The Pop Up Geeks opened Perilous Potions in February, their fourth themed pop-up bar. Previous themes included Game of Thrones and Stranger Things, I had been wanting to visit but hadn’t had the opportunity. Each bar runs for around 3 months before the theme changes, so I’d missed a few before finally making plans to visit.
As soon as we saw the promotions on social media myself and some friends from work booked a two hour slot to experience the Harry Potter inspired bar. After the move to Aberdeen, I booked a weekend back in Edinburgh to catch up with friends and of course visit the bar!
I walked along The Arches until I spotted the bar, a small building with less than 10 tables. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first since the building was so small, but the inside was transformed into a bar filled with Harry Potter decorations!
We sat below the Hogwarts acceptance letters and took some time to appreciate the broomsticks hanging from the ceiling, the candles perched on the walls and cauldrons on the shelves. I was amazed when we were given drinks menus inspired by class books, it seemed like the creators had thought of everything!
I used the book of Advanced Spells to pick a drink. I knew I wanted to buy one of the Conjure It Yourself cocktails which you created at the table. Each cocktail had a ‘difficulty level’ depending upon how long it took to create the drink. I chose the Gravitas Transverso drink which was based upon a bellini by combining ‘wine of the merpeople’, ‘liquified pixie eggs’ and ‘petrification potion’. The bar tender took our drinks order, dressed in a wizards cape and we waited for our cocktail ingredients to be prepared.
The ingredients and equipment arrived along with instructions so that we could create all of our own drinks.
The instructions were written with the harry potter theme in mind to completely immerse us in the experience, which I absolutely loved! To create my drink I had to pipette liquid into a strainer to create small red ‘pixie eggs’. I then scooped the eggs into a champagne flute where the eggs reacted with the fizzy prosecco and floated through the drink. A bonus was that the drink was really nice, I’d created strawberry eggs so the drink tasted like a strawberry bellini as I’d hoped. The eggs added to the drink because they remained solid until I popped them in my mouth to release the strawberry flavour!
While we finished our first drinks we had more time to appreciate the decor and got the chance to watch other tables create drinks we hadn’t ordered. The bar was fun to watch too since there were lots of drinks being prepared in test tubes and beakers!
We decided to get another create your own cocktail since we had so much fun the first time. Both me and Elaine decided to order the Draught of Delirium drink since we worked together on Delirium research at the hospital!
We weren’t disappointed when we received our drinks! Again complete with instructions we were able to mix up our own cocktails. The Delirium drink included a few unusual ingredients including Unicorn Mane and Basilisk Venom. I loved that this drink came with candy floss too!
We hadn’t realised before we mixed the drinks, but they contained an ingredient which made every glass become a different colour! Mine was red and Elaine’s turned silver. They also had a metallic tint to them, which made it look more magical!
We found making the cocktails so much fun that we didn’t even get a chance to try out the drinks mixed up by the bartender. The menu had lots of different choices, each with a different spirit or type of alcohol to choose from. You could even buy a bottle of butterbeer which came in it’s own butterbeer bottle!
One of the last things I managed to take a photo of was the proclamations displayed on the walls. It felt like The Pop Up Geeks had thought of everything when it came to designing the bar, from the drinks to the decor everything was Potter related!
I wish I could visit all over again, I loved the experience so much! I would definitely recommend a trip to anyone that enjoys Harry Potter, I wish we had booked more time since we were limited to two hours.
If anyone isn’t so crazy about Harry Potter, from the end of April the theme will change to Rick and Morty and later Lord of the Rings. I think there is something for everyone over the next few months!
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