We still have a few months to suffer through before the highly anticipated second season of Stranger Things finally drops. Until then, this Upside Down themed pop-up bar in Chicago can tide us over.
The entrance to the enchanting bar in Chicago’s Emporium is just through Castle Byers.
Aptly named The Upside Down–after the creepy alternate dimension in Stranger Things— the bar has a range of drinks inspired by the ’80s-themed television sensation. Enjoy the “She’s our Friend & She’s Crazy” or the “Mouthbreather” while sitting in the disorienting main room that’s full of food covered tables stuck to the ceiling and locally crafted artwork depicting characters and moments from the show.
Customers can wander past the eerie chainlink fence of the Hawkins National Laboratory, sit on the couch from Joyce’s living room—complete with her Christmas light alphabet—or take refuge in the Hawkins AV Club. The AV club, situated on a subtle stage, promises to host a few musical performances from “some very special mystery guests”.
If all of the decor and ambiance aren’t enough to scratch your ’80s nostalgia itch, there is even an arcade with all the old-school systems you remember from your childhood. Play TRON, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and even Twilight Zone in all of their original glory. Too bad there aren’t any tables with Dungeons & Dragons set up.
There is even a machine that dispenses chilled Jagermeister shots bedecked with the most wonderful—and unfortunate—character in the show. We miss you Barb!
Oh, did we forget to mention that there is a slushie that comes garnished with an eggo?