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An immersive Once Upon a Time in Hollywood-style pop-up bar is opening in Melbourne
Written by
Rebecca Russo

Tarantino is back, you guys. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood is Tarantino’s ninth film and focuses on the Charles Manson murders that happened in the late 1960s. Leonardo di Caprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie lead this all-star ensemble cast, with the film opening on Thursday, August 15. 

To coincide with the film’s opening, Carlton's Cinema Nova will be opening the Hollywood Time Lounge, a pop-up bar ripped straight from the summer of love. The walls will be decked out with original and reproduced movie posters from the Nova’s extensive archive, as well as a mural created by Melbourne street artist Conrad Bizjak.

Staff will be mixing cocktails straight from the '60s, including the Tiki Punch (with rum, fruit juice, fruit pieces and spices), the Summer of '69 (gin, vermouth, ginger ale, mint and berries), the Sunset (cognac, Cointreau, lemon and orange) and the Dirty Martini (with vodka, vermouth, olive brine and olives).

You can order bites from a menu of classic American food including corndogs, chilli cheese fries, meatballs and more.

And if you’re wondering about the film itself, don’t worry. Time Out’s global film editor Dave Calhoun gave it five stars: “The sort of high-wire, playfully enjoyable riff on movies that only Quentin Tarantino could get away with, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood is a massively fun shaggy-dog story that blends fact and fiction, inserting made-up characters at the heart of real, horrible events (Charles Manson horrible) and then daring history to do its worst.” 

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood opens at Cinema Nova on Thursday, August 15. Cinema Nova’s Hollywood Time Lounge opens on Wednesday, August 14. The pop-up bar is sticking around for at least four weeks.

Catch a movie in Melbourne tonight.

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