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The Pokémon-Themed Bar Isn’t Coming to Detroit Afterall [Updated]

The touring PokéBar was scheduled to pop up in Detroit in summer 2020 with live-action Pokémon gaming, but the company doesn’t have rights to the Nintendo game’s name

a green bulbasaur burger, a yellow pikachu burger, and an orange charmander burger laid out on yellow tissue paper and a pokemon-themed table
Gotta catch all the Pokémon-themed burgers and drinks at the PokéBar.
PokéBar [Courtesy photo]
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

A live-action Pokémon gym and bar is heading to Detroit next summer for a two-day event. The touring PokéBar pop-up is slated to bring adorable Pikachu, Charmander, and Bulbasaur burgers as well as themed cocktails to the region on Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at an as-of-yet-undetermined location.

Pokémon trainers can make their way to the PokéBar website to register for pre-sale tickets, per a release. PokéBar is in the process of hosting pop-ups in Cleveland, New York, and Los Angeles. Like the Cleveland location, a rep for the event confirms tickets in Detroit will be $45 person. The price of the ticket will include one Pokémon-themed burger and a beverage.

Of course, people won’t just be showing up for the food. The PokéBar will also feature trivia, card battles, action stations, and giant interactive games designed for players to earn “points and evolve your Pokémon.” Basically, it’s Pokémon Go come to life. Teams with the most evolved Pokémon will win their session and, yes, there will be prizes, folks.

Eater has reached out to the PokéBar pop-up for more details regarding the menu and location. Stay tuned for more updates.

Update, August 12, 2019, 2:15 p.m.: This story has been updated with additional information from the organizers.

Update, September 30, 12:44 p.m.: Eater Montreal reports that the PokéBar pop-up has cancelled or delayed events due to the fact that it doesn’t have a licensing agreement with with Pokémon copyright owner Nintendo. The pop-up is currently trying to reschedule events and offering refunds for a pop-up that’s now called the “Monster Burger Bar.”

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