‘A cocktail done right can really show your guests that you care’ – Danny Meyer
Despite it opening a few years ago, this week was the first time I’d set foot in Tiger Hornsby. In fact this week was the first time I’d been down this area of the Quayside in many many years. The last time in memory being in 2003, in what was Julies 2 and witnessing Cheryl Tweedy and Nicola Roberts acting like entitled knobheads and starting arguments with every girl in their vicinity. Simpler times in many ways. Ironically Tiger Hornsby is on the same site as Julies 2 and I’m pleased to say that Steph and I were the only diva princesses in the bar that night.
As much as I’m a fan of cool new bars in Newcastle, I’m also a massive Love Island fan (who isn’t) so was really chuffed to be invited along with my fellow Love Island partner in crime to watch the live final and sample some cocktails.
First of all, I absolutely love the vibe in Tigers. Steph and I were unsure what one wears to a Love Island screening on a Monday night – when we’re usually in our sheep pyjamas on the sofa so the fact that it was really laid back and unpretentious suited us down to the ground. There are loads of cosy sofas with low tables and little hidden away bar stools, it’s the perfect venue for a date or post dinner cocktails.
Speaking of cocktails, the drinks menu is a sight to behold and one of the most extensive I’ve seen in a while. It’s always dangerous when you’re torn between 2 or 3 but my love for anything with tequila in, mixed with a mild obsession with Sean Paul meant I had to go for the Shake Dat Ting (Casco Viejo Tequila, Aperol, Tropical Spritz Reduction and Pineapple Juice). Steph opted for the Geordie Gin Fizz (Gordons Gin, Passionfruit syrup, Pink Grapefruit juice, Citrus, Lemonade). I’m not always the biggest cocktail drinker in the world; I prefer to just stick to wine most of the time and am often left underwhelmed with the lack of alcohol and pre-mixed juice they use.
The cocktails at Tiger Hornsby are some of the freshest I’ve tasted and are all made 100% from scratch – no syrupy sickly sweet mixers here! Our second cocktails the Shalamar (Ciroc Red Berry, Midori, Agave, fresh Lime, Apple) and the Hornsby Hugo both lived up to the high expectations set by our first round. The laid back atmosphere and our gorgeous drinks certainly was the perfect atmosphere to watch the final of our favourite show. All drinks fall around the £7-£9 mark which feels like a lot on paper (fnar fnar) but the quality of them makes them absolutely worth it as a treat. It’s worth noting they have a happy hour on where cocktails are £5 before 7pm and all night on a Thursday – I’ve got my eye firmly on the Watermelon Martini for my next visit!
Hosting the Love Island final was a great idea and I hope they take it and run with it because I can really see them being the kind of place showing binge worthy films on a rainy Sunday afternoon. How great would it be to curl up on a sofa with some yummy cocktails, a platter of food (their scotch eggs in particular looked amazing!) watching Back to the Future?!
I’m annoyed it took me so long to visit because all I can think of now is all the times I’ve been for dinner at the Broadchare and not stopped in for a cocktail afterwards. Lesson now firmly learned, I won’t be making that mistake again!
*we received complimentary drinks in return for an honest review*