I’d been dreaming of having cocktails in Toronto’s Harry Potter inspired bar, The Lockhart, ever since I knew it existed. As a lover of cocktails and being an avid Harry Potter fan it combined one of my favourite childhood book series with one of my favourite adult activities! So with a evening to spare before my parents landed the next day Matt (who is an even bigger Potter fan than me!) headed on down to the magical drinking hole.
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Now Toronto is by far one of my least favourite Canadian cities. I’m not 100% sure why, maybe because it’s super busy or just completely concrete, maybe because I saw a bare ass as I walked down the street… who knows. The Lockhart is on one the streets that looks like all the others, filled with a mass of stores selling everything you can think of. In fact if you didn’t know it was there you might miss it.
However, upon entering you are greeted with a beautiful array of Harry Potter themed displays. Potion bottles covered in cobwebs and famous lines from the books are all around as you sit at tables made out of old vintage suitcases.
We settled down into the somewhat chilly bar to peruse the cocktail menu. However, I have to admit I was a little disappointed. Not all the cocktails were named in line with the books as I had expected. The owners are keen to stress that this is a Potter inspired bar and this is reflected in the cocktail selection.
Therefore, there were nods to other Sci-Fi franchises such as Star Trek. However, this does mean that the bar doesn’t have a super cheesy feel to it. You still feel sophisticated sipping cocktails as you enjoy the more subtle nods to the wizarding world, such as hints of Harry’s patronus throughout the decor.
The menu was divided by spirits- vodka, tequila, rum, bourbon, whiskey and gin. For each spirit there were three to four drinks with one or two named after Potter. I hadn’t waited all this time and come all this way to have a non-potter-inspired drink so I opted for a ‘Gin Weasley’.
Now this would be all well and good if I actually liked gin. I know it’s all the rage at the moment, but a sip of it still makes my eyebrows crumple together as I try to gulp it down. I have a feeling all the gin lovers out there would LOVE this drink- it was pretty strong. However, Matt’s choice of a vodka based ‘Royal Tea’ was much better as he didn’t shudder after every sip! He was kind enough to let me finish his drink and it went down a treat!
Royal Tea- Raspberry Rooibos Infused Absolut Peach, Lemon Juice, Tonic. 1.5oz for $10.75 (CAD)
Gin Weasley- Bombay Sapphire, Triple Sec, Orange Bitters. 2oz for $10.50 (CAD)
However, the saving grace was all in the presentation. Your instagram will not be disappointed after a visit to The Lockhart. Every drink is beautiful in it’s own way. Ours were adorned with floral delights. Whereas some were topped with toasted marshmallows and others were set on fire!
Overall, I have a feeling my expectations may have been too high for this place. I’d had a bad day and was hoping that the bar would turn it around. I would say if you are a Potter fan and in the area then do pop in. You’ll enjoy the modern take on the wizard world and get a snap or two for the instagram.
However, if you are going for the cocktails alone, then check out the menu first to make sure there is a tipple that tickles your fancy. The website is http://www.thelockhart.ca/menu/
Are you a Potter fan?? Where is you favourite Potter inspired place to travel to?