5 Harry Potter-Inspired Bars & Cafes To Add Some Magic To Your Muggle Travel Plans
By Kerri Jarema
There is perhaps no literary franchise that has inspired as many fan experiences as J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. There are countless Potter conferences and fan meet-ups, wizard-inspired tours of the U.K., and, of course, there are the Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter, two theme parks entirely dedicated to J.K. Rowling's beloved children's books. But one of the most easily accessible ways to enjoy a little bit of magic this summer is to visit one of the various Harry Potter-inspired bars, restaurants, and coffee shops that have sprouted up around the country over the past few years. None of them have any official ties to J.K. Rowling or the series, but all of them have a little bit of the magic and spirit of the books.
These food and drink establishments are all inspired by witchcraft and wizardry in various ways: some serve up classic English dinners and desserts that Harry himself would salivate over, while others lean in to a more general magical atmosphere, inspired by toil and trouble and cauldrons-a-bubble. I've picked out five of the newest and most popular permanent venues across North America below. If you live or will be traveling nearby soon, make sure to add these spots onto your must-see list. For just the price of a cocktail or cup of coffee, you could be transported right into the pages of this enduring fan-favorite: