With the rain battering down in true British Summertime style, we were determined to still have a Friday night to remember at the fab Aether bar (situated on Chavasse Park for those that don’t know) last week and, as if by magic, just at the event started, so did the sun, so it would have been rude not to get stuck into cocktails and canapes to welcome in the weekend.
Aether has to be one of my favourite bars in town at the minute. With a sophisticated and chic décor, floor to ceiling windows and an upmarket yet slightly quirky cocktail menu, it’s a fab place to visit for drinks with the girls or to get dressed up for a date night. When the weather is fab, they have a gorgeous wooden terrace to enjoy drinks and nibbles on and when it’s miserable outside, you can enjoy Aether’s cosy, warm ambience as you listen to live music, because who doesn’t a little bit of opulence?
Last Friday, 9th August, we headed down to Aether for their ‘summer soiree’ event to try out some of their brand-new cocktails. The atmosphere when we arrived was fab and I was living for the shell-style drinks tokens and pink fizz on arrival (my kind of event). As well as the pink summery spritz (known as the Fiero spritz), I also tried out the chilli chocolate cocktail. I was a bit sceptical at first (I mean, I’m usually a basic Aperol kinda gal) but this was a warming rum drink with a hint of sweetness served with not only in a tumbler with one of those big posh ice cubes but also with a totally indulgent, completely melty homemade vegan chilli chocolate on the side. I was sold. Other cocktails on offer included the highly Instagrammable Tanqueray-based Bee Sting cocktail with, of course, edible flowers on the top. We sipped and chatted to the tune of some fab live music and it was the perfect way to relax after a week at work.
East River, a new restaurant based on Allerton Road which is inspired by the delis of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, provided canapés for the evening. We enjoyed warm garlic bagels with pots of humous, loaded sweet potato wedges and beef satay skewers. I haven’t been to East River yet but with a little taste of what they have to offer, I’ll definitely be heading over to try them out properly.
Upon leaving, we were handed lil miniatures of flavoured liqueur to take home and *attempt* to re-create our own cocktails and honestly I’m here for trying to make my own vegan chocolate too ‘cos that shit was delicious (watch this space). Thanks so much to the guys at Aether for a fab lil summery evening – these guys are definitely ones 2 watch and I’m excited to see what other fab inventions they come up with. Well worth a visit.