The eccentric yet sophisticated Birdcage Bar is a cocktail lover’s delight. Take in the hand-painted Billich frescos and the sounds of someone tinkering on the ivory keys of the grand piano.
The intimate setting within the brass bars of The Birdcage has housed many stories since opening in 1973, and there’s room for plenty more.
The Birdcage Bar has live music every Friday & Saturday night.
The Birdcage Bar is an 18+ venue.
The Birdcage Bar is open Friday & Saturday nights from 6pm until late
The Birdcage bar was installed a couple of years after the casino’s 1973 opening, taking its name from the chrome bars encircling the central round bar. The frescos in the Birdcage Bar were painted by Charles Billich, whose collections are displayed worldwide, including in The White House and The Vatican. The paintings feature some of the dancers from Vive the Night, a show that attracted 13,000 guests in its first season in 1975 and led to increased investment in extravagant cabarets and productions. Legend has it that artist Billich and tower architect Kevin Curtain had a disagreement and that Billich created the outward facing derriere on the right-hand wall as a representation of his disdain for Curtain.
In time, the Billich frescos were perceived as dated, so one of the refurbishments of the Birdcage called for them to be painted over. With amazing foresight, false walls were built over the murals and future redecorations were applied to them. It was during a discussion in 2009 that the existence of the frescos was revealed. The false walls were removed and the murals exposed. Billich returned to Wrest Point to restore his work.
Further information is available in Graeme Tonks’ book, Wrest Point, available in the Point Collectables gift shop.