Eat & Drink

The Wizard’s Cauldron Lets You Concoct Your Own Boozy Potions

I don’t know about you, but I was a kid when I became obsessed with Harry Potter. The naughtiest drink I mixed myself was a half-Milo, half milk monstrosity. Now that I’m an adult, I’ve moved onto boozier drinks, but I’m still equally as obsessed with the boy who lived. So thank my lucky stars for The Wizard’s Cauldron, a Harry Potter-inspired bar where you can brew your own boozy potions.

Sign me up and seal the deal with a wand flourish that Hermione would be proud of.

The Wizard’s Cauldron is an immersive and totally magical pop-up bar coming to Sydney later this month. Witches, wizards and Harry Potter fans alike — pick up your wand, put on your robes and go back to potions class.

When class is in session, you’ll learn how to mix boozy potions under the watchful eye of the potions master. The smoking and shimmering Rosemary Gin Fizz is brewed in a cauldron, and there’s a magical alcoholic tea that changes colour as you make it.

The Wizard's Cauldron: Sydney's Harry Potter-Inspired Potions Bar

The ingredients are all supplied, but first you’ll have to find them. Translate Ancient Draconic text, solve riddles and perform spells to unlock your ingredients, then read from a spell book to mix everything together.

But it wouldn’t be a proper class for witches and wizards if there wasn’t some magic happening around you. Talking paintings, a chess board that plays itself and a bookshelf that will launch its books across the room if you know the right spell are just some of the charmed objects you’ll find at the bar.

“Our bar looks amazing and has been hand carved by our craftsman,” Alex Wregg, writer and creative director of The Wizard’s Cauldron told AWOL. “The production design team has sourced strange and magical objects from all over and our special effects people have worked some wizardry.”

Wands, robes and a mug of mead are provided on entry. There’s also a cash bar on site if you want a couple of extra drinks or some food to pair with your creations.

Semester One of The Wizard’s Cauldron is running in Sydney until the end of February, and Semester Two will begin in May. It’s open in Melbourne now through April, and tickets for both cities are available on the website now.

(Lead image: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures)