Don’t let old T.S Eliot put you off, April is far from the cruellest month. The days have gotten longer, the sun is there (sometimes), and April showers mean you don’t have to wash your hair as often. More importantly, though, there are some absolute corkers of events to get out to this month, and DesignMyNight are here to give you the low-down on the cream of the spring crop.
1. Cocktails in the City - London
Cocktail fiends take note: this festival of fantastic concoctions brings together 25 of London’s most notorious cocktail spots for an evening of smashing drinks and a few special surprises. An absolute steal at just £20, you’ll catch some of the best mixologists in the business doing their thing in the suave space of One Marylebone, and you’ll even receive a complimentary cocktail on entry.
2. Little Nan’s Gets a New Home - London
Having conquered the South East of the capital, kitsch cocktail lounge Little Nan’s will be heading West to the fine streets of Fitzrovia with their latest opening. Keeping all those quirks that have made their Deptford and Catford branches a success - the boozy afternoon teas and vase-based drinking will be staying - they’re throwing in a few new features such as some very regal interiors and a 90s-themed dress-up room.
3. Silent Sounds - London
It’s hard to beat a classic silent disco, but putting it on a boat certainly offers something a little different. With two fully-stocked bars on deck, take a turn down the Thames to the channel of your choosing as the two-storey Silent Sounds boat lets you take in some of the city’s most gorgeous nighttime views.
4. Aeronaut's Circus Show - London
Ever fancied running away with the circus? Well, if you mosey on over to West London one weekend, the circus could quite well run away with you. Aeronaut’s monthly circus shows will introduce you to a world of acrobats, silks, fire acts and jaw-dropping feats of daring. Make sure you stick around after the show as the disco ball drops and the top turns into a big old disco.
5. The Rascals Cheese Night - London
You can’t claim to be a true cheese lover until you’ve tried out this dairy-based spectacular in East London. For cheese stretching, cheese bowling, cheese sing-a-longs, and of course plenty of cheese eating and wine drinking, head to Rascals where your host Mary Camemberry will guide you through some impossible cheese tasks.
6. NTV Spring Break - London
Head to this Peter Pan-meets-Spring Break party in North London and find yourself surrounded by geezer pirates, a Hip Hop Croc, a tattooed, foul-mouthed Tinkerbell and a troupe of hipster Lost Boys serving up some sweet street-food and cool cocktails. NTV brings you a fully-immersive Neverland knees-up, so party like it's 1999 - only you can, you know, legally drink alcohol this time.
7. Digital Forest Masterclass - Brighton
It’s the cocktail class of your wildest dreams; this weird and wonderful event at Pop Up Brighton will take you into the depths of a digital forest for a lesson in avant-garde mixology, with your own personal bartender. Complete with awe-inspiring sights, sounds, smells and live British butterflies hatching all around you, it makes for a special and totally surreal cocktail-making experience.
8. Joe Black - Touch Of Evil - Leeds
Celebrating the most dastardly of baddies and evil-doers, Joe Black brings his hilarious show to the Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds this month with his unique take on all your favourite villains. Join Joe and his ‘terminally bewildered’ henchwoman and pianist, Friedrich Hollandaise, for an evening of smoke machines, magic mirrors and the wickedest songs from all the best musicals.
9. Return of the Mack - Glasgow
Those cheeky chaps at the Hillhead Bookclub are cooking up quite the feast this spring. Get your bellies down to this quirky Glasgow pub, club and restaurant on the last Tuesday of the month to celebrate all things mac and cheese, with plenty of great cocktails and cheesy tunes to boot.
10. Musical Bingo - Liverpool
After ten years of sell-out shows and daft antics, the nation’s favourite bonkers bingo night will be pitching up at Circo for their first ever foray into Liverpool. Looking to delve deep into the city’s musical history, prepare your minds, bodies, souls and bingo markers for singing, dancing, quickfire medleys, mystery boxes and the chance to win some very cool prizes.
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