New Years Eve Cocktails

New Year's Eve is a big night in everyone's calendar, but some of us are left without plans after neglecting it for the whole of December whilst Christmas occupies our every thought. Cue a bottle of wine, pjs and the NYE countdown show to kick off the New Year! It sure is nice to have a quiet one sometimes but this year, why not pop out just to try some tantalising cocktails at one of Birmingham's best bars?
Ginger's Bar at Purnell’s Bistro is a glamorous, lively bar serving up quirky and original cocktails inspired by the 1930s. I love the sound of their Pink Panther cocktail - Blueberry Infused Gin, Orgeat, Lemon Juice and Pink Grapefruit - and the Old Fashioned Plum Daquiri - Appleton Estate V/X Rum, OVD Demerara Rum, Plum, Lime, Maple Syrup and Plum Bitters. If nothing on the menu takes your fancy, the professional bar staff can even make a bespoke cocktail for you. Looking for more than just cocktails? They are also offering a special 5 course meal with bellini from 6:30pm for £55 (find the menu here); paired with soulful, jazz music and they’re delicious cocktails, you're guaranteed a New Year’s Eve you’ll never forget!

For another taste of sophistication, head over to Alvar Bar at Hotel La Tour. Serving up classic cocktails such as Cosmopolitan, Daquiri, and Vodka Martini to name a few, and with prices ranging from £6.50-£8, you’ll be able to see the New Year in with style. Reserve a VIP area for £20 per person and receive complimentary nibbles, or for £85 you can dine in their Aalto Restaurant with a delicious six course meal and champagne on arrival. Entertainment is being provided by singer Adam Chandler, as well as a disco to dance your way through to midnight. [Editor's note: home of the Wilson Espresso, named after Brum Fave's very own cinema geek, Tim Wilson. Ask for it!]

If you fancy a change and want to head out of the city centre, why not go to The Rose Villa Tavern in the Jewellery Quarter? From 8pm they’re hosting a night of music, dancing and cocktails. With no entry fee all night (a rarity on New Year’s Eve!), this is the perfect night out as it leaves more money to spend on their delicious cocktails. Play it safe with a classic Mojito, try the interesting sounding Gypsy Rose Lee, or pick a selection of their quirky Shot-Tails (I like the sound of the Peanut Butter Jelly and Jam Doughnuts ones!). As an added bonus, they’re giving away a free glass of their NYE punch to anyone who wearing a tash, silly hat or crazy glasses too! Also serving food until 8pm, get here early to sample something from their new American Diner style menu, which features tasty sounding burgers and hot dogs with various tempting toppings (pulled pork is always a winner!).

If you want to start the celebrations early, then head over to The Jekyll and Hyde from 5pm for their exciting and quirky New Year's Eve Eat Me Drink Me High Tea, featuring gin tasting and gin-inspired tea party food. Alternatively, visit from 8pm for their Gin Parlour Style celebrations. Further information can be found here.

Wishing you a very happy new year!

By Taylah Catlow who can be contacted by my twitter @taylahc25 and on her blog.