If the High Street twinkling back at me from every shop window is anything to go on, the festive party season is already upon us. Shiny frocks aside, it’s also the time of year I attempt to catch up with pals of all varieties.
If, like me, you have an assortment of special friends of varying and sometimes competing tastes, then here’s a few recommendations that will hopefully keep you going and in their good books.
If it’s a good natter you’re after without the toil of yelling over booming music in an overcrowded dingy space, then look no further than the elegant Malmaison .
Tucked away down the spiral staircase, the Malbar on West George Street is an oasis of calm – and has a rather impressive collection of cool cocktails like the irresistible Gingerbread Man. Dessert in a glass.
North Street merriment
For the more fun-loving, the Berkley Suite’s cosy red-hued upstairs bar is a nod to the era of art deco and their anything-goes downstairs is an interesting mix of music, ages and eccentricities.
And since you’re already in the neighbourhood – North Street’s Chinaski’s and the Black Sparrow are great places to people watch and have tipple or two. They also serve food. And if by some stroke of luck it’s not raining or happens to be warm winter night, pop round the back for a little outdoor stargazing and general banter in their gardens.
If you’re looking for the perfect combo of dinner, drinks and dancing, then the Brunswick Hotel’s Brutti Ma Buoni is a must. Fantastic staff, social crowd and you can eat, drink and then conveniently go down stairs for a bit more celebrating and dancing.
Wherever you find yourself – be festive fabulous and enjoy!