Saturday is the undisputed party day of the week, so all you Francophiles out there would be forgiven for thinking Baron Samedi (French for Saturday) is some kind of noble, beret-wearing party god. And although you wouldn't be correct, you wouldn't be entirely off the money. Let us explain: Baron Samedi is a Haitian voudou spirit and a guardian of the afterlife. But he's no mopey Grim Reaper kind of dude. Rather, he thrives on the creativity and spontaneity that emerges once the sun has set and is known for all things debauchery — with a particular love of rum, cigars and filthy swear words.
So, if there's anywhere Baron Samedi's special brand of depravity would feel at home in the Harbour City it would be the dark and mysterious winding laneways of The Rocks. Between Wednesday, June 20 and Sunday, July 15, Baron Samedi spiced rum will be hosting a pop-up bar at The Argyle.
Throughout the month, light and video projections will also take place in the forecourt outside the venue to summon the spirit of the Baron. As you're lured inside, head to the pop-up bar swathed in red lighting and smoke to grab a Baron cocktail. There'll be the Summon the Baron (rum with ginger beer and fresh lime), as well as special Baron Samedi spiced espresso martinis and daiquiris on offer.
The takeover officially kicks off with a winter solstice party held over two nights on Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21. Martini Club will be providing the entertainment on Wednesday with a yet-to-be-announced band taking to the stage the following night. Live artist Megan Hales will also be there, using ultraviolet paint to create an art installation over the two nights.
The Baron Samedi pop-up runs from Wednesday, June 20 till Sunday, July 15.