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The Friends 25th Anniversary Pop-Up Is Officially Coming to Boston

Sip on coffee at a model Central Perk, pose in Joey's recliner, and so much more.


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If your squad’s dressing up as Monica, Joey, Chandler, Ross, Rachel and Phoebe this Halloween, don’t lose track of those costumes. The Friends 25th Anniversary Pop-Up that took New York by storm is officially coming to Boston this November, and you’ll need your plaid skirts, baggy khakis and lightwash denim to look the part.

Nicknamed “The One with the Pop-Up,” the Friends experience will be located in the Fenway, at 401 Park, at the corner of Brookline Avenue and Fullerton Street. It opens November 21 and runs through January 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., closing only for Christmas Day.

For those of you who didn’t catch a glimpse of the NYC stint of the pop-up on your Instagram feeds, here are the basics: The pop-up will offer “precise set re-creations” of iconic spots from the show, including Rachel and Monica’s purple door, the couch and fountains shown during the theme song, and of course, Central Perk. You’ll also be able to jump into several scenes from the show using props—think: sticking a turkey on your head, sitting in Joey’s recliner, putting on all of Chandler’s clothes, or pivoting a sofa around an apartment stairwell. 50 original props actually used in Friends will be on display as well. Photos are, of course, highly encouraged.

If you work up an appetite traveling back to 1994, Central Perk functions as a real coffee shop, where you’ll be able to buy drinks and snacks. College students with student IDs will receive a 10 percent discount on purchases. The experience will also include a Friends retail store.

Some stars of the show hosted meet-and-greets at the New York pop-up (Maggie Wheeler and James Michael Tyler, a.k.a. Janice and Gunther), but an initial press release about the Boston event did not mention any guest appearances. However, as its run in Boston spans the holiday season, the pop-up will host some special events. A “Friendsgiving” will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, and participants will take home a “special Friends-themed food item at the end of the experience” (cross your fingers it’s not Rachel’s custard, jam and beef trifle). The pop-up will also host events on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day that involve “commemorative merchandise,” that you could presumably earn by mastering The Routine.

If you couldn’t be any more excited, you better make like Ross in a tanning booth and start counting down the seconds til tickets go on sale—the New York iteration of the event sold out faster than you can say “we were on a break.” Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 1, at noon on the pop-up’s website. Take a sneak peek at the pop-up below.

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© Ryan Muir

© Ryan Muir

Photo courtesy Superfly

Photo courtesy Superfly