Wednesday night I was invited down to the brand new Be At One cocktail bar in Bournemouth to check it out and join in with a cocktail masterclass.
I love love love a good cocktail so I was so excited to get myself down there with the hopes of picking up a few new cocktail making tips and to of corse taste test a few myself.
We started out with a cocktail to settle in before Ricardo gathered us all to start the masterclass. Now usually if you were doing a masterclass at a Be At One bar it would be you getting stuck in to make them, as there were a few of us and it was a press kind of night Ricardo was telling us all about Be At One as he whipped up cocktail after cocktail for us to test out.
We learnt the proper ‘bartenders way’ to do a shot, were told countless recipes and tips as well as being shown a magic trick or two!
It was great fun, we all laughed so much. I loved the atmosphere in Be At One, all the bar staff actually looked as though they wanted to be there, they clearly loved what they were doing and their cocktail knowledge was insane! How they remember all of those recipes I will never know.
A little bit of back ground about Be At One; Be At One was created by Steve, Leigh and Rhys three guys who met as bartenders back in the early 90’s. They saw a rise in the opening of trendy cocktail bars and threw everything into starting their very own. Be At One Battersea Rise opened it’s doors at the end of May 1998 and was an huge success. From their they opened many more bars and I’m sure caused many a hang over.
I am so glad we now have our very own in Bournemouth, it really was about time a cool new bar came on the scene to shake things up. Thanks for a great evening guys – I think I may have just found my new favourite bar.