Dim Lighting, Secret Doors and Alcohol … Sounds Like a Fun Time!
You don’t need to wait until October to enjoy a bewitching experience anymore! Thanks to The Cauldron Spirits & Brews, the newest themed restaurant in Buena Park, you can enjoy the ambience of Halloween all year-round. You know we love our unique drinking spots!
This witchy-themed bar sits at the corner of Beach Blvd. and La Palma, directly across the street from Knott’s Berry Farm. Locals will recognize the location as the former home of the Crystal Factory Italian Galleria. After the Buena Park staple closed down, Lara Hanneman decided to transform the spot into something that reflects her personality and expertise. The Cauldron sits down the road from Medieval Times, The Source and the extremely popular Porto’s Bakery.
Hanneman, a former Director of Entertainment Production at Knott’s Berry Farm, decided to open her own bar next to the home of the biggest Halloween party in SoCal — Knott’s Halloween Haunt. Unlike Haunt, The Cauldron is open year-round and everyday is like Halloween. Clearly inspired and branching off her work during Knott’s Scary Farm, The Cauldron feels like an extension of the event.
An Enchanted Concoction of Food and Alcohol
The interior decor is presumably what would happen if you mixed Hogwarts with a haunted house. The lighting is dim, the furniture is antique-y and the rugs (and art) tie the room together. Visitors will be delighted to know there is a hidden room accessible through a secret switch on the bookcase. Just ask the bartender and they’ll be happy show you — but the room is for parties, folks. Sorry to disappoint.
Like the decor, this spooky bar serves similarly inspired food and drinks as well. Hanneman calls the menu “French-inspired” and included sliders, prosciutto wrapped shrimp and even escargot — simple bar food! As for drinks, we recommend the “Knotty Kid” — a drink obviously pulling from Knott’s namesake, and also includes boysenberry — Knott’s famous creation. If you’re not in the mood for a fancy drink, they still serve locally crafted brews as well as popular favorites.
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Don’t feel like sitting indoors in the dark? No problem — The Cauldron also features an outdoor patio complete with comfy seating and a fire pit. With a backdrop of Knott’s rollercoasters and the lights from Beach Blvd., a trip to The Cauldron will make anyone’s night. At the very least, it makes for an interesting night for locals and tourists alike!
The Cauldron Spirits & Brews
8028 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620