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.