They’re fun, sassy and the fastest way to a mega hangover - a visit to one of the region’s fabulous cocktails bars is a must this party season
Once upon a time cocktails were refined to the big city. A fancy drink and a quick way of empting your wallet in cities such as London and New York but now the cocktail scene is booming with new bars opening up all the time. This festive season you’ll find top mixologists and cutting edge bars creating classics with a Christmas twist.
Ivory Café & Cocktail Bar, Bury St Edmunds
Situated in the heart of historic Bury St. Edmund's, the Ivory Cocktail Bar is a hit with residents and visitors to the town. It’s renowned for making delicious food and cocktails to a high standard from scratch, using only premium spirits and fresh produce.
Have fun this season working your way through an extensive list of cocktails that range from the more classic cocktails such as the 'Old Fashioned' to the more novelty cocktails such as the 'Cherry Cola'. This Christmas Ivory hopes to play host to many events such as Indie nights, live acoustic acts and DJs on select weekend nights. There will also be homemade mulled wine and spiced cider crafted by Ivory's talented mixologists.
2 Abbeygate St, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1UL. Tel: 01284 702277
The Library, Norwich
Located off the main Market Place, The Library is perfect for a pit stop during shopping, pre-theatre drinks or a night on the town with friends. Considered one of Norwich’s most stylish bars, The Library has a modern yet classic 1920s club feel with original bookcases in place. A great range of food is served with most cooked on a specially imported wood fired grill.
An ideal Christmas party venue, The Library features seating up to 150 people, a private dining room and cocktail lounge bar. If you’re out with friends we’d recommend starting the evening with The Aprol Spritz, a refreshing cocktail including Aprol with Prosecco and soda to get you in the Christmas spirit.
4A Guildhall Hill, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1JH
Tel: 01603 616606
Lot 104, Brentwood, Essex
If you’re a fan of TOWIE and fancy joining the land of fake tan and side-partings this Christmas, stop by Lot 104 located on Brentwood High Street. The small bar is a popular choice for pre-drinks and cocktails, which plays music over the chatter of the partying crowd. The bars position is great for those who then want to stumble onto the Sugar Hut at the end of the evening.
104 High St, Brentwood, Essex
Tel: 01277 219499
The Hidden Rooms, Cambridge
Currently holding the top spot for the best venue for ‘nightlife in Cambridgeshire’ on Trip Advisor, The Hidden Rooms is a stylish and modern cocktail lounge perfect for those looking to enjoy an evening drinking and music in an intimate, exclusive and atmospheric location.
The basement venue, which has a capacity of 200, has two rooms, ‘The Cocktail Lounge’ with sumptuous booths, fabulous cocktails and a signature brass bar and the ‘Events Room’ featuring dancefloor, DJ, live band facilities and private bar.
There’s an extensive range of cocktails available including classics, sparkling, shooters and the ‘Hidden Exclusives’. This party season groups of 2 to 20 people can get into the festive spirit with three specialist cocktail master classes, spirit and wine tasting and dance workshops.
Customers looking to simply ‘walk-in’ are always requested to check the online calendar or contact the venue before they arrive to ensure a private function is not taking place.
The Basement, 7A Jesus Ln, Cambridge CB5 8BA
Tel: 01223 514777
Maids Head Hotel, Norwich
For a range of perfected classic cocktails a visit to an established hotel is a must and with an 800 year history it comes as no surprise that Maid Head Hotel in Norwich has mastered the art of cocktail making.
This season features a number of party packages including luncheons, party evenings and overnight stays. Whether you’re simply stopping by for drink or staying the whole evening be sure to try the Norfolk Storm - a fabulous cocktail that beautifully blends the tastes of Christmas in a glass. The Norfolk Storm features spiced rum, a dash of Angostura Bitters, blended with Rhubarb & Orange Norfolk Cordial, topped with Ginger Beer and served over ice, delicious!
20 Tombland, Norwich NR3 1LB
Tel: 01603 209955
The Snug, St Albans, Herts
With locations in St Albans, Hertford and two in Cambridge, The Snug is a popular choice for Christmas cocktails with friends. This season the bar is going all out to provide festive fun. There’s a choice of menus including festive nibbles, winter wonderland menu and a festive feast. All menus include various festive treats and crackers.
If you think you have what it takes to create the perfect drink The Snug will be offering a Christmas Cocktail Class for £35 per person. Its makes for a great event for friends and colleagues to interact and practice there bar skills.
If you’d rather leave the cocktail shaking to the professionals, you can add an extra slice of fun with The Snug Party Box; a mix of alpine fancy dress and props.
1 French Row, St Albans AL3 5DU
Tel: 01727 856631