Get onboard The Drinks Bus

We were invited to a very exciting event yesterday, the official launch of The Drinks Bus! The bus does exactly what it says on the tin, you can hire it for events, private parties, festivals – whatever you like really! We were treated to super VIP treatment to take the Bus for a test drive.

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Couldn’t miss the opportunity to sample the local Dicky brew

The converted 1977 Bristol Bus houses a full bar which can be supplied fully stocked and staffed and is available for dry hire. It is big and shiny and red and has most excellent fairy lights on board. It is equipped with an epic sound system, but as we were in the yard of the LCB Depot we were only treated to a small sample of its awesome power! Probably for the best in such an enclosed space! It certainly was pretty rocking with DJ Dirty Secretz powering out the tunes from the decks, on the top deck! The bus can also be set up as a stage, with a live band up there. Very cool.
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Also on the top deck, tables and seating were available, giving you a relaxed private venue with a bird’s eye view of your surrounding. This would definitely be the ultimate luxury item if you had a private party in a festival VIP area. Here are the glamorous ladies from Danique Hairdressing and Viks, the manager of Leicester’s own Lava Lounge enjoying the open air beverages. Sorry the photo is so blurry, it does no justice to their fabulous style! Must remember to clean my camera lens in future.

The launch night was supported by Pistonhead Lager and Maxxium UK, who specifically brought me an excellent Stolichnahya vodka and tonic. Attending this outdoor event, although we did get chilly towards the end has made me really excited that Spring is finally on its way. I am looking forward to a Stoli and tonic in some proper sunshine! We also had the added delight of a cake pop from Bitsy’s Cupcakery which were genuinely delicious – a gooey, rich chocolate cake with a white shell and super cute love heart sticks.

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And as if that wasn’t enough, we were also delighted and amazed by the antics of master magician, Gavin Parsons. He was an excellent close-quarters magician who had me absolutely baffled by his cool card tricks. That was really fun as I haven’t seen magic right in front of me like that since being subjected to the efforts of a classmate at school! Gavin was significantly better and literally made me clap my hands with glee.

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As the sky grew dark and the air turned chilly, we headed indoors to Manhattan 34 for the post-Bus party. We were given a delicious Mai Tai and treated to the musical stylings of David & Kristel, a fabulous vocal talent accompanied by mellow acoustic guitar. A perfect end to an evening full of smiles.

Many thanks to The Drinks Bus for inviting us along, an excellent time was had by all, although it was a little bit of a struggle to get out of bed bright and breezy at 6.30am this morning! Perhaps that last cocktail was the straw that broke the camel’s back – that will remind me to drink responsibly.

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All the fun being had.

If you have a wedding or party coming up, do consider hiring The Drinks Bus. Not only is it a super unique talking point for your event, but they have many options available for hire – including a fee for hire of the bus with a stocked bar and staffing, which you could get fully refunded if the bar takes enough money, so it wouldn’t cost you anything! Very cool.


Bestselling author and freelance drinks writer. Champion of pubs and breweries. Occasional printmaker.

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