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1812, Klute and Chilli White- Winter Socialising!

It’s back! After a long awaited 3 month wait, City Socialisers has been given a new lease of life, just in time to celebrate the blog’s first birthday! I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I began writing about three of my favourite things in life- socialising, food and of course alcohol!

This post focuses on what I’ve been up to over the winter period whilst spending time in Bournemouth. The majority of my socialising has been along the coast, however there have been a few outings in London with a cheeky trip away to Vienna, Austria too.

The first place I am going to review is 1812, probably THE best cocktail bar in Bournemouth. This bar is steeped in history and was established in 1812 (hence the name). Originally built as a mansion for the aristocracy, the building was later turned into what we now know as the Royal Exeter Hotel, of which the cocktail bar is an addition. Drinks here are pricey but worth every penny; they do have a happy hour Monday-Thursday evenings with 2 for 1 cocktails; my personal favourite is Apple Strudel!

Attached to the bar is an incredible restaurant which is fantastic for a special occasion; we came here for a friend’s birthday and the food was exquisite.  “Classically British/French cuisine with modern twists: Fine dining in a brassiere style. Our food is full of flavour and uses as much local produce as possible.”- Head Chef at 1812.

If you fancy donning your killer heels, Klute and Chilli White is always a winner when out in Bournemouth. Klute is a pretentious lounge bar attracting those who go out to be seen, so if this is not your kind of night stay away! However, if you’re dressed to impress and have a good group of friends with you this is a great night out. In contrast to the main room, upstairs is a lot more relaxed with fantastic acoustic sets played weekly.

Previously known as TOKO this club has had a complete refurbishment and now Chilli White attracts a similar crowd to Klute, but has a much more laid back atmosphere and is more spacious. So if you want to dance the night away in a great setting, this is the place to do it!


Rubicon- Surbiton

A bar that I’ve been meaning to write about for a while is a little gem that’s tucked behind Surbiton high street down Maple Road. Rubicon is a small cocktail bar which is a great place for somewhere that’s a bit different to what you’d usually find in the area.

Cocktails are their speciality, with bartender cocktails such as your classic ‘sex on the beach’ being served with a more suburban twist; these are priced at £6.50 each, so the bar isn’t cheap- make sure you come out with plenty in your purse! If you fancy something a bit more special, champagne cocktails such as ‘strawberry sky’ are available for £7. They have an extensive wine list with an average bottle of wine priced at £15 each.

We pre- booked a section of the bar for a birthday with a party of 20 people, which was provided free of charge with no hassle. The bar manager was very attentive and made sure that we had everything that we needed to enjoy our evening. We didn’t order any food, however there is an impressive looking party buffet menu available, making this the perfect place to hire out for a party.

Rubicon also offers themed evenings during the week including comedy nights, supper club and cocktail club; check the website for details of particular events.

The bar does get pretty full on a Saturday night before people go off clubbing in nearby Kingston, so I recommend going early. Overall I think this is a great place to go for a drink without the hustle and bustle of Kingston party goers, but is also a bit livelier than some of the pubs in Surbiton high street, the perfect balance.