I won the ultimate bar crawl from Signature Living!
For World Gin Day, I originally had a girl’s night in planned with the bestie, Jess, however a chance RT from Alma De Cuba changed that.
I seem to have been quite lucky with winning twitter competitions recently, but this one was extra exciting.
If you know me, or have been following my blog posts, I’m a big gin fan. So winning the ultimate Gin Experience with Signature Living was something right up my street.
Our night started being picked up by the lovely Dave from Hollywood Limousines, who chauffeured us into town in a Rolls Royce – we felt very fancy!
Before it all went downhill. Don’t drink to excess kids, it’s not big and it’s not clever. 😷😂 #liverpool #carpathia #worldginday #hellodarknessmyoldfriend #idontknowwhyjessputsupwithme #bestfriendgoals
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Our first stop was Carpathia at 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic, a fitting place to visit considering the recurring theme of the Royal Princess cruise I’d just been on! 30 James Street was originally home to the White Star Line, a prominent British shipping company famous for operating clipper ships sailing between Britain, Australia and America. One of the most famous (or infamous) of these ships is no doubt the ill fated RMS Titanic. Liverpool has a rich maritime history, so this is a very symbolic and important location in Signature Living’s porfolio. Their rooftop terrace bar and restaurant Carpathia is named after the Cunard ship that rescued 705 survivors from the Titanic’s lifeboats following the sinking.
I don’t think they knew they were giving this prize to a cruise ship nerd. Anyway, on with the drinks.
We made our way up to the rooftop terrace and were shown to a sunny table overlooking some of Liverpool waterfront’s historic buildings. Here we had a bit of a catchup and tried some delicious cocktails. Seeing as it was World Gin Day, it seemed important to stick to gin through the night.
Right, I’m going to give a full disclosure here – I consumed a lot of gin that night. And drunk me isn’t very good at making notes on her phone.
So I think what I had was a Beetroot Bramble, consisting of Bombay Sapphire, Chambord Raspberry Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Sugar and a touch of Beetroot. There’s a range of cocktails available, all aptly named. Plus, in homage to the crew of the RMS Carpathia for their efforts in rescuing Titanic disaster survivors, 50p from each cocktail is made to the RNLI to help them continue their work in rescuing people at sea!
Our next stop was the Bastion at The Shankly, the decor of which is a tribute the personal and professional life of Liverpool Manager Bill Shankly as you discover some of the football manager’s most treasured memorabilia which is displayed throughout this unique restaurant.
We arrived and were quickly shown to a table, where we were spoiled with multiple drinks, the first of which arrived steaming and smoking. The first cocktail we tried was a Bubblegum Tom Collins – this is something it would never occur to me to order, but there’s a Bubblegum Daquiri in TGI Friday’s that I love, so of course I loved this as well! It combined Liverpool Gin (a favourite of mine) shaken with Finlandia, Chambord, Lemon and Cranberry, topped with Lemonade and layered with Bubblegum – yummy!
We also tried a Passionfruit Ciapriniah, a mix Bacardi Oakheart and Bacardi Carta Fuego with Sugar, Fresh Lime and Fresh Passion Fruit.
The atmosphere in this place was great – very buzzy and there was some live music on which was great – apparently it’s really lively on match days. As well as drinks, The Bastion offers lunch and dinner menus as well as afternoon tea.
Our final stop was Mulholland at the Arthouse Hotel – the lights were down and everyone was dancing by the time we arrived. We were shown to a table which was set up perfectly for World Gin Day – we were spoiled with a bottle of gin and all the mixers we needed, as well as appropriate garnishes.
Mulholland and the Arthouse Hotel bring the old movies to life, with themed rooms and old movies posters. The night gets blurry here I’m not going to lie, but it’s a place with a great atmosphere right in the heart of Seel Street.
Thank you Signature Living!
I’ve got to say, once the fresh air hit, that was me gone, so the less said about my state post-Mulholland the better! We were well and truly spoiled all night – these were bars we had never visited before, and I’ll definitely be returning to some of them (already planning to return to Carpathia for dinner)
Thank you very much to Wendy for organising our night out, Alex for sending over the pictures above, all the staff at the different bars for looking after us all, and to Dave from Hollywood Limousines for getting us between bars and making sure we got home safely!
Woo – it’s #NationalKissingDay! Well, I’m single, so here’s a throwback to mine and @Jessica_ellenn9‘s night out with @hollywoodlimo and @SignatureLiving – blog post coming soon! ✨😘💋 pic.twitter.com/5MiPbL8C4i
— Francesca Wellman (@GFreeHorizons) June 22, 2018
Fancy boogying the day away?
If this post has got you lusting for some gin and boogying, good news! On Saturday 30th June, the iconic Cunard Building is hosting the glitter-tastic Gin and Disco Festival. You’ll be able to sip some amazing tipples and enjoy live disco, soul and house music, and boogie the day away to a series of amazing DJ sets.
The Cunard will be transformed into a disco paradise, with sounds provided by some amazing acts, including Greg Wilson, cosmic disco funksters Crazy P, Derek Kaye, The Disco Exchange, Sam White, Gedde, Gioia and Todd Terry.
The place is apparently being bedazzled with glitter balls which are going to look incredible in the stunning waterfront venue – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a day and evening of cocktail-sipping, disco dancing and gin-guzzling, with gin bars and specially curated gin cocktail menus on offer, along with some of the best gin brands. Not a fan of gin? No worries – a variety of other tipples will also be available, including everything from vodka and wine, to rum and tequila, so there’s something for everyone!
Get your tickets now!
Gin and Disco Festival
The Cunard Building
Saturday 30th June
Early bird tickets – £20
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