A pop-up bar in Washington D.C. is going all out for president elect Donald Trump. From January 17-21, the weekend Trump will take the oath of office, the Elixir Bar will become a 100-percent Trump bar, and it will operate under the name “Unpresidented.”
The name comes from a typo in a Trump tweet, and the atmosphere of the bar is decidedly Russian. Every drink is made with Russian Standard vodka, except for a replica of a cocktail from the Trump Hotel made with Willet bourbon, honey, and orange bitters. It’s called “This Drink Costs $29 at The Trump Hotel” (which is true). It only costs $14 at Unpresidented.
This isn’t the first time a bar has revamped this political season. Before Trump won the election, Elixir Bar had a pop up inspired by Trump’s most infamous quotes, and ‘Merica Bar in New York City parodied the extreme nationalist attitude in the country. Everything changed after America’s electoral college spoke, though.
“After he actually won the election, all of a sudden, running a satire bar and the joke in general kind of fell flat,” Brad Ingwell, an operating partner at the bar, told the Washingtonian. “Before, we weren’t trying to offend anyone… Now, this is more along the liens of, ‘he’s insane, this is insane.’”
He also added that the bar’s current iteration is going to be “extremely offensive” and “completely ridiculous.” Unpresidented isn’t afraid to exercise it’s right to free speech.
Perhaps you’re not into vodka but you’re still curious about the bar. There’s some American craft beer, but each one has a Russian-inspired name like “Old Rasputin.” If it’s all a bit much for you and you happen to be thirsty in Washington D.C. on the weekend of the inauguration, be sure to check out VinePair’s D.C. bar guide.
For those who are less than happy about the outcome of the election, the Unpresidented bar is sure to be an unprecedented way to welcome the new most powerful man in the free world into office.