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Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch – What happens within Mr Tipsy’s stays within Mr Tipsy’s

Head on down to Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination. As you take a look you’ll see into your imagination, with a sip here and sip there travelling around the world of pure creation. What you’ll see will defy explanation!

Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch is the opposite to Willy Wonks Chocolate Factory as within Mr Tipsy’s you’ll adventure through in and out of different themed bars from around the world as you down many different cocktails throughout the night. It certainly is a bar crawl with a difference where you can take your imagination on a journey like no other.

I and members of my group LPUL Club we went on a pub crawl like no other as we walked around Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch.

Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch

Mr. Tipsy’s Down the Hatch is produced by Redbeard Productions with one simple goal to create an atmosphere full of joy, laughter and happiness.

Creator Nick A. Olivero the man behind San Francisco’s popular 1920s-styled bar experience, The Speakeasy and his friend Mark Nassar, who co-created NYC’s longest ever running off-Broadway comedy, Tony and Tina’s Wedding. Together they’ve teamed together their experience, connections, creativity, theatricality and more to create Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch pub crawl experience. Walk on through, explore their world as you adventure across the globe, sipping drinks with zany characters, singing, dancing and much more.

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Mrs Riot every Saturday enjoy a riotous party full of cupcakes, bottomless drinks and Drag Queens

We all love a brunch but have you ever had a brunch which consists of cupcakes, bottomless drinks and entertainment provided by Drag Queens? No, then head on down to Mrs Riot for a riotous party like no other.

What is a drag queen though you might ask? well a drag queen is usually a cisgender male, who uses drag/female clothing and makeup to imitate an exaggerated version of a female gender. The reason I believe we all love to be entertained by drag queens is the mystery which surrounds drag queens. Making us wonder what kind of queen are they, and what sort of person are they like underneath all that glitz and glamour?

At Mrs Riot in London’s Covent Garden held every Saturday a brunch like no other which Queen Margo and her friends hold a riotous bottomless brunch giving a performance of her life whist all diners munch down on cupcakes, sip on endless drinks as well as getting involved from dance offs to lip-synching battles.

Mrs Riot invited me and other members of Love Pop Ups London down for a riotous time.

Mrs Riot

It’s 2021 and Mrs Riot is open. Inspired by the 1700s iconic feminist, Kitty Clive and her most famous character Mrs Riot, is a place for cocktails, cabaret and so much more as you transport yourself to a different era of entertainment.

Mrs Riot was one of the first sirens, rebels and role models to change the course of history back in the 1700s. She was a Georgian celeb, a Regency VIP, vivacious, vulgar and lucrative icon of theatreland. Onstage, she tickled her audiences with her slick satire, while off-stage she more than tickled those lucky enough to be invited into her inner circle.

After almost 300 years, she has returned to the same streets where she was discovered, when singing while cleaning the steps of an actors’ tavern in the heart of Covent Garden. She went on to make these pavements her playground, and now you’re invited to her party…

Mrs Riot in Covent Garden is London’s most unique bar and are the first and only place to experience a Drag Queen Cupcake Bottomless Brunch! For 90 minutes expect the finest drag queens, along with singalongs, lip syncs, runway walks, and all kinds of other interactive craziness. Unlimited drinks mean that the juices keep flowing from pink bellinis, high-class rosehip cocktails and summery Aperol spritzes along with vegan cupcakes.

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Bunga Bunga that’s pizza amore

If your heading into London and looking for a pizza restaurant which is like no other then I highly recommend Bunga Bunga in Covent Garden. Why? As this venue is a very unique dining experience as their pizzas are a metre long, yes you heard me a metre long!, plus they put on cabaret performances throughout your dining experience. Every day has a different theme from a pizza making party to Bunga karaoke. Whichever experience you enjoy within Bunga Bunga you will certainly fall in love with this venue.

For those who might be unfamiliar with pizza it is usually round, flattened base made from wheat-based dough, topped with tomatoes, cheese, and other various topping such as mushrooms, olives, anchovies, chicken, prawns, etc. which is then baked at a high temperature, traditionally in a wood-fired oven.

Did you know? though that the term pizza was firstly recorded back in the 10th century in a Latin manuscript from Southern Italy town of Gaeta in Lazio. Modern pizza was invented in Naples, and the dish and its variants have since become popular in many countries. In fact pizza is one of the most popular foods in the world and is a common fast food item which can be enjoyed within restaurants and pizzerias. Also ready made pizzas can be bought within many supermarkets / shops from fresh to frozen ready to cook at home.

Me and some community members of Love Pop Ups London were kindly invited along to enjoy pizza like never before courtesy of Bunga Bunga Inception Group.

At Bunga Bunga we all enjoyed live entertainment by Mamma Bunga, made pizza dough, tossed dough in the air, tucked into a metre long pizza and then we partied the night away.

Bunga Bunga

Bunga Bunga is run by Inception Group who are a fun, creative and dynamic company which was founded back in 2009 by entrepreneurs Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling. The company operates a group of unique bars, restaurants and club concepts all over London.

Late 2011 Bunga Bunga popped up within London’s Covent Garden. An Englishman’s Italian where you can eat, drink and be entertained all under one roof from the early evening until the early morning.

In 2016 Bunga Bunga expanded and on their first floor they opened up a mini area called BungaTINI which is inspired by a neighbourhood back-street Italian bar and pizzeria. It serves up a range of home-made pastries, pizzas and classically simple regional dishes available to eat in or take away.

Five years later in 2017 Bunga Bunga opened up with a second location within Battersea. Which is a bigger and bolder version offering a fully immersive dining experience.

Which ever Bunga Bunga you visit though it provides a pizzeria like no other full of pizza and cabaret.

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DJs Cocktail Infusers and D1 Potato Vodka makes cocktails a cinch

Lover of cocktails but find it difficult to recreate any at home? Then fear no more as you can easily make your own with just a drop of a bag of botanicals within some vodka and within 3 minutes you’ll have a cocktail in hand thanks to DJ’s handy Cocktail Infuser Gift Box. DJ’s kits come with bags packed with botanicals which are all blended in England, with nothing artificial added. The infusers are also 100% biodegradable.

I was gifted a bottle of Vodka and a box of DJ’s Cocktail Infusers to show me that cocktail making can be that much easier. No need for many bottles of spirits anymore to create my favourite cocktail, just simply a bag of DJ’s botanicals, D1 potato vodka, maybe some soda water and ice.

D.J. Limbrey Distilling Co.

D.J. Limbrey Distilling Co. is founded by Dominic Limbrey, who has a passion for premium spirits with a background in design and production for international markets.

D1 Potato Vodka

D.J. Limbrey Distilling Co. was founded by Dominic Limbrey, who has a passion for premium spirits with a background in design and production for international markets.

They produce luxury British craft Gin and Potato Vodka using redefine super-premium spirits in a dramatically different way, which enables distinct taste and individual style.

  • D1 London Gin is a multi-award winning smooth and versatile gin which includes a daring kick of nettles that balances fruit flavours and aromas.
  • D1 Potato Vodka is made from using the finest potatoes resulting in a creamy smoothness. Delectable over ice and matchless in a martini, D1 sets a new benchmark for luxury vodka.

Plus each bottle also is elegantly styled by artist Jacky Tsai who is acclaimed for his fusion of Eastern craft and Western pop art. His iconic ‘Floral Skull’ was first made famous by Alexander McQueen and is extended by Jacky through his giant leather skull, screen prints and now on the clear canvas of D1 London Gin. Jacky’s ‘Stained Glass Skull’ can be seen on the D1 Potato Vodka bottle.

DJ’s Cold Infusion Pockets

DJ’s Cold Infusion Pockets makes cocktail making that much easier.

DJ’s Cold Infusion Pockets focus on high integrity botanical and fruit blends for infusing into both spirits and non-alcoholic mixers. Their infuser kits come with bags of botanical to create a perfect classic cocktail. Each flavour has been hand-blended in England and includes entirely natural botanical and fruit ingredients.

  • Hand blended
  • Biodegradable
  • Sugar free
  • Natural ingredients (no colouring or preservatives)
  • Vegan friendly

Simply choose from one of DJ’s six infusion blends (Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Peach Mojito, Sangria, Strawberry Daiquiri or Long Island Iced Tea), drop the bag of botanicals within some vodka, stir, wait, add tonic or soda and top with ice. Alternatively make a virgin cocktail and use lemonade or fizzy water instead of vodka.

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Cahoots emergency cocktail kit for home use

Emergency, during these dark days we are all in need for an emergency cocktail or two to see us through. We might be winning the war on Covid 19 with many now having their first jab but the world has changed, with many now working permanently from home, too scared to venture out or even quarantined Cahoots is on hand with their emergency cocktail kits.

The scoundrels of Cahoots have come up with their boozy emergency cocktails kits for those who are working or stuck at home. Enjoy a range of their unique and quirky cocktails which are all inspired by drinks of the 1940s.

I was gifted a box to enjoy with my husband at home where we sat back and relaxed watching a romantic movie whilst sipping on some spiffing good cocktails provided by Cahoots.

Cahoots part of the Inception Group

The Inception Group is a fun, creative and dynamic company which was founded back in 2009 by entrepreneurs Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling. The company has a group of unique bars, restaurants and club concepts within Central London.

Cahoots opened it’s doors 2015 within Soho bringing a post war style themed experience to all those who are brave enough to venture underground. The underground station, used to be a real air raid shelter back in the day during the Blitz.

Within Cahoots you can sip on classic cocktails, black market liquor and post-war favourites, from old mugs, hip flasks, vintage milk bottles and tins, all which are finished with ingredients half-inched from nana’s pantry, picked from the allotment and foraged from the ruins.

At Cahoots spirits are high and the drinks never run dry, with plenty of dancing and sing-a-longs around an old piano.

Presently Cahoots Station at 5 Kingly Street is closed (will reopen 17 May) but in the meantime you can enjoy a spiffing good cocktail by the scoundrels in their outdoor seating area and enjoy a black market cocktail or two. Book an outdoor table here. 5 Kingly Street.

Plus for those though that are not ready to venture back out through to London then no fret as the cunning scoundrels of Cahoots can deliver directly to your door an emergency cocktail kit to enjoy in the comfort of your own home or garden.

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2 Many Wines virtual tasting sessions

2 Many Wines brings virtual tasting sessions to your home so you don’t need to leave your house. We may be coming out of lockdown but virtual wine tasting is still a great way to enjoy a night of fun, as it saves you time in travelling and hey you can even stay in your nightwear whilst you sip and learn about many different wines in the comfort of your own home. Plus virtual tastings with 2 Many Wines is particularly great for those who may still be a little too scared to venture back out to proper bars and those who physically can’t get out and about.

Courtesy of 2 Many Wines I was invited to two of their virtual classes one on wine and one on cocktails in which I was sent the drinks along with links to join in with the tasting session online. With both sessions I learnt about each individual drink along with other sippers.

2 Many Wines at home

Founders Cyriaque and Benjy of 2 Many Wines is a start up company based within York who are all about developing the sales across the UK by means of virtual tastings and their online bottle shop. Their wines come from different wholesalers across the UK and they have a good relationship with a lot of producers across the world.

Bringing tasting sessions nationwide 2 Many Wines will be streaming weekly from real wine bars teaching all who sign up about the history and science of their chosen drinks whilst we all sip on the chosen cocktails or wines for that night. Plus all drinks are available for purchase online and those who sign up for any tasting classes will not only be sent sample bottles on all drinks which will be tasted throughout the night but will also be gifted a discount for purchases of full bottles after the session.

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Valentines eve with Lizeek cocktail making, drinking, quizzing and dancing

Pre Valentines day I enjoyed a night of cocktail making, drinking, quizzing and dancing thanks to Lizeek’s special online event. I joined in with the Valentines fun with my husband and other couples and even those who just love a fun night. We shook, rattled and rolled the night away.

I was gifted the class and Valentines cocktail DIY box on a courtesy basis to enjoy at home.

Lizeek Ltd

Since 2019 CEO & founder Ariyike runs a catering service selling a range of products from homemade sandwiches to afternoon tea boxes and fresh seasonal cocktails.

Throughout the year Ariyike also hosts numerous cocktail classes to enjoy online via zoom getting everyone shaking and sipping together followed by entertainment.

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Lizeek Ltd fresh tasting unique cocktails at home

I love fresh cocktails and with it becoming slightly difficult during this pandemic to rock up to a cocktail bar to enjoy one and with my skills of creating my very own at home not being up to scratch it is hard to know where to buy a fresh pre made cocktail to enjoy at home. However thankfully Lizeek Ltd has come to the rescue with her fabulous freshly made signature cocktails which can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.

I was gifted her signature cocktails on a courtesy basis to enjoy at home.

Lizeek Ltd

Since 2019 CEO & founder Ariyike runs a catering service selling a range of products from homemade sandwiches to afternoon tea boxes and her newest edition fresh mixed seasonal summery and festive drinks.

Her cocktails and mocktails are unique and will guarantee to leave your taste buds craving for more!

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Aloha 65 spirit up your Christmas

This Christmas add Aloha 65 to your 65 festive tipples, ok maybe not 65 but if you are looking for a spirit which is sweet but yet fiery then this spirit is for you. Aloha 65 is made with pineapples but gives a punch of spice, ginger and scotch bonnet chilli’s.

On a courtesy basis thanks to Aloha 65 I was gifted another bottle, this time their special limited edition bottle which features a young lady skiing. This time I got a little more festive and made some of Aloha 65 wintery tipples as well as coming up with my own special Christmas creation, Rudolph’s Kiss.

Aloha 65

Stephen Thorp is the founder of Aloha 65. Aloha 65 is a complex infused spirit that is beautifully, naturally and carefully made over a month using six fresh, raw ingredients including fresh pineapple, lemon, ginger, scotch bonnet chilli and two other carefully selected herbs and spices. No colourants, flavourings or refined sugar are used in the production process. The fresh ingredients are macerated and then simply steeped lazily in a neutral grain spirit in separate containers and slowly infuse the alcohol until the flavours are just so. After a month or so, when nature has done her work, the six distillates are blended together to create the beautifully balanced finished product. Aloha 65 is all-natural, vegan and 27% ABV.

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Hapsburg Absinthe equals strong and minty

Hapsburg Absinthe is one of the worlds most strongest liquors in the world with it having an ABV of 72.5%. Absinthe is a green, strong and minty drink which is great on it’s own, but also delicious in cocktails and also within food, yes food!.

Given a PR sample I was gifted a bottle of Hapsburg Absinthe in which my challenge was to cook with it which I was a bit dubious in it working as of it’s strong minty flavour but I was highly surprised by the results.

Hapsburg Absinthe

Established in 1999, Hapsburg Absinthe was one of the few pioneering brands to appear when the first resurgence of Absinthe took place, since it had been banned in Switzerland in 1905. Absinthe used to be very popular during the 1890’s and very fashionable in the vast majority of cafes, bars and salons, particularly in France and Switzerland, the birthplace of Absinthe. However in 1905 it got banned.

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