Murder Mystery Dinners at Bube's Brewery are hosted in the Alois Restaurant in the original tavern/hotel building that is part of our historic brewery complex. Nearly all 19th century breweries had a tavern at the brewery, and our facility fortunately has the original tavern with dining rooms, a barroom, a ballroom, and even lodging rooms upstairs. The atmosphere is much like a fine Victorian home of the late 1800's. The lavishly hand-stenciled walls, the original oak bar, the deep colors and ornate dÃ©cor in what was the genesis of the restaurant here at Bube's Brewery looks like the sort of place you would expect a mystery dinner to happen in, so we brought the idea to life. We have more than ten versions of the Murder Mystery Dinner that we can offer, but for those coming for the first time we recommend the Central Hotel Premier Murder Mystery Dinner. The story that you step into takes you back to the opening night of the Central Hotel (the original name of our tavern/hotel) in 1879.You will be greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Bube, and you will meet their financier, a famous actress that happens to be in town, the mayor of Mount Joy and his wife, a wealthy heiress, and other characters, some of which we draw from among your more lively guests. If anyone in your group should clearly be among those chosen to help us, we will work out with you, the coordinator, how to identify them and make sure that they are suitably 'honored' with this duty. As the evening progresses, in spite of the celebratory nature of the event, you and your guests will learn that there is intrigue lurking and developing further in the background. We certainly don't want to tell you too much, but we will suffice to say that at one point something 'happens' much to the surprise (or not really) of your guests! An investigator is called who will arrive and question your guests about what they saw and what they know in an effort to solve the crime. This is all done while the planned dinner continues in spite of circumstances, and of course the whole affair is handled in a very amusing way completely in spite of the nature of what just occurred. We hope that coming to one Murder Mystery Dinner will whet your appetite to come again to experience one of our many other versions of this concept. We hold Murder Mystery Dinners that are available to the public every week if you wish to come back with some friends.
The dinner begins with a few light appetizers available in the original barroom as you arrive. The original bar is set up for service (beers from our microbrewery are available as well as liquor, wine, soda, and commercial beers). Beverages can go on the bill or be charged to your guests on a cash bar basis. When dinner begins, a salad is waiting on your table as you sit down. ('Action' occurs between courses, some will hear it and some won't, hopefully those interested will discuss it). Next, a soup course is served, followed by the main course. Beef and chicken, along with bowls of vegetables and rice and a sauce are served family style in much the same way food would have been served in our restaurant in 1879. Dinner concludes with dessert.
Tickets cost $45 per person. Tickets are purchased in advance of the date you would like to attend by calling 7days a week between the hours of 11am and 5pm (when the office is open). We accept MC, Discover, Visa and American Express for payment. Tickets are non refundable.
The current pricing for private groups of 25 or more who would like to plan a Murder Mystery Dinner is $400.00 fpr the entertainment. Once this deposit is paid your date is secured. The food and entertainment costs $40.00 per person.
We are happy to answer any questions, give more details, describe other mysteries, or customize our menu for your group. Please call 717-653-2056 (7 days a week between 11:00 and 5:00) and mention 'Murder Mystery Dinner'. SEE DATES BELOW
Murder Mysteries in Alois (2014 dates)
Our Bube's in house troupe of actors and the Alois staff present a murder mystery dinner on selected dates (see our events calendar). An entertaining evening and a complete dinner are included in the price of $45.00 per person. Depending on which date you choose you will be a guest at one of the following:
The Central Hotel Grand Opening Murder Mystery
It is the opening night of the Central Hotel at Bube's Brewery in 1889 with Mr. And Mrs. Alois Bube, the mayor of Mount Joy and other invited dignitaries. You are among the honored guests.
Saturday, January 4th at 6pm Saturday, February 1st at 6pm Saturday, March 1st at 6pm (doors open at 530pm) March 29th at 6pm, April 26 at 6pm (doors open at 530pm)
Dinner with the Duchess Murder Mystery
It is the first social occasion arranged by the Duchess of Norfolk since the passing of her husband the Earl. Join the Duchess at this special soiree. Special New Year's Eve Dinner at 8pm $55 Saturday, January 11th at 6pm February 8th at 6pm March 8th at 6pm (doors open at 530), April 5 at 6pm
Harry Houdini Murder Mystery
It is a seance and masquerade dinner given by Mrs. Harry Houdini who is trying to contact her late husband in the presence of her dear friends and invited guests. Join her in her quest to communicate with her husband.
The Adventurer's Club Murder Mystery
It is the meeting of the Adventurer's Club, a gathering of intrepid souls from around the globe that meet to share their great adventures. Hear their many tales of intrigue.
The Confederate Conspiracy Murder Mystery
It is an evening dinner party at the home of Reverend John Stamm on the night of June 27, 1863. The Confederate Army has advanced across York County, PA and is poised to cross the Susquehanna River and invade Lancaster County the next day.
Saturday, January 18th at 6pm February 15th at 6pm March 15th at 6pm (doors open at 530pm) April 12 at 6pm
The Murderer's Speakeasy
In the height of the prohibition, Handgun Henry Engle's speakeasy was a haven of vice, women and bathtub gin. It's just another night of sin; with Fast Eddie Ford and new bootlegged shipment of hooch from Canada, Miss Pearl and her girls of "hospitality" on the second floor and more mobsters than you can shake a stick at. Trouble happens when word comes from the Boss; a stool pidgin is snooping around working for Eliot Ness and the Feds. Find the stoolie and save the speakeasy, and keep the good times rolling.
Murder at Bedlam Insanitorium
The Bethlem Royal Hospital is an institution where for a penny you can view the freaks and the lunatics. This evening, the elite and wealthy of London have come out to a gala to support the hospital and it's sensational Chief Physician Baroness Victoria Bestrafen. Her doctrine of electro shock and pain therapy; seen by many as an enlightened approach to help those poor lost souls. Dinner is served with a parade of loose lunatics, mad men and someone crazy enough to kill. The Baroness always says; "madness was a result of moral weakness, leading to moral insanity."
The Bootlegger's Revenge Murder Mystery
The King of the Philadelphia bootleggers, Max Hoff, has called together the bosses of all the gangs to meet at Handgun Henry's speakeasy to work out some issues so that everyone can profit. But maybe there is more afoot than meets the eye!
Saturday, January 25th at 6pm February 22nd at 6pm March 22nd at 6pm (doors open at 530 pm) April 19 at 6pm
The Murderous Mystery of Doctor Stanley la Strange
The mad Dr. la Strange will unveil something that will change human history forever. Is it the miracle he has sought or is it something evil that the Doctor uncovered from the darkest depths of the farthest reaches of the world?
The Murder in Toyland Murder Mystery
A colorful cast of toys come to life in a Holiday Mystery for the whole family.
The menu served at the murder mystery is a complete dinner including appetizers, salad, soup, beef and chicken with appropriate side dishes, and dessert. Join us for a lively evening in an historic setting!