Ohhhhhhhh….! Who lives in a Pineapple under the sea? Replay Lincoln Park, Chicago’s favorite arcade bar located at 2833 N. Sheffield Ave., has announced it will transform into The Salty Spitoon, the roughest, toughest sailor club ever to be built, in the city of Bikini Bottom for a new SpongeBob SquarePants pop-up this summer. Beginning Friday, June 21 guests are invited to hang with all of SpongeBob’s underwater pals, including his best friend Patrick Star, Gary the Snail, Squidward Tentacles, Mr. Krabs and Sandy the Squirrel with unique art installations, real Krabby Patties and more available throughout the bar. To celebrate opening weekend, those who RSVP in advance on Facebook will be offered free express entry before 10 p.m.
The SpongeBob SquarePants pop-up will feature all of the sea creatures’ favorite hangouts, perfect for fun, aquatic photo opportunities. Those looking to capture some of the characters iconic living quarters can stop by Conch St. to see Patrick’s Rock, Squidward’s Easter Island Head and SpongeBob’s two story, Pineapple House. Individuals can also share what they learned in school at Mrs. Puff’s Boating School, which includes a driving course and a sunken lighthouse building. Additionally, visitors wishing to crack the Krabby Patty’s secret formula can drop by the Krusty Krab. Perhaps one guest will finally help Plankton steal the recipe after years and years of failure.
In an effort to create an authentic Krabby Patty, Replay Lincoln Park has partnered with 2ndKitchen, an organization that allows businesses to serve food in bars without kitchens, to provide the delicious burger for all to enjoy. With custom artwork and several photo opportunities, guests are encouraged to so sit back, relax and take part in the underwater world. Throughout the pop-up there are several events like a Bubble Bowl halftime show concert, a ‘how tough are ya’ contest, weekly late-night jellyfish raves, karaoke, jellyfish hunting at Jellyfish Fields and an honest to goodness Imagination Box.
Replay Lincoln Park will offer an extensive specialty cocktail menu for the duration of the pop-up, including Kelp Juice, Energy Drink, Patrick’s Black “Lemonad” Drink, Jelly Fish Jam Shot and The Secret Formula. Sure to be fan favorites, the bar will also offer Sandy’s Helmet, which will be served in a fishbowl and Chum Bucket, served in a bucket like its namesake.
Replay Lincoln Park’s Pop-Up Squad, a group of artists that create the concept, décor and artistic elements of Replay’s popular pop-ups, is behind the design for the Spongebob pop-up. The team includes Jeremy Steffen, Raquel Hung, Luis Colindres, Tom Molloy, Tristan Young and Adam Michaels.
Replay offers guests over 60 free vintage arcade games, including pinball, air hockey, skeeball and more. With no cover or tokens needed, Replay invites guests for great fun 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Monday – Thursday, Friday 3 p.m. – 2 a.m., 12 p.m. – 3 a.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. Sunday.