The Magic Mike Live team has EVERY desire in mind with their Permission Lounge and Bar launch, extending their whirlwind experience. Relax on a blue velveted couch, sip on a cocktail, and listen to live music where permission is granted to let your hair down and order another round. With extending bookings until 31 December 2023, experience Permission before Magic Mike Live or catch an in-person brush with the performers at the lounge after the show.
The famous Magic Mike trilogy films inspired the live show, following Channing Tatum’s character Mike and his life as a male stripper. His sexy dance moves earned him the name Magic, as he woos audiences effortlessly. Magic Mike Live was co-directed by Tatum and has already astounded over 400,000 people in London and over 1,000,000 worldwide. During the show, performance artists utilise the 360-degree stage for dance and acrobatics, making sure to include the audience as well.
The Permission Lounge and the Magic Mike Live theatre are located in the Hippodrome Casino, just a stone’s throw away from one another. We were greeted with a glass of champagne and live music playing familiar acoustic pop tunes. The inside of the lounge is dotted with intimate couches and tables and warmed with fireplaces. The menu features expertly crafted themed cocktails and elegant sharing plates.
Each cocktail is an elaborate interpretation of Magic Mike’s philosophies, named to inspire confidence. We tried a few of their signature drinks.
Magic – Tanqueray gin, Singani 63, St Germain Elderflower, lemon, honey, and electric dust. The dust is sprinkled on the side of the glass and meant to be sipped with the drink. It leaves a tingling sensation on the tongue and enhances the sweet and tangy flavour of the drink.
Charismatic – Ketel One Citroen, Singani 63, Mandarin Napoleon, raspberry, lime, and ginger. This bubbly drink has a spiced fruity taste. The garnish includes a skewered raspberry and candied ginger, and I enjoyed the candy after soaking it in the drink for a bit.
Confident – Bulleit Rye, Dubbonet, Singani 63, lavender, orange, bitters, and cherrywood smoke. This decadent drink was served with a lid, capturing the cherrywood smoke. Upon release, the drink gave an intense smoky and woody flavour.
Their food menu is great for a pre or post-show snack. We got the cheese board with a selection of brie, parmesan, goats cheese, almonds, roquefort, dried figs, grapes, and focaccia. The charcuterie paired nicely with the cheese, including ham, salami, mortadella, green olives, and focaccia. On the side, we got the hand-cut chips, which were dusted with truffle seasoning.
When the show was about to begin, we were escorted to our seats, or rather our couches, on the edge of the mythical cabaret-style theatre. We had a personal waiter throughout the show to bring us additional drinks as we watched the performance.
During the show, we enjoyed the gorgeous dancers as they brought up audience members, performed acrobatics and played iconic music from the Magic Mike movies. The show includes one-of-a-kind acts where dancers perform in a levitating pool under a pouring rain machine, which was my favourite part. Familiar songs from the movies like Pony by Ginuwine encouraged the audience to get up and dance along with the performers.
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