Things may be frosting over, but events across the country are hotting-up. Distract yourselves from deadlines, splash out a little of that loan and treat yourself to a proper night out this October... because we all know what’s happening at the end of the month. To help guide you through the next 31 days, DesignMyNight have handpicked 10 awesome things to do, from immersive cinema experiences to hot new drinking dens just begging to be explored.
Taking inspo from blockbusters of the past, London Cocktail Club Clapham have gone all-out with their new cinematic opening. From sipping Darth Vader mixes in the Millennium Falcon to sharing a 10-person pirate ship cocktail while lounging in Jack’s cabin (still too soon), there’s endless amounts of fun to be had at this movie-inspired spot as October draws in.
If you love Rocketman as much as you love booze, head to Balham tiny dancer. Here, The Exhibit will be hosting a boozical brunch with tickets for just £15 a pop. Throw in bottomless bubbles, a delicious brunch dish and bar access afterwards, and you've got one pretty awesome October weekend treat.
You wanna do something fun? You wanna go to The Grand? Grool. This south London party spot is hosting a totally fetch special screening of ultimate ‘00s movie Mean Girls this month. Dress all in pink, and make sure to take a Burn Book because this isn’t like a regular film screening... it’s a cool film screening, with cocktails, unlimited popcorn and an afterparty till 3am.
Not content with one banging ball-pit concept in Shoreditch, Ballie Ballerson have opened a new, underground outpost in Soho. Unleash your inner child and be immersed in that Insta-famous glowing ball pit with a soundtrack of party hits and bottomless brunching. To top it off? Try their signature sweetie-inspired cocktails for a naughty and nostalgic touch.
Love a good happy hour? Simmons offer discounted drinks all day on Sundays, with 2 cocktails for just £10 and £2.50 G&Ts midweek. If that’s not enough to tempt you over? Their sexy new Oxford Street bar hosts Bad ‘n’ Boozy Saturdays where DJs play the biggest hits in hip-hop, garage and R&B till 4am… because deadlines don’t matter on a weekend.
Get a load of another new opening this October in London as the criminally good Alcotraz take their immersive BYOB prison-themed bar to Covent Garden. Splash out on a visit and you’ll get an inside look at one of the city’s most talked-about bars where you rock bright orange jumpsuits, smuggle in bottles of booze and sip on bespoke hooch cocktails… as long as the Warden doesn’t catch you of course.
If you’re a sucker for theatrics? You won’t mind splurging a little of that monthly loan on this magical pantomime dining experience inspired by none other than the glittering Aladdin. Entering through a launderette and you’ll be thrown into a spin-cycle of a storyline, with exotic diamond dishes, dazzling cocktails and the chance to be whisked away by an Arabian prince… bye bye Tinder.
October is Halloween month, so unleash your inner Cordelia Foxx (if you’re an AHS fan) or other fave fictional wizard by stepping inside this spooky escape room, coming in at as little as £15 a ticket. The catch? It’s in total (yes, total) darkness, so you’ll need to communicate effectively with your mates as you solve puzzles and collect stolen dragon’s eggs.
Brum is in for a treat this October as the Pokébar pop-up arrives, armed with Instagrammable Pika-patties, Burger-saurs and an Evee-ning packed full of eating, drinking and diving into ball pits. Take a Chansey while you're at it, and dress up for the costume competition. Those in it to win it could be walking home with a unique goodie bag.
A quirky Manchester event with magic on its side, The Wizard Brunch transports its guests to a wonderful world of spells, potions and grand halls designed for feasting. Don you finest dress robes, dust off the broomstick and fly on over to a top-secret location where you’ll discover a whole new world of immersive theatrics that are sure to cure any Potter withdrawals.
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