Half Mad Bar
Fridays | 5.30pm – 9pm
16 December - 21 April
Can't visit during the day? Enjoy an adventure in Wonderland in the evening at the Half Mad Bar.
Explore the exhibition at your own pace with drinks, music, performances and more. Whether you fancy a "Drink Me" cocktail, a spot of flamingo croquet, or just the chance to don your best Wonderland-inspired cosplay, there's something for everyone at Half Mad Bar.
Take advantage of this opportunity to unwind at the end of the week, absorb the magic and remember "we're all mad down here"...
The line-up for Half Mad Bar is announced monthly with the first announcement coming mid-November.
Keep your eyes peeled for two supersized, outdoor versions of the half Mad Bar in February and March where VJ Zoo will take over the Old Gaol projection system and deliver an immersive visual spectacle.
*Ticketed entry grants access between 5 pm - 9 pm. Ages 18+ only. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
Music by DJ Kim Little 5.30pm - 9pm
A regular fixture of Perth and Melbourne's underground nightlife at both clubs and festivals for almost a decade Kim Little blends subgenres together with style. She is bound to bring you a new favourite tune to add to your collection. Join her on the 16th for a selection of fun and vibrant sounds.
Exhibition collectors talk with the Crandall’s 6.30pm - 7:15pm
We are joined for a talk with Matt and Wendy Crandall, who have lent pieces from their collection for the Wonderland exhibition. Matt is the Lewis Carroll Society’s foremost expert on Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, and has been collecting items related to Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland for 30 years. Wendy is a board member of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America and has been a collector of Alice in Wonderland material (primarily books) since the early 1980s.
Drag Queen of Hearts with Cougar Morrison 7.30pm - 8.15pm
If you enjoyed Jurassic Drag at Bar Before Time, you’ll LOVE Cougar Morrison's new monthly performance at Half Mad Bar. Each month, Cougar brings us a mix of entertainment, starting in December with a Wonderland themed quiz. Join us for a hilarious session of Wonderland trivia where even the biggest Lewis Carrol die-hards are bound to learn a thing or two.
Music by DJ Jamilla 5.30pm - 9pm
Music on this evening was selected by electronic r&b/soul producer from Perth, Jamilla.
Music by DJ Miss Estonia 5.30pm - 9pm
Boorloo fave, Miss Estonia, a regular at Perth’s coolest bars, clubs and events, joins us on the 30th of December to sort out your holiday vibes at Half Mad Bar.
Wonderland VSO micro-talks 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm
Catch our 10-minute focused micro-talks on 30th December, each one focussing on a different section of the exhibition. Find out on the night from our front of house staff which exhibition feature to meet at for three sessions -
Drag Queen of Hearts: Event Information
Drag Queen of Hearts is 45 minutes of gruelling Wonderland trivia! Brush up on your knowledge of all things pop culture (or just be completely surprised) at Half Mad Bar for this ridiculous and hilarious session.
Participation is simple. The quiz starts at 6:30pm and no pre-enrolment is required. Come along before the start time, grab a question sheet from one of our Visitor Services Officers, nab a table and follow the prompts of the MC.
Not interested in the quiz? That’s fine too. The bar and gallery will remain open for the duration of the evening for all ticket holders, so if Drag Queen of Hearts isn’t your vibe feel free to roam the exhibition, drink in hand.
Goofy prizes will be up for grabs for quiz winners and runners-up. Also, in this technological age, we’ll be adopting a casual honesty policy to encourage all quiz participants to refrain from looking up the answers on their phones. We look forward to seeing you there, whether you’re quizzing or not!
Fall down the rabbit hole on a journey like no other in this immersive exhibition that celebrates the timeless stories of Lewis Carroll. The more curious you are, the more you’ll discover.