Bring & Mix

This blog post originally appeared on Louisa’s website, www.louisarevolta.com

There are many things that I love about my job. One of them is having the chance to explore and discover amazing venues. This weekend I had the opportunity to perform for the guests at Southampton’s secret speakeasy Bring and Mix.

Nestled in the heart of Bedford Place this intimate venue harks back to the days of prohibition and has a wonderful atmosphere with attentive and friendly service and glamorous decor. The venue is only open on Friday and Saturday evenings with the first table at 6.00pm and the final sitting at 9.15pm. Prices range from £19 - £22 per person and this is for a two hour session. As the name suggests, for this experience you bring your favourite spirits and the mixologists create unique and delicious cocktails to suit your taste. It is essential to book in advance and you may have to book ahead by a few weeks but the experience is worth the wait. Your booking confirmation will come with a secret password that you must say as you are greeted at the venue and lead upstairs to a hidden doorway inside a bookcase.

For me it is a wonderful excuse to add new songs to my repertoire and quietly people watch while I lose myself in the music and soak in the atmosphere. I enjoy singing over the hubbub of conversation and the rattling of ice cubes being shaken overhead behind the bar.

When they are not busy being a speakeasy on Friday and Saturdays, Bring and Mix are available for private hire. I first discovered the place when Women Who Do held a speed networking event there. I have also been a customer when hair and makeup stylist Miss Pearl Curl of Pearl’s Pinup Parlour teamed up with Wayne Treasure of Treasure the Moments photography to offer a photography package at Bring and Mix.

Photo by Wayne Treasure, hair and makeup by Pearl’s Pinup Parlour

Photo by Wayne Treasure, hair and makeup by Pearl’s Pinup Parlour

I have also teamed up with Vintage Keys Studio and invaded Bring and Mix with an army of microphones, musicians and cameras to offer singers a chance to record their very own live performance. Here are a couple of examples, one of them sung by the wonderful Andrea Kelso and another swing cover by yours truly.

We will be shortly announcing another date for an opportunity to come and record at Bring and Mix with pianist Steve Christie and the Vintage Keys Studio recording team.

Our Essential 2019 Events Calendar

We can’t believe we’ve hit April already! It’s been a brilliant year so far but there is still so much to look forward to in 2019. Here’s a list of things we’ve got in our diary for the year ahead.

APRIL

ANNA’S PICK: Saturday 30th March - Wednesday 26th June - BP Portrait Award 2018 Exhibition at The Discovery Centre.

Monday 29th April - Saturday 4th May - Winchester Fashion Week

MAY

Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th May - Mary Berry on the British Pullman

Friday 10th May - Clare Martin & Ray Gelato at Theatre Royal Winchester

With our good friend Mary on board the Belmond British Pullman

With our good friend Mary on board the Belmond British Pullman

JUNE

HANNAH’S PICK: Tuesday 4th June - Ballet Central Open Class at Theatre Royal Winchester

Saturday 8th June - Ginchester Fete

JULY

Friday 5th - Sunday 7th July - Hat Fair

AUGUST

Friday 23rd - Monday 26th August - Big Bike Bash

SEPTEMBER

Thursday 19th - Sunday 22nd September - Winchester Jazz Festival 

Winchester Jazz Festival 2016

Winchester Jazz Festival 2016

OCTOBER

LOUISA’S PICK: Friday 27th September - Saturday 5th October - Winchester Comedy Festival

Saturday 12th October - Hampshire Coffee Festival

Winchester Comedy Festival’s line up for 2019

Winchester Comedy Festival’s line up for 2019

NOVEMBER

Saturday 9th November - Winchester Bonfire & Fireworks

DECEMBER

Thursday 5th - Saturday 7th December - Christmas Makers Market at The Nutshell

Thursday 19th December - The Spitfire Sisters at Theatre Royal Winchester