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Thursday, 28 July 2016

FOOD: Be At One, Seel Street Liverpool Launch Party!


A week or so ago, I attended one of the opening nights at a brand new cocktail bar in the heart of Liverpool. Be At One is the PERFECT place for the cocktail lover, and I’ll tell you a little secret here: I am a complete cocktail girl and I was well and truly won over by this amazing venue!


When I arrived, I was greeted by a lovely lady who took my name and gifted me with my free cocktail counters. As far as I’m concerned, the only thing better than cocktails is FREE cocktails so I was particularly chuffed to have a few freebies to choose. This meant that I went for drinks that I probably wouldn’t normally risk going for: I’m a very “play-it-safe” kind of girl and usually stick to what I know and like, so it was really nice to try something a little out of my comfort zone. I got a Pornstar Martini, which I’ve actually never tried before so I felt hella sophisticated with a martini. You got a teensy shot of Prosecco with it as well: I wasn’t really sure what to do with it so I just bunged it in with the drink. It tasted amazing so I guess I didn’t do anything TOO wrong there! I spoke to one of the barmaids, an Italian girl called Sara, who was up from one of the London bars to help with training. She helped me choose the cocktail  which was perfect for me, and of course, it contained gin. I’m not sure which one I had here, as it was pretty loud and I kind of just pointed at the menu, but it was full of mango, gin, and happiness! I’m sure if you say that at the bar, they’ll know exactly what you mean (wink wink!)


Later on in the evening, I met up with some pals and I tried out the Singapore Sling. This one was my absolute favourite of all the cocktails I tried: a mixture of gin, Cointreau and fruit juices, it was exactly what I was looking for and I’ll definitely be making this one my signature drink. I was told by one of the barmen that there are over 180 cocktails to choose from, so there really is something for everyone!

I was also lucky enough to meet with one of the owners, Leigh, and have a chat with him about the business and how things have grown over the years (as well as have a little boogie and a couple of drinks with him and his associates!) The company has been going for a blooming long time, starting off in London and now spreading nationwide. Along with this brand new Liverpool bar, there’ll also be a bar opening in Nottingham in the very near future. You could tell that Leigh had a lot of passion for the business and the name and that really stood out as being a reason to get behind him and his team in his Merseyside venture.


The bar itself was fantastically designed: it was colourful, you could see what you were being poured, how much and could watch them mix everything together right before your very eyes. It’s on Seel Street, which is pretty central to everywhere in Liverpool city centre, but it took me a little while to find none the less. It’s away from the hustle and bustle of other bars but close enough that the environment of those bars is mimicked here.

Be At One was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Imagine this situation: having an absolutely fantastic time, sipping away at a cocktail with absolutely no cars in the world. Then suddenly, bam: Proud Mary is blasting through the sound system and the barmen and women are ON THE BAR dancing while they mix! It was fun, it was exciting and I’ll definitely be going back for more! This will definitely add to the appeal of the place: I found myself having as much fun as I would have had on a night out in town, and I was home and tucked up in bed by half 11!

I’d definitely recommend you check out Be at One if you’re local to Liverpool, but if not, there are plenty of them scattered around the country!


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