Starting today, DCers can feast on Hip Hop with their oysters as “The Hip-Hop Museum Pop-Up Experience” opens at the Union District Oyster Bar & Lounge (501 Morse Street NE) in the Union Market District.
D.C. native and founder of The Source magazine Dave Mays, along with Hennessy as partner, boasts this temporary installation as ‘the world’s largest collection of authentic Hip-Hop artifacts and memorabilia’ and a ‘first-of-its-kind upscale Hip-Hop theme restaurant, bar and lounge concept.’
Grand opening celebrations include a sneaker customization session featuring “sneakerhead” Clark Kent and renowned sneaker customizer David “DEZ” Zambrano (DEZ Customz) painting a pair of Clark Kent-designed Nike Air Force 1 sneakers live onsite.
What to expect for the rest of its five-week duration? There will be daily “Hip-Hop Happy Hour,” weekly “Throwback Thursdays” parties, and an exclusive weekly podcast on livestream with appearances by several Hip-Hop icons.
To feed the body in addition to its hip hop soul, guests can delight in Tupac’s Thai Chili Jerk Wings, Wu-Tang Clan’s Crab Fried Rice and Salt-N-Pepa’s Seafood Mac & Cheese which pair perfectly with Hennessy cocktails, like the summer-inspired “Rapper’s Delight.”
“We are bringing fans of the music and culture a Hip-Hop version of the Hard Rock Café,” says Mays. “We are creating an environment that is unique and special in the way that it will feel inspiring and welcoming for anyone who loves Hip-Hop.”
The pop-up “Hip Hop Museum” will close on Thursday, August 15.