This week I was invited along to Island Bar to experience their ‘Tiki Thursday’. So on Thursday night, me and my housemates headed to their upstairs bar to check out the tiki-themed cocktail night. Island Bar’s reputation for great cocktails and a great night out was evident as the tiki bar soon became busy, and this created a bustling, fun mood in the venue. At the same time the chilled music lent to a really relaxed, easy atmosphere too, and I liked that we were actually able to chat and relax here with our drinks.
We were greeted by one of their barman, who was really friendly and chatty all night, and he quickly brought us some Flaming Moe’s shots – Orange Liqueur, Cotton Candy Syrup and Wray & Nephew – to start. There were mixed feelings on this shot within the group. I quite liked the sharp cotton candy syrup followed by the rum which left a warm and not overly unpleasent aftertaste..for a shot anyway! Whilst some of the girls just didn’t like it at all.
Then it was time to try one of their sharing cocktails, which arrived in a treasure chest! It certainly looked impressive and had the wow-factor. But actually trying to drink it was really difficult as we had to bend over to sip from the straws, which was quite uncomfortable and awkward to do. However the cocktail itself was deliciously sweet and fruity, receiving a thumbs up from all 5 of us.
We were having such a great evening that we decided to take advantage of their extended happy hour from 8-11pm which offers a selection of cocktails for only £4 each. Despite how busy it was, the wait at the bar was really short and we were quickly served by the friendly and talented barmen. Katie and Ashleigh both ordered the Painkiller – Pusser’s Navy Rum, pineapple and orange juices with coconut milk and a nutmeg dust. Unfortunately they both thought that it was a little bit too strong and packed a bit too much of a punch for their tastes!
Emily and Lizzie had the Aloha – Absolut Vodka, Guava Juice and Fresh Strawberries (one of my favourites here from the very 1st time I visited!) and both really enjoyed this fruity cocktail. Whilst I asked for an off-menu cocktail with a classic Piña Colada, which they were more than happy to make for me . It was a decent pina colada, but became quite sickly and rich towards the end so I couldn’t of had more than one.
We had a really enjoyable and chilled evening at Island Bar with their tiki-inspired cocktails. With it’s relaxed vibes and unfussy atmosphere, Tiki Thursday is somewhere I could see myself going to with friends to catch up over some of their happy hour cocktails.
Disclosure: I was invited along by Island Bar to review Tiki Thursday. The sharing cocktail and Flaming Mo’s shots were complimentary, but I paid for the rest of the cocktails after this myself. As always all opinions expressed are honest and my own, and I was not required to write a positive review