I’ve been a frequent visitor of Jalou York over the past year or so since it opened, and I was a regular visitor of the establishment when it was known as Parish (£1 Jäger bombs, where you at?!).
The atmosphere at Jalou is something that I’ve always loved as it’s always so happy, vibrant and bubbly; quite like the members of staff who hold the place together!
Last Friday night I was invited along to a cocktail masterclass at Jalou York and I wanted to share all the reasons why you should attend one too!
The interior of Jalou York really is a sight to see; with lush purple decor, stunning light features and a plethora of different seats to relax on, there really is something everyone can admire.
The cocktail bar is set upon two stories, with the more ‘clubby’ dancefloor downstairs and a more relaxed but still vibrant VIP area upstairs. The cocktail masterclass took place on the second floor of the bar and as it was a Friday night (and the York races had just finished) we had an awesome view of all the drunken people below, all busting a move to the latest and greatest songs.
Our evening was hosted by two lovely ladies who were absolute pros at cocktail making! Myself and Tori spent ages chatting to Emily who was telling us all about what it’s like to work at Jalou (if I ever consider a career change, I certainly think I could work at Jalou York, the entire team seemed amazing!).
We were welcomed by a glass (or two) of prosecco and a delicious fruity shot that was perfect for kicking our Friday evening off in style. Seated in the upstairs VIP lounge of Jalou, I felt very special indeed; it was ever so nice to receive that quality attention and service from the barmaids as it really made the whole experience wonderful.
We were incredibly lucky that we were able to make two cocktails throughout the course of the evening and as it was such a lovely sunny day, I opted for summer-inspired cocktails.
My first choice was the incredibly summery Watermelon Daiquiri which I didn’t actually manage to take a picture of as I practically inhaled it as soon as I’d finished making it!
The Watermelon Daiquiri is the ideal cocktail for a summer evening; the rum, lime and watermelon syrup concoction make for the most mouth-watering, heady drink and it was so incredibly moreish. Finished off with a little frozen watermelon ball, this cocktail really couldn’t be more perfect for the warmer months.
As there were about ten of us attending the cocktail masterclass, naturally we couldn’t all fit behind the bar at the same time to create our cocktails, so while we were waiting for others to complete the creations, we took some time to learn more about Jalou. I also took the opportunity to grab a few snaps of the gorgeous interior, as well as delving deeper into the cocktail menu; there’s some bloody delicious sounding ones on there!
My second cocktail of the night was the Frozen Strawberry Lemonade which I could have happily drank a whole gallon of!
The strawberry and citrus flavours complimented each other so well and the frozen element of the cocktail reminded me of a deliciously summery drink I had in Mallorca last year!
The actual cocktail making part of the night was so much fun and it was amazing to see how everything worked behind the bar. There’s so many different things to remember when creating bespoke cocktails so I really take my hat off to the wonderful team at Jalou York who work to an exceptional standard while still maintaining a wonderfully friendly demeanor.
I had such a lovely night at the cocktail masterclass at Jalou York and I really can’t thank them enough for inviting me along to try out their new cocktail menu!
Jalou have bars in Newcastle and York so make sure you pay them a visit next time you’re around! The cocktail masterclass at Jalou York is an amazing event that would be perfect for hen parties and birthday celebrations; I’m already planning my next visit there!
Have you ever been to Jalou York? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.