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‘Tis the Season, is it?

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‘Tis the Season, is it?

So while I was at Cape Wood St enjoying some tasty cocktails, I was told that Cape in St Katherine’s Docks will be hosting a Christmas Taster Event on the 11th September. Christmas in September? I had to see what this was all about. A couple of my friends were interested in sorting out a Christmas Party so I took them along for the ride.

Well, when we walked into the bar we instantly felt more festive. The bar had been decorated tastefully with Christmas decorations and fairly lights and we were greeted with a glass of mulled wine which definitely got us in the mood for Christmas.

Then in came the food. Boards stacked with Smoked Salmon on Rye Bread and Thyme Baked Brie with Garlic Toast came out to greet us. The Salmon was delicious and the Brie was perfectly cooked and creamy. My favourite was the Christmas on a Stick, which was exactly what it says on the tin, bits of chicken, potato, stuffing and Vegetables popped on a stick and covered in cranberry sauce. Perfect!

In the corner was a giant cardboard Santa, holding the message that if we book our Christmas Party on selected dates we could get 25% off! Now that’s definitely worth a kiss!

All in all I had a great time at Cape and I am already looking forward to the festive season. Well done guys! Loved it!

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Shaking it up at 5 o’Clock!

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Shaking it up at 5 o’Clock!

Now, it’s been a while since we last spoke, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a whole lot going on in the party world.

Take last week for instance, a little birdie told me that the Cape Bar on Wood Street were launching their 5 o’clock club, so I had to check it out.

I knew launch night would be rammed, so I rang up Cape’s Party Planner, the lovely Ashleigh and got myself and my friends on the guest list ready for a great night.

And what a night it was! Turns out we could get our hands on 2 Cocktails for the price of 1, so naturally we took full advantage. My friend LOVES Blue Lagoons so went straight for that. It looked amazing! So blue and refreshing! I opted for the Little Miss Sunshine, simply because I am! It was delicious, the perfect blend of Mango, Passion Fruit and Orange Juice – I would definitely recommend!

The upstairs mezzanine area had been kept solely for the 5 o’clock club, giving the whole thing an amazing feeling of exclusivity. We certainly felt like V.I.P’s!

We had a great time, and it certainly helped us wind down after a day in the office! I would definitely check this out if I were you; I know I will be back for more! Check out their Cocktail Menu and decide what you’ll be having first!

Varsity Cardiff

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Holla At my blog readers

When you think of UK party cities, you think of London, Liverpool, Manchester, Bournemouth, Newcastle and of course….Cardiff! Until last week I had a little Wales shaped hole in my list, I just had to tick Cardiff off my party list and boy did Cardiff deliver.

First of all I must comment on what a lovely city Cardiff is, walking round the city I noticed the mixture of the old (cathedral) and the new and the locals were so welcoming and friendly. Great first impressions.

After spending a VERY long time trying to stay away from the shopping centre it was time to get dressed up and paint the town red. We had hunted the best nightlife spots before we came and visited a few of them whilst wandering round the city and found a street with 5 of the better bars in the city.  We floated around from bar to bar but they all seemed to lack a bit of spark and atmosphere, it’s difficult to pin point what was missing, the party X-factor or the PP Factor –Party Princess Factor but somehow I don’t see that catching on much.

Our sprits were low; we were slightly disappointed with Cardiff but pushed on and tried our luck in the last pub on our list. Varsity. Frankly, we should have gone there in the first place! We were greeted by a lovely groups of cheeky chappies on a birthday party and coaxed us in the bar with the promise of a few drinks and dance.

We walked in and the bar looked a little empty but its only because everyone was on the dancefloor. Ideal really – no queues for drinks and a chokka dancefloor.  I grabbed my self a long island ice tea and headed towards the floor! Just as we started to loosen up and enjoy the music, it was announced that a dancing competition was in session and the winner would be given a large pitcher of their choice. The mood changed, dancing was no longer for fun…this was serious. There were some pretty funky shapes being thrown about by some people, and even though I didn’t win (I’m not bitter….much!!)

" I said ooops inside your head....."

Also…the Captain Morgan promo team popped out from no-where and the Capt’n himself, dressed his finery joined in the dance competition and lead a stupidly long conga out of the front door, back and through the bar – madness. Highlight of the night was dancing with everyone to “oops upside your head” song, I’m sure that’s not the real words but ill investigate.

Scores on the (royal) doors:  

Food and service:  Super-fast, super friendly, super awesome

Atmosphere and decoration:  Little quiet but MORE than made up for it.

Facilities:  Huge mirror to fix my bronzer disaster

Talent Radar:  The Capt’n was look mighty fine.

Fun Factor: F.U.N spells fun,

Perfect for: Pre-clubbing, cheeky mid-week dance, quiet nights turning crazy.

In 3 words: Dance, pitchers, conga.

For other reviews visit: Cardiffpubs.co.uk, Qype and /View Cardiff or visit this lovely little video

My Alibi in Manchester

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Hello to my beautiful subjects!

Last week I ventured up to Manchester again alas on a work mission not a party trip which is never as fun, but when life gives you lemons….ADD VODKA! Tee hee.

Given I work for a website, it’s pretty important that I have access to the internet…well tell that to our IT manager, I couldn’t log on to the Wi-Fi and after an hour of procrastination and with my in-tray piling up by the hour, I hauled ass and tried to find a free Wi-Fi spot.

I found a nice little bar/coffee stop/restaurant on the corner of Portland Street, very close to the town hall square called The Alibi. The warmth hit me as soon as I walked in and this was a welcome break to the freezing winds outside.

Logging into the Wi-Fi was so easy and so quick; I was very grateful but not so grateful when I saw my email inbox.  I was going to need some serious motivation tunes and some coffee. I could have kissed the barmaid when I saw that they served Costa coffee, so 2 Americano’s later I was in full swing and finished my workload in record time which gave me an hour or so the chill out and enjoy the rest of what The Alibi had to offer.

I really liked the decorations, there seemed to be lots of areas, by that I mean, at the back of the bar were several semi-circle booths with low lighting and atmospheric wallpapers, the middle of the bar were higher tables perfect for perching on a stool with an equally tall cocktail. (The cocktail menu did look pretty awesome)  The front of the bar was filled with smaller tables, benches and gazebos. I liked the idea of bringing the outdoors inside and gave the bar a nice air-y feel to it.

The stairs were lined with oversized vintage pin up posters. I LOVED the posters; I will have to get my hands on some of those for my flat I think. The VIP area was also upstairs which had a great view of the rest of the bar.

6pm came along and the bar slowly filled with people celebrating the weekend and I would agree The Alibi is the perfect place for a post-work drink or 3… or 5 or 6 and a spot of dinner. I ordered a bacon and tomato melt which normally come with chips but swapped the chips for extra salad – It is nearly party season. Well its always party season for me but sequin dresses never look good with a tummy full of chips.

Scores on the (royal) doors:  

Food and service:  All seemed very friendly.

Atmosphere and decoration:  different atmosphere and décor in each corner, loved it.

Facilities:  Liked the huge posters on the way to the loos.

Talent Radar:  Not too bad, possible hotties….

Fun Factor: would have been better if I had my party peeps with me

Perfect for: pre-drinks, Lunch time filler, free Wi-Fi, Yummy cocktails

In 3 words: Dark, atmospheric, sexy.

For other reviews visit Manchesterbars, qype and Viewmanchester or Citylife

The Abbey Liverpool

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Another Monday…another blog!

To those people that know me well, when I express my want or fancy for singing or karaoke, I’m asked (very politely) not to and to never embarrass myself or my friends to my horrific non-talent.

BUT, I went with a large group of people to Liverpool this weekend for Rockaoke.  Rockaoke works similar to the normal karaoke; however the backing track is played by a live band with backing singers and plays only the very best in rock anthems and ballads.

So unaware of my quote “frankly ridiculously poor” singing skills, we headed up to The Abbey in Liverpool.

The venue is your typical Smith and Jones style pub. On multiple floors, high ceilings with lots of separate seating areas. The bar is very long, and spans half the length of the main bar area complete with 5 lovely bar maids (minus a few cute male bar staff) it’s just as it should be! After the meeting had wrapped up, we all made it back to the hotel to glam up and head back for the rockaoke.

We were welcomed into the pub by two lovely (little undressed but they rocked it none-the-less!!) ladies and come 8.30 the whole place was jumping and as the band played a few warm up songs we tucked in to our pizzas, southern style chicken and pitta and dip.

Whilst we were eating a strange white tardis type box thing was being erected in the corner of the pub.  The investigator (and the nosey cow as well) wanted to know what was going on. Turns out it was a free photo booth. Remember when you needed a passport photo – you would go in the booth and you would get 4/6 separate photos. Well it was like that but complete with hats, wigs, sunglasses etc. Alcohol, fancy dress props and a camera, it’s all you need for full blown next morning embarrassment. I’m pretty sure the pictures below speak for themselves. Let’s face it though, I look pretty awesome.

After a couple (ok maybe several!) bottles of wine we thought we should get up and do a rock number of our own. To promote the new Christmas menu (http://www.partyatthepub.co.uk/ – Check it out) we sang this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6YbLZf8i5I, can’t beat a bit of Slade “IIIITTSS CHRIIIIIIIISTMAAAAAS!” I would post a video of our efforts alas it sorta kinda accidently-ish got deleted, whoops isn’t that a disaster!  😉

Scores on the (royal) doors:  

Food and service:  Have the American hot pizza, it goes down really well with the white – or with beer, doesn’t really matter. Tee hee

Atmosphere and decoration:  MC Party Princess rocked the house.

Facilities:  Upstairs to the left!

Talent Radar:  Lots of cheeky Liverpool hunks, delicious.

Fun Factor: I would defo go back for the rockaoke so yeah I’d say so.

Perfect for: pre-clubbing, stag/hen parties, work meetings, dinner.

In 3 words: ROCK AND ROOOOLL!

Don’t just take my word for it though! Check out other reviews for The Abbey Liverpool at Viewliverpool or visit the website

Varsity Huddersfield

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Hola Chicas/Chicos

I headed up to Yorkshire this week to party with the new fresher’s at Huddersfield University.  For the last few weeks I’ve been un-in dated with invites from various pubs and bars asking me to come check out their fresher’s week. I hadn’t even considered Huddersfield until I saw their Fresher’s Fling night. 5 pubs, 3 groups, 1 t-shirt, the pub crawl to end all pub crawls. Looking at the list of bars and seeing Varsity in the mix made me happy, love a good student bar which is a rare thing to find other than the student union. Wetherspoons and slug and lettuce is getting too expensive.

So I trekked up to Huddersfield to join in the fun. I decided to scope out the bar before the night’s carnage. The venue was much bigger than the other Varsity’s I’ve been to before. The downstairs part was where the main bar was and had lots of tables, sofas, high top tables and stools. Even at 2pm the bar was HEAVING with hungry students. The place smelled of burgers and BBQ sauce, score one for making my tummy rumble! I had a cheese burger and curly fries. The burger was amazing, tasted really fresh and so juicy. Considering it was under £5 for a burger and a drink, I think I’ve replaced my cheap burger deal with a new one – sorry Wetherspoons!

Once the bar had got a little quieter I had a chat with the manager who told me he was expecting over 700 students tonight. That’s a whoooole lotta students but all the staff seemed really excited for the night. Had a little quiet time in the beer garden and found out the bar had free Wi-Fi and after failing to ignore my email inbox I couldn’t escape them anymore and fully took advantage of the Wi-Fi.

I returned later in the evening just in the nick of time, right before the first wave for pub crawlers. Even though I graduated a few short months ago, I was out of practice and these fresh faced fresher’s were drinking me under the table! It was so good seeing the big groups of students together all partying and dancing. Witnessed the most hilarious dance-off in the upstairs seating area. I would have filmed if it hadn’t been so dark but seeing 4 blokes inside a ring of adoring girl’s body popping and jumping around was funny as hell!

FUN FUN FUN

Speaking of girls, in the boy to girl ratio, the boys were massively loosing, never seen so much long hair and bare legs, if you got it flaunt it and these girls defiantly had it!

The lovely Huddersfield Girls

 

 

 

..and boys! ooOOOooo errrrrr

Scores on the (royal) doors:  

Food and service:  Staff were pumped and ready to go

Atmosphere and decoration:  Good reliable student bar, a dying breed.

Facilities:  High heel friendly, I hate slippery floors, never a good look when you fall on your face.

Talent Radar:  Oh yes, the blokes that were there score a good 8/10 although a bit young for me.

Fun Factor: Major fun, great music, good dancing fun was had by all

Perfect for: Hangover fixer food, cheap prices, student hang out, free Wi-Fi.

In 3 words: Raise the roof!

NB: Best of all you can book tables for parties, drinks or dinner! http://www.partyatthepub.co.uk/