The weekend I visited a Harry Potter bar…..

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE WEEKEND!!!

Because my husband and I run 2 business by ourselves, it’s rare that we get away. But this weekend we made a special trip to Toronto to meet my future sister in law’s family. And it was amazing! Her family is just as sweet, inviting, funny, and fantastic as she is herself. After only a few minutes, they felt like an extension of our family. They’re just the type of people that you’ve known for a few hours but felt like you’ve known them your whole life. I look forward to spending time with them again!

While we were there, we took the opportunity to see a few other things. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may already know what we did. On Saturday night, we headed over to the bar, The Lockhart, which is a Harry Potter themed bar. It was small and very busy (which is understandable lol) and I’m so glad to have had the experience. Then on Sunday we did brunch at our favourite restaurant called Barque, and took in a Blue Jays baseball game. They won! AND, we got to witness 4 home runs. Basically the weekend was nothing but amazing food and even better company. You’ve all been begging me for more pictures, so here they are!!

TO 1

Here is the bar – The Lockhart. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the inside is something else! The longer you look, the more things you find from the movies and books.

TO 2

For example, this is the side wall. There is the Platform 9 3/4 sign, old books, potion bottles, Delores Umbridge’s “rules”, spiders all in a line, owls, Quiddich trophies, wands and more. Every time I looked I found something new ๐Ÿ™‚

TO 6

This was the wall behind the bar. Potions and elixirs is right! Mixed in with all the alcohol was more books and potion jars. It was beautiful! Even more beautiful than the decor was the actual drinks……

TO 5

On the left was the cauldron of “Betterbeer”. It was a frothy white mix that smelled like cinnamon and tasted like a boozy vanilla milkshake. It was all topped off with whipped cream and toasted marshmallows. Then the gorgeous clear cocktail was a “Gin Weasley”. It was garnished with babies breath and an orange rind……. and it – was – STRONG!!! Good, but strong.

And Harry Potter just isn’t the same without a chocolate frog!

“Enemies of the heir beware” was the bathroom mirror. I almost expected to see Moaning Myrtle coming out of a toilet or something!! But no, the toilet didn’t have any teenage ghosts lol. But the way down to the bathrooms was covered with beautiful murals. There was the Whomping Willow, the Weasley’s flying car, Hogwarts at night, and signs marking forbidden corridors. They were gorgeous and well done. There was so much more that I could have taken pictures of but it was just so busy!

Then Sunday we went to a baseball game. It was the most exciting game i’ve ever been to! They won and we got to see FOUR home runs! I’ve been to quite a few ball games in my life, but have yet to witness a single home run. So to see four in one game was amazing! I took a picture to show the proximity from the ball park to the CN Tower. We didn’t have time to go up in it, but they’re right next to each other. Oh, and I got a new Blue Jays shirt and drank a lot of beer – it was win win!

TO 14

I’m finishing off this post with a picture of me with my kids. I’m wearing my new white striped Blue Jays shirt next to my son. My daughter is always cold so she’s in the black hoodie lol. Ok, yes, I’m short, but this picture makes me look even shorter. I’m bending down a little to hug my 8 year old son, but my 12 year old daughter looks 3 feet taller than me! lol

So it was a busy weekend, but one of the best I’ve had in a long time! The kids had a blast, we had some quality family time, and me and my husband finally got to take a break from our busy work lives. To make this weekend even better, I started and finished a book on the way home! So I even included some reading!! If you made it through all of this, thanks for listening to me ramble about my weekend journey!

Until next time, happy reading!

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  1. DL Jung says:

    Cool, I didn’t realize the Lockhart is right in town! Must pay a visit. Looks like a great weekend. I’m glad you had fun! Thanks for posting.

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    1. I think itโ€™s on Dundas if I remember correctly. Itโ€™s a really cool place ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. That sounds amazing!! I’m so close to Toronto… How did I not know this place was a thing?! I’ll have to drag my man there!! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿป

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    1. Drag him!! Itโ€™s such a fun experience!! My husband came and had a lot of fun and itโ€™s not normally his thing ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Ya, my man is NOT a Harry Potter fan… And he’s not really into theme bars… Or Toronto in general, actually. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ But, I’m TOTALLY dragging him there!!

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        1. Lol your man and mine would get along great ๐Ÿ˜‚

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          1. Okay, so new plan… You come BACK to Toronto, we’ll meet you there and we’ll all go back to “the Lockhart” and our men can talk about man stuff and bond and we’ll gush about all of the Harry Potter stuff! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘

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          2. That sounds like a plan! If we could get away from work again though ๐Ÿ˜‚

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          3. Ya. That’s my problem too… A girl can dream though! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

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          4. If we ever come up again Iโ€™ll let you know?

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          5. You’re on! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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          6. That was not supposed to be a question mark lol

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          7. Ha ha! I wondered why you were asking my permission! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

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          8. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I caught it at the last minute but my finger was too quick with the reply button!

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          9. I have done that WAY TOO MANY TIMES!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘

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  3. Marieke says:

    Ooh wow the Harry Potter bar looks so cool ๐Ÿ˜ฎ wish I could go there…

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  4. Rachel says:

    This looks like so much fun! There’s one of these bars in Montreal too and I keep meaning to go but haven’t gotten around to it yet, but it looks so delightful! I’m glad you had fun!

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    1. Yes thereโ€™s another one in Quebec! Hope you get the chance to see it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. elissa says:

    I saw you post the “heir… beware” mirror shot on Insta and was curious where you were! That bar looks so cool!!

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    1. Best mirror ever right? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Sounds like so much fun! I miss living close enough to Toronto that I could go to Jays games ๐Ÿ˜ญ baseballโ€™s just more fun when youโ€™re actually there

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    1. Agreed. I wonโ€™t watch baseball on tv. Itโ€™s just not the same! Itโ€™s about a 3.5 hour drive so we donโ€™t go often. Makes it even more special when we do go though ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. This looks incredible! So jealous, haha!

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  8. Okay this sounds AWESOME. I’m going to have to visit some day!
    Glad to hear you were able to take a break and have some fun!

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    1. Lol thatโ€™s the first time we took a break in a long time. Felt nice!

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  9. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Fantastic time and great shirt Shanah!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. That’s so awesome! Great pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. I NEED to go to that bar! ๐Ÿ˜ I’m glad it was an awesome experience!

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  12. Chelsea says:

    The Lockhart is one of my favourite places in Toronto! I just can’t resist the delicious Befuddlement Draught. SO glad you got the chance to go when you were in the city (and that you saw a Jays game – especially one where they won)! The other place in Toronto I’m dying to go (but haven’t made it to yet) is literary-themed bar Famous Last Words: http://www.famouslastwordsbar.com/

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    1. The the befuddlement draught the one they set on fire? I wanted to try that one but we stuck with the betterbeer. A Literary bar is on my next wish list! Looks so cool! Iโ€™ll have to drag my husband there too lol

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      1. Chelsea says:

        YES that’s the one! It both arrives on fire, and it changes colour when you stir it (blue to purple or vice versa?). I’m so easily amused that I was won over by the theatrics, but the drink is actually really tasty too – a little like blue raspberry or a blue freezie or something but with alcohol.

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        1. Iโ€™ll be trying that one next time!!

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  13. kyera says:

    Looks luke a fun time!

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  14. Kiersten says:

    That is so amazing! I wish we had a Harry Potter themed bar here!

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  15. ginphoria says:

    Looks unreal!! Need to visit here!

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  16. Neat idea. I didn’t even there were HP themed bars around. Great place for HP trivia.

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  17. M. Hashmi says:

    Whoa this look so cool

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    1. It was a really cool experience ๐Ÿ™‚

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