As the classic 80s song goes, and cocktail bars are still as popular today. As the holiday season approaches, be it Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas or New Year, the backdrop of an elegant cocktail bar is the perfect setting for catching up with friends, enjoying a works night out or just a place to savour a late night tipple.
Bottega, a cocktail and prosecco bar in the heart of Union Street Ryde, screams old-school glamour. Expect sumptuous decor with a definite nod to the ‘speak-easy’ era, right out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. Here the choice of cocktails is vast, from classics with a twist such as Mimosa Dissarono; to a range of gin-specific cocktails including Lemon & Lavender. For the gin lovers, discover their gin parlour menu, with more gins than you could ever drink in a single night (you might have to make a regular visit).
In the sailing town of Cowes, try Moocow, a hidden gem when it comes to the liquid stuff. Everything has moo in the title, but that is where the similarities end. From classics such as the Moo Woo, to Cos Moo, a mix of cointreau, vodka, fresh lime juice and cranberry all shook up and served in an elegant Martini glass.
The staff at the Blacksheep Bar & Club Lounge are pretty deft with their cocktail-making skills, being a busy and popular venue in Ryde. Even if it’s not on the menu, their mixologists will be happy to whip up a brand new concoction. On a big night out, why not try one of their cocktail shooters such as the Unicorn – Hypnotiq, bubblegum syrup, rum and, most excitingly, edible glitter!
The Winter Gardens in Ventnor is home to Sunset Rum, one of the finest rums from the Island of St Vincent and The Grenadines. Enjoy tasty rum cocktails, evoking images of warm sands and palm trees even in the heart of winter!
No.64 in Shanklin are well known for their cocktails. Whether it’s a 2for1 specials, a cocktail masterclass or their legendary ‘Vogue’ cocktails, you are bound to find the perfect drink for you.
And if you just fancy a cocktail in the comfort of your own living room, then pay a visit to the IW Distillery’s website and bag one of their ready to go Bloody Mary’s. Made using their Rock Sea Vodka and the right amount of spice in The Tomato Stall’s tomato juice. There are even cocktail tutorials on there as a tribute to the ‘King of Cocktails’, Dick Bradsell, who sadly died on 27th February 2016. He was an acknowledged legend in the bar world, being responsible for creating many international favourites including the three cocktails that we have chosen to make in these video: The Bramble, The Wibble and perhaps his most famous, the Espresso Martini.