Drinks, Dragons and Dothraki: Replay Lincoln Park extends Game of Thrones Pop Up in Chicago

It was a year and half ago that Replay Lincoln Park owner, Mark Kwiatkowski turned his already popular arcade bar into the iconic Moe’s Tavern from The Simpsons. Inspired by seeing a pop-up of the set of Stranger Things tv show, Moe’s was the first of about ten pop-ups that he’s hosted in his establishment. With suggestions from friends and family, Kwiatkowski has covered Simpsons to Star Wars and The Office to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. “There is no exact science to it,” explained Kwiatkowski. “My son started watching the Simpsons and I remember watching it as a teenager, so that was a no brainer for me.”

This past February, Kwiatkowski and his team who have named themselves The Pop-Up Squad decided to tackle a bigger project. And so, the Game of Thrones Pop-Up made its debut to excited fans from every realm of Chicago and the nation. “Its been a huge success,” said Kwiatkowski. “There is a lot of creativity with this one, and there are some things that require some engineering type of thinking.”

The Pop-Up Squad had their work cut out for them for this one as well, as most pop ups only took up part of the space at Replay, but for GoT, they used the entire 9000 ft area. “We hold 600 people,” explained Kwiatkowski. “So, if you want to sit on the throne, you may have to wait in line for a while if you don’t come early.”

For those that want to act like a Lannister and throw around a few extra bucks, the Bucketlist GoT Experience can be purchased for $30 and that includes express entry into the bar day or night, a commemorative t-shirt, print, glass and a $10 drink token. “We just wanted to do something extra for the fans,” said Kwiatskowski. “And this is a great deal.”

With opening his first arcade called Headquarters in 2012 in what is now known as the Back Room of Replay, after rebranding and expanding in 2016, Kwiatkowski and his team have seemed to have found a niche for pop culture pop-ups and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. “We are going to keep riding the pop-up train,” explained Kwiatkowski. “It’s fun, it keeps fan excited, the demographics of the pop ups are pretty diverse and its exposed what we have with the arcade to the fans coming to see the pop ups.” And much like the last season of Game of Thrones, Kwiatkowski is going to make fans wait and find out what Replay’s next pop-up will be. “I’m pretty sure I know what I’m doing next but I’m not ready to announce it yet.”

For more information or to purchase the Bucketlist GoT Experience visit, www.replaylincolnpark.com

Picture courtesy of Replay Lincoln Park

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