Island Bar, opposite the Mailbox and a short walk from New Street, is a firm favourite with cocktail lovers in Birmingham. It was also our final stop on Brumderland‘s tour of the Bitters ‘n’ Twisted venues (have a read of the Buffalo and Rye and Bodega events) and was an evening not to be missed! Myself and some other local food bloggers had chance to get behind the tiki bar, make some layered shots and play around with fire – read on to find out how our final evening of the Bitters and Twisted group went!
Upstairs at Island is their Tiki bar, specialising in Rum based cocktails and with an even more laid back vibe than the main bar, if that’s possible. On arrival we were greeted with a Banana Colada cocktail, which everyone enthused about – even those that didn’t count themselves as either banana or pina colada lovers! This was a creamy, fruity easy-drinker, and we polished them off in no time.
We were then invited to get behind the bar and make our own Rum Runners, a long drink made with fruit liqueurs and Gosling’s black seal rum. This mini masterclass was a great laugh and the bartender was helpful and a lot of fun. The Rum Runner was a summery, cooling drink, perfect for the hawaiian themed bar.
Next up we got the chance to create a couple of layered shots. First up was a B52, which has three layers, created by putting the tip of the pourer against the shot glass and pouring very gently. Created with coffee liqueur and Irish cream, this classic little drink went down a treat with everyone. We then made one of Island Bar’s famous ‘flaming Moes’, which is made with orange liqueur, candy floss syrup and rum. Though this, for me, was more the kind of shot you need to down in one go, the fun part was getting to set it on fire with a blow torch!
Overall we all had a brilliant time at Island Bar, and we all agreed that Brumderland’s Bitters and Twisted tour had gone out with a bang. If you’re looking for a funky, laid back place to have a few expertly made cocktails then make sure you get yourself down to Island Bar soon – the great drinks, music and decor make for a great party vibe throughout the weekend. Thank you to Vicky and everyone at Island Bar for having us, see you again soon!
This event was free to attend and the drinks were complimentary for coverage purposes. This does not affect my honest opinion.