It’s a kind of magic – Maho Magic Bar is coming to Brisbane with tipples and tricks aplenty
No matter the age, one’s child-like fascination with magic never wears off. If you like your cocktails served with a side of enchantment and neon-lit charm, then pull up a seat at the Maho Magic Bar and prepare for a night that will leave you bewitched. Straight from the streets of Tokyo (and with a stop off on the Gold Coast), the Magic Makers from Maho Magic Bar are finally coming to Brisbane for a limited time and are ready to serve up delicious drinks and mystifying magic tricks.
From July 27, you can step into Maho Magic Bar at Brisbane’s all-new Twilight Electric precinct at Northshore and be transported to the neon-lit nightlife districts of Japan. From Wednesday to Sunday for a strictly limited season, lovers of magic can settle in for a 60-minute performance session at the bar, sipping on a menu of curated authentic Japanese drinks while being wowed by Japan’s best close-up magicians. Start off your adventure with a sake served in a traditional masu sake cedar box (you can pick from varieties that originate from the regions of Shiga, Hiroshima and Shizuoka) or wet your whistle with a shochu served highball style or a umeshu served on the rocks. The colourful pop-up has a lip-smacking line-up of cocktails too – standouts include Naruhito’s Negroni (a rich blend of Japanese gin, Campari and Ota Umeshu, garnished with air-dried persimmon), the Okinawa Paradise (a blend of Haku Vodka, lychee liqueur, apple, rose, lime, garnished with a lychee) and the For Goodness Sake (a magical mix of Jinzu Premium Japanese Gin, sake, yuzu and pineapple). The libation list doesn’t end there with beer, wine, spirits and mocktails aplenty, as well as a mysterious ‘special menu’ for those in a mischievous mood.
Once you’ve settled in with your tipple of choice, prepare to be awe-struck with spectacular tricks from some of Japan’s most revered magic performers. The illusion makers include Shohgo Yamashita, a master of magic with a knack for storytelling, Kaori Kitazawa, the kawaii princess of illusion, and Sarito, a daredevil magic maker that will wow you with his tricks using needles, gaffer tape, detergent and stuffed animals. You’ll definitely be asked to pull out a card or two from a deck but what comes next will be nothing short of out of the ordinary. Plus, a little birdie told us that Maho Magic Bar is part of Brisbane Festival’s early event program, so you know that you’re guaranteed to have a great night out.
Keen to be amazed by this bewitching spectacle that is part show, part bar? Tickets are limited and will be available very soon for the Brisbane season. Head to the Twilight Electric website to secure your spot at the bar before it disappears before your eyes.
This article was written in partnership with our friends at Broad Encounters Productions.