The Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Bar has returned to D.C. for it's second year. Featuring a full list of floral- and tea-inspired cocktails ($13) and themed rooms filled with blooms, butterflies and a 10-foot Godzilla, it's a fun way to celebrate the city's best season.
The Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Bar is less than a block from the Shaw-Howard University Metro station, at 1841 7th St. NW.
The main bar is decorated with a thick canopy of blossoms.
The back room bar is surrounded by backdrops that are made for Instagram: floral blooms atop tall hedges with a ceiling covered with paper lanterns and butterflies.
The Beaña Colada, served in a
maneki-neko glass, is made with a rum blend, coconut and red bean paste, creating a unique cocktail that has a lot in common with a milkshake.
Paper lanterns set the mood after the bar opens nightly at 5 p.m. The bar stays open until 12:30 a.m. on weeknights and 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
If you watch closely, you can see the butterflies flutter their wings above your head.
The pagoda and tea house bar is adorned with paper cranes and a mini bridge.
The Cucumber Collins (left) packs in apple brandy, Pineau des Charentes, sparking water and it garnished with a cucumber slice and a lychee fruit. The Cherry Blossom gin and tonic (right) js adorned with a blossom.
For a chance of pace, check out the monstrous Godzilla room (featuring nemesis Mothra).
Don't anger this 10-foot Godzilla, who has their own signature cocktail.
Another bar pays tribute to Tokyo's "Memory Lane" nightlife district.