Come to the Dark Side (Bar), Popping Up in a Galaxy Near You

If you only knew the power of the Darkside’s cocktails...

By Ethan L. Johns
November 17, 2017

Image: Darkside Bar

It’s no Mos Eisley Cantina, nor is it a tavern on Takodana. No, these watering holes are much darker indeed, and they’re located in a galaxy close, close by (hint: it’s called the Milky Way).

On planet Earth, in three cities across the United States, a bar is popping up to honor the coming of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It’s the Darkside Bar, and it’s open for a limited time (between November 15th and January 14th) in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

At the Darkside Bar, visitors can meet their fathers for a drink, or just drop by Solo. There are cocktails that smoke and light up with LED ice cubes. The decor is dark (duh), and looks a bit like the inside of the Death Star’s hallways. Visitors are encouraged to dress up; those who don’t will be “frown[ed] at the whole time.” There will be alien burlesque performances as well as alien speed dating activities.

Book online through the bar’s reservation page, or try for a walk-in—if you dare. Online reservations cost $33 a person, where in-person ticket purchases cost $40. Each ticket is good for two drinks, with “galaxy-inspired” menu items, like soy-BBQ-glazed octopus on a stick, available a la carte.

Get there while you can, before the Death Star focuses its kyber crystal-powered superlaser on Earth and the pop-up is destroyed.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns