Hands up if you love cocktails and a bargain? Oh, all of you? GOOD NEWS, the gorgeous 1565 Restaurant, Bar and Terrace are currently running a cocktail month, with a different cocktail every day for just £5. Tucked away in the Park Regis hotel, 1565 is a chic, chilled out spot for a cocktail or five.
Laura of Bite Your Brum and I headed over on Tuesday for Rhubarb Margarita day. We settled down on a pair of bar stools and immediately became friends for life with outrageously charming barman, Christian. Unfortunately, the Rhubarb Puree he needed to make our drinks had entirely disappeared, but this actually ended up being a good thing. Our new best friend had an alternative solution for us.
We’d already regaled him with a tale of a truly awful Margarita Laura had been served elsewhere that evening (think salt and lemon squash…yuck) and Christian was pretty horrified, so he set about making up for this horror, by presenting Laura with the beauty above. I had a little sip and this margarita was perfect. Sharp, and with just a slight hint of salt from the lip of the glass. Christian talked us through properly salting the glass so you don’t end up with salt in the drink, and then served it by rubbing a wedge of lime around one half of the glass so Laura could change the sip to have more salt or more lime, depending on her preference.
Christian himself is a fan of the Old Fashioned, which is one of my favourites too, so I had to try one of those. It was perfection. Strong and with a good hit of citrus from the orange peel, which is exactly how I like it. Again, Christian talked us through the proper method to make this cocktail perfectly, and he clearly knows his stuff.
The restaurant was quiet, so we stayed sitting up at the bar, chatting with Christian about cocktails, his home in Romania, afternoon tea and life in Birmingham. He truly was the perfect barman; chatty, entertaining and very knowledgable about his craft. A real credit to 1565!
I will always drink an Espresso Martini if there’s one on the menu, and 1565 do! They call it the Insomniac Martini. It was gorgeous, with a great balance of the bitter coffee and sweetness. Perfection.
Throughout August, a different cocktail is available everyday for only £5. Each cocktail is taken from the main menu, so if you enjoy the cocktail of the day, you can come back and enjoy it again and again. For details of the what the day’s cocktail is, make sure you’re following 1565 on Twitter.
Our drinks were complementary in exchange for social posts while we were there. I was not obliged to write a post. All opinions are honest and my own.