Escape Rooms are popular in LA. Players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and physical adventure to escape before time runs out. The idea of being trapped in a room kind of freaks me out, so I have never done one. But 49 Boxes at Black Rabbit Rose seemed like a different teambuilding challenge, without the “escape” component, one where I wouldn’t be scared.
The magical participatory experience in one of the coolest hideaways in Hollywood combines art, puzzles, story, music, and a chance to be part of the magic. Audiences can interact with artifacts to solve mysteries that have been kept secret for more than half a century. Remember, Harry Houdini said, “My brain is the key that sets me free.”
As we entered down into the speakeasy room, our fun cast of characters picked a table covered with various old looking boxes before beelining to the bar for a drink. A drink ticket was part of the evening and was probably a good idea to get people mingling with others they might not know. Mezcal Mule, a fine whiskey on the rocks, and an introduction to the history of our mystery began our night of action.
Ancient artifacts presented with clues helped us move and unlock one box to the next via card puzzles, science experiments involving fire and water, and problem-solving to determine codes to padlocks. A few surprises had me screaming with glee due to the unbelievable-ness of the event. This was the first time I participated in something like this, and the night turned out to be a blast! It’s like being at the Magic Castle, but you’re are in control of unveiling the magic, and soon enough, the magic of the boxes is revealed.
Put the magic in your own hands. The 49 Boxes will be doing 10 shows at Black Rabbit Rose beginning April 14 until May 26. Tickets are $89 each. The shows will run on Sundays at 3pm and 730pm. Anything is possible in Hollywood. Head on over to Dirty Laundry or No Vacancy to round your night out with another cocktail with speakeasy vintage style ambiance.