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Get Thee to This ‘Game of Thrones’ Pop Up Bar

Winter is here, we know this because it’s really cold…and also, everyone everywhere is talking about Game of Thrones. It has roughly been 519 days since the last episode of HBO’s cultural phenomenon, based on George R.R Martin’s epic series of fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, aired. We still have to wait another torturous 76 days to see everyone’s favorite incestuous couple arrive at Winterfell. Sansa will be pissed, The Three-Eyed Raven/Bran will be stoic, and Arya will probably hug Jon while we all cry. We’re invested in the fate of Westeros in the unhealthiest of ways, and we DO NOT CARE.

 

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Some of us will remember the night Jon Snow marched on Winterfell with an army of wildlings in an attempt to take back his home and save his flat-footed brother from resident sleaze ball Ramsey Bolton=The Battle of The Bastards. This battle took place on the same night Lebron James’ Cavaliers faced off against the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the 2016 NBA finals. Some of us were torn between two watch parties, perhaps more than two depending upon one’s likability. It was a night plagued by conflict; two narratives, similar in scope, dissimilar in emotional resonance.

 

*Cue melodramatic GoT music*

 

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For those of us who bid their companions farewell by simply reminding them of how dark and full of terrors the night is, the decision was easy: make new friends, basketball doesn’t matter. It is with this kind of devotion to George R.R. Martin’s creation that we “patiently” await the return of our favorite show. As April 14th draws nearer, the people of Chicago await GoT’s return with the help of a very particular vice…

 

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Replay Lincoln Park, an arcade bar in Chicago will host a GoT pop-up beginning on February 1st. The experience is being referenced to as “Winter 2019,” and will feature a variety of Westerosi feels. In addition to the expected White Walker and Iron Throne references, the pop up will also include Ommegang Brewery’s Game of Thrones beers, such as Arbor Gold and Fire & Blood. There will also be a bunch of wine, Dothraki cocktails and a dwarf who drinks whilst knowing things. Hardcore fans can purchase a VIP ticket for 20$ that will include souvenir like things yadda yadda but most importantly—priority access to the bar. Replay Lincoln Park will also be hosting other GoT themed events over the course of next month, such as a Red Wedding feast, jousting tournament and a GoT trivia night every Thursday until March 1st.

 

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Until April 14th, we will all just have to go to places like Chicago to get our GoT fix. When that fateful day arrives, people are going to watch the final season in various different ways; I for one have ordered myself an exact replica of Longclaw and will sit with it in front of my television while the end unfolds. The men and women of the Burlington Bar, another bar in Chicago, will continue their boisterous watch parties for all the world to see…

 

 

Look at those wonderful souls.

 

P.S. According to Oddsshark, Vegas odds have Bran taking the Iron Throne. Nah, Gendry for sure.

 

 

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9 Wizarding Birthday Cakes for Harry Potter

It’s time to celebrate: both J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter have birthdays today! Over the years, fans have been inspired by Harry Potter to make creative and beautiful birthday cakes for themselves. Which of these magical creations is your favorite?

 

 

 

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5 Summer Reads and the Perfect Drinks to Go with Them!

With the heat of the summer upon us, people come out of hiding for all the awesome seasonal festivities to enjoy. Whether it’s parties, holidays, barbeques, or going to the beach everyone comes out in droves to soak up a little sun. Yet it also feels like summer is in slow motion. Hot days that last until the 8PM, no set plans, and hazy afternoons make for a relaxing time. What better time to pick up a new read or four?

 

The summertime is an important season for readers’ it’s a whole season dedicated to a new plethora of books. So when you want to take part in the fun, but you need a new read, there’s just no choosing only one. So here we’ve got a sweet list here for the perfect summer books and the adult beverages to go with them.
 
 

 

1. The Female Persuasion: A Novel by Meg Wolitzer

 

 

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Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer- madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place- feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.

 

What to drink:

 

Blueberry Ginger Mojito is for when you can’t decide which path to take: tart or spicy. So instead you just choose both.

 

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2. Tangerine: A Novel by Christine Mangan

 

 

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The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. 

But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice—she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

 

 

What to drink:

 

 

Green Tea and Orange Coolers are perfect for this read. There’s no alcohol because we want you fully alert for a book you can’t seem to put down. It’s as satisfying and refreshing as the plot.

 

 

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3. Love and Ruin: A Novel by Paula McLain

 

 

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In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It’s the adventure she’s been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly—and uncontrollably—falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.

But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man’s wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer.

 

 

What to drink:

 

Strawberry Lemonade Bourbon Cocktail will be your best drink of choice. We’re talking about Hemingway after all; a little whiskey only seems right.

 

 

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4. The High Tide Club: A Novel by Mary Kay Andrews 

 

 

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When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons attorney Brooke Trappnell to her 20,000 acre barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never actually met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter, but why enlist Brooke and not the prestigious Atlanta law firm she has used for years? Brooke travels to Shellhaven and meets the cagey Josephine, whose home is a crumbling pink mansion at the edge of the turquoise sea.

Over the course of a few meetings, Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, dark secrets, betrayal, and a long-unsolved murder. She is hiring Brooke for two reasons: first, to protect her island from those who would despoil her land, and second, to help her make amends with the heirs of the women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club―so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades―Millie, Ruth, and Varina. To fulfill a dying woman’s wishes, Brooke must find Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met. But in doing so, Brooke unleashes the makings of a scandal that could make someone rich beyond their wildest dreams…or cause them to be in the crosshairs of a murderer….

 

 

What to drink:

 

White Sangria tastes sweet, fruity, and fresh so with every turn of the page you’ll be taking another sip. This will have you feeling like you’re right on the water.

 

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5. By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank

 

 

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By Invitation Only is a tale of two families, one struggling to do well, one well to do, and one young couple—the privileged daughter of Chicago’s crème de la crème and the son of hard -working Southern peach farmers.

Dorothea Benton Frank offers a funny, sharp, and deeply empathetic novel of two very different worlds—of limousines and pickup trucks, caviars and pigs, skyscrapers and ocean spray—filled with a delightful cast of characters who all have something to hide and a lot to learn. A difference in legal opinions, a headlong dive from grace, and an abrupt twist will reveal the truth of who they are and demonstrate, when it truly counts, what kind of grit they have. Are they living the life they want, what regrets do they hold, and how would they remake their lives if they were given the invitation to do so?

 

 

What to drink:

 

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Peach Iced Tea fits the southern charm and wit of this story. There’s no alcohol, but the character’s background of being a peach farmer plus the sweet taste will still have you feeling like a right Georgia peach. 

 

 

 

 

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9 Harry Potter Drinks and Candies You Can Enjoy in Real Life

When Universal Studios decided to bring the world of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series to life, they scoured the books for foods with which to populate their new Wizarding World. In particular, many of the beverages and candies described in the books, which had captured the imaginations of millions of readers, also inspired the magical fare at the theme park. Here are a few of Harry Potter’s favorite treats that you can find at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

 

1. Butterbeer

 

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“Harry drank deeply. It was the most delicious thing he’d ever tasted and seemed to heat every bit of him from the inside.” (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 137)

 

 

2. Pumpkin Juice

 

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“What would you like to drink?”

 

“What?” said Harry, quite sure he had misheard her.

 

“To drink, Mr. Potter,” she said, smiling still more widely. “Tea? Coffee? Pumpkin juice?” (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, p. 475)

 

3. Gillywater

 

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Next he saw another pair of feet, wearing sparkly turquoise high heels, and heard a woman’s voice.

 

“A small gillywater-“

 

“Mine,” said Professor McGonagall’s voice. (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 138)

 

4. Firewhisky

 

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The firewhisky seared Harry’s throat. It seemed to burn feeling back into him, dispelling the numbness and sense of unreality, firing him with something that was like courage. (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, p. 65)

 

 

5. Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream

 

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Now he could sit in the bright sunshine outside Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor, finishing all his essays with occasional help from Florean Fortescue himself, who, apart from knowing a great deal about medieval witch burnings, gave Harry free sundaes every half an hour. (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 40)

 

 

6. Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans

 

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“You want to be careful with those,” Ron warned Harry. “When they say every flavor, they mean every flavor – you know, you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmalade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe. George reckons he got a booger-flavored one once.”

 

Ron picked up a green bean, looked at it carefully, and bit into a corner.

 

“Bleaaargh – see? Sprouts.” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, p. 79)

 

7. Chocolate Frogs

 

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“What are these?” Harry asked Ron, holding up a pack of Chocolate Frogs. “They’re not really frogs, are they?” He was starting to feel that nothing would surprise him.

 

“No,” said Ron. “But see what the card is. I’m missing Agrippa.” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, p. 77)

 

 

8. Fudge Flies

 

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Ron chose that moment to say loudly, “If Scabbers hadn’t just been eaten, he could have had some of those Fudge Flies. He used to really like them—” (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 181)

 

9. Fizzing Whizzbees

 

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“—and massive sherbet balls that make you levitate a few inches off the ground while you’re sucking them,” said Ron […] (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 58)

 

 

 

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