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Who didn’t want to be friends with Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte? Sitting in a bar, at a street side café with your best girlfriends sipping on cosmos! Oh the life. However, here on the Island we can do this too. It may not be Manhattan but we’ve got our fair share of places serving up great cocktails and some have some pretty spectacular views too. New York… huh, the Isle of Wight is where it’s at!

In the sunny seaside town of Shanklin, near the theatre you’ll find No 64. A stylish cocktail bar that’s an exciting addition to the Island’s nightlife. You can’t go wrong with a classic, serving up favourites such as Mojitos and Bellinis, the perfect introduction to cocktails if you haven’t tried many before.

If you’re after a drink with a little theatre, choose The Houdini from the signature collection. A vodka based drink that’s poured over a ball of pink candy floss, wait for the magic, take a sip and let the ‘fireworks’ begin as the rim of the glass is covered in popping candy. Give it a try and share your pic on Instagram tagging #tasteiw

No 64


The Island’s only distillery also has its very own bar. The Mermaid Bar, located in Pondwell just outside of Ryde, is a once pub converted to a light and airy bar with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Serving up cocktails using their own gin and vodka they have a standard menu including a scrummy espresso martini, which is made extra special by the slight saltiness of the Rock Sea Vodka. Keeping things fresh, they also have seasonal cocktails on offer too. It’s the perfect venus top gather you girls and spend a few hours.

The Mermaid Bar

Cowes is known for having a great nightlife. The highstreet is lined with pubs and bars. We don’t think you can walk more than 30 meters before coming to another one. Starting towards the top of the high street, for a taste of the unusual visit the very modern Moocow. If your after some bubbles in your cocktail, the menu is bursting. With cute Moo related names such as MOO royale and elder MOO fizz, have some fun with your cocktails. Get back to those Sex and the City roots and treat yourslef to a cos MOO, a traditonal blend of cointreau, vodka, lime and cranberry juice.


Hugely popular with locals, visitors and now celebrities, The Hut is no stranger to the likes of James Martin, Made in Chelsea stars Binky and Toff as well as Chris Evans to name a few. You can only reach this beachside retreat by foot or by sea… they have a cool rib service that will take you from the mainland, or your moored boat. During warm months the entire side of the building folds back, bringing the outdoors in, sitting on the deck you’ll feel as though you’re on holiday.

House cocktails include a grown up’s Strawberry & Basil Lemonade, a fiery Moscow Mule and The Hut Painkiller, a tropical paradise mix of rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, coconut milk and nutmeg. Roll on summer!

The Hut

Set in the chocolate box village of Godshill is Woods Kitchen. Cooking up a storm this restaurant is like the tardis… it’s bigger on the inside. Wander into a small seating area before it opens into a light and airy restaurant, continuing to a pretty courtyard. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon tea. But wait, these clever people have taken the traditional afternoon tea and flipped it on it’s head to make a Tipsy Tea! An amazing stand filled with 12 tasty savoury and sweet cocktails. Work your way up from a traditional Bloody Mary before making your way to the top and diving in to a boozy trifle. Treat your mum, best friend or maybe your partner… we recommend getting a lift on this day!

If that’s a bit much for you there’s a tempting cocktail menu and a regular tasty cocktail of the week.

Woods Kitchen

Woods Kitchen

The Editor

Taste of the Wight is the Isle of Wight’s free local guide to food and drink. Now in its fifth year, it has cemented itself as the number one, independent companion for eating out on the Island.

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Taste of the Wight is the Isle of Wight’s free local guide to food and drink. Now in its sixth year, it has cemented itself as the number one, independent companion for eating out on the Island.