The Lockhart, the most fabulous Harry Potter themed bar, has just opened in Toronto! This bar isn’t decced in red and gold, nothing’s named directly for Harry, Hermione or Ron but there are serious nods to the series everywhere.
While there aren’t butterbeers zooming across the bar, every Harry Potter fan of drinking age (and few below..) will be amazed by the references, as well as the care and style with which it’s been done.
You don’t need to big on Harry Potter to know that the name itself, Lockhart, is taken from the second year Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher Professor Gilderoy Lockhart but the logo on the other hand, could just be a stag, or it could be a stylised representation of Harry’s patronus.
The Lockhart boasts an apothecary style bar, has ‘Potions and Elixirs’ emblazoned on a wall and a hidden Deathly Hallows symbol.
There are cocktails named for Ministry officials, quidditch players and spells, as well as one for any wayward Death Eaters who might find their way to the bar.
The owners have set a challenge to superfans - one of the drinks has a secret reference to the franchise and if you work it out, you get a drink on the house!
The pièce de résistance though, is the heart-shaped neon sign that proudly declares “All was well”, the heartstring-pulling last line of the final novel.
So that’s us lot off to Toronto, to have a Ludo’s Debt or two and crack that obscure reference! Good job we’ve not got a Gin Festival this weekend or there would have been some disappointed gin fans out there.
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