Fans of the British Monarchy and the upcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle won’t want to miss D.C.’s newest pop-up bar. The limited-time Royal PUB opened on May 4 with decor and drinks inspired by the British crown. The bar is located at 1839 7th in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood and will run through May 20 –one day after the anticipated wedding takes place.
“It’s hard not to get swept up in the romance of a royal wedding, especially when it involves a modern, real-life fairytale,” says Angie Fetherston, CEO of Drink Company, the group behind the project. “I’ve been a superfan of the royals since I was a kid and knew as soon as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were engaged that we had to bring a slice of their day to all of the fans who want to experience a little bit of the fantasy — fascinators and all.”
Once inside, bargoers are transported to a castle-like atmosphere with flags, greenery and stone-like features. The main attraction is a throne room photo area, complete with props like robes, crowns and even corgis. (not live ones, unfortunately!) Snapping a picture here with a teacup and saucer in hand is sure to be an Instagram hit.
The Royal PUB drink menu features 11 original cocktails that each draw inspiration from traditions of the United Kingdom. The Kensington Garden party is a refreshing mix of Pimm’s, raspberry quinquina and sparkling lemon soda. For something with more of a kick, try the Strawberry Cuppa, which blends two types of Scotch whisky and strawberry vermouth inside a teacup. And for something simple, go for with the classic gin martini, known here as the God Save The Queen. Most drinks are $13 with a few priced at $14. Wedding cake shots can be purchased for $5, and there are several options for beer, wine and nonalcoholic drinks.
In addition to selling drinks, the bar is also offering a couple of ways to support the Invictus Games Foundation, an international sporting event founded by Prince Harry that benefits wounded servicemen and women. For $2, guests can write and send a handwritten note of congratulations to the royal couple, which the British Embassy will deliver to Kensington Palace. There will also be raffle tickets on sale for a chance to win a replica of the royal wedding cake baked by the official chef of the British Embassy in Washington. Finally, tickets will be sold to the wedding day watch party on May 19, with all proceeds going to the charity.
So get out your best spring wedding attire and spend an evening getting into the English spirit. After all, this is just about the next best thing to an official invitation.
The Royal PUB is open through May 20. Hours are Sundays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. No reservations.