar, quinoa, pumpkin and nori.”
Game of Thrones
All Men Must Dine in London
Devoted fans ate like bloody kings at the medieval feast modeled after beloved HBO show. The three-day dining extravaganza took place in February 2015 at the Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel to celebrate the DVD release of the fourth series. Dishes created by The Wandering Chef, included items like “The Lies of Tyrion Lannister and his Proclaimed Innocence”—a poached veal and tongue with beetroot horseradish and “Oldtown Mustard.”
Beetle House in N.Y.C.
Ever wish you could immerse yourself (and your taste buds) in the world of one of the quirkiest film directors? This place (named after the Burton film Beetlejuice) is the tiny, wonky and gothic bar offering such an experience. Its something-for-everyone menu includes wings in flavors like "Nightmare" and "Hello Alice", "Cheshire Mac" and entrées with names like "Sweeney Beef" and "Edward Burger Hands".
How I Met Your Mother
McGee's Pub in N.Y.C.
MacLaren's Pub is a popular setting in the HIMYM series where some of the best moments of the show take place. The restaurant was actually inspired by a real neighborhood joint: McGee's. The pub hosts HIMYM Mondays with a food line-up that includes eats like the TedMosbyIsAJerk.com jerk chicken wrap, the "Be Awesome Instead" mac and cheese and the "Accidental Curly" fry basket.
Cheers in Boston
While the Cheers Boston in Beacon Hill is the original location and inspiration for the 80's show—the small chain has expanded and its second location at Faneuil Hall houses a replica of the Cheers set as their main bar. Show memorabilia like Sam's Red Sox jacket is also on display.
The Wait Station in N.Y.C.
Fans of the '60s cult classic — 'Whovians' as they call themselves — have a gathering place in Brooklyn (also known as their "nerdvana"). The bar serves up cocktails like the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Doctor (yes, 4 different drinks) and hosts screenings of the show on Sundays. Surprisingly, the main attraction is the bathroom, designed as a "tardis"—that's Who-speak for "time machine".
Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit Pub in Southampton, UK
Fans of LOTR and The Hobbit might find themselves right at home in the concert crowds at this pub. With a beer garden and drink names like the Gandalf, Gollum and Frodo—the atmosphere is all Tolkien, all the time.