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The Cauldron Magical Cocktail Experience

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Dalston
4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
The Cauldron Magical Cocktail Experience
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Time Out says

A fantasy- and sci-fi-inspired cocktail bar in Dalston.

The Cauldron Magical Cocktail Experience says
The Cauldron® Magical Cocktail Experience is a 1 hr 45 min immersive class in Stoke Newington, London where you wield a working magic wand and use molecular mixology to brew drinkable elixirs. After donning a robe and receiving a magic wand, you are led to an interactive work station where you test out your magic wand by pouring a welcome drink. You then choose two potions to brew from our range of molecular potions, each of which have different traits and effects.

The Cauldron is not affiliated with or connected to Harry Potter, The Leaky Cauldron, Fantastic Beasts, J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Warner Bros, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Rivers of London, Star Wars, or any specific series. We are but geeks!

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Address: 79
Stoke Newington Road
London
N16 8AD
Transport: Tube: Dalston Kingsland
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Opening hours: Open Tues-Thurs 5pm-10pm; Fri 5pm-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 3pm-10pm
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Users say (7)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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tastemaker

What a great location and amazing set-up of an immersive event. I absolutely loved the decor, costumes and 'bartending tools' which included an interactive wand! I enjoyed being able to choose two cocktails to make from the menu however it would have been fun to make all three. There was an additional bar at the back of the venue however it would have been great if a bar menu was placed on the table so we could easily pop to the back and order quickly. We never made it to the back sadly. 


My favourite part of the experience was the interactive making of the cocktails... especially the fire! When there was a more 'interactive' part of the making we had to wait for a 'teacher' to assist or bring tools which meant a lot of tables were waiting and stuck doing nothing. It would have been nice to wither have smaller groups inside or more staff members on. 


All in all it was a great experience but I can definitely see areas of where they could improve. 


One of my favourite immersive style experiences. You start by being given cloaks and seated at the table you have booked and opening a 'magic' cabinet with your wand to discover jars of mead. Then select your 2 potions for the table (you should all agree which two you're doing because you can't work on individual potions). Then you get the ingredients for your first potion and start making it. There are cauldrons, self stirring jars, fire and smoke and a lot of fun to be had. You can also discover a secret room on the right of the venue behind a cabinet. It's cool! If you have time after you've finished making both potions you can also order extra cocktails, get the shot with the smoke coming out.

Tastemaker

Great fun night out! As soon as you enter the Cauldron tent in Elephant & Castle, you are in a new world! Your ticket entrance includes 3 potions/drinks and the experience lasts for 1h 40min. You are actually being sited in tables of 2 or 4 people with your friends, and choose 2 from the provided 3 potions from the menu. Then you are given all the ingredients to prepare them by yourself. Expect sparkls, fusions, magic moving beans in your drink and loads of fun! Excellent idea for coctails with friends!

tastemaker

Loved the setting of this place as soon as we walked in and the attention to detail with this was great. Was a little shocked that we had to leave a card as a holding deposit for our wand and if it was damaged we would be charged £20 and cursed for 100 years. Even more surprised when we removed this spindly bit of wood from a box but as we started making our drinks, the wand was more magical than I originally thought, it did open doors and poor drinks. The whole thing was good fun, mixing your drinks with the robe and wand you are given. The lady who served us was good fun and very friendly but I do think the rest of the staff could have been a little more enthusiastic. The experience was over very quickly and you are then given the option to purchase additional cocktails which were a lot stronger than the ones that we made. I saw someone out of the corner of my eye this dramatic flame whilst someone was served with a cocktail "the dragon's breath" Naturally I then wanted to order this cocktail but the person who served me didn't do it with quite as much vigour or enthusiasm and so it was a little underwhelming. Overall, good fun but I have definitely been to other experiences where the staff are more in character and involve you more, you're not so left on your own to do everything and have been more immersive. 

tastemaker

Immersive cocktail experiences just keep getting better and better! If you are into witches, wizards and potions, this is a MUST! You are given a witches/wizards cape and a wand at the start of this magical experience which you can use for all sorts of magic from pouring cocktails to opening locked doors. You also get your very own cauldron to mix your delicious concoctions. Don’t worry, you will be provided with detailed instructions and help from the wizards is at hand!


This place is amazing, if you are into your magic and wizardry THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU!!. The "Potion Masters" were helpful, they offer a range of cocktails, which you prepare using the cauldron provided and a magic wand to even pour yourself a drink from the "magic tree". Would go again in a heartbeat!

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I booked this event for me and my friend that is visiting me from Canada for a few days. We made it very clear one was to be non alcoholic.

1st drink, the potion master tells us the non alcoholic are on one side of the box, other side is alcoholic. Except she pointed at the wrong side, insisting that the alcoholic side was the non alcoholic. When we came to the last bottle, some brown bottle that was missing from what she had said was the alcoholic side, was on the non alcoholic side. Both drinks ended up alcoholic and not tasting right because of the potion masters mistake.
Second drink, again potion master says this side is alcoholic and this side is non alcoholic. Weird thing was that the alcoholic side had 2 bottles and non alcoholic had 4. Not only were we missing a bottle, she had again mixed up what was alcoholic and what wasn't. We needed to call the potion master several times because of missing ingredients and alcohol being on non alcohol side. Every time we called her over, it took several minutes to get her to come and several minutes for her to return. Potion master was so slow at responding that several others had started to stop by. I have worked as a waitress before and I understand mistakes happen - but you make sure there is no more than one mistake per table. This was everything wrong.
We had said we were interested in mixing all 3 drinks, but we were not offered. Leaving, I get asked if we bought any other drinks, only then to find out there was a whole separate menu we were not offered at all. After having our moods already annoyed from all the mistakes and waiting, this really put a damper on us to find out we could have done more like we had originally wanted to.
Don't get me wrong, we enjoyed the potion mixing and the ambience - BUT what happened was not acceptable. I don't know if the potion masters training was bad, if she was new or just not good at her job, but experiences like this really put a damper on peoples experiences.
The icing on the cake was when I emailed to inform the Cauldron what had happened. Especially since they say they cater to all dietary requirements, to be simply asked to spend more money. Quote from email reply 'I would be happy to offer you a pair of half price tickets'. Uhu... no thanks! I already spent over £70 last time and didn't get what I paid for, why would I want to give you more of my money?