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The latest of the pop-ups in Los Angeles, the Breakup Bar is a temporary installation ready for your Galentines or just anti-Valentines night out. Thought it is merely temporary, some of our Los Angeles local pop-ups have become permanent. Let’s explore a few that have come, and sometimes stayed in Los Angeles this past year.
1. Scum and Villainy Cantina
The Scum and Villainy Cantina located in Hollywood, CA was originally a temporary exhibit however it has now become a fixture on Hollywood Blvd. Self proclaimed “friendly, neighborhood geek bar located in Hollywood, CA! All fandoms welcomed and cosplay is always encouraged.” Featuring a number of events which include themed trivia nights, game nights, special guest events, karaoke, and more. I visited the Scum and Villainy Cantina back when it was temporary and it definitely makes you feel like you’re in a galaxy far, far away. Since I went early on, I was able to get a challenge coin. These challenge coins can be shown to the bartender for 10% off your entire tab. You can now buy these for $50 from the bartenders. For a themed geek bar the prices are pretty good, but the extra 10% off is an extra dose of star power.
2. Beetle House LA
Just across the street from Scum and Villainy, you can find the Beetle House LA. It’s a restaurant and bar that pays tribute through food and drink to all things dark and lovely, and Tim Burton. It’s like Halloween everyday at Beetle House LA. Their drinks are really amazing, try the Big Fish Bowl if you’re going with a few friends as it’s too much for one person. There are a number of characters that come to interact with you around the bar. If you’re not in Los Angeles, they also have a New York City location.
3. Ready Player One Challenge
During the premiere of Ready Player One they setup a pop-up where fans could enter the OASIS. I unfortunately wasn’t able to experience this in person as the tickets went fast! However, I did have some friends that were able to get in. The photos of Ready Player One Challenge are courtesy of Kari Lane. Fans got a chance to step into Parzival’s shoes at a pop-up exhibit called The Ready Player One Challenge. The immersive experience included video clues to three hidden keys, the ability to walk around the “stacks,” and finally a secret entrance into the OASIS. With a DeLorean on the property you could make all your 80s dreams come true. They also had actors living in the stacks, playing IOI agents, and various pop culture icons. Unfortunately this exhibit is no longer up, but it was definitely memorable.
4. Spellman House
Some of these pop-ups are very short-lived, such as the Spellman House exhibit in promotion of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina tv series on Netflix. Spellman House only lasted two days, but was also used as the location of the premiere party before opening up to the public. Attendees were able to participate in an immersive experience by putting themselves into the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina world.
Choosing between the Path of Light or the Path of Night. Starting off with a witchy makeover brought to you by Teen Vogue. Witches and warlocks were able to sign the book of the beast or visit the Altar Room. The exterior was even part of the exhibit as it had a projected image that changed with characters like Sabrina and Salem moving thru the Baxter High windows. The best part of the experience was the video they took while walking thru Baxter High which looked straight out of The Craft.
5. Mermaid Museum
Another pop-up dedicated to bringing awareness for a tv series was the Mermaid Museum. To celebrate the premiere of Freeform’s series Siren, Freeform and PopSugar teamed up. Featuring a live mermaid, speakeasy-inspired fishing store, photo ops, and giveaways. I loved the fishing store the most because it really felt like you were part of the show. Actors played along to bring you into the Bristol Cove world. The other parts of the pop-up were more general in mermaid theme, which was still cool, just not really Siren entrenched.
For the return of LEGION, a pop-up at the same location of the Mermaid Museum (Goya Studios in Hollywood) was opened. A 360-video installation “Fracture” took guests inside David Haller’s (Dan Stevens) mind. “Our aim was to create an experience that would take the viewer through multiple levels of Haller’s altered states of schizophrenic consciousness,” said New York-based artist Marco Brambilla who created the installation. “A flood of moments, thoughts, and memories are reflected into fragmented mirrored surfaces, these kaleidoscopic reflections completely surround us and we have the sense of assuming the characters’ psychological [point of view].” The photos of Legion are courtesy of Kari Lane.
7. Breakup Bar
Finally, our most current pop-up in Los Angeles is the Breakup Bar. Though not mentioned on their website, the Breakup Bar was put together in support of another Netflix series, The Breaker Uppers. Written, directed, and starring Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami, eexecutive produced by Taika Waititi. All of which worked on What We Do in the Shadows.
The pop-up took over the space next to Severance Wine Bar on Melrose. You can add to the 8 foot wall of broken relationships while watching classic breakup movies. The menu features champagne, punches, and wine based cocktails. Cakes, fondues, macaroons, and an awesome gelato cake are on offer! I bet you can guess which one I had! It was delicious! A ticket to the Breakup Bar includes a complimentary cocktail or sparkling wine flight. Space was very limited in there so I suggest getting a ticket in advance. We had tickets and still had a bit of a wait to get in.
What’s been your favorite pop-up?