Cocktail tasting at Bar Opus

On Wednesday evening I was lucky enough to be invited to Bar Opus to try out their new cocktail menu.

Bar Opus is the newest addition to the Opus family and is located at One Snowhill. I’ll (very conveniently) be starting work in the same building next month and can see myself spending far too much time here – post work drinks anyone?!

As is to be expected from the Opus family, the interior is beautiful – modern & upmarket but still with a friendly, laid back vibe. I especially love the huge grey bar  and the pretty outside area.

However the cocktails were the stars of the evening, with 12 from the new seasonal menu on show. Here’s the list:

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On arrival there were a few cocktails that I immediately picked as winners and these did not disappoint!

The Hereford Scrambler, an ode to the Chase brand which Bar Opus has a close relationship with, went down an absolute storm. Similar to the well known Bramble, it was rich and fruity without being too sweet. I could drink these all night!

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I’m a massive Bellini fan so couldn’t wait to try the Ginger Bellini – prosecco poured over stem ginger and a little syrup. In this case less is definitely more. The flavours worked perfectly together and I loved the fact that I could recreate this at home.

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Their version of the Clover Club was executed well and looked super elegant – definitely an Instagram worthy cocktail!

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As well as the above, which I was pretty much always going to enjoy, there were a couple on the menu that pleasantly surprised me! The first of these was the Beggar’s Banquet, with Sadler’s Peaky Blinder ale and Makers Mark alongside bitters, lemon and maple syrup. I am really not into whisky so the idea of a whisky and beer based cocktail didn’t excite me. I WAS WRONG. IT WAS DELICIOUS. TRY IT.

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Continuing to crush my whisky phobia, the Port Cobbler was also lovely, with rich warming flavours which made me feel all cosy and Christmassy!

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Other honourable mentions go to the unusual Pear & Cardamom sidecar and the classic gin/elderflower/cucumber flavours of the English Collins. At this point I also want to mention the duck and spring onion rolls we tried from the bar plates menu – these were incredible and I would go back just to eat these!

There were a few cocktails on the menu that I didn’t enjoy as much. The Milk Punch was a bit too sweet and creamy for me, and the Cowboy Hoof Martini had a hint of toothpaste! However with cocktails, a lot is down to personal preference.

Overall I think Bar Opus have done a great job with this new menu. Everything is beautifully made using quality ingredients and the menu has a wide range of original cocktails to suit everyone’s taste. Whether you want a winter warmer or something more tropical to transport you away from Birmingham, you’ll find it on the menu. Prices range from £6.50 – £9.50 which is pretty reasonable considering the quality and prime location.

Disclaimer: I was invited along by the lovely Travel Girl and as it was a bloggers event, we did not pay for the cocktails. As I was a +1, I was not asked to write this blog post and all opinions are honest.

Bar Opus is located at One Snowhill, B4 6GH WEBSITE

 

 

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