Fans go wild for Witcher-themed bar
A bar inspired by the Witcher is set to open in Edinburgh, reflecting the huge popularity of the Polish fantasy series, which now has fans globally.
The Witcher (Wiedźmin in Polish) began as a series of novels and short stories by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, who was born in Łódź in 1948.
Set in a medieval fantasy world, the central character is a “witcher”—a beast hunter with supernatural abilities – called Geralt of Rivia.
Long popular in Poland, the books have since been translated into dozens of other languages.
The bar released a teaser video on social media featuring symbols from the video game with the caption “Toss a coin for another sneak peek! Blood, Wine & Monsters” and hashtags including #comingsoon and #witcher.
Now the bar in Edinburgh is set to make the Witcher its latest theme.
Located in the city centre, the Pop Up Geeks offers a rotating themed cocktail experience; past themes include the American fantasy TV series “Game of Thrones”.
On 12 January, the bar released a teaser video on social media featuring symbols from the video game with the caption “Toss a coin for another sneak peek! Blood, Wine & Monsters” and hashtags including #comingsoon and #witcher.
The post prompted a wave of excitement, with Internet users spotting a Witcher theme and asking when it will open (no date has been set yet; the bar has a Star Wars-themed pop up until the end of January).
When it does, it will be a chance for fans of Sapkowski’s fantasy world to bond over Witcher-themed drinks.
“The Witcher” role-playing video game released in 2007 by Warsaw-based developer CD Projekt brought the series to a wider international audience.
In December 2019, an American fantasy drama series based on the books produced by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich was released on Netflix.
A second season of “The Witcher” is scheduled for release in 2021.
Since the Netflix series was released, the Witcher’s popularity has skyrocketed.
One of Sapkowski’s Witcher books, “The Last Wish”, is currently third on the New York Times’ best sellers list for fiction and second on Amazon.com.
It is so popular that fans are having to wait to get their hands on a print copy: Amazon’s website states that it will ship in 1-2 months.