We report the template-directed synthesis of BlueCage(6+), a macrobicyclic cyclophane composed of six pyridinium rings fused with two central triazines and bridged by three paraxylylene units. These moieties endow the cage with a remarkably electron-poor cavity, which makes it a powerful receptor for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Upon forming a 1:1 complex with pyrene in acetonitrile, however, BlueCage⋅6 PF6 exhibits a lower association constant Ka than its progenitor ExCage⋅6 PF6. A close inspection reveals that the six PF6(-) counterions of BlueCage(6+) occupy the cavity in a fleeting manner as a consequence of anion-π interactions and, as a result, compete with the PAH guests. This conclusion is supported by a one order of magnitude increase in the Ka value for pyrene in BlueCage(6+) when the PF6(-) counterions are replaced by much bulkier anions. The presence of anion-π interactions is supported by X-ray crystallography, and confirms the presence of a PF6(-) counterion inside its cavity.