May 20, 2022 - Food and Drink

Inside Philly's new magic bar, the Cauldron Magical Pub

"The bubbling shot of death" featuring lemon juice, sugar syrup, Midori and Bimber vodka. Photo: Taylor Allen/Axios

A new fantasy-themed bar is decked out and ready for its debut in Philadelphia next week.

  • The Cauldron Magical Pub will soon bring your classic drinks of choice — but with a magic wand, fire and spells — to the Gayborhood.

What's happening: The new bar from South Jersey native Matthew Cortland and his co-founder David Duckworth will be the second to open in the U.S., after the New York City location.

  • There are four others in London and Edinburgh, Scotland.

How it works: The bar provides you with two options, a walk-in cocktail bar and the main event.

  • Expect molecular mixology at the walk-in bar, plus fantasy-themed food.
  • The main event is a $39.99 ticketed adventure in which customers can make their own "magical potion" cocktails for an hour and 40 minutes. The pub provides you with a robe and a wand to assist in the process.

Details: Potion cocktails include the Transfiguration Toniq, a spin on a lavender martini, and the Lost Thyme, a rum, thyme and lemon juice-based cocktail made in a cauldron.

The magical pub's take on a strawberry daiquiri but with a fiery twist. Photo: Taylor Allen/Axios

The big picture: The queer-founded company behind the bar is also planning to host more events for the LGBTQ+ community at the new spot.

  • "Queer people connect with fantasy because there's themes of not being understood by mainstream society but then finding acceptance in another place where you belong," Cortland told Axios.
  • The New York City location hosts a weekly drag bingo.
The inside of the The Cauldron Magical Pub. Photo: Taylor Allen/Axios

Tip: If you want to go, act fast.

  • The bar only sells tickets in three-month intervals and has already sold 2,000 pre-sale tickets.

What they're saying: "We want to bring magic across the world and make dreams come true," Duckworth said.

One of the larger decorations at The Cauldron Magical Pub includes this magical typewriter. Photo: Taylor Allen/Axios

1 cool thing: All of the locations encourage patrons to bring in their favorite fantasy books so they can be donated to underserved schools.

  • The owners are working on finding a partnership to do the same in Philly.

Visit: 1305 Locust St.


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