You’ve rung in the New Year and now you’re dealing with the consequences. It’s not an easy life come January but to help you get rid of your January blues DesignMyNight have rounded up 10 brilliant things to up and down the country. From getting into the official opening party for Tonight Josephine in London to visiting a Peaky Blinders-inspired bar in Manchester, here’s how to plaster a smile back on your face.
Ready to try something a little bolder than a hot chocolate lathered with cream? A new pop up is opening in London this month and it’s about all things chocolate, and all things cocktails. Libations here come garnished with everything from miniature brownies to caramel filled Rolos, and if you’re going with a friend that would prefer beer, they’ve got one that’s chocolate flavoured.
You might have a tonne of reasons to hibernate at home until your second semester starts, but we’ve got one hell of an excuse to get you into a jacket and outdoors. Silent Sounds Boat Party will take you on a scenic trip down the Thames, past London’s most iconic landmarks. With three different DJ sets to choose from, two bars to tend to your every need and an epic journey through Tower Bridge as it opens for you, this unforgettable evening is sure to beat your January blues.
Hands up if you have an addiction to chicken wings. From BBQ to buffalo, you can munch on every wing imaginable in London, but what if we told you there was a crawl to bring you to three of the best spots for your fave food? The Chicken Wing Crawl will bring you to spots with secret sauces and signature bites this January but get ready to get your hands dirty - no forks allowed.
If you’ve never heard of Tonight Josephine you must have been hiding underneath a rock for all of 2018. This quirky bar is one of London’s most Instagrammable and they just so happen to be opening a sister bar in Shoreditch. Keen to get invited to the official launch party? DesignMyNight can get you exclusive access, and your £10 ticket includes two drinks from the sweet-inspired menu; we highly recommend The Love Potion No.10.
Christmas might be over guys and gals, but winter’s not. If you want to embrace the season and not let it keep you indoors, make your way to Winterland. This Thameside spot - which turns into a beach paradise come summer - is themed around a retro ski chalet. Hunker down in one of their retro ski chalets, drink steaming cups of mulled wine, scoff cheesy goods from Jimmy’s, and hit their curling lanes for some friendly competition with your mates.
Veganuary is in full swing and even if you’re not taking part, you should take the time to plan a trip to Old Compton Brasserie. This swanky restaurant has an entire section on their menu dedicated to plant-based plates and one of them is a bleeding vegan burger. Replicating the taste of a proper beef burger, you can wash it down with quirky cocktails served in disco balls and camera lenses.
Not done binge watching TV over the festive season? Cue The Exhibit. This funky venue has a pop up cinema and they’re hosting a series of movie nights throughout January. From Spice World The Movie to Clueless, you have the option of nabbing a £7 ticket for the movie or going all out with their pizza and bottomless booze package for a pocket-friendly £28.
You might have exhausted your energy on rounds of Pictionary with your parents at Crimbo but Sounds familiar has landed in Birmingham and it’s in your best interest to get a ticket. Notorious for creating an electric atmosphere before the first round even ends, this shindig will see you using your knowledge to win epic prizes and dancing across tables.
Peaked caps, family feuds and a whole lotta booze. We’re still waiting on the news about the release of Peaky Blinders season 5 but you can get a hit of your favourite programme by visiting Manchester. A Peaky Blinders Bar opened in December and it’s the talk of the town. From cocktails to entertainment, you’ll feel like you’re partying in the roaring ‘20s.
You’ve eaten enough turkey to do you until Christmas 2019 and you’ve drunk way more mulled wine than you should have done. It’s time to leave your festive feasting behind folks, but to show you it’s not all doom and gloom is Flight Club Manchester. These guys have a brunch with bottomless pizza and you’ll get a full bottle of bubbly to enjoy during the two hour experience.
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