A Harry Potter-Themed Mixology Class is Coming to New York

Xavier Boldu, The Cauldron
Xavier Boldu, The Cauldron

Harry Potter may have hated potions class, but New York City Muggles might find it a little more palatable. A Hogwarts-themed pop-up bar is coming to the Big Apple, and it's set to be a lot more fun than Professor Snape's version. The Cauldron, a fantastical mixology course, is opening in September, according to Guest of a Guest.

Xavier Boldu, The Cauldron

The Cauldron started as a Kickstarter-funded London pop-up in March 2018, complete with magic wands, robes, and simmering cauldrons. It proved so successful there that its creators decided to take it across the pond. The limited-run New York City pop-up will run for four months at Bavaria Bier Haus, a beer hall in Lower Manhattan.

Xavier Boldu, The Cauldron

The class goes far beyond the typical pop-up bar experience, adding Harry Potter flair by using more than just a few Hogwarts-inspired decorations. When you arrive at the one hour, 45 minute class, you'll get a robe and an internet-connected magic wand that you'll use to activate aspects of your workstation. You'll brew two delicious cocktails that change color, bubble, and smoke within your cauldron, all the while sipping mead and a special limited-edition beer from Six Point Brewery called Hell Broth.

Tickets run from $45 to $55, depending on the class time. Book here.

[h/t Guest of a Guest]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Stock Catalog, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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Remembering the Deadly London Beer Flood of 1814

London's Horseshoe Brewery
London's Horseshoe Brewery
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In the fall of 1814, one of history's most bizarre disasters befell London when a 15-foot wave of beer flooded an entire neighborhood and left eight people dead.

The Horse Shoe Brewery on Tottenham Court Road in London boasted a massive 22-foot-tall vat that held some 160,000 gallons of dark porter. On October 17, 1814, one of the metal hoops meant to secure it snapped, and the wooden vat succumbed to the immense pressure of all that fermenting brew. The gushing beer smashed open the brewery's other vats, resulting in a raging sea of beer that burst forth from the building.

Over 1 million liters of beer flooded out onto the road and raced through the St. Giles neighborhood. The area was crammed with crowded slums, and many inhabitants couldn't escape in time. According to The Independent: "Hannah Banfield, a little girl, was taking tea with her mother, Mary, at their house in New Street when the deluge hit. Both were swept away in the current, and perished."

Others who were gathered in a cellar for a wake were caught by surprise by the flood and drowned in beer. A wall of a nearby pub crumbled and crushed a 14-year-old girl who was standing next to it. In total, eight people perished in the accident.

Unsubstantiated rumors persist that rowdy locals brought pots and pans to the river of beer in an attempt to round up free drinks. In reality though, the citizens of St. Giles were lauded in the press for their help with the rescue efforts, keeping quiet in the aftermath in order to help listen for the screams of their trapped neighbors.

This story has been updated for 2020.