As you may or may not know Alison and I have our birthdays four days apart, so we usually end up with two weeks of celebrations! This year was no different; my birthday is first and the night before the night before we went out with a couple of friends for a girls night out! We started at the Cork of the North where the girls had a bottle of prosecco and I had a War of the Raspberries by Thirst Class Ale, this was a raspberry oatmeal stout. From there it was over to Vida where I may have mentioned before in these blogs so will not go on about it but we had a great meal, with more prosecco and beer,
from there it was across the road to The Steam House for a gin night cap; again I may have metioned this place once or twice! All in all a great night with great friends.
The night before we were at a friend’s fortieth celebration, which turned into a late one, home at 03:00hrs! The party itself was held at Kings Café in Altrincham and it was a good do; there was a mind reading magician who was excellent. Because of the late night my birthday was a quite affair, we had a nice lie in, followed by a walk up the canal to The Bridge Inn for lunch, the Bridge was refurbished a couple of years ago and is having some more work done now. It has a nice bright modern interior and the staff were very friendly, due to the excesses of the night before Alison started off with a lemonade, I however went for a beer!
To eat Alison had the Creamy Fish Pie, which she said was lovely while I went for the Slow Braised Rack of Ribs, which was huge with a very big portion of fries it was very tasty but unfortunately I was not able to finish it all. For dessert we went for cocktails, well it wouldn’t be a celebration otherwise! I had a Raspberry Cosmopolitan with uses raspberry Stoli vodka rather than plain and is garnished with flamed orange peel, Alison Strawberry Mojito a classic mojito with Havana Club Blanco & fresh strawberries; then it was a stroll home for a quite night in.
For Alison’s birthday we went into Town, we were going to go to Science and Industry at Cane and Grane, but there was a private party on so we ended up at the blue pig The Blue Pig where we both had the same meal; the Crispy Buttermilk Chicken, which came with liquorice maple glazed bacon, crisp shallots and an avocado & new potato salad, to drink it was cocktails I had a Beers Knees (Botanist Gin, lemon and honey, topped with lemongrass and ginger lager) and Alison a Apple & Elderflower (Absolut Vodka, Sauvignon Blanc, apple juice and elderflower liqueur); both the food and the cocktails were very nice. From there it was over to Dusk Til Pawn, this is somewhere we have been meaning to try for ages, it a speakeasy style cocktail bar behind a pawn shop facade in Stevenson Square; inside it is basically just a room with chairs and tables down on side and a bar down the other, its quite dark inside but this adds to the atmosphere, it was quite when we arrived but got busier as the evening wore on. to drink we had a Devils Elbow (Vermouth, Chilli, Grapefruit and Bitters) and a Freebird (Vodka, Toffee, Lemon, Cinnamon), they were prepared with some style which is always good when having cocktail, but did get the feeling the bar staff thought they were a little “too cool for school”, the list of cocktails looks interesting so will be going back at some point to try some more and may even try out some of the tunes on the free jukebox.
Next we went to Epernay to meet Alison’s girls, Epernay is a champagne & cocktail bar near the Great Northan Warehouse, it is above No1 Watson Street and has a bar area with a balcony and a large seating area at the back, which was booked for a private party. Alison was going to try the Birthday Treat cocktail, which comes with a secret surprise, but unfortunately it had Amertto in and she is not a fan, so we have no idea what the surprise was! Instead she went of an old favorite a classic mojto, the rest of us had a Candyshop Sling (Absolut Raspberry, Strawberry, Vimto, Citric Acid and Lemonade) and an Aloe Aloe (Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Aloe Vera, Pineapple, Pechaud’s Bitters and Absinthe), positively
a health drink! After more Candyshop Slings and a couple of Estrella Damm Inedits, we made are way home ready for an earlyish start for even more birthday fun, more of which in the next post!