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Netflix’s Cease-And-Desist Letter To ‘Stranger Things’ Bar Is The Best Thing We’ve Read All Week

The new season of Stranger Things is a little more than a month away and we’re stoked. Netflix’s hit series has gained an overwhelming amount of traction since it premiered in 2016. Now with the much-anticipated second season debuting a few days before Halloween, an unauthorized Stranger Things pop-up bar is in for a bit of a scare.

According to DNAinfo, a Chicago Bar was transformed a while back into the Upside Down – the spooky, scary parallel dimension from the show. The pop-up opened on Aug. 18 and is set to run through Oct. 1.

Unfortunately, any plans for them to go beyond the six-week period were squashed by Netflix. The two gentlemen behind the popular pop-up received this letter from the entertainment company’s legal team.

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Arguably one of the funniest cease-and-desist letters we’ve seen in our years. It’s nice to see that Netflix has a bit of humor regarding the pop-up. If you happen to be in the Chicago area and haven’t had a chance to visit the Upside Down, be sure to do so before Oct. 1.

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DC Bar Selling ‘You’re Fired’ Happy Hour Drinks Every Time Trump Fires Someone

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Regardless of how you may feel about our current political situation, you can still drink to celebrate or gripe over recent events. One bar aims to help you out there with its “You’re Fired” happy hour special.

The Bird, a bar in Washington D.C. that has some legit fried chicken, recently started offering the drink special. Every time the President fires a White House official, happy hour drinks will be available for $4 each. This marks a 50% slash in prices from their normal happy hour, which occurs weekdays from 4-7 pm and weekends 3-6 pm. The bar’s first “You’re Fired” happy hour occurred this past Friday, when white nationalist adviser Stephen Bannon was shown the door. Judging from Twitter photos of the event, the happy hour is going to be a success for ages to come.

Of course, Twitter had several questions for The Bird following their first rendition of the happy hour. What would happen if two officials were canned on the same day? Furthermore, what if the President himself resigned?

While we don’t know answers to those questions, we can definitely get behind this hilarious drinking deal.


Bar Owners Issue Apology After Insensitive ‘Pill Cosby’ Drink Goes Viral

There have been some drastically epic failures in 2017, and thanks to some questionably insensitive and repulsive lapse in judgement on behalf of bar owners in the nation’s capital, this year’s list of epic fails just got longer.

Diet Starts Monday, a Washington D.C. restaurant and bar, has come under national scrutiny after creating a cocktail that was garnished with empty pill capsules and listed on their menu as “Pill Cosby.”

That Pill Cosby tho 😂 #dietstartsmonday #pillcosby 💊💊💊 #outchea #tgif

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The Washington D.C.-based retail, restaurant, and bar concept has been selling a magenta-hued $14 beverage made with Casa Noble Tequila, hibiscus syrup, lime juice, pineapple juice, and according to the menu, “faux pills.”

It’s safe to argue that once The Internet started noticing the horrifically insensitive play-on “humor” about date rape, along with the complete disregard for the serious nature of criminal sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, no one was laughing.

After the digital backlash, the owners of Diet Starts Monday announced the discontinuation of the drink and issued the following statement via Twitter on May 22.

Prior to the issued statement, Diet Starts Monday co-owner, David Gentry, said the drink was supposed to make people, “…be a little more aware,” of “drugging in bars,” according to The Washingtonian.

I’m dead. Why is this drink a real thing?! 😂😂😂 #PillCosby

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It’s unclear if this was a publicity stunt or just an idiotic marketing strategy. Nevertheless, people are upset at this extreme lack of judgement. Still, it does seem to coincide with the timeline of the case against Cosby, as the jury selection for his sexual assault trial has started.

As for the connection to Cosby, he stands accused of, “three felony counts of aggravated sexual assault,” according to The Washington Post, after several women claimed they were drugged and sexual assaulted by Cosby. The disgraced comedian will stand trial in June, after the jury selection process has completed.

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Bar Puts Up A Wall And Hands Out ‘Green Cards’ For Cinco de Mayo

Dear God, this stunt couldn’t have been any dumber unless the bar had an ICE truck on standby.

Paul Hennessey of Hennessey’s Tavern in Dana Point, California thought he’d make a statement on immigration by putting up an inflatable wall for guests to climb and grab a “green card” at the top. The green card was a voucher for one free drink on May 5 and had “Citizenship in progress,” printed on it.



Whose mans is this?

Hennessey claimed that it was a way to protest Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall, but very few people saw it that way, and let their disapproval be known through Hennessey’s Facebook and Yelp page.

The hate got so bad that Yelp posted an “Active Cleanup Alert,” as the hate was pouring in and affected the bar’s rating.

Hennessey tried defending himself, whitesplaining the publicity stunt, and saying that their intentions were misinterpreted — but what about in 2015, when they posted this Cinco de Mayo picture of a white woman in a sombrero and fake mustache? What a fantastic representation of Mexican culture:

I’m not saying this guy hates Mexicans, but these attempts at celebrating Cinco de Mayo are tasteless, and on the same level as frat kids who think it’s funny to play dress up and pretend to be Mexican for a day.

Whether his heart was in the right place or not, this was absolutely the wrong approach to a sensitive issue, and it doesn’t look like he realizes that with his half-assed Facebook apology.

This might blow over, and he might continue to run his bar, living his life like normal, but Mexicans will still be unjustly discriminated against, killed, and jailed. Hennessey’s micro-aggressions will do nothing to fix that.

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For Just ONE Weekend, Bill Murray Will Be A Bartender


Ever wonder what it’d be like to grab a drink with Bill Murray? Well, if you’re fortunate enough to be at the opening of his son’s new spot in Brooklyn, NY, you might have that chance.

According to Time Out New York, the Groundhog Day star and former Ghostbuster will be tending bar at 21 Greenpoint’s opening in Brooklyn. This restaurant and bar is owned by Murray’s son Homer, who got his dad to be there Friday, September 16, through Sunday, September 18, to help ring in the grand opening.

The 65-year-old actor isn’t green when it comes to bartending, either. Six years ago, Murray showed up at the Austin Shangri-La during SXSW with the Wu-Tang Clan and started serving drinks to guests.

Unfortunately, Time Out says that the event is a closed affair with guest list-only in attendance. Still, if you were one of the lucky folks to be invited, make sure to leave a tip. Maybe he’ll make another appearance at the restaurant. You really never know with a dude like Bill Murray.


Hidden Inside This Restaurant Is A Spam Speakeasy


On one of our recent food adventures, fellow Foodbeast Reach and I were scoping out this bar that served 11 different flavors of bacon. Cool, right? You’ll hear more about from him soon.

Located inside Saint Marc in Huntington Beach, CA, the bar served actually served a bacon-heavy menu. It was beautiful. As my managing editor and I were munching down on apple pie-flavored bacon, yes apple-pie bacon, a man approached our table.

The CEO of Saint Marc, Mac Gregory, asked us if we wanted to see the speakeasy.

He quietly added:

The menu’s entirely Spam.

Our eyes immediately lit up.

Speakeasies were growing more and more in popularity these days, but this is the only one we’d ever heard of that served a Spam menu. We were intrigued.

We were led to a book shelf at the corner of the restaurant. Mac swung the door open and we walked into the speakeasy known as The Blind Pig.

While the speakeasy itself wasn’t open during the hours of our visit, he gave us a rundown of how to get your foot in the door.


Guests first have to go to the Saint Marc website under the #LFTP (Let’s Find The Pig) tab and make a reservation. They then are given coordinates to the speakeasy.

Each party gets only 1 hour to enjoy the Blind Pig. However, if you choose to buy a bottle, your time will be extended. Unfinished bottles of liquor from regular customers are stored in the speakeasy walls, where they can return to at another date to finish.

As the staff rolled out the spam menu, we asked them to crack a window for some decent photos. Completely the opposite ambience of a speakeasy, but great for food porn.

Here’s what we were working with:

Spam Fries


Spam & Orange Lettuce Wraps


Spam Mousse


Corn and Spam Fritters


As we finished the food and said our goodbyes, our hearts felt a little lighter knowing a place like this existed somewhere in Orange County. Definitely going to come back when during speakeasy hours. Because we’d love to have a couple drinks and a mouthful of Spam.

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Worst Shots Ever: This ‘Shoot The Dog’ Is DEFINITELY The Worst So Far

I recently attended my cousin’s 21st birthday, and this little asshole casserole was being fed froofy ass shots like a Buttery Nipple and a Redheaded Slut, and he was loving it. I stepped in to rock that little slut’s face off with some manly man shots, and that’s when I realized that the only two shitty shots I knew were the Gorilla Fart and the Four Horsemen. Right in that moment is when I decided to travel from bar to bar, trying to learn what exactly were…

The Worst Shots Ever

On our trek to discover the worst shots ever, Hayley and I made the horrible mistake of walking into Dogz Bar and Grill. While our bartender Jamie was nothing short of a sweetheart, the drink she made for us was whispering the devil’s prayer and peeling the paint off the walls. Ok, none of that actually happened, but it was damn close.

Although the shot itself doesn’t ring in a cavalcade of ingredients, the few it does have were enough to make Hayley jump out of her skin, bless her heart. I considered what it would be like to actually shoot a dog, and I came to the conclusion that the shot was an only slighter better option. Out of all the shots I’ve taken already, I urge you tough guys out there to head to Long Beach and try this one. You WILL regret it.

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This Drunk Driver Seemingly Hits Every Single Car In The Lot [WATCH]

Driving drunk is bad enough as it is. Driving drunk in the middle of the day while on the phone? Now that’s just a classic case of buffoonery.

One Russian woman decided to go for a little joyride after her normal daytime vodka binge. This big bag of idiot hopped into the driver’s seat after getting shithoused (see Jenner, Caitlyn), then decided it would be a good time to talk to her homie about the latest trends in cats or some other ridiculously unimportant discussion that drunk dialers consider vital information.

Throughout all of the slow-moving mayhem, other bar patrons began slowly filtering outside, either to watch the mild chaos unfold or to survey the damage this sloppy shitspitting spoonful of suckass was dishing out to unsuspecting vehicles.

Thankfully, nobody was injured during this ordeal, except the wallets of the owners of all those cares. Hopefully this woman is found, captured, then tortured by forcing her to watch hundreds of hours of Meet the Kardashians. A boy can dream, right?



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