Banners and Royalty promises GoT trivia nights, themed drinks, improv shows and more
By Natalia Manzocco
Apr 14, 2019
The Ironborn cocktail at Banners and Royalty
Game of Thrones fans looking for a place to watch the show’s long-awaited final season (or, at least, one that’s a little more thematically appropriate than your buddy-with-HBO’s couch): Your hour has come.
Banners and Royalty, a medieval pop-up bar taking over 1602 Dundas West (at Brock), opens this weekend to coincide with the show’s triumphant return. The bar, which heavily draws inspiration from the world of Westeros, was put together by a team of GoT fans, including Matt Laking of nearby Harry Potter theme bar the Lockhart. (For anyone who’s ever stopped into the Lockhart for a dram and noticed a cocktail called A Drink Has No Name on their menu, this should come as no surprise.)
The 1602 space has been been fully transformed with stone walls, taxidermy, wood-truss-style tables, candelabras and murals, plus a sizeable array of weapons and a few flourishes only fans of the series will recognize.
There’s also a list of specialty cocktails, including the Ironborn (mezcal, pear, dulce salt and seaweed) and a flaming charcoal vodka cocktail called Fire & Blood. And yes, they’re also pouring official Game Of Thrones wine.
When the episodes aren’t airing, the pop-up also has entertainment planned, including Game of Thrones trivia nights every Monday. Additionally, the cast of PotterProv will be doing GoT-themed improv shows.
Though they won’t be hosting a viewing party for this weekend’s season premiere, they’ll be screening each successive episode for the rest of the season.
At least now you have a convenient place to drown your sorrows when your favourite character inevitably gets killed off?
Natalia came to NOW as the food writer in 2015 before taking over the lifestyle desk in 2019. She has written about food, style, technology, life and travel for the National Post, Sun Media, blogTO and Metro. She enjoys thrift stores and bad puns.