- Teresa Gubbins, Culture Map

An Uptown Dallas bar that loves doing pop-ups is at it again: The Ill Minster Pub, in the Gables Villa Rosa building at 2600 Cedar Springs Rd., will be transforming itself with a new theme dubbed “Gotham.”

The pub will adopt a tribute to the caped crusader, with a themed shot wheel, themed cocktails, and of course photo ops including an “Arkham Ill Minster Unit” mugshot backdrop.

They’ll use black lights and blue lights to create a villain-centric pub that brings to life the bad guys and vengeance that makes Gotham worth talking about. Or as the release so eloquently puts it: “Let’s be real, Batman is incredible, and the villains are interesting.”

The grand opening is April 29, but the pub will be open Wednesday, April 27 for a sneak peek.

The cocktail menu contains odes to Batman characters such as Michelle Pfeiffer and Mr. Freeze. A frozen drink, maybe.

Eight themed drinks include the Joker, a purple drink with an attached playing card.

They’re also doing house shots and a themed $5 shot wheel, with 12 classic shot options, also named after favorite characters.

Photo ops
There’ll be three main instagram-able spots:

  • A Joker-themed hallway
  • A Riddler-themed hallway
  • The Arkham Mugshot with charges you can choose to hold

The pop up will last six weeks, with themed paint nights, costume/cosplay contests, and movie nights with popcorn showing favorites including one marathon of Christian Bale’s rendition of the Bat.

Tuesdays will be a coin toss promotion nodded at Harvey Dent.

The pub’s previous pop-up themes have paid tribute to Game of Thrones, Nightmare Before Christmas, Star WarsHalloween, and Chill Minster.