Follow the yellow brick road to Headquarters Beercade‘s new immersive pop-up experience. No Place Like Home is the name of the experience, which was inspired by the 80th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.
No Place Like Home starts Aug. 9 and stays at the downtown Nashville location until Aug. 18. It’ll completely transform our favorite bar/arcade into a Wizard of Oz wonderland. They’re taking over the entire two-story, 6,500 square foot venue.
The entryway will transport guests to Kansas with a black and white cornfield and floor-to-ceiling tornado installation. If that wasn’t enough, Dorothy’s house will also hang from the ceiling.
Guests will then walk through a rainbow entryway to the Land of Oz with a technicolor dream of lollipops, bubbles and flowers. An Emerald City DJ booth will fill the night with music. There will also be an enchanted forest with a life-sized apple tree to meet the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion plus a massive hot air balloon basket.
Walk to the second floor and you can pose in a field of 500 poppies. They engulf the brick walls on their way to the Wicked Witch’s Lair at the mezzanine level which will feature a crystal ball, brooms and hats. The opposite staircase with feature 100 ruby slippers suspended in air!
It wouldn’t be an HQ Beercade party without specialty drinks! The Emerald City is a Green Apple Skittle-infused vodka, lemon, fresh lemonade- garnished with Emerald Rock Candy. The Ruby Slipper is a Raspberry-infused Cachaca with “luster dust” (edible glitter), fresh lime juice with glowing Ruby ice cube. There’s also a Wicked Witch of the West with white rum, kiwi puree, melon liqueur and fresh lime juice. It’s served with a witch hat. Liquid Courage is Jasmine tea infused moonshine, falernum syrup and lemon. It’s served with the Lion’s medal of courage. Lastly, there’s a Gin Man which is gin, Pamplemousse, lavender syrup, lemon bitters and angostura bitters. It comes with a heart-shaped ice cube.
No Place Like Home will also host special events including an Over the Rainbow Wizard of Oz themed drag brunch. That happens Aug. 10 from 1 PM to 3 PM. On Aug. 18 during the same time, there will be a Toto’s Dog Adoption event in partnership with Nashville Humane Society and Tito’s. Dogs will be on-site and available for adoption.
Want to make the event even more fun? Dress up with your friends! We have ideas below.
Don Dorothy’s ruby red slippers for the party! These are actual costume shoes that look just like Dorothy’s!
Cowardly Lion Shirt
If you plan on enjoying some liquid courage during the night, grab this Cowardly Lion shirt from Amazon. “Put ’em up, put ’em up!”
Tin Man Heart Clock
Wear your heart on your chest for No Place Like Home. This Tin Man heart clock is so affordable, it’s great for an easy accessory.
This vintage-look tee shows the Scarecrow bragging about his new brains. “My new brains are working,” he’s saying. Grab this one for $19.99.
Glinda the Good Witch’s Wand
Enjoy a little extra sparkle at No Place Like Home. You can cast good spells on fellow attendees with Glinda’s sparkly wand.
Flying Monkeys Tee
This is our favorite of all the costume options. This black shirt includes one of the flying monkeys. It reads, “Oz’s Funny Flying Monkeys, Making Kids Cry Since 1939.”
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