Yelp's Meet The Owner: Make Your Own Cocktails at Apres
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Review from Jason G.
My favorite part of the event... puree. Yay for the puree. I love it. Everything is made better with a little bit of fruit puree.
My second favorite part of the event... prosecco.
My third favorite part... the people. I love people! Gathered closely together, huddled, laughing, sharing! Good times. I think the somewhat cramped space made this event quite better.
Review from Alice R.
I feel totally cheeky giving this even two stars, I promise I'm not being mean, I think I may have just been spoiled by amazing previous yelp events!
The cocktail making and the food was actually really good quality and a thoroughly enjoyable experience but there wasn't enough of everything to go around which made it quite difficult for everyone to experience everything.
We were also sat in a strange arrangement which would have worked ok if there had have been more demonstrating for making various things but it meant that when the demonstration was over some people were stranded around the corner cut off from the rest of the group.
Sadly as hard as we might, we never found the owner, he must have been hiding, we did give it a good shot and explored the whole place but he wasn't to be found. I think it might have been interesting to talk to someone who owns a place like that and speak to them about how they run the place, how they choose DJs and what sort of people often go there but it wasn't possible.
On the note of music the chappie playing in the bar that evening could just have done with being a touch quieter. I was having to yell at the people sat next to me and it meant that conversation couldn't flow freely which is sad because you learn so much at yelp events.
I think Apres is probably a good drinking/dancing venue but I probably wouldn't come here for food or just to chill out.
Review from Teresa C.
Having attended other "Yelp's Meet The Owner" events, I must say, I'm quite disappointed with this one.
It was fun though, we were shown how bellinis were made. Then the snacks came, not enough for everyone to have a taste, we ate it but had to guess what they were (they told us what it was near the end of the event though).
We were sat at an awkward corner, almost as if we were strangers, it made it very difficult to interact with other Yelpers on the other side.
Ray C., Alice and I decided to do some wondering around to check the place out, and it wasn't until the manager saw us wondering that he asked if we wanted to see the downstairs.
Where was the owner? I wanted to know how they came up with the name, chose the location, how long they've been around, and other things like that.
Thanks for the bellinis! And the snacks I got to taste were pretty good.
Overall, it was good to see old friends and make some new ones.
Review from Ray C.
*I AM REALLY SORRY GUYS*
It was great to see you all... but I couldn't really hear you, and I am one of those people that flourishes on information about places.
It's my passion and why I'm a Yelper, so I did feel a little let down by the lack of it at this event...
This and the overall hardness of the venue left me feeling a little bit cold, as you're notice in my review below!
Peach puree... check.
I'm not entirely sure that you really need a masterclass to learn how to make a Bellini, they are quite a simple drink to mix really, but it's always appreciated when you have a bit of a better understanding of where your drink comes from and the history behind it.
Bellini's were invented in Italy in Harry's bar, and the prosecco we used was the same that you'll be served if you went there.
Interesting facts indeed! But really about all that I picked up from this event and I cannot but feel that it would have been nice to know a bit more about Apres and why we were there for the cocktail class!
Do they specialised in Bellini's, or cocktails, or cocktail classes? In retrospect I wished I had asked. Although retrospect is a great thing.
Reading the board we also found that they also host a range of dance and live music events, and wandering around (to have a bit of a sneaky peek), we found the manager who showed us the downstairs room (that apparently is maxed out on the weekend). It would have been really nice to be told about this, the history of Apres and what they could offer us, rather than having to adventure. I was also intrigued by the graffiti art declaring it was Apres' 3rd anniversary, and also about people sitting outside smoking shisha pipes, but nothing was mentioned about this.
This is a tiny little venue, made to feel even smaller with very dark furnishings, and with them playing music pretty loudly, it was quite hard to mingle and speak to each other. We all had to shout across the table, so it got loud very quickly. Personally I could hardly hear myself think. I love these environments if I'm partying and want to dance, but not when I'm trying to speak to lovely like minded people!
We did get some snacks to accompany the Bellini's - mini burger sliders, hummus, chicken wings, mini duck pancake rolls and olives, which were very tasty, but after 2 glasses of fizz and a passion fruit (again, it wasn't explained what this was all about), shooter, went down far too quickly. They were tasty, and can't be faulted, I just wished that we'd had enough to go around so we could have tried a bit of everything.
Once again it was great to meet my fellow Yelpers, get to know some new faces and to catch up on some familiar ones. That is always a pleasure.
Review from Maja N.
Great event!!! Just the right amount of people, the bellinis were yummy, and so was the food! I especially liked the duck pancakes but the sliders were very good, as well, and I'm not a big sliders fan (I have enough trouble with the meat to bread ratio in normal size burgers, never mind tiny ones!). Oh and the Apres Passion shot was delicious!!!
The service was good and the staff seemed very friendly. A lot of us commented that we would have never known to go to that place had it not been for the event since it's sort of tucked away. I'm definitely excited for the end of the scavenger hunt party there now!
The only two things I would have changed are to have us around one bigger table or somewhere we could all see each other. Because of the curve I didn't even get a chance to see much less chat with the people on the other side. The other thing is it would have been nice to have some fresh fruit, in addition to the puree, but now I'm just getting greedy!
Thanks Alex, another great night out in London!
Review from Qype User (Charl4…)
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Really nice place to escape from the maddening crowds. We were instantly relaxed when we walked in and the cocktails put me in the mood for a holiday. Just a chilled out lovely place to go and get your balance back. Would highly recommend.
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