Each year as October approaches, we begin to get all the season’s Halloween and “Spooky Season” themed pop-up bars and series. The Black Lagoon is way more than just a themed event series, it is a celebration of macabre, goth and metal culture through the lens of the cocktail bar. The brainchild of two industry veterans, Erin Hayes (Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles and Chicago’s Lost Lake) and Kelsey Ramage (Trash Collective and Toronto’s soon-to-open Supernova), it aims to serve up an immersive “creepy-as-hell” experience for guests at select bars across the U.S. and Canada.
The duo ideated the terrifying concept after running a pop-up at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans’ infamous Dungeon Bar. And after testing one-night-only events, they knew Black Lagoon could be something very special. Black Lagoon was recently named Canada’s Best Pop-Up Bar by Canada’s 100 Best, and this year, we expect it go much bigger & harder. Cities were carefully selected by Erin & Kelsey for having both robust cocktail culture and openness of embracing what they refer to as “counterculture.”
Black Lagoon 2022 Pop-Up Series
The location and dates for each pop-up are:
Butcher & Bullock, Vancouver, October 11th-31st
Dandy Crown in partnership with Hospitality 201, Chicago, October 3rd-31st
Hey Love, Portland, October 17th-31st
Lost Property Bar, Los Angeles, October 1-31st
Nickel City, Dallas/FortWorth, October 11th-31st
Our Wicked Lady, New York City, October 1-31st
Third Space, Toronto, October 1-31st
Yacht Club, Denver, October 17th-31st
132 Bar Vintage, Montreal, October 1-31st
The drinks menu is built around Halloween hues – you’ll find beverages that are blood red, the darkest black and an eerie orange to celebrate the season. A few of the drinks will be served in custom glassware – purchasable if visitors want to take home a demented souvenir. Drinks include names that set the nightmarish mood like – Screaming Banshee, Lilith’s Cup, Closed Casket and Hellraiser.
For the latest and most up-to-date information, visit www.blacklagoonpopup.com and follow along on Instagram at @blacklagoonpopup.
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