Drink Company is quickly tossing out its cherry blossoms and butterflies to install vaulted ceilings, multi-armed columns and stained glass windows for a royal wedding. And they have just four days to do it. The Cherry Blossom Pop-Up will close April 29, and the Royal Wedding PUB is set to open May 4 on 7th Street NW. It will stick around until May 20, the day after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot.
“We want people to feel like they’re apart of this amazing day that celebrates love around the world,” Fetherston said.n
nThe Royal Wedding PUB is taking one of Drink Company's three adjoining bars -- a space formerly home to the bar Eat the Rich. Matt Fox, one of the leads behind the decor, said he researched the wedding venue’s history and traditions to transform the bar into the real Windsor Castle and its chapel.
Fox tracked down the official royal British flag maker to make detailed replicas of heraldic standards (flags) that represent the knights of the Order of the Garter. The Order is the oldest British Order of Chivalry dating back to the 1300’s.n
nA Buckingham Palace inspired throne room will feature two “massive mahogany thrones” sure to attract Instagrammers. Crowns, scepters, robes and other props will also be available for selfies in the regal red room.
The British Embassy's chef is crafting a signature replica of the couple’s lemon elderflower wedding cake, which guests can buy a raffle ticket to win. The Embassy also offered to transport congratulatory letters to Kensington Palace. You can slip your well wishes into a special mailbox at the bar.
nThe head barman Paul Taylor said the drink “God Save the Queen” is inspired by the Queen herself, one of ten unique cocktails on the menu. The martini is served with a crown and is made with her majesty’s favorite gin, Beefeater.
In an ode to the American princess, the “Markle Sparkle” is a springtime spritzer that contains touches of edible glitter, rose cider, aperol and sparkling water. A take on a French 75 dubbed “Put a Ring on It” even comes with a fake engagement ring. The founders said they hope to see a real engagements take place at the bar.
n“In England, they love their commemorative plates, mugs, all sorts of things,” Fetherston said. That’s why “When Harry Met Meghan”, a scotch drink with Kings Ginger liqueur, is served in a commemorative mug for the royal wedding. Sip another fun cocktail called “Strawberry Cuppa” from a specialty teacup, supplied from a partnership with Waterford Crystal (pictured above). It’s served with shortbread cookies to mimic a tea service in England.
On the day of the wedding, May 19, the venue is set to host a ticketed event for wedding watchers to celebrate. Proceeds from the event, as well as the wedding cake raffle tickets, will go to The Invictus Games Foundation, a sporting event for wounded service members and veterans.
nThe CEO said they’re still fine-tuning the details of the breakfast. “We can’t serve alcohol until 8, but we’ll certainly be open," Fetherston said. The procession is set to start at 7 a.m.n n“Ultimately, British royal weddings have the power to unite people around the world,” she said.