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Southside Stories: A Murder Mystery

Sip cocktails while you unlock chapters to solve a (fictional) murder mystery gripping the city.
By Sarah Templeton
December 10, 2021
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By Sarah Templeton
December 10, 2021
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Sick of the same old routine when heading out for a few weeknight brews, and want to sample something a little more exciting?

Recent addition to the Karangahape Road bar scene Bozo has you sorted, combining cocktails with a 'hip hop modern murder mystery' — yes, that's apparently a thing.

'Southside Stories' is the K-Road bar's new interactive event, which sees the patron (that's you), help solve the mystery of a kidnapped famous figure. If you're wondering who it is, well, let's just say this case might be Jay Z's 99th problem…

Ok so yes, you've probably picked up this Beyonce-nap is fictional, but still give it your all, okay? The premise, according to Bozo, is that each pair or group starts by receiving the first of five chapters in the mystery, which takes place right here in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Participants will be served a matching cocktail with each chapter, and need to work together to solve a problem in order to unlock the next part. Groups can start any time from opening until 9pm and take as long as they need —which will probably be good when that third cocktail kicks in.

Also a mystery are the cocktails themselves, although the bar promises tequila and gin both heavily feature. One of the cocktails is non-alcoholic however, to help you to keep your focus. (Any strong aversions, allergies or preferences can be catered to, according to the staff).

Taking place on Wednesday, December 15 and Thursday, December 16, tickets start at $38, which gets you four cocktails, one non-alcoholic drink, plus the chance to crack a cold case, of course. And to see the relief on Jay Z's face, well, that will just be priceless.

If you're planning on kicking on after solving the mystery, we'd recommend one of Bozo's excellent three gin-tasting paddles, or sampling from their varied beer list or one of their quirky cocktails.

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