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Watch as that Rick and Morty pop-up bar in D.C. is destroyed by heavy metal band GWAR

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Nov 7, 2018

Over the summer, Adult Swim and Turner Broadcasting shut down a Rick and Morty pop-up bar in Washington D.C. (a project of Drink Company) just as it was set to open to the public with special drinks and recreations inspired by the hit animated series.

Instead of going quietly into that schwifty good night, Drink Company decided to trash the place with some help from the heavy metal band known as GWAR. This was still in line with Turner's wishes, which were that all of the bar's artwork (originally meant to be auctioned off) be eradicated.

Vice covered the destruction, but also spoke with Drink Company president Derek Brown, who provided a walk-through of the Rick and Morty-themed bar before its untimely death. For example, the plush Meeseeks hanging on one of the walls were sewn by the mother of an employee.

Watch the bedlam take place in the video below:

At the time of the shutdown, Drink Company stated that it "begged" Turner and Adult Swim to be allowed to continue operations, going so far as offering to donate all of the profits to charity. However, the broadcaster "shut down communications."

Adult Swim's official response was the following:

"Adult Swim was not approached in advance of Drink Company building out and announcing their Rick and Morty themed bar. That bothered us, not only because it wasn’t polite and aimed at profiting off of Rick and Morty fans, but because we couldn’t be sure that the experience was going to be up to our standards for those fans, whom we never want to disappoint. Also, it’s illegal, which we’re pretty sure still counts for something."

The show's creators, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, are currently at work on 70 new episodes of the series, which wrapped up its third season last fall.


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