The Cauldron Mixes Magic and Science at Incoming Philly Gastropub

The Cauldron Philadelphia offers cauldron brewed cocktails and fantastical pub fare at 1305 Locust St.
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A magical interactive gastropub experience will apparate into Philly this spring. Customers will be able to concoct their own cocktails and enjoy scientifically fantastic dishes at The Cauldron Philadelphia when it opens at 1305 Locust St. in “City of Wizardly Love.” Matthew Cortland and David Duckworth opened the first U.S. Cauldron Company location in New York City in 2019. There are also locations in London, Dublin, and Edinburgh. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that sorcery-themed bar is inspired by the creations of J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. While you’ll find that the Cauldron Philadelphia might look like it took a Polyjuice Potion made from some pieces of Hogwarts, it is not affiliated with the Harry Potter series in any way.

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“It takes ideas from literary and world history and brings them to life with science and technology,” the owners said in a press release. “We are but geeks.”

The Cauldron will welcome walk-ins for a cocktail or a bite to eat in their uber Instagrammable occult atmosphere. While The Cauldron doesn’t serve your typical drinks and pub fare, you definitely won’t find any eye of newt or hell-broth here. The Cauldron offers molecular cocktails that have spur scientific reactions like a change in color or plume of smoke initiated by the customer or bartender for an interactive experience. Customers will be enchanted by spell casting concoctions like Damiana’s Charm that inspires love with its main ingredient a natural aphrodisiac. There are also non-alcoholic mocktails, as well as gluten-free and vegan options for everyone in the family to enjoy. Their food also promises to be a lot of fun with items like their fish and chips, which uses sea salt vapor to bubble and smoke.

Customers will have the option of buying tickets for an hour and 45-minute potion-making experience that starts a swish and a flick of an electronic sensor magic wand that allows them to have a welcome cocktail poured from the mouth of a mounted unicorn head. After a crash course in Spellcasting 101, customers get to bubble their brews in a cast-iron cauldron using instructions for making two drinks. During the potion-making experience, guests are typically given a wizard robe to wear, though the borrow a robe program is currently suspended due to COVID. Robes are, however, available for purchase. You won’t have to worry about toil or trouble at The Cauldron. There’s a potion’s master on hand to make sure that no one gets poisoned or turned into a toad.

The Cauldron Philadelphia will offer a limited number of custom-made “Everlasting Magic Wands” to guests at their grand opening, which will hang on a commemorative plaque in the pub bearing a customer’s or loved one’s honorary wizard name. You can book a ticket in advance to The Cauldron Philadelphia at

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D.G. Sciortino is a journalist, digital media specialist, and founder of Westchester Woman. She has over a decade of experience and has been published on sites like Patch, Reader’s Digest, and Sweet and Savory. D.G. is a fan of comedy and rock and roll and loves crafting works of fiction that inspire love and humanity.
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