Grab your best costume and get ready to be on the lookout for the things that go bump in the night as award-winning Halloween pop-up bar Black Lagoon brings spooky cocktails and all the creepy vibes to NYC’s Our Wicked Lady from October 1st through October 31st.
Industry veterans Erin Hayes and Kelsey Ramage are the ones behind Black Lagoon, which first took over a popular bar in Toronto in October 2021 and instantly became a hit amongst Halloween lovers and horror enthusiasts alike.
Referred to as a goth-metal Halloween pop-up, Hayes and Ramage pull inspiration from goth culture and cult horror–think Rob Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses. Dark, dungeon-like environments are their thing, and visitors will find themselves among skulls, life-sized coffins, skeletons, and bubbling cauldrons, complete with a soundtrack full of punk, metal, and eerie noises.
“Kelsey and I both love the metal/goth/horror bars and those spots really inspired Black Lagoon, but they are more beer-and-a-shot type places,” says Hayes. “With our background in the spirits world, we wanted to pay extra attention to making sure our list is as tasty as it is blood curdling.”
And their cocktail list is equally as eerie as the decor. Halloween-hues pair with tantalizing flavors to create drinks such as the Screaming Banshee, made with Botanist Gin, Giffard L’Abricot, pineapple syrup, and Greek yogurt, Lilith’s Cup, made with Mount Gay Black Barrel, Aperol, vermouth, passionfruit, and glitter, and Hexes For Your Exes, made with Lot 40 Rye, Lustau Blanco Vermouth, kiwi, melon, and seltzer.
Black Lagoon is meant to be a space where Halloween enthusiasts can come to celebrate spooky season and feel at ease while doing so (despite all the haunts along the way!) so get your costumes ready! “We want this to be a space for the weird, for the misfits and the goths,” says Hayes. “As an adult, this concept embraces my inner goth metal kid who just loved Halloween. We just want to let people have fun and experience true freedom from judgment” added Ramage.
For more information you can visit Black Lagoon’s website or follow them on Instagram.
Where: Our Wicked Lady, 153 Morgan Ave., Brooklyn
When: October 1 – October 31