PHOTOS - AbracadaBAR lounge now open on Disney's BoardWalk

Jul 25, 2016 in "AbracadaBAR"

AbracadaBAR overview
Posted: Monday July 25, 2016 8:46am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney's BoardWalk is home to a new cocktail lounge - the AbracadaBAR.

Located in the former Seashore Sweets next door to Flying Fish, AbracadaBAR is a wonderfully themed lounge, drawing on the 1930's golden age of illusionists.

As the story goes, the lounge was a former stomping ground for famous magicians and boardwalk illusionists, where after a show, they would gather to “conjure” up new cocktails, and swap magic tips and tricks. According to BoardWalk lore, it was on just such an evening that every single magician in the lounge vanished into thin air, and was never seen again.

Now, after sitting vacant for nearly seventy years, the secret magician’s lounge is now back in the spotlight and making its world debut as “AbracadaBAR.”

Despite its backstory, don't expect live performers or extensive effects like those found at Trader Sam's Grog Grotto. Instead, think more Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar. Keep an eye on the posters around the room though, they are enchanted.

Although the lounge is small, it does have a good amount of seating, which is really nicely arranged, giving the area a very intimate and cozy feel.

Seating is on a first come, first served basis. There is outdoor seating, but the real beauty of the place lies within.

The menu features a variety of speciality cocktails, unique for the location, along with a good range of wines and beers.

Many of the drinks have an element of table-side performance, with the ingredients mixed and changing color before your very eyes.

There isn't any food on offer, although there is a complimentary popcorn and chick pea mix.

The beautiful decor extends through to the hallways and bathrooms, with props and artifacts from the 30's magicians on display.

AbracadaBAR is open daily from 4pm to midnight - well worth checking out on your next visit to the BoardWalk, and just a 5 minute walk from Epcot's International Gateway.

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Professortango1Sep 23, 2016

Luckily Disneyland still has theirs. It was almost lost then they let a 3rd party rent the space to keep the magic shop open. The downside is I no longer get a discount on tricks.

wannabeBelleSep 23, 2016

Last week on the Family Cruise sponsored by KK One of the entertainments on the Disney Fantasy was Shawn Farquhar. He was AMAZING!!!! Look up his videos from Penn & Teller Fool Us. He is a very funny warm person and that makes his magic all that much more affecting!!! I could see him doing a start up shop at DS. Marie

AlejandroSep 23, 2016

When I was a little boy, the end to every Disney trip was me walking into the Magic store and the penny arcade on Main Street and getting a cheesy little trick. These stores gave Main Street such a distinctive feel, now it's all really just a facade with the same stuff you can find at the mega store in Downtown Disney.

Magenta PantherSep 23, 2016

Hmmm...yeah, if it could be themed around the Sorcerer's Apprentice, that could be awesome. And Disney could sell magical staffs, like Merlin's and Maleficent's, not to mention wands like the Fairy Godmother's and the Blue Fairy's. And the Imagineers could go nuts with it, add a lot of cool effects, make it a huge step above Ollivander's in Universal. Yeah, a Magic Shop could be an excellent addition. :)

The Hatbox GhostSep 23, 2016

This. Yes, yes and 1000 times yes- WDW needs a Magic Shop.

wannabeBelleSep 22, 2016

I think Disney needs to call in Shawn Farquhar. I saw him last week on the Disney Fantasy during the KK 2nd Annual Family Cruise. The man was just simply AMAZING. Take a look on Youtube for his videos of his appearances on Penn & Teller's Fool Us TV show. Marie

Professortango1Sep 22, 2016

Now if they could open up a magic shop in WDW....

The Hatbox GhostSep 04, 2016

Good point; with that backstory it would make little sense to have a strolling magician there. But how about a few ghostly effects to toy with those partying in their lounge? The posters are a great start maybe there will be more to come.

Sans SouciSep 04, 2016

It's a very small space. I went a few weeks ago and I liked that it is understated. Don't flame me, but Trader Sam's feels a bit much after 20 minutes. Besides, the backstory of the place is all of magicians featured on the posters disappeared after performing, so I doubt any magician would want to risk his or her life to perform some card tricks for patrons. ;)

The Hatbox GhostSep 04, 2016

Hoping they hire a strolling magician this place is begging for some magic- as are potential patrons. Definitely a missed opportunity thus far.

Brian ParishSep 02, 2016

Haha yeah, it would be pretty hard even for Disney to get a hold of that beer in those amounts.

dreamfinderAug 18, 2016

Throw in some Second Fiddle and Tribute and I think we have the makings of a phenomenal weekend. Just to mix it up a smidgen.

ford91exploderAug 17, 2016

Mmm Heady Topper from The Alchemist the best double IPA out there, With 'Sip of Sunshine' a very close second, It's time for a run to VT to restock.

ABQAug 17, 2016

If only a magician in that bar could turn my beer into a Heady Topper, right? This is supposed to be the place dreams come true.