We’re not suggesting you skip any iconic drinking holes when planning your trip (they’re classics for a reason!). But for an unforgettable experience that really captures a moment in time, check out one of these blink-and-you’ll-miss-em “pop-up” events of 2019. They may be temporary, but they’re guaranteed to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

PokeBar - New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland

A pop-up serving special Pokemon Burgers is headed Stateside in the second half of 2019. For several weeks across September, October and November (check out www.thepokebarpopup.com for exact dates) the cities of New York, Los Angeles and Cleveland will host a series of dine-and-drink events for fans of the animated show. Some of the promised activations will include: local DJs, themed cocktails, Pokémon trivia, a real-life Pokémon Go obstacle course and costume contests with prizes for the best-dressed. Tickets to the event will also cover dinner – your choice of a Pokémon burger with buns that look like Pikachu, Charmander, and Squirtle. Gotta… errr…. eat them all?

The Bombay Garden Experience and Patrón Hacienda Experience at ME London, London

Modern, sophisticated and centrally located the ME London hotel (part of the Melia group) is a perennially popular accommodation option among urban explorers. This year, it stands to entice even more travellers than ever to its Radio Rooftop Bar when the ‘Spirit of Summer’ takeover series sees an English botanical garden occupying one of its terraces and a Mexican hacienda another. The first half gives patrons the chance to relax in a country estate setting and indulge in bottles of Bombay Sapphire while tucking into Anglo-Indian sharing platters. While in the latter, margaritas are on the menu – alongside nachos, chorizo quesadillas and padrón peppers. Pop-up open until late October.

Delfino Aperitivo at The Dolphin Hotel, Sydney

For brilliant bottle service on a budget, head to the Wine Room at the Dolphin Hotel, every Sunday through Thursday between 5pm-7pm. Executive Chef Monty Koludrovic and Wine Director James Hird have set out to create a meeting place, where friends can catch up over a drop – while paying no more than $7 for the experience. In addition to delicious plates and well-priced drinks, the “Aperitivo Hour” concept aims to be a place of creativity by providing access to some of Australia’s (indeed the world’s) most renowned chefs and winemakers. Some of 2019’s early appearances included collaborations with renowned restaurants, ACME, Hartsyard 2.0 and Yellow.


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Knafeh, Various, Lebanon

The Middle East goes to the err, the Middle East when popular Australian-based Jerusalem-inspired food container Knafeh lands in Lebanon in 2019. Following successful stints in Sydney, Melbourne and New York, the all-singing, all-dancing crew known as “The Bearded Bakers” head to Beirut and take with them their signature “food theatre” experience and eponymous dessert – a traditional treat filled with sweet cheese, topped with pistachios, and dripping with sweet sweet sugar syrup. The first instalment of Knafeh Beirut kicks off at Cobra Carpark Ehden (near the Maydan). But you’re best following their official Instagram account @KnafehBakery for most up-to-date details on their latest location.