Cherry Blossom PUB (Pop-up Bar) Is Bursting with Iconic Blooms, Origami Cranes and Pop Culture Surprises

Japan has officially landed inside James Beard Award-nominated Mockingbird Hill (1843 7th Street NW) and Southern Efficiency (1841 7th Street NW), which have been transformed into Cherry Blossom PUB (Pop-Up Bar), an ode to Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful season open March 1st-April 15th.

After the massive success of the holiday-themed Miracle on 7th Street pop-up experience, Drink Company launches Cherry Blossom PUB with all new detailed decor and themed cocktail and food menus, inspired by the cherry blossom viewing spring season in the nation’s capital.

Draped in pink, Southern Efficiency features handmade cherry blossom “branches” and thousands of origami cranes — and a stunning mural print of iconic D.C. artist Maggie O’Neill’s classic painting “Flynn’s Jefferson Memorial.”

At Mockingbird Hill, nostalgia reigns supreme in the form of the beloved Super Mario Bros., with the entire bar dedicated to the Mushroom Kingdom, from animatronic piranha plants peeking out of green pipes to glowing mystery boxes and a special corner reserved for super villain King Koopa.

Despite their differing decor, the two bars are connected via newly opened doorways between them, opening up a flowing, festive space for even more patrons to enjoy.

Cocktails from Senior Bar Manager Paul Taylor and food by Chef Evan Scarlatelli pay homage to the theme, too, including drinks like the "King Koopa Cup," a mix of Japanese whiskey, Genmaicha "popcorn" tea and ginger syrup with a lemon “crown” and "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Smaller,” made with vodka, mandarin orange, pomelo and apricot soda. Classic Japanese bites like gyoza, seaweed salad and a katsu sandwich are also on the menu, alongside Japanese sake, beer and whiskey offerings.


The Cherry Blossom PUB at Mockingbird Hill and Southern Efficiency is open Wednesday, March 1 through April 15, 5pm to 12:30am Sunday through Thursday and 5pm to 1:30am Friday and Saturday. 

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