No Central Perk, But It’s Close
What could be better than a Friends-themed bar? You’re going to get your chance to find out if you pop over to Replay Lincoln Park.
You won’t be hanging with Rachel, Ross or Phoebe, but you’ll feel a bit closer to them with memorabilia, moist maker sandwiches, and drinks like the Smelly Cat. If you’re a real fan, you’ll get all of the references, subtle or not.
To prepare for your trip to Replay, see if you can answer these three Friends-related food questions.
1. What is a “Joey special”?
2. Rachel’s trifle combined the traditional trifle recipe with ingredients for another traditionally British dish. What was it?
3. Ross is allergic to one type of fruit. Can you name it?
Starting on Friday, November 9, Replay Lincoln Park has transformed into a 1990s-era Friends themed getaway, mixing decor from Monica and Rachel’s apartment, Chandler and Joey’s place and Central Perk to recreate the experience of hanging out with your six favorite fictional pals. Other decorative surprises, inspired by unforgettable jokes and scenes from the show, will be strewn throughout the space.
The immersive experience will include plenty of photo opportunities with the decor and cardboard cutouts of the characters, 90s dance parties, karaoke nights, trivia contests and more themed events, like Sunday, November 11th’s “Moist Maker Turkey Sandwich Sunday Funday” from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m and a foosball tournament featuring a $100 prize on Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m.
Special themed cocktails range from $7-$12 and include creations like Gunther’s Central Perk Espresso Shot (coffee-infused tequila with cinnamon), Smelly Cat (Maker’s Mark, creme de cacao, lime, coffee liqueur and fernet) and the seasonally appropriate Chanberries (vodka, lemon, St. Germaine, agave, blueberry). Other drinks are inspired directly from foods prominently featured on the show, like the Moist Maker (gin, lemon, apple cider syrup, lavender bitters) and Mama’s Lil Cheesecake (Vanilla Stoli, Strawberry Pucker, cream, lemon).
Answers to Friends trivia questions:
1. A Joey special is TWO pizzas.
2. Rachel made a trifle, which included shepherd’s pie ingredients when the two pages of the cookbook stuck together.
3. Ross is allergic to kiwi.
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