Cocktail O’Clock

This week I was fortunate enough to receive a visit from one of my closest friends from uni, Hannah. The last time we saw each other was just before Christmas in Edinburgh so it was fantastic to see her again and finally be able to show her the sights of Glasgow.

We started off with a catch-up over tea and cake at Cup Tea Lounge, which is a firm favourite of mine, before heading over to my flat to prepare for the evening’s antics. I’d booked us a table at The Tiki Bar and Kitsch Inn, a bar/restaurant that (as the name suggests) is modelled on a tropical Tiki bar and specialises in exotic cocktails and Thai food. It’s a bar I’ve been meaning to try for absolutely ages so I was chuffed to finally get the chance to go and it’s safe to say I was not disappointed. The place itself is decorated in a really quirky, unique way and the food was lovely. Obviously though, the best bit was the cocktails with my favourite being a ‘Gin and Juice’ which is served in an amazing skull mug.

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Cupcake time!

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Sippin’ Gin and Juice..

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After a few drinks at the Tiki Bar we then headed down the road to Hummingbird, another quite swanky cocktail bar in the city centre. Again, this was somewhere that I’d heard great reviews about but I’d always thought it was a little overpriced for my wee budget. However, quite brilliantly, they offer half price cocktails on a Friday night – bargain! We wasted no time in trying several different cocktails, all of which went down very easily – a bit too easily in fact!

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Lovin’ life with our cocktails.

On the Saturday morning, I took Hannah for, what was quite simply, an amazing breakfast at The Willow Tea Rooms (another favourite of mine) before we headed for a wee wander around the city. As the weather was relatively decent, I took Hannah up to The Cathedral and Necropolis and then to the Gallery of Modern Art. The weather was so nice, we even managed to sit outside at Costa and enjoy a spot of alfresco people-watching over some ice cold drinks!

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Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg Bagel

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Inside the Cathedral

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GOMA

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Everything is prettier with sunshine

Even though it was only a flying visit, we packed a lot into the trip and it was just great to be able to spend some much-needed quality time with one of my closest friends. Of course, I had my standard moment at the station when I just wanted to hop on the train back with her and just be near all my friends once more but, on the whole, I’m actually still really enjoying life up here at the moment. Also, in just two weeks time I have another one of my Lancaster girls coming to visit for the weekend so that will definitely keep the smile on my face, even if nothing else will!

Last night out in Nottingham

So, as the title suggests, yesterday I went out for one final night in good old Nottingham (for the foreseeable future at least!). While I went out weekly in Lancaster, I don’t actually go out in Nottingham that frequently, mainly because I often end up spending a ridiculous amount of money on taxis and over-priced cocktails!

However, a friend of mine persuaded me that we should have one last night in town before I head off and I’m glad we did! We started off with cocktails at this rather swish bar called Coco Tang-  it probably has the best cocktail menu I have ever seen. Me and my friend shared what is known as ‘The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’. Basically this is a cocktail of green tea, Wray and Nephew Rum (which is 63% proof) and Absinthe, served in a traditional Chinese teapot and with tiny cups to sip out of. This cocktail so potent that it’s limited to just one serving per customer per night. With how I felt this morning I totally understand why! I also had a frozen strawberry daiquiri which was rather lovely but had far too much ice in for my liking!

In the toilets at Coco Tang (such a classy setting!)

We then headed to another bar called Tantra, which is famous for having massive beds and cushions all around the main dance floor, before heading to a new club called Pandora’s Box. It cost £10 to get in which is rather pricey, even for a Saturday night ,but it was pretty decent inside and, from what I can remember, I seemed to be enjoying myself! All in a good night was had by all and I didn’t have too much of a hangover this morning – bonus!

It was strange, as we were on the bus to town I had a wine-induced empathy and realised that this time in two weeks, I’d be spending my Saturday night moving into my new place. Madness.

Days until the big move:13.