Harry Potter and the Cocktail Bar | Pop-Up Geeks

Harry Potter and the Cocktail Bar | Pop-Up Geeks

This last week I went to a themed cocktail bar in Edinburgh, run by the Pop-Up Geeks. Every couple of months they change the theme of the bar, and this time round it was a Harry Potter cocktail bar!

I took so many photos (and had quite a few cocktails) but it was very dark, and I was using my phone rather than my camera, so you’ll have to excuse the quality. The cocktails we’re delicious, and they had so many different flavours and drinks to offer, and at points they would play songs from the soundtrack, which just added to the amazing experience.

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First off, as you walk in, the bar is decorated with letters hanging from the ceiling and framed declarations (like Umbridge’s) on the walls. The space itself is very small, but cosy.

Harry Potter cocktail bar

There are shelves with candles and potions bottles of all different sizes, broomsticks on the walls, and other little, creepy ornaments that give you a Harry Potter feel. The mirror above the table in the picture has “enemies of the heir beware” written in red paint or lipstick, which I thought was a lovely touch.

All the tables are rustic and wooden, which gave a lovely feel and added to the atmosphere of the bar.

Harry Potter cocktail bar


The bar itself has even more candles and potions bottles for decoration, and above the glasses (it’s very hard to see in this picture) there is a shelf with empty, home-brewed Butterbeer bottles lining it.

Unfortunately, they were all sold out of their Butterbeer the night we were in, which was a shame as my boyfriend wanted to try it, but the cocktails we had instead made up for it!

The menus given to us were like textbooks from Hogwarts, and the staff were dressed up in robes – a lot of effort was put into the presentation of the bar, which really makes the experience better than your usual high end cocktail bar.

I found this note scrawled in the top corner of mine, and it gave me a bit of a giggle.

Harry Potter cocktail bar

The menu came in a few difference sections – drinks you make yourself, drinks the bartenders make you, and then other beers and spirits you could buy. For our first round, we opted to get drinks made by the bartenders to warm ourselves up.

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My boyfriend ordered the Pumpkin Juice, which was sort of similar to an Espresso Martini however it was made with whisky instead of vodka, and pumpkin spice. It didn’t taste too strong of coffee, and was really light, foamy and tasty, and came in a very cute, wooden cup.

(I obviously annoyed my boyfriend quite a lot with how many pictures I was taking.)

I ordered The Portable Swamp which was a slime green colour, and looked a bit creepy, like a Potion you wouldn’t want to drink. It was a tequila-based drink, with apple, rosemary and grapefruit flavours. It wasn’t a like fruity cocktail, and definitely was an acquired taste, but I liked it.

There were also other cool drinks like Dragon-fire Dram that had dragon chillies in it, or Basilisk’s Stare that was a purely jellified cocktail.

Next we ordered off the “Conjure It Yourself” list, which are the cocktails that are given to you already measured out into their portions, and presented almost like a Potions kit. You’re also given a scroll with the instructions on how to make the cocktail, and the staff are very helpful in giving you pointers, too.

We first ordered the Draught of Delirium and the Confuddling Concoction.

The picture on the left is the Draught of Delirium. It’s an Irish whiskey and sherry drink, with candy floss. The glass comes with the candy floss already in it, and you mix the other ingredients as per instructions, and pour it over. Ours changed to a wonderful green, glittery colour – however, I think that each one you order changes to a different colour as the bartenders add something to the glass that makes it do so.

The picture on the right is the Confuddling Concoction, which I ended up not getting a picture of the final product (I’m sorry) but this was one of the cocktails that came with dry ice, which I loved so much! It made the glass smoke, which just made me feel like I was genuinely in a Potions class. I had to add the dry ice to the glass first, and then pour in my cocktail from the shaker (which are little jars, and so cute!).

The cocktail was similar to a Brandy Alexander, with brandy and cream, but was also made with dark chocolate. It was a gorgeous drink and so fun to make!

The, unfortunately, last drinks of the night that we ordered were the Gravitas Transverso and the Glacis Ardetium.

Harry Potter cocktail bar

Gravitas Transverso was a glass of prosecco with “petrified”, or jellied, peach, strawberry or elderberry balls. You were given the mixture and dropper yourself, and had to make the flavoured bits by dropping the mixture into a separate glass.

You then fished them out and popped them into your prosecco. It wasn’t an adventurous drink, but something that was nice and simple, and that everybody could like.

Glacio Ardetium was a basic gin and fruit juice drink, with blueberry and cranberry – I love gin, so I was drawn to this one. Again, I lucked out and managed to pick another cocktail that was made with dry ice.

This time, the ice came in a cage at the bottom of the glass, so all I had to do was mix the cocktail and pour it in, and it gave the lovely, smokey effect once again.

It was a really refreshing drink, however it tasted a bit too much like blackcurrant cordial for my liking, but it was still nice.

Overall, both my boyfriend and I had a lovely time, even if he was slightly appalled when they started playing the soundtrack. I’m really excited to go back when the theme changes – in the past, they have had Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Stranger Things! The next theme starts on the 6th May and it’s Rick And Morty, which is another love of ours so I will be booking a night out for us again when that comes around!

If you’re ever coming to Edinburgh and love booze and everything geeky, definitely check out The Pop-Up Geeks and see what they have on!

What kind of themed cocktail bar would you like to go to?

~ Beka



  1. Sophie's Thoughts
    April 15, 2018 / 8:41 am

    This looks amazing! Its a shame about the butter beer but those cocktails sounded great! I think we are going to Edinburgh in August for my birthday, so will have to see what they have going on then!

    Sophie x


    • April 15, 2018 / 1:37 pm

      I think it might possibly be LOTR around that time but I could be wrong, I’m not sure how long they keep their themes for before changing them! You should definitely check it out though, it was so much fun!

  2. April 15, 2018 / 10:57 am

    So glad you had such a great time! I can’t wait for the Rick and Morty theme either, it’s such a fab show! 🙂

    • April 15, 2018 / 1:42 pm

      I’m so excited to see what themed cocktails they’ll make for it, and how they’ll decorate the bar!

  3. April 15, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    I absolutely love a good cocktail and this looks so cool! I wish they did something like this closer to home as I would definitely book to go! So glad you enjoyed yourself!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

    • April 15, 2018 / 1:48 pm

      If you’re ever up in Edinburgh, you need to check it out! I think places like the are quirky but becoming more popular, let’s pray they open one similar near you, haha! Thank you ☺️

      • April 15, 2018 / 1:59 pm

        I am hoping to visit Scotland and if it was a theme I’d enjoy while I’m there I’d definitely try and book! Fingers crossed they open one by me too!x

  4. annewestphal
    April 15, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    I looooove Harry Potter! This looks incredible! I will definitely put it on my bucket list to go to that bar! 😉

    I also really love your header! It is a lovely color scheme and design 🙂

    • April 15, 2018 / 1:50 pm

      It was, and I’m so glad, it’ll be a great addition! 😜 Thank you that means a lot, it’s quite simple just now (I used Canva) but I’m planning on giving my blog a branding re-vamp next month!

  5. April 15, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    I’d love to go to a stranger things themed cocktail bar! But this looks amazing!

    • April 17, 2018 / 2:29 pm

      I think that would’ve been really cool to go to!

  6. April 15, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    That’s so magical!!!

    • April 17, 2018 / 2:30 pm

      It really was, such a good experience!

  7. April 15, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    This bar sounds amazing, I’m gutted I didn’t know about this place when I was in Edinburgh last year. Your photo’s look incredible.

    Emma x

    • April 17, 2018 / 2:31 pm

      I think it’s fairly new, but if you ever return again at least you know it’s there! Thank you so much!

  8. April 15, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    This is such a clever idea! The amount of effort that went into this is amazing! I love how they incorporated so many different things from the books! Thanks for sharing this!

    • April 17, 2018 / 2:31 pm

      Me too, a lot of thought went into it and it shows, I loved it!

  9. April 15, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    It’s so cool that the bar has a Harry Potter theme! This looks like a place I’d totally go – especially with the whole magical theme. The drinks look so cool. The portable swamp looks very potent with the alch! I really like the effect of the concoction! Glad you enjoyed your time! My favorite themed bar is probably the one at Disney California Adventure XD


    • April 17, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      The drinks were (obviously) my favourite part, but other than tasting good, they really looked the part! Ooh, I think a Disney themed bar would be so cool to go to!

  10. April 15, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    Oh my god! This looks fantastic! I am such a sucker for anything harry potter! i’d love to go to the cocktail bar! good thing i am going to edinburgh in three weeks! xx corinne

    • April 17, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      It’s gorgeous, hopefully it’s still the Harry Potter theme when you arrive, I know they’re changing things over soon! Regardless, I hope you have a great time in Edinburgh!

  11. April 15, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    My god this place looks amazing! I would happily go all the way to Edinburgh just to go there. Great detail in the post x

    • April 17, 2018 / 2:35 pm

      It really was, and 100% worth the visit! Thank you x

  12. April 15, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    I’m not crazy about Harry Potter but this is so cool! I love the way the drinks are served. It’s a lovely touch. They all sound delicious too! I loved the sound of the green slime one 😂 x


    • April 17, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      I used to be such a Harry Potter tumblr gal back in the day, so this was like my heaven 😂 honestly, tasted a lot better than I describe it as, haha! x

  13. April 15, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    Omg this looks so cool! The pictures look ace! I’d love to go somewhere like this. Harry Potter and cocktails is the perfect combo ☺️

    • April 17, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      Thank you, I really enjoyed myself, it was so much fun!

  14. April 16, 2018 / 12:15 am

    Ahhh this looks awesome! I’ve loved Harry Potter since forever and it would be so cool to visit where you went. Such precision too. And you’ve written about it so well 🙂

    • April 17, 2018 / 2:37 pm

      Hopefully at some point you can! Thank you so much!!

    • May 22, 2018 / 4:31 pm

      It was such a cute place, and they change their themes every couple of months as well! So worth checking out!

        • May 22, 2018 / 4:35 pm

          Me too, I was VERY much into the Harry Potter Tumblr scene a few years ago 🙈

          • May 22, 2018 / 4:38 pm

            Tumblr never caught my eye! I pay almost €30 a month to receive Harry Potter merch 😂🤪

          • May 22, 2018 / 5:28 pm

            Ah, I miss it so much, it was a huge Harry Potter hole that you just got trapped in and everybody else was just as obsessed as you were! Now that’s dedication 😂

  15. May 22, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    I saw you link this blog post on twitter my first thought was “PLEASE BE EDINBURGH PLEASE BE EDINBURGH “ & I’m soooo happy it is! I go this weekend! Thanks for sharing this post 🙌🏻💕

    • May 22, 2018 / 4:34 pm

      Hahaha, I love that! I’m heading down this weekend as well to check out their new theme and I’m so excited to see what they’ve done now! No worries, I’m glad you liked it ☺️

  16. June 23, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    How amazing!!! Thank you for taking us with you. I am soooo glad you took so many pictures. What a delight

    • June 24, 2018 / 12:11 pm

      No problem, thank you for reading ☺️ it was such a good night, I’m glad I had the opportunity to go!

  17. July 5, 2018 / 8:10 pm

    This is so cool! I love the detail you go into to really show us the experience you’ve had! You said this place changes themes every month, do you know if the hp theme will return sometime? I’m only moving to Scotland in September and would love to go there if the theme returns!

    • July 5, 2018 / 8:45 pm

      Thank you! I really wanted to put over just how amazing the evening was! It changes every 3 months rather than every month, but there are only so many themes they can go for – I’m sure they will bring the Harry Potter one back, especially since it was so popular! Keep an eye out on their website, and see if there are any themes you’d like to go to in the meantime while you wait. It’s honestly just a good experience ☺️

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