Winter is here…or at least it felt like it on Saturday when I braved the freak late April snowstorm to meet friends at Final Throne, Chicago’s newest “Game of Thrones” pop-up bar. Hosted by the same group behind the popular winter bar Frosty’s, this three floor pop-up thought of every detail to bring HBO’s beloved “Game of Thrones” to life.
While it might not actually be snowing when you walk up, you enter the bar through a long ramp that will make you feel like you’re atop the wall. The iconic opening song plays over speakers, and you’re immersed immediately into George R. R. Martin’s world. A looming statue with glowing blue eyes greets you, alongside giant doors from the house of black and white.
On the ground floor of the bar, there are photo stations galore including a life-sized weirwood tree from the godswood, the hall of faces, and the iron throne. When you’re done posting to your Instagram story, head to the bar for some refreshments.
Final Throne hired a cocktail expert to design delicious, themed drinks. Each libation is titled with a clever name and nod to the show. The bar also stocks the “Game of Thrones” labeled wines and White Walker by Johnny Walker scotch.
To start off, I ordered the bartender-recommended “baenerys,” a grapefruit rosé with a jalapeno twist, a tip of the hat to the fiery dragon queen. I’m a big fan of spicy drinks, but this one is considerably mild and perfect for those who aren’t fans of heat. My friend Cyrene opted for a “John Snows nothing,”which was an electric blue drink and poured by a bartender in full costume, complete with bare chest and leather harness.
For our second round, I went with the “demon monkey,” a reference to everyone’s favorite “half-man.” This sangria mixes apple and peach flavors with a pinot noir. It tastes like apple juice and is immensely enjoyable. Cyrene ordered “milk of the poppy,” a dragon fruit rum daiquiri. It’s a very photogenic drink, so make sure to snap one before slurping it down.
If you’re looking to dish over last week’s episodes, take your drinks upstairs to Littlefinger’s brothel. The upstairs room is lush with red curtains and gold statues. In the back corner, you’ll find a life-sized dragon perfect for a group photo. On occasion, he releases a puff of smoke, adding to the realism of your Westerosian adventure.
This is a Stark (lol) difference to the basement floor, where you’ll enter the chilly North. Photo options include the night king (R.I.P.), a floor to ceiling poster with Tyrion’s “I drink and I know things” quote, a beheading station complete with sword, a mural where you can take on a fire-breathing dragon, and Daenerys’ dorthraki tent, dragon eggs included.
On all three floors, you’ll find actors milling around in costume, looking like they just left the set. Some fan favorites were Arya, who will pose with you with her dagger at your throat, and Ramsey, who devilishly smiles while holding a sausage on a fork.
Final Throne is slated to run through the end of May. The bar can be especially crowded on weekend nights, so it’s suggested that you buy admission and drink tickets in advance. Group tickets and reserved seating are also available. Tickets can be ordered online.
Final Throne, 809 W Evergreen Ave, Chicago, (312) 535-3355