Pop Up Geeks are arguably my new favorite company. They are a company specialising in super nerdy themed Pop Up Bars. They change the theme every 3 months. Previously I have been to Blood and Wine their Game of Thrones themed bar and so was super excited about Perilous Potions, which is a Harry Potter and Hogwarts themed bar!
We booked back in February when it was first announced and the first slot that we could get was in April. Take note that any time Pop Up Geeks announce a new bar, it will be popular!
They have recently bought their own premises which is in a really great location, a few minutes walk away from Waverley Station. The only thing about it I would say is it’s pretty small or you could argue it’s very exclusive! There is probably only space for 15-20 people max. Hence why it is so hard to get a table!
The bar was amazingly decorated with keys with wings and letters that appeared to float in the sky. There were a few Umbridge Decrees on the wall and a mirror with Enemies of the Heir Beware on it. There was a Nimbus 2000 in the air and various bottles, potions, and cases to really dress up the area. It was really cool.
The menu had a whole range of drink options. There were different ‘Potions Classes’ that ranged in difficulty. These were basically a deconstructed cocktail that you built yourself with the various ingredients. There is a second page of cocktails that are pre-prepared for you or you have specially selected Beers, Wines, and Spirits. There was an alcoholic Butterbeer on offer but unfortunately, it was all sold out when we were there.
Firstly, I tried the Glacio Ardetrium, which was a difficulty level 1. Basically, it involved adding all the ingredients to a mixing jar before pouring into another glass that had ‘magic ice cubes’ that made the cocktail bubble, boil, and smoke! Pretty cool! The cocktails tasted nice too although in all honesty the drama of it all really made what probably is quite simple cocktails a little more exciting!
I went to the bar with my husband and two friends. Around the table, we tried out different cocktails with various levels of difficulty. I tried the Basilisks Stare, which was one of the pre-prepared cocktails. It was essentially a gin jelly. It was tasty but not quite what I was expecting! That’s the beauty I suppose of this place you don’t quite know what to expect!
The final drink I had was a coffee cocktail, which I forgot to take the name of. It wasn’t that tasty but still, it was drunk none the less. My husband tried one of the Gins, which was the Old Curiosity Gin which changes color when tonic is added! He also tried the Bellini cocktail which was a glass of prosecco and a glass of the liqueur with a pipette that you dropped into a glass of some kind of chemical that turned the liqueur into a wee ball, a bit like the Pop-A-Balls and then you added it to the Prosecco. I liked this one. We each had a wee taster of each other’s cocktails and helped each other with the different potions. It was a great experience and super fun.
In terms of price, it was quite reasonable for City Centre Edinburgh prices. Overall the bill was £92 for 4 of us having 3 drinks each. It was about £8 per cocktail which is pretty much the same but other cocktails are never going to live up to the fun of this one!
I cannot wait to see what the next bar the Pop Up Geeks has in store for us, but it will be totally worth checking out! Keep up to date on www.popupgeeks.co.uk