City Paper is not for tourists
Barrel made waves (and long lines) when it debuted a pop-up Trump bar in October, featuring oversized menus designed to make hands look tiny and other cheeky jabs at the then Republican nominee.
Now that inauguration week has arrived, the Capitol Hill bar is launching a satirical sequel Tuesday night. The new pop-up is dubbed “Unpresidented,” after an ironic spelling error made by the President-elect on Twitter.
Located in the downstairs Elixir Bar, the Unpresidented pop-up should feel like a Russian victory party, according to bar manager Parker Girard. The space has been completely transformed, but the centerpiece is a mural depicting Trump as Jesus Christ at the Last Supper. He’s surrounded by his cabinet picks and individuals associated with his campaign.
Maybe tweets of the mural will garner a “SAD!” response from Trump on the social media platform he fancies as much as fast food.
As far as drinks, guests can order a “Moscow Mole” with Russian Standard Vodka, ginger, fish sauce, jalapeno, honey, lime, and ginger beer; a “Red Scare” with Russian Standard Vodka, blanc vermouth, Campari, and orange liqueur; and of course, a White Russian.
Then there’s the “This Drink Costs $29 at the Trump Hotel.” Indeed, that’s how much bartenders charge for a glass of Willett Pot Still bourbon, honey, and orange bitters in the former Old Post Office building. At the Unpresidented pop-up, it runs a still-painful $14.
Beer drinkers will find $9 pours of Baltika, plus two domestic Russian imperial stouts.
The Unpresidented pop-up will run from Jan. 17-21 nightly from 6 p.m. to close. Judging by the 12 cases of Russian vodka purchased, they’re expecting big crowds.
While the bar has over-the-top decor, including Putin cut-outs, Girard recognizes the seriousness of hacking allegations against Russia. “For this to be as relevant as it is, is legitimately terrifying.”
Barrel, 613 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; (202) 543-3622; barreldc.com