Off the Beaten Path
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From the promotional materials, I slightly edited their text.
In the city of Dark Meadows lies a bar known to Wizards and Witches worldwide for its magical cocktail creations, haunted environment, and seductive staff. That bar is known as the Boozy Cauldron. The Boozy Cauldron Pop-up Tavern and Show will be touring the nation in 2022 in select cities for a limited time. Enjoy an immersive 4-part cocktail experience and interactive show led by Ivy Grey, current professor of the beverage arts. Taste the signature cocktails and mingle with the witches and wizards of the Boozy Cauldron.
I had few expectations for the experience, which helped me enjoy the event. People around me were expecting to be sitting at a table, concocting their drinks—the most accurate statement in the above text about the seductive staff. Many staff members were dressed in a cross between medieval garb and steampunk. I loved it! Many of the audience were dressed in wizarding attire. I let down the Boozy Cauldron because I just wore a mischief-managed shirt. It has been that kind of month so far.
Because it is a drinking experience, it is 21+ rated. And that rating is earned with many sexual innuendos, outright dirty jokes about interactive wands in cauldrons, etc. It felt like a very safe environment, but this comedy act is at its heart. I must have a juvenile sense of humor because I laughed until I cried several times. There is a little magic performed, but the comedy and audience interactions are mostly the 90-minute show.
Walking in, the lighting sets the mood. The chairs are all in a line. I realized it would be more demonstration than actual drink making. The front table was set up like mystical art, potion making, and an alcoholic lab, complete with an owl. Hedwig? It was a lovely decoration used mainly as a background to the real fun - the comedy.
The drinks are made off-site and brought in by staff dressed like traditional waiters. I love sweet drinks, so two of the drinks hit the spot for me. My friends liked the citrus drink best, so we traded it out. None of us liked the first drink. It had a grape, children’s medicine flavor. Go for the comedy, not the drinks.
Suspend your belief and go along for the ride, especially if you are a fan of bawdy comedy. We laughed the entire evening. Because audience participation really drives the show, I recommend taking a bunch of your extroverted friends who love to get up on stage in "flexible" scenarios. And, keep your wands at the ready. Cameras were not allowed out during the show so I have few pictures to share. You can see from the gallery that lighting was the main decorations.
The Bawdy, Comedy, Boozy Cauldron Cocktail Experience. Coming to a town near you.