AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE WITH DRINKS: YOU’LL HAPPILY GET LED ASTRAY IN LOST SPIRITS.
Take a bar, mash it up with a distillery, add some vaudeville acts and sprinkle in a touch of Burning Man. This is the recipe for Lost Spirits, a new drinking escapade that will leave you wondering where reality ends and fantasy begins. The experience, at AREA 15, delivers a whimsical journey with samples of five different kinds of 19th century English-style rum.
The brainchild of Bryan Davis, a master distiller and amusement park artist, opened in late 2021 in Area 15, itself no stranger to alternate reality. Your visit will begin in a dark corner, then proceed into a dimly lit fantasy world that mimics the seedy streets of Victorian literature. Guides lead groups to the distillery, which revolves around technology that replicates and accelerates some of the effects of barrel-aging. From there guests can explore on their own while they sip.
Around every turn is something unexpected: a snake charmer, a sword-swallower, maybe an acrobat. One area is set up like a speakeasy, another like a church. Tasting bars abound. The Lost Spirits adventure culminates in a room that replicates the inside of a submarine. Fish “swim” past the windows. The more you linger, the more you wonder, “Where am I?” Which is precisely the point. You’re lost, friend. lostspirits.net