Pizza Parlor Transforms Into Pop-Up Bar with Homemade Snacks and Really Cheap Drinks
Debbie Horn is probably the coolest woman we have never met.
Two months ago, she convinced her friend and owner of Escape From New York Pizza on Bush Street to transform his pizza parlor to a nighttime pop-up bar, called After Hours Bar.
Horn constructed a bar around the counter of the pizza place and started a batch of homemade sangria to serve to her group of friends.
Guests started calling it King Kong Bar in honor of the restaurant's decor, which features a gorilla hanging over a massive skyscraper. Horn stands beneath it while mixing her "really cheap" drinks ($3 to $4 wells). A few weeks after opening, Horn accepted the inevitable, and started calling it King Kong Bar, too.
Now at 6 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Escape From
New York's new happy hour ends ($2.50 draft beers), and the King Kong
Bar opens. "This inter-exchange of business is like a pecking bird on an
elephant's back," said Horn.
What used to feed Horn's dinner party guests is now served as the
King Kong Bar's homemade snacks: bruschetta, spicy wings, Italian
potatoes, and spinach-artichoke dip with chips. Guests find something new at King Kong Bar every night. It has hosted karaoke, poetry readings, art showings, and bands, all booked through Horn's friends or word of mouth.
Some upcoming events: On Saturday, Feb. 18, King Kong Bar is offering a DIY Drink
Marker's Workshop, hosted by Horn's friend, Amelia Strader. From 7 to 9 p.m., guests will learn how to make drink markers that double as coasters. All materials are provided for free.