Paramount Pictures put an end to Melbourne’s Ron Burgundy bar before it even pops up

Heard about that Ron Burgundy themed pop-up bar taking over Melbourne next week? It was a kind of a big deal, that is until Paramount Pictures threw a trident right through those plans and split them in two. Turns out the film studio, which was behind both the original 2004 film and its sequel, required a high price for the rights to use actual Anchorman branding, something that made the planned temp-bar unfeasible for Bottoms Up Bartenders, the team behind it.

As reported by The Age, though the organisers won’t be able to go ahead with the planned theme of the bar – which featured cocktails like “Sex Panther” and “Afternoon Delight” – the pop-up will still be taking place under the name Operation Shutdown, serving all the same drinks but without any Anchorman related references for legal reasons. They’ll also still have a scent machine running to power the air by converting liquids into dry mist. It might smell like cinnamon, it might not.

You can grab more information on the official Facebook event HERE.

Operation Shutdown Pop Up Bar

Where: Pocelain Tea Parlour, 149 Elgin Street, Carlton
When: Thursday 13th October to Saturday 15th October; Thursday 20th October to Saturday 22nd October; 6pm-late.


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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy-Editor-At-Large of the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.