A Rick and Morty Pop-Up Bar Is Coming to Washington, D.C.

Karlin Villondo Photography
Karlin Villondo Photography

If you need evidence of how passionate Rick and Morty fans are about their beloved animated series, just look back at how a simple joke about Mulan-inspired Szechuan sauce caused pandemonium at McDonald's restaurants across the country when the chain attempted to sell the product in real life. Now the show has inspired yet another ingestible novelty for loyal followers to flock to, this time in the form of a pop-up bar in Washington, D.C.

The Wubba Lubba Dub PUB will debut on August 16 and features a menu full of Rick and Morty-themed cocktails, including Concentrated Dark Matter (Armagnac, vermouth, amaro, and orange oil), Mr. Poopybutthole (whiskey and fortified apples), Pickle Rick Back (Old Grand Dad Bonded and Gordy’s pickle brine), and the aptly named Existence is Pain (gin, blanc vermouth, blue curacao, coconut water, lemon, and absinthe).

The bar itself will also be a boozy house of worship to all things Rick and Morty. According to the company, there will be a recreation of Rick's garage-turned-lab, a reverse giraffe, their Space Cruiser, and a special entrance for patrons dressed as the oddball duo.


The Existence is Pain cocktail at the Wubba Lubba Dub PUB.
Karlin Villondo Photography

If the idea of a pop culture pop-up bar sounds familiar, it’s because Wubba Lubba Dub PUB was created by Drink Company, which also launched temporary watering holes like the Royal Wedding PUB and Game of Thrones PUB. And the whole venture is about more than just reciting Rick and Morty quotes and sipping on a Mr. Poopybutthole—at the end of the bar’s run, there will be an art auction with pieces inspired by the show. The proceeds will go to Destination Imagination, a nonprofit organization aimed at fostering creativity and innovation in students through STEM.

The Wubba Lubba Dub PUB will be open August 16 through October 6 on Sundays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. It will be located at 1839 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C. For more information, head over to the Wubba Lubba Dub PUB website.


Morty’s Mind Blower cocktail at Wubba Lubba Dub PUB.
Karlin Villondo Photography

It's Official: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Confirmed for Doctor Strange Sequel

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

Just when Marvel fans began focusing all of their attention on poring over even the tiniest details in the Avengers: Endgame trailer, Marvel has announced that a Doctor Strange sequel is officially happening.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Derrickson will return to the director’s chair, and although he co-wrote the first film alongside Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, no writer has been announced for the second outing yet.

Benedict Cumberbatch will, of course, reprise his role as Dr. Stephen Strange, and Benedict Wong will be returning as Wong. Industry insiders suspect Rachel McAdams will be back as Strange’s love interest, Dr. Christine Palmer, but no formal announcement has been made.

We last saw Doctor Strange earlier this year in Avengers: Infinity War, where he sadly disintegrated into dust at the hands of Thanos’s snap. As most fan theories believe, many of our favorite superheroes will be brought back to life in Avengers: Endgame, which will be the next time we see Cumberbatch’s character. Although his appearance in Avengers: Endgame might only be through flashbacks, and Doctor Strange 2 could still take place before Infinity War, it’s not likely.

Sources say production is being eyed for a spring 2020 start, with a suspected release date around spring 2021. But a lot can happen between now and then, especially depending on what Avengers: Endgame reveals.

George RR Martin Swears He'll Finish The Winds of Winter—He Just Won't Say When

Rich Polk, Getty Images for IMDb
Rich Polk, Getty Images for IMDb

It would be an understatement to say Game of Thrones fans are in a bit of distress right now. For one, we have the eighth and final season of the HBO series, which will premiere in April, looming over us. At the same time, we’re scrambling to gather any information we can about the Game of Thrones prequel series. But above all, we’re waiting for George RR Martin to finish The Winds of Winter, the next novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, which inspired the beloved TV show.

The Winds of Winter has been particularly difficult for Martin to finish, according to the acclaimed author. In order to keep active, he has focused his efforts on other projects, such as his recently released companion book Fire and Blood. This perceived procrastination hasn't sat well with his fans—some of whom are convinced we will never see his ending to the story.

Martin has heard all the complaints, and took to his blog on December 10 to give an update on the novel that fans have been awaiting for more than seven years, writing:

"[M]y thanks go out to my fans and readers. I know you want WINDS, and I am going to give it to you ... but I am delighted that you stayed with me for [the new book Fire & Blood] as well. Your patience and unflagging support means the world to me. Enjoy the read. Me, I am back in my fortress of solitude, and back in Westeros. It won’t be tomorrow, and it won’t be next week, but you will get the end of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE."

While there's no reason to doubt the veracity of Martin's promise, fans are understandably still skeptical. After The Winds of Winter, there’s still one more novel, A Dream of Spring, to close out the story. At this point, we’re probably better off counting down the days until Game of Thrones's final season premieres ... or the prequel series.

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