As you may have noticed, winter is coming.
Happily, we can all keep cosy in a new Game of Thrones-inspired bar which is popping up in Edinburgh come January.
Blood and Wine will be open for business every Wednesday and Thursday in January underneath the Daylight Robbery Bar on Dublin Street.
Apparently, the organisers’ ‘Maesters have sifted through scrolls, trawled through parchments and painstakingly sampled the many wines, ales, spirits and infusions found within the pages of George R.R Martin’s epic ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series and sourced only the finest that the Seven Kingdoms have to offer.’
Sip on The Imp’s Delight
This means that guests can glug the Old Bear’s Hot Spiced Wine; sip on The Imp’s Delight and quaff Black Tar Rum.
More cultured guests – perhaps those who fancy themselves as denizens of Dorne – can order up a wine tasting flight: the wines of Westeros.
We understand that Blood and Wine’s decor will come courtesy of The Knights Vault who are billed as Scotland’s leading licensed sword seller.
Should you ever feel the need to get hold of your own Oathkeeper sword, you know who to talk to.
The pop-up is the brainchild of Geek Social, an independent, UK-based events team with a passion for booze and entertainment.
All being well, Blood and Wine is just the first in a series of pop-ups. The next one on the horizon is called Perilous Potions and will feature drinks inspired by the boy wizard, Harry Potter.
According to The Scotsman, there are also plans for pop-ups themed around The Walking Dead and Stranger Things.
Leave daggers at the door
Given the rate at which Game of Throne characters meet a grisly end, drinking at Blood and Wine sounds as though it may be a challenging event.
However, the 5pm Dining blog is sure that Edinburgh council’s health and safety regulations are rather more rigorous than those of Westeros.
One imagines that all patrons will be asked to leave their daggers, crossbows and war axes at the coat check.