Last week I spent a delightful evening with a group of Birmingham Bloggers in the Gin Vault, a recently opened Gin bar in Birmingham. After years of sticking mainly to white wine, I recently re-discovered the delights of gin. So when I received an invitation that combined meeting lovely bloggers and gin, well… I could hardly say no, could I?
The event was organised by Ting from The Ting Thing and Laura from Full to the Brum. Together, they run the Birmingham Bloggers Facebook group which is currently gaining a whole new lease of life. So last Wednesday evening, around 25 bloggers from Birmingham and the surrounding area headed to The Gin Vault in Birmingham’s Gas Street basin. The plan was to spend a few hours socialising and pooling our collective knowledge on Twitter.
The evening was run in a fairly relaxed way. After a brief introduction from Ting, we all got down to the serious business of drinking gin and talking Twitter.
Now the Gin Vault currently have around 30 gins to choose from and hope to boost that up to 60 in due course. But if gin isn’t your thing then fear not, the Gin Vault also has a wide range of alternatives to choose from. Or if you like gin but don’t know which one to try, well, they can help with that too!
I stuck to a classic Gin and Tonic, and played it safe by choosing a Sipsmith gin rather than one of the ones that were new to me. The gin arrived with plenty of ice, Fevertree tonic and a garnish of lime and juniper berries – delicious! I liked the fact that the Gin Vault have a selection of garnishes that they can choose from, to complement the botanicals in each of the gins.
The Gin Vault is quite an intimate venue, and there are little seating areas dotted around the edge of the room. I loved the quirky features like the original window frames, which add to the character of the room.
Talking to Gin Vault manager Matt, (left in the above picture), it was clear that he really knows his gin. He’s absolutely passionate about making The Gin Vault a great place to visit, with a superb selection of drinks. I think he’s pretty much hitting the mark perfectly!
There was a really nice mix of bloggers present at the meet-up. Although I still feel nervous at these kind of events, I soon felt very much at ease. Ting spend the evening moving around the room and making everyone feel really welcome. She was both very professional and super-friendly! I spent some time talking to Jo from The Girl in Killer Heels and Laura from Full to the Brum (centre and right above). I also met Emmaline from A Brummie Home and Abroad, Candace from Us Three by the Sea, and many more!
It was great fun to chat about blogging as well as gin! I always love the way that bloggers are open and happy to share information, to help each other out. I always come away from this kind of night feeling really fired up and enthusiastic about blogging again.
After we’d had a while to chat and mingle, the Gin Vault staff brought out a selection of tapas-style food for us to sample. And of course, we all descended on the food with our cameras before anyone started eating! I took the opportunity to try out the camera on my new Huawei P9 phone. I’m still getting use to it, but I think it handled the tricky lighting pretty well.
The food at The Gin Vault is a tapas style menu, ideal for sharing. Each plate is priced at £4 or 3 for £10. I sampled the Coconut Butterfly Prawns, Chicken Satay sticks, Calamari, and the Chilli Cheese bites. Everything was delicious and I reckon an afternoon at the Gin Vault with a selection of food and their excellent gins would be very pleasant!
The evening flew by and before I knew it, it was time to make my way home. I had a wonderful time at the meet-up and can’t wait for the next one. And I can’t wait for my next visit to The Gin Vault as well!