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Drink.Well Geeks Out With 'Stranger Things' Transformation For Halloween

The Upside Down took over North Loop

Drink.Well’s ‘Stranger Things’ costume
Drink.Well’s ‘Stranger Things’ costume
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Stranger Things, the mega-popular Netflix series inspired by all things 1980s and Steven Spielberg, was everywhere this Halloween season, from costumes to cocktails garnished with Eggo waffles. Drink.Well took the obsession so seriously that the North Loop bar transformed into the Byers' home.

Much like the show, where Winona Ryder’s character Joyce Byers strung up Christmas lights throughout her home to communicate with her missing son, Will, the bar was covered in twinkling multicolored lights. There was even a recreation of the alphabet wall, but alas, it didn’t blink out any secret messages.

The staff dressed up like characters from the show, including blonde wig-clad Eleven, baseball bat-wielding Steve, curly-haired Dustin, and Internet favorite Barbara. The special cocktail menu, dubbed “Stranger Drinks,” included themed drinks like the Nosebleed and the Dungeons and Dragons-inspired Fireball or Protection (a shot and ingredient addition). For food, there was the Demogorgonzola Burger (which feels like a pun straight out of Bob’s Burger), Eggo waffles and fried chicken, and the Upside-Down twinkie.

Happy Halloween from Steve, Eleven, Hopper, Dustin, Barb, Papa and Joyce.

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Co-owner Michael Sanders told Eater that he and co-owner and wife Jessica Sanders immediately became obsessed with the show when it premiered this summer, and quickly binged all eight episodes. They were Dr. Martin Brenner and Joyce, respectively.

The streaming service smartly released recipe videos for dishes based on the show this month, like French onion Barb and Demogorgon pie. Over the summer, fans bombarded Hunt’s to bring back its chocolate pudding Snack Packs because of its appearance on the show.


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