Star Wars fans can now head to a pop-up bar in New York City if they want an immersive sci-fi experience, but they shouldn’t expect to step into the Mos Eisley Cantina. Instead, the Darkside Bar looks more like the basement of the Death Star, you know, before it was blown to smithereens.
Pop-up bars have become all the rage around the nation, but they’re especially popular in the Big Apple. You might remember a popular Stranger Things-themed bar that was open briefly last year. Netflix actually sent the operator a cease-and-desist letter, but it allowed the owners to continue the theme until the last day of October: Halloween.
Darkside Bar will be similarly temporary. It runs only until January 13th. But its brevity will surely lead to popularity. Already there has been a massive line despite the $33 reservation fee ($40 if you just walk in).
Once inside the Empire’s bar, patrons will be able to order drinks that pay homage to the theme and enjoy props and decoration taken straight from the Star Wars universe. For example, Death Star lamps adorn the bar, and the walls make you feel like you’re actually in the death star. The owner, Zach Neil, employs LEDs and dry ice as techniques to make the theme more immersive and unique.
Nightly events also make your experience unforgettable. Burlesque shows, trivia games and interactive roleplaying are just some of the events you can expect to participate in at Darkside Bar. Or you can simply get jiggy with it next to Darth Vader or a Stormtrooper. Many customers have already appeared in their best Imperial gear, but costumes aren’t required.
You can visit Darkside Bar at on Lafayette Street between Kenmare and Broome Streets. Not in New York? Darkside Bar also has locations in Los Angeles and Washington DC.