A ‘Beetlejuice’ Themed Bar is Coming to Sydney

Don't say his name three times.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step into the mind of eclectic filmmaker Tim Burton?

He’s undoubtedly one of the most unusual and creative forces of our generation has brought us films such as Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride and two Batman movies. He also brought us his versions of Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but I have never quite forgiven him for those.

Burton is currently working on a new Netflix series called Wednesday with Catherine Zeta-Jones in the role of Morticia.

The eight-episode series is described as a sleuthing, supernaturally-infused mystery that centres around Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy.

Of course, he is also the mastermind behind 1988’s Beetlejuice, which just so happens to be one of my favourite films of all time.

So, imagine my delight when I discovered that two of my greatest passions — the aforementioned movie and cocktails — were coming together by way of a new pop-up speakeasy in Sydney.

House of Burton is a Beetlejuice-themed bar opening on 27th October. The activation will run through Halloween until the end of November.

This unique imbibing experience is coming to Wonderland Bar in Potts Point and will feature vintage-style décor, themed cocktails and immersive fun, making it an absolute must-add to the bucket list of Burton fans.

In case you need a refresher on the finer details of Beetlejuice, it stars Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as Adam and Barbara who die when their car plummets off a bridge. They don’t “properly” die though and instead are able to return to their stately Connecticut home where they quickly figure out they are now ghosts.

Unfortunately, as their realtor believes they are dead, she sells their home to an obnoxious couple from New York (played to perfection by Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones) and their teenage daughter (Winona Ryder).

In an effort to rid their house of these pesky new tenants, Adam and Barbara misguidedly enlist the help of a poltergeist named Beetlejuice (Micheal Keaton) and all hell literally breaks loose.

Tickets for the 90 minute House of Burton experience are available for just $45pp and include a welcome drink and 2x themed cocktails which guests will make themselves with the help of the prankster from the afterlife.

BYO copy of Handbook for the Recently Deceased. 

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There’s plenty to celebrate this year, from new menus to restaurants throwing parties, bottomless brunches, and more.

Here, we have the latest on Sydney’s food news, from chefs taking over restaurants to limited-edition menus and feasts for all your friends to enjoy.

  • To celebrate World Gin Day, and for one week only, gin and food lovers can try nagashi-sōmen—translating to ‘flowing noodles’— which sees noodles sent down a bamboo chute for diners to collect with chopsticks. The one-off experience will be hosted at Kid Kyoto, where guests can enjoy their flowing noodles alongside a menu paired with delicious KI NO BI Gin cocktails. Purchase tickets here.
  • Tuck into a Fireball Burger
  • Feeling the cold? Fireball Whisky and Bar Luca have teamed up for the ultimate firey menu. Offered for a limited time only, head down to Bar Luca for $6 Fireball shots all day, a Fireball shot and cocktail on arrival, and an all-you-can-eat bites of the full “Blame Fireball” menu on Saturday, July 1. Book a spot here
  • For two nights only, on Tuesday the 20th and Tuesday 27th of June, Graeme Hunt, Head Chef of Sydney’s trending late-night bar and dining venue at Zaffi, will be stepping up to the kitchen at award-winning bar PS40. Pop-up guests can expect a mosaic of colourful Lebanese-inspired bar snacks paired with exclusive midweek sips made by the mastermind behind the experimental bar, Michael Chiem.
  • Fan of Cinderella? The Great Hall is transforming into The Royal Palace for an enchanting high tea from July 1-2. There will be dancing and fun, and then Cinderella will run out of the venue leaving behind her glass slipper—the search for the missing beauty will begin. Tickets for the Cinderella High Tea costs $80-85 and you can purchase them here.
  • Grill’d has dropped two new burgers, and they’re beyond anything we could have imagined. Taking inspiration from Mexico, Grilld’s two new burgers are a Zesty Mexi and Luxe Nacho Burger. The Zesty Mexi features a black bean pattie with corn chips, tasty cheese, slaw, jalapenos, and chipotle mayo mixed with green tomatillo lime salsa. For meat lovers, the Luxe Nacho Burger is the same as the Zesty Mexi, but with a premium Wagyu pattie.

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