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Feeling like Stars at The Alchemist

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Feeling like Stars at The Alchemist

Although I’m not keen on singing in public a lot of my friends just love it, so as soon as I found out that one of my favourite pubs in London, The Alchemist, was hosting a Rockaoke Night, I just had to get them down there.

I rang up Elena, the Sales Manager for the pub to book us a table, and I’m glad I did – it was PACKED! Clearly there are a lot of stars on the rise in Houndsditch.  We sat down at our table and ordered some nibbles to start, along with a few gorgeous Cocktails to kick start the night.

Although it’s not my bag, the Rockaoke was awesome!

It was like karaoke, but instead of singing with a pre-prepared song without the words you sang with a LIVE BAND! There were some brilliant acts, as well as some that, let’s just say, should maybe stick with the day job! My friends had a go at the end of the night when the crowds had thinned a little and they said it was just amazing.

I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for more Rockaoke nights to check out – if they are anything like the one at The Alchemist they are simply not to be missed!

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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!

Nostalgia In Leeds

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Heeeeey!

In a few of my previous entries I have recalled certain venues and places which remind me of my teenage years but there is really only one city which sums up my young princess years – Leeds.

(BTW: When pronouncing Leeds, try and say it in a short, snappy kind of way with a reeeally deep voice with an emphasis on the LE. Leeds, say it again Leeds – Good job!)

So yes Leeds was the first city where I was allowed to go shopping with my Girlfriend’s for the first time. We would get the train, hang around outside the Corn Exchange for a few hours looking super cool (An action that young people still do as it happens – Note to self, they don’t look cool, they look cold and miserable) then we would head to a pub for the remainder of the afternoon.

I have a few friends who went to Uni in Leeds, so we decided to head up to see what the students of 2012 are up to, we hadn’t been for a good 12/13 months and we felt like we were missing out – on what exactly I’m not sure…but oh well. Next stop Leeds!

All the decent pre-club bars in Leeds are about a 10 minute walk away from the train station heading up towards The Light shopping/cinema complex. You have your usual suspects, Wetherspoons, Yates, Woo Woo, and of course what city would be without a Varsity and an Oceana! OOOP and would you look at that, the two just happen to be next to each other. Now that’s what you call convenient!

I tell you what – Varsity has sure changed since the last time we were there. 100% changed for the better, it looked completely different. Loved the different types of lamps over the bar and the leather chairs round a fireplace. Fixed seating had been put on a new terrace and a new dance floor had been put in at the back of the pub.

I liked that there were several different areas, each had a different feel to it and I could get a big group of mates together in one area or have a quiet dinner/drinks with one person in another.

Hands down, my favourite part of the referb is the addition of (what I now call) The Lipstick Bar in the girls toilets. It’s perfect for doing a few touch-ups and the likes.

I ordered a southern fried chicken wrap (minus the chips) which was very yummy, as was the glass of Rose Pinot Grio I washed it down with. Great promotions actually – buy two large glasses and get the rest of the bottle for free. I think that’s a pretty good deal when you spilt the rest of the bottle between two people.  The staff were really attentive and smiley which was a nice change from the grumpy faces from the others on the strip – step it up guys cuz Varsity sure have!

We had a few more drinks before moving on to Oceana, the plan was to move on to another bar but to be honest, we didn’t need to. It was comfy, with good prices and great music too.

Scores on the (royal) doors: 

Food and service:  Service with a smile.
Atmosphere and decoration:  Great new décor, really brought it up to date and stood out in comparison to the other bars in that area
Facilities:  Beautifully clean and pretty!
Talent Radar:  Perhaps…….
Fun Factor: Great to re-visit Varsity and catch up with friends
Perfect for: Pre-clubbing, cheap food,  large parties, small parties too!
In 3 words: Var-Sit-eyyyyy

Leicester, Take Two…ACTION!

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Huzzah dear readers! x

Given that my last jaunt to Leicester was so fantastically awesome, it would be incredibly rude of me to turn down an invitation to hang with those crazy Leicester students again. This time my invitation was from the second Varsity on London road.

Expecting a heavy night, I packed my berocca, my heels and a toothbrush and whizzed up to Leicester. Talk about timing, it would so happen that my visit coincided with the end of exam celebrations, I couldn’t have asked for a better excuse to round up the students of Leicester and De Montfort, and boy were these guys ready to party!

Even at 12pm, hoards of relived, blurry eyed and smiley student piled through the doors of Varsity looking for food and most importantly…booooze! The J-bombs started to flow and even got a cheeky few passed my way. Yes I know 1pm is a little early to start but, whilst in Rome an’ all! An army of burgers and curly fries made their way out of the kitchen to feed the students.

I got talking to one very lively (to put it lightly) group of chemists. Well, one thing leads to another and I ended up challenging one boy to a Man Vs (Varsity) Food!

Mission (Should you choose to accept it) “Consume a Dirty Dogs Dinner in less than 5 minutes, with your hands tied behind your back!”

Granted, that doesn’t sound too bad, well hang on and let me explain what the Dirty Dogs Dinner actually is. Imagine a mountain of sausages, a big pile of chips smothered in Heinz Baked Beans and smoked bacon pieces, all served in….(wait for it) an actual steel dog bowl! Doesn’t that sound beautifully glamorous! Unsurprisingly it wasn’t! Seeing the poor bloke bobbing his head in and out of the dog bowl, we didn’t think to cut up his sausages beforehand which made watching the whole gut busting experience a little gross. Soon he had the whole bar including the staff cheering him along and he managed the dish in 5.30 minutes, so close, dang and blast!
Surprisingly, I lost my appetite for lunch and dinner!

"Hi Im Jonny Knoxville and Welcome to Man Vs Food!

On to the nightlife! Shots, J-bombs, pints, glasses of wine and bottles all £1! The Varsity Pound Party had begun. The tunes were rolling out and the crowds were rolling in to join in the party. The upstairs section of the bar had been booked out for an international students party and the downstairs was split between the cool kids at the back of the bar on the sofas playing pool and the rest of the nutters throwing out some choice moves on the dance floors.

I couldn’t have a night out in Leicester without visiting my buddies over at The Reynard and Varsity on Friar Road. (Read my previous Leicester blog here) I met my future Party Prince, Jef (DJOneEf), and sat and had a nice drink with the guy at The Reynard who told me about the success of their own student social parties on Wednesday, do I hear another invitation?! I think so!!

Scores on the (royal) doors: 

Food and service: Doggie-licious?! I did actually share a dirty dog bowl, and with proper cutlery, it’s pretty darn good!
Atmosphere and decoration:  Big and airy, mixture of sofas and booths along the side.
Facilities: HUGE girl’s bathroom!
Talent Radar:  If you love chemists with a face full of beans, then YES!
Fun Factor: As always, Leicester rocks it.
Perfect for: Filling your tummy and rocking out on the dance floor.
In 3 words: Student hang out.

Read other reviews for Varsity London Road here at View Leicester, Inapub.co.uk, BBC.co.uk and Qype

See you on Friday for my Newcastle/Sunderland Tour Part 1 through 3 

Party Princess and the Psychic! The Maskery – Congleton

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Hey!

As you have probably read from my previous blogs, I normally end up in so called “party” towns such as Cardiff, Plymouth and London, and rightly or wrongly I have snubbed the smaller pubs and clubs in the more remote places of the Country. Well I’m going to change this! Make it a late new year’s resolution perhaps. I will try and say “Yes!” more often.

This change begins in Congleton. First off I would like to express my love for the name “Congleton” what a mouthful! Anyway…I received an interesting invitation for a “Psychic Night” at The Maskery.  Having never been to a psychic night, Congleton or Cheshire for that matter, I thought it high time I do so.

I forget living in London how cold it gets up north and I even forget what ice and frost looks like! WOWZERS it cold! Uggs would have been a better choice than little ballet pumps. Oh well, you live and learn.

So, what can I say about The Maskery, well for starters it has possibly the cuuuetest pub sign I’ve seen. Nice bit of late or premature festivity depends which way you look at it I suppose. Inside, it was your standard pub, nicely decorated with oriental style wallpaper which was a nice change to old yellowy wallpaper, with a nice collection of oldies propping up the bar and creating a little cheeky banter buzz going. Great comment from one of the men when his wife arrive

Cutey Patootie

Man: “Hello love, you want a drink?”
Wife: “Yeah just a cup of tea please”
Man: “You what? Tea? This bloody pub, you’ll a have pint of lager and we’ll say no more about it!
Man walks to bar and speaks to bar man – “She will have a massive pint of Cider please!”

So 7pm rolled around and then it was my turn to see my psychic, will I learn my future, will I find out the winning lottery numbers or learn the love of my life, who knows! I am actually a bit of a sceptic when it comes to these things, I’m more a “what will be, will be” kindda gal, but when in Rome an’ all! I opted for a tarot and palm reading with “Emily Clairvoyant”. There was a mixture of palm reading, crystal ball, tarot card, fairy cards or mediums which you could choose when you booked your turn with the event organiser. A reading is normally £20, however when I mentioned I was writing a blog I got a reading for £15.

So, I placed my £15 on the crystal ball and the reading begins with a palm reading. Apparently, I have a long life line, and I’ll be live and kicking till my 80’s which a nice thing to hear isn’t it! I’m also outgoing, headstrong and very independent (most people who know me will agree with that), and I will have 3 children in the future. Well, I was still feeling a little sceptic, because that was all a little vague really, we moved on to the Tarot cards. I pulled 15 cards from the pile and placed them in front of me. The wheel of fortune card came out which shows that apparently my luck is changing and great things are coming my way and I am already with the man I will marry, ooooooo! (However considering I’m wearing an engagement ring, you’d sorta hope so!!)


So maybe I wasn’t given the winning lottery numbers, I wasn’t really given any particular insight, but hey! The football was showing which attracted a nice little crowd and normally the football and sports are shown on a big projector screen at the back of the pub. A group of 5/6 girls came in with hot chocolate cravings and they did look really yummy topped with cream and chocolate powder, perfect on these wintery nights.

 

Scores on the (royal) doors: 

Food and service:  I had a jacket potatoes and beans must…stay..away..from..the…burgersss
Atmosphere and decoration:  Great northern hospitality, very sweet bar staff  and welcoming manager – Sarah.
Facilities:  Big sofas to squish into.
Talent Radar:  As I said, a tad old, if only I was 50 years older!
Fun Factor: very interesting hearing what my future will bring to me.
Perfect for: Watching the game, cheapy drinks, heart warming dinners.
In 3 words: “Look into my eyes”

Cape Stockton Heath – Cackles in the Cape.

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Hello!

First things first, I would like to announce that Party Princess is expanding! You can now find my blogs on AllAbroadUK and Visityourlocal. Very exicting.

The nights have been getting darker, wetter, colder and overall down right depressing. It got  to the point last week where I declared “Enough is enough, I’m bored of the winter blues, I need some laughs and a glass wine”  A few hours later a very interesting email popped up in my inbox entitled “Comedy night at Cape Bar, Stockton Heath” 3 hours of comedy performed by 4 regulars from  Manchester premier comedy club The Frog and Bucket. Not only that but it was all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Can’t turn down an offer like that really can I?

Stockton Heath is a cute little town sat closely to Warrington (Nearest train station was Warrington Bank Quay). Very cosy bar, smaller than the other “Cape” bars I’ve been to in the past but had a great warm atmosphere to it. I can say with absolute certainty that the staff were some the of the most attentive, welcoming and fun loving group of people I have witnessed in a pub. The Manager – Mike is a lovely chap and his friendliness and humour really wears off on his staff. Three cheers to him.

Mike (Centre Right) and the gang

Katie Mulgrew - Ex teacher turned funny lass.

8pm rolled around and the comedy acts started arriving. The MC for the night was ex supply teacher Katie Mulgrew, described as “The fairy at the top of the tree” and set the mood and tone of the night. If her opening act was anything to go by, I was in for a great night!

Left to right - Mike, Will, Katie and Macmillan Sponsor

Next up we met Mike Newall and Will Duggan – Both shared their views on life, relationships and current events.

Finally, the cherry on the top was the fabulous Mickey D an Australian born comedian with a unique blend of satire and dark humour and shared his views on living in England and gave us all a lesson on how to deal with drunken hecklers. There always one crowd who think the comedian is there simply to perform to them and them alone.

The night was a huge success for Macmillan cancer support and was a great cure for my winter blues. Would really recommend anyone in the Warrington area to check out Cape and next time in Manchester I will popping into the Frog and bucket if the 4 acts were anything to go by and would return to Cape in a heart beat!

Scores on the (royal) doors:  

Food and service:  First class service
Atmosphere and decoration:  Giggly…teee heeee
Facilities:  great big pink mirrors!
Talent Radar:  Will Duggan wasn’t too bad! x
Fun Factor: 100%
Perfect for: Giggles, lots of laughs, large group parties.
In 3 words: Tears of Laughter.

Check out other reviews for Cape at Inapub, Onionring and Stockton Heath visitor centre

Bacardi Cocktail Testing

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Bacardi Cocktail testing

I love a good cocktail….how can you not! I always feel so girly and some cocktails look like mini works of art. My personal cocktail fav is an appletini or peach bellini. So when I heard that one of my favourite pubs had a new cocktail menu, I just HAD to try them. It would be rude not to really wouldn’t it!

Venue: The Vineyard, very close to Angel tube station, and it’s a cute little pub, perfect on these horrifically cold evenings.

The new cocktail list looked very tasty; I was torn between a couple of new recipes. The Velvet Elvis was calling to me. Apparently it’s a favourite at Justin Timberlake’s restaurant ‘Southern Hospitality’ in Memphis Tennessee. The menu promised it would rock my taste buds with a mixture of Jack Daniels, raspberry liqueur and topped up with lemonade and fresh lemon juice. I’m not a huge fan of Jack Daniels so decided against it in the end – it does crazy things to me!

There were 3 Bacardi based cocktails which were made to be shared with friends, as I had brought a couple of lovely ladies with me; I thought sharing would be good. There was one other factor which made me go for the Bacardi cocktails…they were served in suitcases and welly boots!!

Anything served in a weird in-animate object and I’m there! So we picked the Spiced Raspberry Mojito, which was made up of Chambord black raspberry liqueur and Bacardi Oakheart spiced rum, fresh mint and fresh-pressed lime juice topped with refreshing soda. Sounds yummy but it tasted even better! I could have drunk the whole case myself. I would give the raspberry mojito a solid 9/10.

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I LOVE raspberries, the only reason it’s not a 10 is because I want MOOOOOOORE! The case it comes it is really awesome, so different, I’ve never seen something like that before and I can see why they asked for £30 deposit before you ordered it which of course I promptly got back when I returned it empty at the bar…..with a heavy heart – It would look so cool in my flat.

Gone!

The second cocktail was the Bacardi Spiced Ginger Mojito which was made using Bacardi Oakheart spiced rum with fresh mint and fresh-pressed lime juice topped with fiery Ginger Beer.

Booty-licious (that was a cheesy caption sorry!)

Again, I don’t normally like ginger beer but the girls in my party did, and they seemed to love it. It wasn’t my fav but it was quite nice one to share, I wouldn’t drink a whole welly myself, (there’s one sentence I thought I’d never say!) I give the Spiced Ginger a 7/10, nice and fizzy with a good kick but ginger beer isn’t really my bag or boot!

xx PP xx