For you muggles out there looking to add to your Harry Potter bucket list, I have the perfect addition! For the last two years The Lockhart Bar Toronto, has been busy serving up cocktails and tapas inspired by all things wizarding world while building on a whirlwind overnight success that has led to world-wide notoriety. Following the addition of weekend brunch, The Lockhart has become a one-stop-shop for hungry Harry Potter fans in need of loony loopy libations!
Among the many reasons to love The Lockhart, add being kid-friendly to the list (50 points to the self-identified Hufflepuff owners for that). Kids can enjoy all the bar has to offer until 8:30 each night. Well, they can’t enjoy all that the bar has to offer. Clearly, the bar doesn’t encourage little wizards brooming under the influence. However, they are more than happy to mix up a Potter inspired mocktail for the kids. Obviously, the first thing we had to have was The Lockhart’s spin on butterbeer, aptly named Better Beer. The cocktail consists of cinnamon infused tequila, advocaat, ginger beer, ginger ale, whipped cream, and toasted marshmallow, and can also be ordered alcohol-free.
The brunch menu, while more limited than the dinner-time tapas menu, offers a great variety of brunch standards with a few creative twists. We ordered the Chicken and Waffles, served with herb waffles, buttermilk fried chicken, bourbon soaked apples, and house pickles, and The Lockhart Standard, with eggs, home fries, rye toast, and bacon. For the veg-heads out there, the menu also includes both vegetarian and vegan options like the banana bread PB&J, bread pudding french toast, and grilled cheese with tomato soup.
All was well with our tasty brunch. I would love to go back and try some of the other dishes on the tapas menu, as well as some other cocktails. A few of the tapas dishes that caught my eye included the buttermilk fried horntail, Herbology 101, and the fantastic beets salad. They even serve house-made chocolate frogs for that bothersome sweet tooth! Some of the more inventive cocktails include The Shacklebolt, the Botanist, and the Gin Weasley. I should also mention the super popular Beffudlement Draught, a pitcher-sized shared cocktail made with peach vodka, gin, triple sec, cherry brandy, blue curacao, rum, ginger ale, and lemon juice. Oh, and if that isn’t enough, did I mention they bring it out and set it on fire in front of you as you watch the magical potion change colors??
The space itself is somewhat unassuming. Small but cozy in size and with only a few tables, the exposed-brick interior adds an industrial feel that lends to the apothecary style bar area. This isn’t a slap you in the face type of Harry Potter experience. Instead, it is subtly infused, but unmistakably inspired, in every aspect of the bar, providing an experience surely to be appreciated by true Harry Potter enthusiasts.
The Lockhart also hosts events every Tuesday night, including magic night and Harry Potter trivia night. So, for all you die-hards out there who have always wished that every category on Jeopardy could be Harry Potter, trivia night at The Lockhart is your time to shine! As a Ravenclaw, I feel it was somewhat of a tragedy that I couldn’t go on trivia night myself. But, I suppose I just have another reason to go back! Until next time, y’all, thanks for stopping by! Oh, and don’t let the muggles get you down!
*All opinions expressed are solely my own. This is not a sponsored post.*