Dirty Martini's new martini supper club...
Queuing for drinks at the bar is so 2019...
So for me, bottomless brunch is the new Saturday night. I'm not a fan of waiting in a queue four people deep, see a space and jump and then stand there for 20 minutes trying to catch the bar staffs eye while preparing myself to style out the cost of the round which in Birmingham city centre is anyone's best guess... Nah, not for me... These days I'm all about a comfy chair and table service.
One lesson I have learnt in my life is that I am ridiculous. If I go out, meaning to spend £30 I always find my first couple go down easy. I then get loose with the old Google pay, only to spend the rest of the month contemplating my life decisions, wondering how I am going to make £2.46 stretch three weeks until payday when the contents of the fridge consists of some lettuce, a random lime and an egg and berating myself for never learning. In Birmingham city centre cocktails do not come cheap and £30 will probably get you three maybe four. Brunch is great because you pay upfront, it's all inclusive and the drinks work out a lot cheaper. When you factor in the cost of the food as well you can find yourself really saving a few quid. I drink like a fish so it saves me a fair bit, keeps my finances on the straight and narrow and you know... Girls on a budget.
I'm a bit of a bottomless brunch connoisseur these days and my favourite by far is Dirty Martini's martini brunch, I've done a full review here if you want to hear more about it.
Sometimes though, the cocktails just taste better after dark. Dirty Martini have introduced their new martini supper club and I was absolutely dying to try it. On Thursdays and Sundays you can now get your unlimited martini fix in the evening as well as unlimited dim sum.
If you haven't been to dirty martini it is gorgeous inside. Everything about the place is insta worthy. It's got a really chic, boutique feel, metallic decor, neon signs and gorgeous pictures on the walls as well as the iconic selfie wings that getting a picture with is an absolute must.
I've been a huge fan of the company who have done their best to keep us social drinkers sane in our house prisons during lockdown. They've done DJ sets live on instagram, cocktail masterclasses and made a range of their martini's that I was missing desperately available for delivery. They really have done a good job at putting at least some fun into our pandemic Saturday nights and if it hadn't been for their virtual cocktail masterclass my lockdown birthday would have been a complete write off. They have really done a good job of making their venue covid safe without compromising on customer service since opening back up.
The supper club has a bit of a different vibe to brunch, whereas brunch is perfect for a catch up with the girls, the supper club has got more of a cool, relaxed, date night kind of vibe. The lights are dimmed, the music is louder and as usual the martini's are flowing.
There is more choice of martini's on the menu, they have added the new yuzu and peach, ginger and pear and cherry blossom as well as rose and lychee, Mango and chilli and my favourite passionfruit. You can also choose from prosecco, beer and pink and blood orange gin so plenty of variety. Most the time when places do all inclusive a lot of them only include prosecco so the choice of drinks is amazing.
The food is unlimited dim sum, there is hau kau shrimp dumplings, steamed pork dumplings and steamed vegetable dumplings as well as a cute fortune cookie. Truth be told I didn't actually know what dim sum was until I went but I really enjoyed it. They keep bringing as much as you want, the steamed vegetable dumplings are suitable for vegans, you get some sauces to dip, the food comes in authentic looking bamboo steamers and you get chopsticks. I'm not the best with chopsticks but the dim sum is quite big to pick up, I managed (even after several martini's) to not get it all over myself and it did make me feel like a cultured grown up 😂. The service is really quick, the staff are constantly running around making sure you're never without a drink.
You can book your supper club table for £30 per person on Thursday's and Sunday's 6:30 or 8:30 so you can beat the covid curfew and plenty of time to catch the last train (I actually got the bus home, a random dog came to sit next to me and it was the best day of my life 😂). For £30 you can eat and drink to your heart's content for an hour and a half. It's brand new so it was quite quiet but I'm sure when word gets around it will be as popular as the brunch so make sure you book in plenty of time if you want to go.
I really enjoyed the whole experience and think I actually preferred it slightly to brunch. It has everything I love about brunch but with a more sophisticated, night out kind of vibe. I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday night and its probably going to be a new ritual.
Have you tried martini supper club yet? Let me know what you thought...