Earlier this week The Handbook headed to speakeasy Purl for a little bit of Monday night jazz and Quintessentially vodka cocktails!
Situated beneath Blandford Street – Purl is a wonderful Victorian-esque den and mishmash of ornate glass tables, low – lighting, chandeliers, wing -back chairs, chintzy lamps, sofas and dark corners perfect for being secretive in on dates; or depending on how your date is going – hiding from them!
Their cocktails are wonderfully inventive – forget your usual champagne cocktail or daiquiri, these are masterpieces in comparison. Some are served in picnic hampers with scones, some are charged with a red hot poker to caramelise muscovado sugar (The Loggerhead), there is foam, nitrogen, test tubes charged with smokes (Mr Hyde No.3) and even cocktails wrapped in hay. You can tell that they have a real passion for cocktails, it’s a show, a spectacle not just a drink.
And now on Monday nights they have teamed with the ultra premium Quintessentially Vodka to put on a night of jazz – Q-Jazz, with a special drink menu, where cocktail features a good glug of Quintessentially Vodka. There is the Blue Mule – a blend of vodka, lime, ginger syrup and cardamom bitters paired with blue cheese. The Improper Martini vodka, Tio Pepe, concentrated olive and caper flavours, atomised with pickled onion. We opted for the Meringue Sling – vodka, sloe gin, lemon served with miniature home -made meringue nests smashed berries – and you can’t really go wrong with pudding and cocktails.
The jazz started at around 8pm, it was soft and subtle in the background so that you could still catch up with friends but still added that little injection of fun that is often needed on a Monday night.