Social and Cocktail Blogger Cocktail and Cabaret Party

Event Date : Saturday 7th January 2017

Website : www.socialandcocktail.co.uk

I was lucky enough to be invited by Social and Cocktail to a bloggers event, this event included some cocktails that are included in their new 2017 cocktail menu.

Social and Cocktail are Scotland’s leading events company specializing in providing cocktail packages for home parties, hen nights, weddings,  corporate events and all types of celebrations.

The event was being held at Glasgows The Riding Room.

Website : theridingroom.co.uk

The Riding Room is a cabaret bar situated in Merchant City, Glasgow. Showcase performances from burlesque dancers, singers and more!

I had never experienced Social and Cocktail events or heard about them till now, I also have never been to the Riding Room so tonight I was looking forward to.

The Event : 

We all arrived and were told what the cocktails on offer were tonight, and we could have as many as we liked. This was great as I wanted to try one of each, for research purposes of course.

  1. Blueberry Sour
  2. Disco Drumstick
  3. Strawberry & Vanilla Daiquiri
  4. Pomegranate Mojito
  5. Strawberry WooWoo

I started with the Disco Drumstick

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I have a sweet tooth so I decided to start with this, as it was recommended by one of the bar staff.

This was my favourite cocktail from the night, it was very sweet and tasted like the lollipop drumstick….and yes thats a Drumstick lollipop inside the glass.

My second one was a Strawberry & Vanilla Daiquiri

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This was very nice, not as sweet as my first cocktail but very nice.

You could taste both the vanilla and strawberry, the Vanilla was just coming through enough.

My third was a Blueberry Sour

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This was just ok for me, don’t get me wrong it was nice but for me I prefer the sweet cocktails. If you like Blueberry’s then this is the perfect cocktail for you.

My last was a Strawberry WooWoo

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The Strawberry WooWoo was again a sweet cocktail, this was another nice cocktail that I would have again.

The Entertainment :

The night started with singer Alana Wilson

Facebook : www.facebook.com/Alanawilsoncabaret/
Short Video : https://www.instagram.com/p/BPAQqSgjNrn/

This was the first time seeing Alana and I hope it won’t be the last, she was a very good singer and very powerful. I have seen a few professional singers live and Alana was a lot better, I will aim to go back and see her again.

Followed by Kim Khaos who is a Burlesque and Sideshow performer

Twitter : Kim Khaos
Websitewww.kimkhaos.com
Short Video : https://instagram.com/p/BPDZCdMjL_Y/

I have seen Kim Khaos once before, it was at the Glasgow Steampunk Bar. So it was a nice surprise to see her again, and do a different act to what I’ve seen before.

Just like last time she was very good, and got the audience cheering and woooo’ing as she slowly removed her clothes.

Kim was then followed by Tom Harlow

Websitewww.tomharlowboylesque.com
Twittertwitter.com/HarlowBoylesque

Short Video : https://www.instagram.com/p/BPAPNsTj2uL/

This was my first time seeing Tom Harlow, and seeing a Boylesque performance.

Tom Harlow was very good at his performance, he was perfectly in time with the music and put on a good show. Everyone who was watching really loved his performance, and the bloggers I spoke to said the same.

Overall : 

Overall I had a great time, the cocktails and the entertainment was really good.

If you are planning on having an event like a hen party or birthday etc, do take a look at Social and Cocktails website as they were all really nice drinks and would be a great addition to your event.

I just want to say a big thanks to Social and Cocktail for inviting me to the event, and for the really nice cocktails. I would also like to thank the Riding Room for holding this event, and a big thanks to the entertainment very much appreciated do check everyone out.

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Cheers 🙂

New Years Eve at the Glasgow Blythswood Square Hotel

11 Blythswood Square
Glasgow G2 4AD
UK

T: +44 141 248 8888

W: www.blythswoodsquare.com

I have been to the Blythswood several times, sometimes with family and others with friends or my mum. The last few times I have been for Afternoon Tea, and family events.

The Blythswood Hotel has been done up nicely, and the staff and service has always been very good. Atmosphere the past few times I have been, has always been very hit or miss…I don’t know what it is but every visit there is always a little something missing for me.

Tonight was a family a friends night, I went with my parents and my best friend and his mum and dad. My grandparents were there, and so were my aunt, uncle and two cousins. Some of my Aunt’s friends and cousins friends were also there, so it was a busy and big table.

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Once everyone arrived and introduced themselves we all found out places and sat down.

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We all sat and talked, and also had a look at the menu to see what we wanted.

Starter :

Cream of parsnip and pear velouté
Parmesan wafer, herb oil

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I am not a soup person but I have been trying take a better mixed meal every time I go out, and the soup was a good option for me to start with.

This was very nice, you could taste the parsnip and the honey. The Parmesan wafer was very nice, and added that extra little flavour to the dish.

Main :

Ironbark pumpkin and mascarpone risotto
Grilled artichokes, blue cheese croquette, chive cream sauce

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I love risotto so when I saw it on the menu tonight, it was the dish for me.

This was very nice, very creamy and full of flavour. The blue cheese croquette was very nice, and I could have had more of that with it.

Dessert

Knocraich Farm yoghurt and red berry panna cotta
Spiced honey and clementine macaron, blackcurrant sorbet, fresh red currants and cinder toffee.

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Again another dish where I couldn’t fault it, it again was a perfect portion size and was full of flavour.

Throughout this meal there was a live singer, his name is Henrick Solera. Henrick Solera who is a singer and entertainer came over from the Martinez Hotel France to perform for tonights dinner. If you check out his Facebook page you will see he sings in many different venues.

Henrick Solera Facebook : www.facebook.com/henricksolera/
Twitter : @henricksolera
Website : www.rickysolera.com

Henrick Solera is an international singer, musician & entertainer. Singing Sinatra classics as well as contemporary hits by Josh Groban and Michael Bublé, an evening with Solera is one that will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

His passion for the great American songbook, beloved evergreens, retro swing tunes, broadway classics, and unforgettable majestic ballads will move you and speak to your heart.

** Taken from his website

This was the first time I have really heard Henrick perform live, I have seen a few videos as my Aunt Uncle and cousins stay in the south of France and have seen Henrick a few times.

All the songs Henrick sang were perfect for the evening, and the level of music was ok. Yes, you did need to talk a little louder but it wasn’t to the level where you were shouting at the people around you so this was nice.

One part of the evening I was really looking forward to was my little cousin Danni, she got up and sang a few solo songs and a few duets with Henrick.

Danni was really amazing, she has a great voice and I wish she sang more last night. I am a very proud cousin, as she has a gift and was very brave singing to everyone….Something I know I couldn’t do even if I did have a good voice.

Overall :

One issue that everyone at the table wasn’t happy with, was the length of time it took for each course to come out. After we arrived and ordered it took an hour and a half for the first course to come out, and this continued per course.

I don’t know if it was due to the large amount at our table, they waited till every dish was made before bring it out or if they just didn’t have enough kitchen staff or to prolong it to the bells. I wasn’t really to fussed as we weren’t in a rush and it allowed us to have a good chat.

Apart from this delay, the food and night was very nice. Everyone enjoyed the evening and was nice to welcome the New Year with family and friends and I did it sitting close to my parents and my best friend and his parents 🙂

Happy New Year everyone!!!!