A Halloween-themed pop-up complete with a selection of spooky cocktails, rotating burlesque shows, horror-drag and more is coming to Toronto.
The Black Lagoon is taking place from Oct. 14 to Oct. 31 at 866 Bloor St. West from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. Costumes are encouraged, but they’re not a requirement to enter, although they do waive the $20 entrance fee!
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The concept of the Black Lagoon is the brainchild of Erin Hayes and Kelsey Ramage, after the duo hosted their first pop-up in New Orleans in 2019. After waiting for two years due to COVID-19-related delays, they’re ready to bring the concept of a spooky Halloween soiree to Toronto, and have plans to expand the Black Lagoon through six cities in North America.
“After one of the shittest years in history, we’re putting together the Halloween pop-up of our bestest nightmares,” reads a recent Instagram post by Dolly Trolley Drinks founder and bartender Kelsey Ramage.
Founded in 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the female-owned and operated Dolly Trolley Drinks provides high-quality bottle and cocktail kits delivered straight to your front door.
Starting Oct. 14, guests can enter the Black Lagoon, walking in through undersea vines dripping down from the entranceway, through the witch’s lair, where they’ll be seated in the midst of a graveyard full of the living dead.
Of course, the eight featured cocktails are all horrific (in a good way), from the blood-red Gates of Hell with Lot 40, house cherry liqueur, Italian bitters and vermouth, to the Green Monster with Teeling whiskey, melon, pineapple, and fizz.
The Darkness is an egg-white-based concoction of Sombra mezcal, tequila Tromba, aloe, lime juice, Scrappy’s black lemon bitters, and soda. The Hell or High Water is an egg white sour cocktail that sees Botanist gin infused with Haskap honey, lemon, and Amaro Lucano liqueur. The Eye For an Eye blends Lot 40 rye with bitter aperitif, house cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, and orange bitters.
All of the drinks are served in custom glassware, which is for sale through the ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ on-site. A green swirling sea-witch, a little skeleton, and the ‘Black Lagoon’ Mai Tai glass will all be available in the store, as well as pre-sale.
A selection of Halloween candy and cookies will also be served.
For more information on the Black Lagoon, click here!