Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nightmare on Forbes Street Pop-Up Opens Friday the 13th

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nightmare on Forbes Street Pop-Up Opens Friday the 13th

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For designer Jamie Apgar, giving the perennial pop-up bar on Forbes Avenue, Downtown, a new skin has been a nightmare. He's loved every late-night minute of it.

"I do have a passion for horror," the Penn Hills artist said Thursday afternoon as he literally sawed away at the entrance to 268 Forbes Ave., which has been everything from the winter holidays' Jingle Bar to the HBO series-inspired Bar of Thrones.

At 4 p.m. on Friday the 13th, it opens as Nightmare on Forbes Street, a tip of the hat to "A Nightmare on Elm Street" star Freddy Krueger, who is one of the shady characters who now call this space their haunt.

A couple of figures appear to be trying to burst out of a pillar in the center of the room, while another hangs upside down from the ceiling in a body bag. Other terrified souls crawl across the wall across from the hell gate. Several scattered skeletons exhibit creepily realistic desiccated "skin," thanks to a process Mr. Apgar calls "corpsing."

"There's going to be a bunch of body parts hanging on chains," he said matter of factly as he continued working Thursday, which was shaping up to be the longest of a string of 13 nights leading up to the opening, when the finishing touches still will be fresh.

"You always have to add your spiderwebs and blood."

You'll be able to come in, if you're into this kind of thing, through Halloween night, as well as that Friday and Saturday to celebrate Day of the Dead. Choose from a half-dozen $8-to-$12 themed potions including the Krueger (Tanqueray gin, lemon, agave, sparkling cider) and the Necromimosacon (Hennessy cognac, Prosecco, pear nectar, sesame, thyme), as well as other cocktails, beers and wine.

Frighteningly renamed food such as Freddy Fingers (cheese fries) will come from next door's Wolfies Pub, whose co-owner, Bob Wolfinger, and bar manager Shane Wilps are behind all these pop-ups. …

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