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The nation's capital will welcome a drinkable delegation from Wakanda.

Clara Olshansky
February 12, 2018

Step through a door on U Street NW and end up at a bar in Wakanda with the Black Panther pop-up experience opening in D.C. (Washington D.C., not the comic company—Black Panther is Marvel) this Thursday. After all, if you're in the DMV area, why settle for just an (admittedly super cool) Black Panther menu when you could have a whole Black Panther experience? 

The pop-up, Enter Wakanda, is a Black History Month event held by The Wave USA, an "event production business" that specializes in building community and connections among urban professionals throughout the country. Enter Wakanda will be a "celebration of blackness" that will take place at a black-owned bar on U Street NW, a street famous for its black cultural significance and history. The pop-up, which will last only four nights (Thursday through Sunday) will feature a special Black Panther-themed food and drinks menu, art installations, a nightly DJ performance from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., and "interactive set pieces."

At the event's page on The Wave USA's site, you can buy both tickets to the event and thematically relevant tee shirts, sweatshirts, leggings and tote bags, which feature the slogans "Black Super Hero," "Living Black History," and "The First Queens Were Black." The event will run Thursday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. (the night of the film's premiere), Friday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from noon to 2 a.m., and Sunday from noon to 2 a.m.

It's all going down at a "secret location," which will be revealed on Wednesday, the day before opening. Tickets cost between $5 and $10, depending on whether you want to come before 11 p.m. or at 11 p.m. You can check out the Facebook event here. You might also want to check out the Wave's Washington D.C. Black Bar Pub Crawl, which takes you to a variety of black-owned bars and donates a portion of the proceeds to black non-profit organizations.