If you’ve seen The Shining, you know how detrimental All Work and No Play can be. Luckily, patrons of Room 237 don’t have to worry about becoming a dull boy, because this new pop-up bar in Chicago looks fun as hell.

Running for four Saturday evenings from January 20th to February 11th, the pop-up bar inside Chicago’s The Rookery (2109 W Chicago Avenue) is named after the most horrifying room at the Overlook Hotel. The bar itself will be decked out like the Overlook’s infamous Gold Room, and each night will feature a soundtrack curated by True Mother Records’ Matt Wells and Mark Gertz of Dark Wave Disco.


Patrons will be treated to eight original, Shining-inspired drinks, like the “Redrum” (rum, pomegranate juice, and lemon), the “Hedge Maze” (mezcal, Luxardo maraschino, green chartreuse, lime, celery bitters) and the “Grady Twins” (gin, cream, blue Curaçao, orange bitters, lime). Of course, you can always emulate your inner Jack Torrance and go for a simple bourbon on the rocks – just don’t listen to the bartender when he tells you there are certain people you need to “correct”.

Adding to the event’s devilish charm, the parts of Lloyd the bartender, Jack, and Wendy Torrance will be played by local actors for guests to interact with at the event. Each night will kick off with a round of Stephen King trivia, hosted by The Loser’s Club Podcast and Consequence of Sound, so brush up on your knowledge of ghosts, ghouls, and all things Maine.

|If you happen to be in the Chicago area or plan to be within the next few weeks, the Room 237 pop-up bar is an absolute must! Admission is free, and each night runs all the way until 3 AM. Check out the full menu below. You’ll want to come party, forever, and ever, and ever…



photo(s) credit: Liz Peterson