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Central Perk, Everyone’s Favorite Fictional Café, Is Coming to Buenos Aires

It's to celebrate the 25th anniversary of TV series 'Friends,' naturally.

By | [email protected] | September 12, 2019 4:21pm

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I know it’s weird to start an article about one TV show by talking about another, but if you’ve seen The Good Place, perhaps you’ve wondered what the tailor-made version of the “medium place” would look like for you. In my case, it’s where I have only access to the first three seasons of Seinfeld on bootleg VHS, there’s endless wine but it’s always just a teensy bit past its prime, and the only song I can listen to when working out is the theme song to Friends. All this to say, I get that it’s one of the most popular television series of all time, but something about it really gets under my skin. Living in Argentina, I’m faced with die-hard fans on a near-daily basis, ready to quote their favorite episode from start to finish, explain why they’re more of a Phoebe or less of a Rachel, and generally hate me because I think Ross is a douche (sorry, he is).

Anyway, Friends is on the cusp of celebrating a huge milestone – 25 years since its premiere – and Buenos Aires will be taking part in an extra special way. Central Perk – the iconic bar where Phoebe sang “Smelly Cat” and where Gunther made weird passes at Rachel – will now very literally be there for you. From Thursday, September 19th through Sunday, September 22nd in the heart of Palermo, friends of Friends (I hate myself) have the chance to visit a Central Perk pop-up.

Technically it’s going to be called Warner Café (gotta please the guys who pay the bills, I guess), but the space will be decorated exactly like the café from the show, giant velvet couch included. But wait – there’s more! You’ll even have the chance to visit a replica of both Monica and Joey’s apartments – I wonder if they’ll include local touches like devastating water damage or neighbors that listen to cumbia exclusively between 1 and 5 AM? – in addition to visiting the fountain that features in the show’s opening credits, and much, much more.

Entrance to the event is free, though depending on how crowded it gets, you’ll most certainly have to wait a while to make it across the threshold.

Warner Café – Central Perk Pop-Up | Honduras 5015 | Thursday, September 19 & Friday, September 20 from 1 PM – 8 PM, Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22 from 12 PM – 9 PM | Free | More info