‘The Christmas Party’ at Vanguard Bar, Jewellery Quarter | Birmingham

December 19, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time for merriment and fun, and plenty of drinkies! If you’re Birmingham based or visiting before Christmas then Vanguard Bar is well worth a visit for the wonderful Christmas cocktail menu.

Based on your typical Christmas party, the Vanguard Bar Christmas menu has everything from ‘the traditionalist’ to the ‘pissed up Jeff.’ The drinks are exactly what you’d expect from the typical Christmas party stereotypes. Sam the master behind the bar and the menu really has out done his creativity here.



The cocktail I enjoyed most was The Scrooge. Made with Roku Japanese Gin, Gabriel Boudier Coings, Brenne Whiskey, Dessert Wine and Grape. It’s a very grown up slushie, that is not noticeably alcoholic, rather dangerous I think as it was very drinkable. If you like dessert wine then this really is the drink for you.


I also tried The Fizz Fiend. Which is basically a Champagne cocktail that really should look purple, because it tastes like it. With violet and raspberry flavourings, it really does trick your brain. Another easy drinker and perfect if you’re celebrating finishing all your Christmas shopping.



A couple of the other cocktails the girls tried were The Pissed Up Jeff. A strong boozy hit, but with cold brew coffee, a perfect pick me up. Another one was The Basic Bitch. Makers mark, Baileys Pumpkin Spice, homemade eggnog and coffee. Not really one for me but my friend George really enjoyed it. It really was a perfectly instagrammable drink! Just so you know, the Christmas menu at Vanguard Bar is only available this side of the big day itself. The bar is open from 5pm Wed – Fri and 1pm Sat. I implore you to head there before Christmas if you can as this menu is not around long.

Have you been to Vanguard Bar before? What would you order? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. I was invited down as a thank you for my support to Vanguard Bar over the last year.

P.P.S. Vanguard Bar is located at 1000 Trades, 16 Frederick St, Birmingham B1 3HE.


  • Reply Cathers December 31, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Wow! Those cocktails look delish! Defo getting this on my list of places to visit in 2019 ☺️

    • Reply MissPond January 2, 2019 at 7:46 am

      They were awesome! The drinks menu is always changing up at vanguard and it’s well worth a visit 🙂

  • Reply Ryan December 20, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Oh, I could definitely drink a Basic Bitch or two! Love a good cocktail! Will keep this one in mind if we go to the Christmas markets in Brum. Thanks!

    • Reply MissPond December 20, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      Oooh hopefully you get to pay a visit!

  • Reply Anosa December 19, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    We had such a lovely time in the jewellery quarter last month and sounds like we missed out on a gem.

    • Reply MissPond December 20, 2018 at 7:44 pm

      If you re-visit, you’ll have to head to Vanguard.

  • Reply Latoyah December 19, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Those cocktails all look amazing! I love a good cocktail, my fave is a Long Island Iced Tea.

    • Reply MissPond December 20, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      Ah you can’t beat a classic.

  • Reply Anca December 19, 2018 at 10:21 am

    The Fizz Fiend sounds great and I love that glass, it looks so cute. Glad to see you’ve had a wonderful time.

    • Reply MissPond December 20, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      It was a great evening! Thank you!

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