Fantasy-inspired bar The Cauldron opens a new venue in Brighton

A NEW wizard-inspired immersive experience and cocktail bar will open its doors to visitors today.

The Cauldron at Clarence Gardens, Brighton will feature a walk-in molecular cocktail bar with an immersive ‘potion-making’ cocktail experience, complete with working wands.

People are given a magician’s robe before crafting their drinks in cauldrons, using wands to open cabinets, and interacting with intricate props and objects around the venue.

The Argus: Visitors to the new Brighton venue use wands to interact with objects such as locked chestsVisitors use wands to interact with objects such as locked chests at the new Brighton venue

The concept was founded five years ago by entrepreneurs Matthew Cortland and David Duckworth with a Kickstarter campaign to open a tech-driven wizarding pub and inn and has expanded to Edinburgh, Dublin, New York City and Philadelphia.

Describing the venue as “the gateway to the magical world,” Matthew said, “Our mission is to make magic happen for people with science, technology and design.”

The venue also offers non-alcoholic experiences for families, giving everyone a chance to enjoy some of the magic the bar has to offer.

Matthew said, “Magic is for everyone – it includes anyone who loves fantasy, and that’s very important to me personally.”

He also said visitors don’t need to be big magic fans to enjoy what The Cauldron has to offer.

“If you don’t like wizarding or fantasy, you don’t have to – we just want to create a sense of fun,” Matthew said.

The Argus: Cocktails at the fantasy-inspired bar use a variety of effects including fire and smokeCocktails at the fantasy-inspired bar use a variety of effects, including fire and smoke

In addition to the cocktail-making experience, there is an alchemy-style walk-in bar that serves a range of signature cocktails with various effects such as fire, ice, smoke, and color changing.

The bar’s signature cocktails include The Wizard of Menlo Park, a ginger cocktail that shoots plumes of smoke into the air, Ode to Mullica, a bourbon maple cocktail served in a smoke bell jar, and The Blob, an aloe- and tequila cocktail with an expandable bowl – reminiscent of the 1950s American science fiction horror film of the same name.

The beer garden will also offer ten lines of beer, including Guinness, cider, larger ones and IPAs.

The Argus:'The Blob' - one of the molecular cocktails on offer at Brighton's new bar‘The Blob’ – one of the molecular cocktails on offer at Brighton’s new bar

Matthew said Brighton “fits strongly” with what The Cauldron has to offer visitors, residents and students alike.

He said: “Brighton has a reputation for being a destination that fits our ethos of inclusivity, quirkiness and fun.”

The venue has plans for the coming months, particularly Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day, as well as upcoming drag nights and other events.

To celebrate today’s grand opening, the venue is also selling a limited number of “eternal wands” to allow customers to forever display their honorable wizard names on plaques around the room.

Bookings are possible on their website, walk-in customers are also welcome.

Visitors to the bar are also encouraged to bring some of their favorite childhood books to donate to a book collection that will then be donated to those with reading difficulties. Fantasy-inspired bar The Cauldron opens a new venue in Brighton

Fry Electronics Team

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