Creepy cocktail pop-up Black Lagoon returns to Toronto

The popular and very spooky Black Lagoon Halloween pop-up is returning to Toronto and bringing with it a selection of creepy cocktails, rotating burlesque shows, horror drag and more.

This year, the event is taking place from Oct. 12 to 31 at 1272 Dundas St. West, the current location of Bar Mordecai.

Black Lagoon is described as “an immersive, creepy-as-hell experience that pays homage to the macabre and throws in a splash of goth and metal for good measure.” Costumes are encouraged, but they’re not required to enter, although they waive the $20 entrance fee!


The concept of the Black Lagoon is the brainchild of Erin Hayes and Kelsey Ramage after the duo hosted their first pop-up in New Orleans in 2019. After waiting for two years due to COVID-19-related delays, they’re ready to bring the concept of a spooky Halloween soiree to Toronto, and have plans to expand the Black Lagoon through six cities in North America.

Starting Oct. 12, guests can enter the Black Lagoon, as guests step into a dungeon of the macabre, adorned with skulls, life-size coffins, and other eerie elements paying tribute to the occult and the unusual.

Of course, the eight featured cocktails are all horrific (in a good way). We dare you to try The Death Rattle, The Book of Blood, The Nightcrawler and our personal favourite, The Satanic Panic made with non-alcoholic tequila, pineapple and miso.

The Hell or High Water cocktail was served at last year’s event

For more information on the Black Lagoon, click here!