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 and 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.
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.