DOH! I mean GO! to Moe’s Tavern in Lincoln Park

This past weekend I spent the day in Springfield drinking with my boyfriend.

Okay, not actual Springfield, but at the Moe’s Tavern and Arcade Pop-Up Bar at Replay Lincoln Park it was hard not to feel like you were in Springfield alongside Homer, Barney, Lenny and Carl. It’s the perfect getaway for any Simpsons fan.

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Homer couldn’t handle his Red Squishee

When we first walked into Replay we were a little discouraged. The whole bar was decked out with terrifying clowns for Halloween – aka the decor of my worst nightmares – with the only signs of the pop-up being The Simpsons playing on their TVs. Confused but convinced Moe’s Tavern was somewhere, we walked towards the back bar area – the Level Up Bar. As soon as we walked in we knew we were in Springfield.

They did a great job of making it feel like Moe’s Tavern without going too over-the-top. With a complete cocktail list with Simpsons inspired drinks, and all draft beers being a form of Duff, the bar was the first indicator that you were in Moe’s. And of course Moe was there (in life size cut-out form) with his jar of eggs and his old school phone.

The space is decked out with Simpsons references, including Homer’s IOU on the back bar, a Moe’s Tavern neon sign, Barney drunkenly passed out on the floor, and the Love Tester painted onto a wall (if only it worked for real, sigh). All of the TVs are playing episodes of The Simpsons, and, while at first my boyfriend and I were disappointed that the sound was not on for them, we quickly realized that the playlist was full of songs in reference to the show, including our favorite – Dr. Zaius.

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The Lenny & Carl (Front) and the Whiskey a Moe-Moe

The cocktails were especially delicious and perfect for the occasion. My favorite was the Lenny and Carl – house infused strawberry-jalapeno tequila, line juice, agave syrup, and a chile-salt rim – while my boyfriend loved the Nag & Weasel – their take on an old-fashioned. Another standout for me was the Violets for Renee, a sweet blueberry infused cocktail that I highly recommend for anyone interested in a fruity, sugary cocktail. And it’s not a trip to Moe’s without a Flaming Moe shot (thankfully they light theirs with a lighter instead of a cigarette).

Other drinks include the Coffee and Donut, garnished with a strawberry frosted donut; the Red Squishee that tastes exactly how you would expect a Red Squishee from the Kwik-E-Mart to taste, except with Rum; an Itchy and Scratchy shot; or one of many selections of Duff beer. You can also add a Skittlebrau (fun size Skittles pack) to any order for just $1.

W​hile​ they’re hoping to stay open at least through Halloween, there’s also the chance for a Simpsons Cease and Desist a la the Stranger Things pop-up situation, so head to Springfield sooner rather than later! This is a pop-up you surely don’t want to miss.



Replay Lincoln Park
Formerly Headquarters Sheffield

2833 N. Sheffield
Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 665-5660

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