Unleash your inner demon and drink with the spirits at these Halloween-themed pop-up bars.
Tired of pumpkin spice and everything nice? Well, then it might be time for you to unleash your inner demon and head to one of the area’s spooky, Halloween-themed pop-up bars. This Halloween, you just might find yourself escaping a twisted Brothers Grimm fairy tale, trapped inside Dracula’s coffin, or screaming Beetlejuice three times. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the world of the wicked and explore the deadly drinks and bubbling cauldrons of these Halloween-themed pop-up bars.
Courtesy of PUB Grimm
1843 Seventh Street NW, Washington D.C., 20001
Open Tuesday through Sunday between October 17 to November 3
At PUB Grimm, Drink Company takes you inside some of your favorite fairy tales and turns them inside out. This Halloween pop-up bar brings you on a wicked journey through the darker side of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales. On your adventure, you’ll explore Hansel and Gretel’s enchanted Black Forest, dive headfirst into the wicked queen’s infamous mirror, and climb up Rapunzel’s hair to her fortified tower. The drinks at PUB Grimm directly embrace these stories and include creepy concoctions such as The Glass Slipper (Monkey 47 Gin, dry vermouth, orange bitters, spruce oil), The Fairest of Them All (Smooth Ambler American Whiskey, maple, apple cider, vinegar, bitters), and Crumbly Directions (Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey, ginger, honey, lemon, smoked Allspice). While you sip on your bubbly potions, you can also munch on some Oktoberfest creations from The Berliner and watch a Drag Queen Story Hour on Saturday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Courtesy of Whiskey Charlie
975 7th Street SW, Washington, D.C., 20024
Open October 14 to October 31
Be ready to have your blood sucked at Whiskey Charlie’s because this Halloween, the bar has been magically transformed into Dracula’s Tower. Live like the undead and sip on blood amongst decorations of gargoyles and coffins. Some blood-sucking drinks include Wake the Dead (Whistle Pig Piggyback, Mr. Black cold blew liqueur, orange and walnut bitters) and Dracula Juice (mezcal, merlot, and Malbec vermouth in a blood bag). The festivities all culminate with a magnificent monster mash from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Halloween night. On this special night, the dead come out to play, and for just $15, you can rest in peace with a live DJ, raffle, and costume contest.
Courtesy of Beetle House
816 H St. NE, Washington, D.C., 20002
Other Price Tags: $20 for two drink tickets and admission to the show or $50 for a three-course Tim Burton-themed meal
At Beetle House, Halloween isn’t just a holiday in October—it’s a year-round celebration. As you walk through the bar’s hypnotic spirals, you’ll become transported into Halloweentown, where every day is Halloween. The walls line with eyes that follow you, quintessential jack-o-lanterns, and iconic imagery from the cinematic works of Tim Burton, Alfred Hitchcock, Bram Stoker, Washington Irving, and Edgar Allan Poe. The menu includes drinks based on your favorite movies such as This is Halloween (Fireball, sour apple, pumpkin liqueur, apple cider), The Beetle’s Juice (tequila, muddled blackberry, cranberry juice) and Alice’s Cup o’Tea (peach vodka, gin, tequila, rum, peach schnapps). If you’ve already crossed over to the world of the dead, you can even get your punch served in a blood bag. After you’ve gotten your drink, you can wander upstairs and watch a freak show or dine in and replenish your ravenous soul.
Morris American Bar
Courtesy of Morris American Bar
1020 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
Open October 27 to November 2
Celebrate boos and booze at Morris American Bar this Halloween season. Starting October 27, the all-American bar will serve five exclusive Halloween cocktails including Cloak and Dagger (black rum, aged rum, lime, sugar), Corpse Reviver #2 (gin, Cointreau, Lillet blanc, lemon, absinthe), El Diablo (tequila, lime, ginger, blackberries, soda) and Late Night Reviver (gin, fernet, lime, ginger). On Halloween night, the ghosts will walk the earth, and Morris American Bar will celebrate with an all-night party. From 6 to 8 p.m. you can see into your future with a tarot card reading, and then from 8 p.m. to close, you can dance your soul away with DJ Oz. If you’re the best dressed ghoul, you could even float away with a prize.
The Next Whiskey Bar
Courtesy of The Next Whiskey Bar
2650 Virginia Ave., Washington, D.C., 20037
Open October 25 to November 2
All-Inclusive Party: $99
Bring in the spooktacular nights of Halloween in an igloo surrounded by mysterious fog at The Next Whiskey Bar. From October 25 to November 2, you can reserve one of six haunted igloos for free (except for Halloween night) and experience a Halloween like no other. Throughout your stay, you can also order themed cocktails such as the Jack O’Lantern and the El Diablo. On Halloween night, the bar will host its Creepy Chic Soirée from 7 to 10:30 p.m. This gathering of the wicked is $99 but includes all-you-can-drink wine and beer as well as a full buffet.
Courtesy of Spooky Lucy's
3907 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20011
Open 5–11 p.m through November 3
During the day, Lucy’s is a small rooftop burger bar that sits right above Little Coco’s. However, during the Halloween season, the restaurant transforms into Spooky Lucy, a spooky-themed pop-up bar. When you walk in, you’ll find a creepy clown watching your every move, Halloween movies playing morbid scenes all around you, and ghoulishly scary drinks.
Courtesy of Switch
13 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23220
Open October 4 to November 4
Travel deep into the woods of Richmond and encounter ghosts, serial killers, and other terrors from beyond. The Haunt is a pop-up bar in Richmond, Virginia, that explores the eerie creatures that live in your nightmares. Your worst fears will come to life as you sip on drinks such as Love at First Bite (whiskey and Cherry Heering in a blood bag) and Talking Dead (a squid-ink dyed slushee). The Haunt is open from Tuesdays to Sundays with a happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. During happy hour you’ll be able to score $4 beers, $5 wines, and $3 off all cocktails.
So, what will it be, foolish mortal? Have a safe and spooktacular Halloween and let us know which pop-up bar you decide to explore!