Sinister Pointe is renowned for bringing terrifying haunts to Orange County, and for the first time this year, the production company has introduced a horror-themed pop-up bar that is absolutely chilling in all the right ways. Welcome to the Spirit Lounge!
Located in Brea, California, this establishment pays homage to horror classics that include “Frankenstein,” “Gremlins,” “The Exorcist,” “Annabelle,” “Child’s Play,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Nun” and “Halloween,” just to mention a few. Music from horror film soundtracks played, plus scary movie clips were projected onto the ceiling and on TV screens in the outside patio. Everything, from the décor to the bartenders and cocktails, oozed spooky.
When you pay a visit, don’t expect to just sit down and enjoy your drink in peace because there’s a good chance Michael Myers will sneak up behind you, knife in tow. Or, a demented clown may stroke you with a dead hand. Be prepared for an immersive experience where you can snap a ton of diabolically amazing pictures, not only with costumed characters, but also with the photo ops spread throughout the lounge.
One of my favorites was getting into bed with a demonically-possessed Regan. The figure looked very life-like and I thought at any moment she might spew out green vomit. The nun bathed in dark neon lighting by the bathrooms was equally terrifying in the best way possible.
Speaking of the restrooms, I noticed that for most of the night there was a long line of people waiting to use them. Then I discovered that something creepy happens while you’re in there.
For one, the bathrooms were single occupancy only and dimly lit. Not a big deal, right? Well, I entered and heard haunting melodies coming through the speakers. Next, I realized I wasn’t completely alone because there was an eerie life-sized doll in the restroom.
But wait because it gets better—the lights began to flicker then turned off by themselves! They went back on, but it can be spine-tingling when you don’t see that coming.
I loved it and thought it was creative that the Sinister Pointe team ensured that no matter where guests went in the bar, they would still be immersed in horror, even while sitting on the toilet. The experience in the restrooms wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea though and some people walked straight out as soon as they realized it went pitch-black.
Below, I have a video clip to give you a preview. This is inside the restroom that had a huddled girl in the corner with some sort of substance issuing from her mouth and down her dress.
It thrills me when an immersive horror experience like Spirit Lounge pops up. It truly is an amazing place for fans of horror, Halloween and the macabre to congregate and have a good time. I hope to return before it goes away.
Things to Know Before You Go:
- Spirit Lounge operates Thursday and Sunday from 7 p.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- Reservations are required. RIP Disembodied Reservations are entirely sold out for the remainder of the month, but general reservations are still available for $13. As soon as you know what day you plan to visit, book your time slot because those fill up fast as well. Walk-up tickets are $18, but admission is subject to space capacity within the bar.
- The pop-up bar runs until September 1st, although my fingers are crossed that it remains open through October.
Book your spot at the Spirit Lounge official website.
Discover more about Sinister Pointe and its haunts at the official website.