LONELY PLANET - APRIL 7th, 2017

LONELY PLANET - APRIL 7th, 2017

It’s Washington, D.C.’s turn to Stay Classy - a Will Ferrell-themed bar is coming to town

Much like legendary (fake) San Diego anchorman Ron Burgundy, this is kind of a big deal. Stay Classy, the Will Ferrell-themed pop up bar, is making its way to Washington, D.C. this May.

Zach Neil, who is also responsible for the Tim Burton-themed bar Beetle House NYC, launched Stay Classy in New York City in September of 2015. “After a year of packed fun nights and a whole lot of Whale’s Vagina [one of the bar’s themed cocktails named after an Anchorman quote], I wanted to share the experience with other cities and take the show on the road,” Neil, tells Lonely Planet. The next stop was Hollywood in 2016, while later this month, downtown Boston will host a ten day run, and on 5 May, the bar will descend on D.C.

The Capital wasn’t initially on the agenda, but owner of local restaurant Mythology Todd Luongo saw a news story about Stay Classy on a recent visit to Boston and reached out to Neil. “Who doesn’t like Will Ferrell movies?” says Luongo. “And besides, the theme is just so positive, absurd, ridiculous, and outright fun. D.C. is so divided and contentious and full of stress and negativity right now, there’s no better place to bring this pop-up next.”

The pop-up will feature movie memorabilia and a roster of cocktails named for some of Ferrell’s most notable roles, from Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, (two of Neil’s favorite Ferrell flicks), to Anchorman, and Zoolander, among others. There’s the Shake and Bake, You’re My Boy Blue, and the Smelly Pirate Hooker — a tangy spicy jalapeño margarita. Guests can also channel Ferrell with burgers like the Ma’s Meatloaf burger and the Ricky’s Walker & Texas Ranger BBQ burger.

Stay Classy opens on 5 May and will run for at least one month. Can it bring some much-needed cheer to D.C.? According to Anchorman, 60% of the time it works every time.

AWOL - APRIL 10th, 2017

AWOL - APRIL 10th, 2017

That Will Ferrell-Themed Pop-Up Bar Is About To Land In DC

In homage to the greatest comedic actor of our generation (fight me), Washington DC is getting its very own pop-up bar dedicated to our favourite anchorman Ron Burgundy.

After popping up in major US cities like New York City, Boston and Los Angeles, the owners of the Will Ferrell-themed bar Stay Classy is setting its sights on Washington DC. Inspired by films like Talladega Nights: The Ballard of Ricky BobbyStep BrothersAnchorman and Zoolander, Stay Classy will be filled with matching memorabilia, drinks, food and frivolity.

Owner of DC restaurant Mythology Todd Luongo was the one who reached out to Stay Classy to bring some much needed Ferrell to the DC nightlife. He told Lonely Planet: “Who doesn’t like Will Ferrell movies? And besides, the theme is just so positive, absurd, ridiculous, and outright fun. DC is so divided and contentious and full of stress and negativity right now, there’s no better place to bring this pop-up next.”

As well as costume nights, trivia and countless Ferrell paintings, the drinks menu of Stay Classy is riddled with classic Ferrell quotes. There’s the Glass Case Of Emotion, a cocktail with rosemary and peach, whiskey and lemon juice and  you and a friend could even enjoy the Did We Just Become Best Friends? of two shots. Or you can just settle in with a scotchy scotch scotch. No word on how much cowbell there’ll be.

THE POINTS GUY - MAY 18th, 2017

A Will Ferrell-Themed Bar Will Be Popping Up in DC This May

It’s not the Catalina Wine Mixer, but it’s about as close as you’ll get: Stay Classy, the Will Ferrell-themed pop-up bar that came to life on New York City’s Lower East Side in 2015, will be making its way to Washington, DC in May.

The brainchild of Zach Neil and Brian Link — the folks behind New York’s Tim Burton-loving Beetle House —  the idea to create an entire drinkery around one of Hollywood’s favorite funnymen got off to a somewhat shaky start. Neil told DCist that all they heard were “crickets” during its first few weeks in New York, but once word began to spread, lines began to form, with wannabe patrons sometimes waiting up to four hours to get inside the space. After a 14-month run in the Big Apple, the guys decided to turn the bar into a bit of a roadshow, with the opening in our nation’s capital scheduled for Friday, May 5 (a.k.a. Cinco de Mayo).

Inside, both the bar and its offerings will pay tribute to Ferrell’s entire career, going all the way back to his Saturday Night Live days. Guests will be able to wash down Ma’s Meatloaf sandwich (a reference to Chazz Reinhold, Ferrell’s Wedding Crashers character) with a number of Ferrell-ified cocktails. With names like Milk Was a Bad Choice, You’re My Boy Blue, Glass Case of Emotion and Smelly Pirate Hooker, we can only assume they’ll taste better than they sound.

Stay Classy will be located on H Street NE, and plans to stick around for at least a month. While we can’t promise any jazz flute, we do know that the bar has hired a mustachioed Ron Burgundy impersonator to sit behind an anchor desk and make announcements — like drink specials — to the crowd. It’s kind of a big deal.

H/T: DCist

DCIST -  MAY 16, 2017

DCIST - MAY 16, 2017

By DCist contributor Leigh Giangreco

When Todd Luongo got his inspiration to host a Will Ferrell pop-up bar, which opened at his H street restaurant Mythology (816 H St. NE) earlier this month, he heard about it the way any self respecting Ferrell fan would: a news report from a local anchorman.

During a trip to Boston, Luongo caught a report on the “Stay Classy” bar opening in town. He saw fertile ground for a Ferrell stint in D.C., which had exploded with pop-ups and welcomed an official "Anchorman" exhibit at the Newseum ahead of the film’s sequel in 2013.

Luongo also felt that the pure absurdity of a bar filled with "Stepbrothers" and "Talladega Nights" references was just the antidote D.C. needed following a contentious presidential election. Unlike political loyalties, he believes an affinity for Ferrell can bridge the gap between Democrats and Republicans.

“There isn’t one person I know who doesn’t love at least one Will Ferrell movie. And if there is, don’t want to know that person,” he says. “Not everyone likes every one of his movies, but find me one person who doesn’t like at least one or can’t quote at least five taglines.”

Luongo called up Zach Neil, who started the Stay Classy pop-up in New York and has since covered the country’s watering holes from coast to coast in mustaches and Mugatu paraphernalia.

“Will Ferrell has been the guy that can make you laugh on your worst day,” Neil says. “I feel like we’re bringing a moving party everywhere we go.”

With a bar dedicated to Ferrell’s oeuvre, Neil made sure to cover his legal bases when he set up the original pop-up. But while he examined whether he could name drinks after Ferrell's Anchorman character Ron Burgundy, Ferrell himself got in touch with Neil. The actor visited Stay Classy in New York and the two eventually collaborated on events for press junkets, including a guest spot making themed drinks on The Andy Cohen Show.

The New York bar also hosted events benefiting Ferrell’s charity, Cancer for Colleges, which raises money for students who battled cancer in their adolescence and would otherwise struggle to pay for school. The pop-up bar in D.C. sells t-shirts emblazoned with phrases like “Smelly Pirate Hooker” and proceeds go toward the charity.

One of Stay Classy’s signature cocktails ($10-$16) also references Burgundy’s “Smelly Pirate Hooker” insult from Anchorman. The margarita is as fun to drink as it is to order, with a sweet and spicy citrus taste that sneaks up on you with a latent jalapeno heat. For those seeking a bit of whiskey to pair with their collection of leather bound books, there’s the Shake and Bake, a super-charged whiskey sour that sparkles with ginger beer and muddled cherry. Most of Stay Classy’s drinks feature irreverent names, but patrons shouldn’t be shy about ordering them.

“At some point, I’ve watched someone’s grandmother order a Whale’s Vagina or a Big Foot’s Dick,” Neil says. “It’s all in good fun.”

Other cocktails like “Great Odin’s Raven” and “Beard of Zeus” play on Burgundy’s obsession with mythology, but also dovetail with the restaurant’s namesake, which is a nod to the Atlas strip of H Street.

D.C. is the first Ferrell pop-up featuring a full food menu along with themed drinks—and the main dishes don’t stray from the irreverent or deep-cut references. Fans of Mythology will recognize most of them from the restaurant's standard menu.

“A nice seafood dinner” ($19) includes cajun fried shrimp, crayfish, and cheddar grits, but don't blame Stay Classy if your date doesn't call you back afterwards. If you need more vegetarian options there’s always More Cowbell ($19), a curried chickpea ragout with stewed eggplant and spinach.

Luongo also serves his restaurant’s signature frites ($13) in a large human head-shaped vase, with the frites emerging from its skull like Athena springing from Zeus’ head. The fries are more than your average potato though. Frites like the Wess Mantooth are covered in crab, bisque, and Old Bay, while the Fantana takes on an Eastern flavor with grilled beef and kimchi.

Listen carefully to the bar’s playlist, which includes “Don’t Fear the Reaper” from the infamous Saturday Night Live cowbell skit. Every time the song comes on, the bar gives a house shot to every person in the bar.

While it was originally billed as a one-month run, Stay Classy will stay open through July. They plan to host several weekend theme parties featuring various Ferrell movies, including a Catalina wine mixer. And when the bar opens its rooftop, Mythology will turn into an “Old School” bash complete with red Solo cups. The party might even include jello wrestling, insurance provided, Neil notes. Either way, patrons will be able to partake in a drink called “We’re going streaking.”

“Our goal would be we have such a good time, we would go streaking after,” Zach says. “Something tells me the president won’t mind.”

As a nod to both Anchorman and Ferrell’s earlier mustachioed Saturday Night Live impersonation, Robert Goulet, Stay Classy will throw a mustache bash every Saturday. Gentlemen and ladies are encouraged to come with follicles, real or not, and the bar will give away cash prizes for the best mustache. If patrons don’t arrive with their own mustache, the bar has packs of adhesive handlebars ready to go.

Mythology's Stay Classy pop-up is open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The bar is open from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sundays. Reservations are available through the restaurant's website. They'll be open through July.

ONTAP ONLINE - June 3, 2017

ONTAP ONLINE - June 3, 2017

Stay Classy, DC: Will Ferrell Pop-Up Hits H Street

June 3, 2017/in Eat/Drink /by On Tap staff

Need more cowbell? Head to Mythology in the H Street Corridor this summer for a pop-up celebrating all things Will Ferrell, from drink and food menus inspired by his best lines (Smelly Pirate Hooker and You’re My Boy, Blue are just a few of the cocktails offered) to an Instagram-worthy Anchorman newsroom set. We caught up with owner Todd Luongo about his restaurant’s transformation. He’s kind of a big deal.

On Tap: What inspired you to transform Mythology into a Will Ferrell pop-up?
Todd Luongo: There’s just so much pure absurdity, hilarity and escapist fun associated with Will Ferrell characters. I knew DC would love the concept. So, I tracked down the founder of the pop-up, Zach Neil, and pitched the idea of bringing his awesome “Stay Classy” party to DC.

OT: How would you describe the pop-up’s decor?
TL: Joyous absurdity. I love all the set pieces and artwork, but Ron Burgundy’s jazz flute is definitely one of my favorites. Also, the Anchorman newsroom set is fantastic.

OT: Any special events coming up? 
TL: We are currently throwing a mustache ball every Saturday night. Everyone is encouraged to come with their best mustache, and we provide fake mustaches to those that don’t have their own. Prizes are awarded for the best mustache (whether it be real or fake). We will also be hosting an Old School-style keg party.

OT: What’s your favorite drink on the menu? Food item?
TL: Great Odin’s Raven (rum, lemon, ginger, Odin, raven’s beak) and the Beard of Zeus (white tequila, smoked pineapple juice) are refreshing summer drinks, and also a great bridge between Will Ferrell references and Mythology. And you haven’t lived until you’ve sipped on a Whale’s Vagina. When I opened a restaurant, I never thought I’d be serving a dish called Dirty Diaper with Indian Food, but I am and it’s amazing. It’s curried hummus, and we’ve been told on more than one occasion by guests that it’s among the best hummus they’ve had.

OT: How long do you plan to keep the pop-up open?
TL: We are playing it by ear, but we hope to at least run it through the summer. [Locals] will let us know how long they want to keep the “Stay Classy” party in town at Mythology.

OT: Is this a one-time pop-up or do you have something else up your sleeve?
TL: Our guests (and staff) are having too much fun for this to be a
one-off. We have some amazing long-term plans for the next one that I know DC will love.

Mythology: 816 H St. NE, DC; 202-847-0098; www.mythology-lore.com

FLIRT.COM - MAY 24, 2017

FLIRT.COM - MAY 24, 2017

Whether you live in our nation’s capital or if you’re just visiting and want to meet local singles who can show you around, you’re going to want to hit up some of the city’s best locations. There’s no denying that Washington DC is brimming with fun and unique restaurants, museums, and tourist attractions, we’ve scoured through them all to find some of the best places to meet singles in Washington DC. As you read through our list, you may come across some of your favorites, but also may find new spots to check out!

WASHINGTON CITY PAPER - MARCH 1st, 2017

WASHINGTON CITY PAPER - MARCH 1st, 2017

Timed passes to see Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors have been going faster than a Saturday night dinner slot at Rose’s Luxury. If you’re lucky enough to enter the much-hyped exhibit full of polka dots, pumpkins, and infinity mirrors, you might as well make a night of it. Dine and drink at these places where the decor is just eccentric enough to make Kusama smile.

ZAGAT - NOVEMBER 17th, 2016

ZAGAT - NOVEMBER 17th, 2016

This Atlas District newcomer boasts no fewer than a dozen types of fries on its menu — six that are dusted with various seasonings inspired by such flavors as sushi and Bloody Marys, and six in the smothered category. Among these, we loved the bowl of frites tossed with sherry-crab bisque and jumbo lump crabmeat, complete with chunky Old Bay tartar sauce and slivers of green onion. Other varieties include bulgogi, mushroom, tasso, pastrami and French onion.

IN A DC MINUTE - NOVEMBER 14th, 2016

IN A DC MINUTE - NOVEMBER 14th, 2016

There’s a new date night spot in town that’s unlike any other in DC. Tom and I spent a recent evening under the clouds at Mythology on H Street celebrating a recent promotion he received at work with an especially fun dinner.

Yes, there are clouds hanging from the ceiling, and the whimsy doesn’t stop there. Playing on their location in the “Atlas Neighborhood” on the H Street Corridor, Mythology feels magical from the moment you enter. There is not much else on this particular stretch of H Street, but you once you arrive you won’t want to go anywhere else.