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.

Introducing The Spitfire Sisters Podcast!

Our podcast has arrived! Episodes 1 & 2 are now on iTunes, Spotify and anywhere else you find your favourite podcasts.

Episode 1 was recorded live during Winchester Cocktail Week at The Railway inn. We were accompanied by a lovely audience of 30 people who enjoyed Bacardi based cocktails. They were a brilliant audience for our first foray into podcasting and spurred us on to record Episode 2 at Vintage Keys Studio last week.

Expect regular features such as Happy Hour and the Teapot of Truth as well as silly cocktail themed games, children’s tv programmes of our youth, sustainable fashion and the recording process of one of our newest songs.

Find our podcast here! Please do leave a review and let us know what you think, and as always get in touch if there is anything you would like to hear us discuss on one of our upcoming podcasts.

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