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Bonobo, Burlesque, Brilliance

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Hello Party Princesses!

I’ve been a little quiet now and feel like I’ve neglected you all but I’m back with the tales of my travels and with a cracker of a party!

You may have seen my post about the Gate London – I went along, had a great time but forgot my camera and felt like a class idiot….top marks to me! WELL, I got an invite last week from the Party Planner at The Gate telling me about a Bonobos Charity Burlesque and Cabaret fundraiser and couldn’t really turn it down! Love a bit of burlesque and thankfully I took my camera this time.

Bonobos are often referred to as “the forgotten ape” but these beauts are so bloody cute! How can you not share a grin with this fella!

Burlesque nights are always an excuse to release my inner Ditta and glam up! Deep red shoes and lipstick – Check, blue leopard print waist nipping dress – Check!

Glancing over the line-up, it fair to say we were in for a treat! Burlesque dancers, exotic fan dancer’s country singers, belly dancers, retro singers and even a group of Cellists!

Niko - Party Planner for The Gate x

The pub was CHOCKA! Perhaps a little overfilled but everyone had got into the spirit and I actually ended up talking to some complete strangers and meeting lots a great people whilst being pressed against the bar!

The bar still had their “buy 2 glasses get the rest of the bottle free” promotion so of course I had to make the most of it….again!

Our first act of the night was the very funny and beautiful Ginger cupcake! She teased us with her cleaning come dancer show. Definitely gave us a few tips on how to remove our stockings and sexily remove the rubber gloves. Washing up will never be the same again!

Ginger Cupcake

In the words of Katy Perry – “Show me your Peacock” Here we have the exotic fan dancer who gave us a short but sweet show. I love her fans! 😉

Next up, a little Turkish delight (Sorry for the pun!) Belly dancing was oddly hypnotic; I wish I could twirl my hips like that.

The next act was by far my favourite of the night. The Massive Violins! A 5 piece Cello group. This is not your usual cello act though; you won’t find a Mozart number with these guys.

They rocked some classic pop songs from Queens, “bohemian rhapsody”, Jungle Books “Ape like you” and Johnny Cash classics but the surprise of the night was that 90’s school disco classic “Sex on the Beach”. My jaw hit the floor, it was incredible. Such a nice surprise and a massive round of applause! The singer – Camilla – blew the roof off The Gate, such a powerful voice for such a tiny girl!

Scores on the (royal) doors: 

Food and service:  Attentive staff so even though it was super busy you never had to wait more than few minutes
Atmosphere and decoration:  Giddy and very excitable
Facilities:  Spick and span. Could have done with more seats but we made do!
Talent Radar: From the young to the old, something for everyone!
Fun Factor: Over exposure to goodness!
Perfect for: EVERYTHING! I had the BEST time and hope there will be another one soon!
In 3 words: Bonobo, Burlesque, Brilliance

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Varsity Plymouth

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Hello Party Kings and Queens

I live with two blokes who both went to Plymouth University together and I’m always regaled with tales of drunken nights, waking up in strange places, new recipes for stomach churning shots and most of all Varsity! So when I got the chance to party with the students I jumped on a train with red bull, pro-plus and the vital post-night out orange berroca in hand.

The venue was HUGE. I mean massive. All the way at the back was a good sized stage and I noticed huge projector screens for watching sports. I was told later that Varsity hold NFL Sundays and show a lot of the football and major sports games

Varsity hold a weekly promo night called Funky Monkey, and upon my arrival I was greeted (I say greeted it more chased) by a massive 6ft gorilla who I now know goes by the less ape-y name of Lee!

No Monkey-ing around here!

I was invited to sit with the lads from the American Football team who were sponsored by Varsity (Varsity also sponsor Lacrosse, Ladies rugby, Cheerleaders and a few others I think) and after spending a lot of time with the rugby blokes from my own Uni I thought I could match the banter, alas no! Al the guys were so much fun and I enjoyed hearing the disgusting, gore filled, cringe stories and tales of broken bones, initiation tasks and messy nights outs.

American Football Team.

Decided to have a chimichanga from the new Mexican section of the menu, which, besides from being massive, was so yummy although there’s no way I’d want to see the calories from that dinner, don’t care, it was too good.

All the bar staff were wearing yellow monkey T-shirts and it was nice to see a dash of colour and solidarity behind the bar. I was “treated” to a shot of gin by the football boys and the night began! (Note to self, never accept a shot again unless you want your throat to burn, who thought one little shot could bring me to my knees!) I watched a very messy game of beer pong, joined in the YMCA dance and somehow ended up with a big inflatable monkey which – with the help of some unsuspecting students, I named Spank! So armed with Spank my pet monkey we travelled the bar meeting new friends.

I was warned by my housemates to “watch out for the navy men and the squaddies” and they were right! Lock up yours daughters when they are about!

Boy what a night it was, my hats go off to Plymouth, you guys can party! I’m going to put my name on the guest list next time I go for sure. Party Princess plus 1000000 guests!

Football team and Spank the pet Monkey

Scores on the (royal) doors:  

Food and service:  Had a good laugh with the gorilla!

Atmosphere and decoration:  MASSIVE venue with stage at the back

Facilities:  Very gothic themed bathroom, but hold your nose going past the boys loos – You know what they’re like!

Talent Radar:  Top notch. 10/10 for cheeky smiles!

Fun Factor: Loads of good clean(ish) Uni fun!

Perfect for: Watching the game, all in one venue, sports bar, hangover food. Group parties

In 3 words: Sports, banter, cheeky!

Don’t just take my word for it though! Check out other reviews at ……..http://www.inapub.co.uk/pubs/varsity-plymouth/plymouth/PL12SW/24569.aspx