The love and nostalgia for the Super Mario Brothers franchise is strong. From an immersive Mario-inspired Airbnb to playful kitchen tools, it seems like we’ll never tire of the beloved video game classic. So, it’s no wonder that a Mario bar in Washington, D.C. is so popular that it takes two hours just to get in. The video game-themed homage is technically a pop-up bar inside the night spot Mockingbird Hill, and it pulls out all the stops to make you feel like you’re living inside of the Nintendo dream world.
The decor incorporates, among other things, animatronics that add a sense of whimsy to the otherwise contemporary space. Petey Piranha menacingly appears from green warp tubes that hang from the ceiling, alongside glowing mystery boxes, fluffy clouds, and the best that the Mushroom Kingdom has to offer. The walls, too, are lined with the iconic green tubes and murals depicting different Mario moments.