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London Pop-Ups Craft Breaking Bad Cocktails and David Lynch Dinners

Precisely 96 percent pure fun

Fans of Breaking Bad can get cooking on Friday, when a pop-up bar opens for business in a recreational vehicle that's based on the hit TV series in which a cancer-ridden chemistry teacher decides to manufacture methamphetamine. (Shenanigans ensue.)

ABQ, in East London, features chemistry kits with which guests work in teams to mix batches of cocktails such as the Blue Flynn, a rum-based drink that changes color with the addition of acidity. The bar's name is short for Albuquerque, N.M., where the show was set; fans will recognize that "Blue Flynn" refers to both protagonist Walter White's son Flynn and the famous blue-colored meth his alter-ego Heisenberg produces. The RV bears an uncanny resemblance to the first-season vehicle in which White first started cooking with his former student, Jesse Pinkman.

Inside ABQ's RV-turned pop-up bar, where customers "cook" cocktails using "chemicals" such as chamomile.
Inside ABQ's RV-turned pop-up bar, where customers "cook" cocktails using "chemicals" such as chamomile.
Photographer: Richard Vines/Bloomberg

"The face of going out in London is changing," says Seb Lyall, 32, the Dubai-born events organizer who created ABQ. "Young people demand something very special. It's more than just going out for a drink. The guests get stuck in and make the drink."

Lyall may be onto something. He says he has sold more than 6,500 tickets at £30 ($46.55) each; the two-hour slots are fully booked until late October. Guests sit on blue chemical drums in the vehicle, which accommodates 22. There's dry ice aplenty and tubing that pumps in strawberry aromas. On hand to help are staffers trained by Tom Aske of the Worship Street Whistling Stop cocktail bar. Punters get two drinks for their money.

The events team behind ABQ don their Walter White best.
The events team behind ABQ don their Walter White best.
Photographer: Richard Vines

If a slice of cherry pie is more your thing, a second pop-up celebrates David Lynch's Twin Peaks. The Owls Are Not What They Seem (a quotation from the series) will be held at a secret location from Aug. 27 to Oct. 17, the Evening Standard reported.

A three-course meal will end in a late-night drinking den with interactive theater. Dinner will cost £65, while tickets for just the bar area will be £5, the paper said.

If you are still not sated with TV, there's a pop-up street-food event on the top of the car park at the former BBC Television Centre in White City. Storeys opens on July 31 and will continue for six or seven weekends, Time Out reported. It will feature a rotating cast of vendors, including Le Bun, White Men Can’t Jerk, and Crabbieshack.

Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Bloomberg. Follow him on Twitter @richardvines.

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