Wan­der the big screen

ALEXAN­DRA HOBBS TELLS US ABOUT BARS & RESTRAURANTS THEMED AF­TER THEIR FA­MOUS COUNTER PARTS

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Many of us watch tele­vi­sion and change the chan­nel, but some­times we find a show that truly res­onates. For me it was Twin Peaks, as odd as that show can be. Part of me wishes that I could travel to Twin Peaks and see the Sher­iff’s sta­tion or stay at the Great North­ern Ho­tel. Although I can’t do that, I can go to the diner where Agent Cooper had a “damn, good cup of cof­fee” and some cherry pie. Lots of shows have huge fol­low­ings nowa­days; bars and restau­rants are pop­ping up all over the world with TV/Movie themes. Here are some of the coolest around.

GAME OF THRONES BAR, WASH­ING­TON DC

Game of Thrones Pop-Up Bar takes place ev­ery sin­gle day un­til Au­gust 27 at 1839-1843 7th St. NW. Its web­site paints an en­tic­ing pic­ture: “At the Game of Thrones PUB, guests will visit scenes from the North, the Red Keep, Mereen, the House of Black and White, and the Throne Room. Cock­tails such as What is Dead May Never Die and The Lan­nis­ters Send their Re­gards will be paired with the show’s sound­track. Swords, drag­ons, horns, and an Iron Throne help cel­e­brate the show’s sum­mer re­turn.” It in­deed has just about ev­ery­thing ex­cept dire wolves, grayscale out­breaks and po­lit­i­cal back­stab­bing. pop­up­bardc.com

BAR LUCE, MI­LAN

Wes Anderson-de­signed bar; Grand Bu­dapest Ho­tel-themed. Within the newly opened Prada Foun­da­tion, an art and culture com­plex, is a bar de­signed by film di­rec­tor Wes Anderson. Bar Luce opened in May and feels like a set for one of his visu­ally strik­ing films. Com­plete with a Steve Zis­sou pin­ball ma­chine, the bar could eas­ily be­come a must-visit des­ti­na­tion for Anderson fans. On the menu are a se­lec­tion of pas­tries, cof­fee and al­co­holic drinks. fon­dazioneprada.org

WAL­TER’S COF­FEE ROASTERY, IS­TAN­BUL

Deniz Kosan has cre­ated an un­likely homage to the meth­cook­ing world of Walt and Jesse in a stylish Is­tan­bul cof­fee shop. The stain­less steel grey and bright yel­low color scheme, and science lab decor places you into the world of Break­ing Bad, with baris­tas wear­ing yel­low cov­er­alls. Cof­fee is served in chem­i­cal

beakers, with ac­com­pa­ni­ments in smaller mea­sur­ing cylin­ders so you can con­coct your cof­fee like a sci­en­tific ex­per­i­ment. wal­ter­scoffeeroast­ery.com

TWEDE’S CAFÉ, NORTH BEND, WASH­ING­TON

If you’re a fan of the showTwin

Peaks, then it’s manda­tory for you to or­der a slice of cherry pie and “ex­cuse me, a damn fine cup o’ cof­fee. ”Twede’s Cafe is a fam­ily-owned restau­rant that be­came su­per fa­mous in the 90s af­ter David Lynch de­cided to make it the set­ting of his TV show. twedescafe.com

If you hap­pen to be in Lon­don be­tween Oct 21 - Nov 21 2017, the events com­pany Lemon­ade and Laugh­ing Gas is throw­ing a Twin Peaks themed evening.The £66.50 ticket in­cludes a three-course meal, along with “one of the finest cock­tails in the Tri-Coun­ties” and en­try to the Owl’s Nest bar. If that seems a bit steep, the £6 Owl’s Nest Ticket gives you a “quick pit-stop at a road­side bar, with po­ten­tial to turn into a full on mind-bend­ing, back­wards-talk­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.” notwhatthey­seem.com/the­owls

THE LOCK­HART, TORONTO

Named af­ter the ec­cen­tric Pro­fes­sor Gilderoy Lock­hart from the Harry Pot­ter se­ries, the Lock­hart is draw­ing in fans of the wizard from around the globe. On en­try you are greeted by a mu­ral of a stag pa­tronus, the de­fen­sive charm con­jured by Harry, a menu of cock­tails en­ti­tled “po­tions and elixirs” and a bar watched over by a Ha­grid fig­urine. th­e­lock­hart.ca

GE­ORGE’S BAR, MEL­BOURNE

As most peo­ple know, you can visit the fa­mous “Monks” on broad­way in NYC where Jerry, Elaine and Ge­orge used to meet for cof­fee and eats. If you’re look­ing for some­thing more “Ge­orge” ori­ented and hap­pen to be in Aus­tralia, check out Ge­orge’s – a bar solely ded­i­cated to the man him­self. If, for ex­am­ple, you’ve al­ways wanted to pre­tend you’re an ar­chi­tect / marine bi­ol­o­gist/im­porter-ex­porter/la­tex sales­man, the “Art Van­de­lay” toastie with dou­ble cheese may just be for you. On the bev­er­age side, you can get your­self one of their spe­cialty cock­tails like the “Marisa Tomei” (Ge­orge’s in­ex­pli­ca­ble-but­fleet­ing se­cret lover) or the “Hand Model” (his equally short-lived ca­reer path). georges­bar.com.au

Wes Anderson themed Grand Bu­dapest Ho­tel Bar at the Prada Foun­da­tion in Mi­lan

“Harry Pot­ter” themed bar in Toronto named af­ter a fa­mous char­ac­ter

David Lynch’s Twin Peaks comes to life at this Diner in Wash­ing­ton

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