Geeky bars may be a fun spot to visit friends and share in fandom-themed drinks and activities, but some Stranger Things fans were given a reminder earlier this summer that you need permission before opening up one of these establishments.
A Stranger Things themed pop up bar opened in Chicago, offering such fun experiences as an Eleven-inspired cocktail and an atmosphere worthy of the hit Netflix show. Unfortunately, when Netflix got wind of the establishment, they sent over a very geeky cease and desist letter.
“Look, I don’t want you to think I’m a total wastoid, and I love how much you guys love the show. (Just wait until you see Season 2!),” reads the letter reads, “But unless I’m living in the Upside Down, I don’t think we did a deal with you for this pop-up. You’re obviously creative types, so I’m sure you can appreciate that it’s important to us to have a say in how our fans encounter the worlds we build.”
But all hope is not lost for fans who still want to make the trip to visit this unique establishment. Though they won’t be able to stay open into the duration of season two or Halloween, they have been given permission to finish up their six week run, meaning The Upside Down will remain open until the end of the month.
The owners completely understand the decision and appreciate having the chance to keep the bar open. According to Jared Saul, manager of The Upside Down, “if Netflix were OK with us running The Upside Down project through the season two premiere & the Halloween weekend we would most definitely have continued this incredible party a little bit longer.”
Want to read the entirety of the Strange Things cease and desist notice? DNAinfo has the whole thing up on their website, along with pictures of the bar itself.