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Brew magic cocktails at this Harry Potter-like pop-up bar in NYC

The Cauldron NYC
Photograph: Courtesy The Cauldron NYC

To be clear, this is not a Harry Potter bar. But... it's also kinda a Harry Potter bar. If you're a fan of fantasy literature—or just want to be a witch—The Cauldron is here to grant your wishes. The pop-up bar, which had a five-month run in London, is officially opening its New York City version for a one-hour-and-45-minute experience of boozy witchcraft and wizardry.

We'll break it down for you. Upon entering the second floor of Bavaria Bierhaus on Stone Street, you'll be given a hooded black robe and one of 73 unique hand-crafted wands from Ireland. From there, you'll head to a station to craft your boozy potions, with guidance from hand-written instructions and wandering Potion Masters (that may or may not be Severus Snape). The drinks include Transfiguration Toniq, a color changing, gin-and-lavender-based cocktail; Lost Time is a rum and chai concoction brewed in a smoky and bubbling cauldron; and mead, the fermented honey wine popular in mythology, is summoned by the tap of a wand from a gargoyle's mouth.

Throughout your session, you can decode the Ancient Runic language (Elder Futhark) to translate famous quotes about magic, and drink even more libations, like the signature Hell Broth beer from Sixpoint Brewery (pumpkin allspice, marigold, vanilla), dispensed from a wand-activated tap. There's also strawberry daiquiris lit on fire (Dragon's Breath) and Bubbling Shots of Death (green shots).

And there's a happily ever after: If you bring a book (fantasy or not), they'll store it in their library to donate to local classrooms in need. The pop-up is open until December 31 and tickets cost $45 per person. You can purchase tickets here.

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