Best Of 2018

Best Holiday-Themed Pop Up Bars: The Video Archive; Overlook Lodge

The holidays are typically the most festive time of year, and no one understands that more than The Video Archive/Overlook Lodge owners Gorilla Cinema. Their mission is all about bringing pop culture to life, whether it’s opening Quentin Tarantino-themed bar/video store The Video Archive or having The Shining scare people at Overlook Lodge. During the six-week long holiday period at the end of the year, the owners transformed both spots into a yin/yang concept. Walnut Hills’ Video Archive became a The Nightmare Before Christmas pop-up, replete with dry-ice skull cocktails and holiday horror films like Gremlins screening on TV. Pleasant Ridge’s Overlook briefly remodeled as Miracle, a brighter play on the holidays. They offered a Die Hard cocktail called Yippee-Kay-Yay Motherfucker, Bad Santa mulled wine and greenish eggnog. Let’s hope the tradition continues in 2018, alongside Gorilla Cinema’s new karaoke/Lost in Translation-themed bar, Tokyo Kitty. Maybe Christmastime karaoke? The Video Archive, 965 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills, facebook.com/videoarchivecincinnati; Overlook Lodge, 6083 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, facebook.com/overlooklodge.