I hadn’t been for a proper night out in a long time. It’s mainly been pubs/bars, in by 12, with a chicken shish or waiting for the toaster to pop up with my steaming crumpets, ready to be coated in butter and marmite. No 1am, 2am or 3am home times. Still hangovers, but no 2day ones – yes I am getting that old! But this was all until recently..when I went on an absolutely fantastic night out with an awesome group of foodies…
Nicola from East London Girl, had organised a big meet-up for about 15 or so of us. Yep. Fifteen! All foodies. All ready for a fun night. The venue…Studio 88. Somewhere Nicola, and a few others, had raved about so much. I was excited to go!
Studio 88 is the only non-stop live music venue in The West End, completely based on requests. There are two piano vocalists and a band, who play all night. It’s in a lower ground floor space and gives off an 80s neon disco vibe, but is so much cooler, with plush leather seats and low tables, a huge dance floor and bars.
The drinks menu features a large number of cocktails, along with all the usuals from wine to beer, spirits and fizz. However, every day from 5-8pm they have a happy hour, with signature cocktails from £5.50, £12.50 on selected bottles of wine, Budweiser for £4, prosecco for £19 and £5.80 for a glass of champagne. I’d highly recommend making it for this!
The zombie cocktail was a huge hit with our group. A sweet, tropical, juicy mix of Appleton estate vex rum, captain Morgan original spiced rum, Cointreau, briottet apricot brandy, wary and nephew rum, angostura bitters and absinthe grenadine, fresh pressed pineapple juice and fresh orange juice. It was super delicious! Proseccco (I know, a pretty standard choice but still), was fab too.
As for the music, well, it was amazing.
The vocals, the live versions, the band were all incredible. The sound transported well and filled the space. We all sang our hearts out to some huge hits from Sexual by Neiked to September Song by JP Cooper, among many more upbeat numbers…I can’t remember them all, but I know I enjoyed so many!
We also got up from our table to get the steps in, and danced the night away. The music was too good to be sat down listening. The dance floor was pretty busy, but there was still plenty of space to slide in and throw some moves out there.
Starting straight after work on a Friday, I decided by 12am I was actually ready for bed (big day the next day I needed to be fresh for!) however I’d had SO much fun! It really did remind me what I was missing by just sticking to bars and pubs. Although they’re great for a catchup, I do love a venue where I can get on the dance floor, sing my heart out and let my hair loose! What’s more, you don’t have to book, however it is recommended to add yourself to the friends list via the website.
- Price: really affordable during happy hour (details above), and pretty good for London West End at other times too, with cocktails between £9 and £13, and a regular white wine for £5.90. £5 entry Monday to Thursday after 10pm, £10 friday after 10pm and Saturday after 8pm.
- Drinks: so many cocktails. Go for a zombie!
- Atmosphere: chilled turned into fun, lively live music venue. Great music!
- Service: a couple of the team were super friendly, although not all which is a shame, but we still had a great night! Luckily, service doesn’t matter all too much when it comes to a night out!
I definitely want another night out soon – hit me with your recommendations.
*I was invited along to a group blogger outing. All views my own.