Ever since reading ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ when I was 19, I have been fascinated by Japanese culture and it’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit. I haven’t made it yet but I came very close this week when I was invited to visit Sakura, Bournemouth’s newest chic nightclub with a cool, contemporary Japanese twist.
Being the first bloggers event I’ve ever been to, I felt a bit like the new girl at school as I walked down the beautiful red-lit staircase into…well…pretty much Japan. The downstairs bar itself is simplistic, modern and classy. I do sometimes worry when I hear the word ‘theme’ as some bars can turn into a tacky imitation but here, Japanese is done in a subtle, and very stylish way making you feel like you could be in the latest upcoming bar in Tokyo itself.
I needn’t have worried about being the new girl, I was warmly welcomed by both the lovely staff and my lovely fellow bloggers with a porn star martini cocktail (best way to welcome me anywhere for future reference).
The first half of the evening was spent with the gorgeous Hannah from findmystyle.com who knows her stuff and talked to us about how Japanese fashion is influencing this seasons style. As well as chunky, oversized wools, coloured florals and urban retro are on the menu this autumn. We then really got involved in Japanese culture by learning to make our own origami outfit which caused much hilarity and shrieks of laughter!
It was then time for us to try our hand at making Sakura’s signature cocktail (and now my new favourite drink EVER) the £7.50 Cherry Blossom – made with Amaretto, Cherry Brandy and cranberry juice – yum! By the way bar tenders, you have my admiration – harder than it looks! Looking at the extensive menu (and judging by the delicious tasters waved under our noses all evening) Sakura is the place to come for a huge variety of high quality cocktails. And if you want to try lots of different flavours at once, treat yourself to a sake shot – £1.50 each or a stick of 6 for £6.
Having opened at the end of August, as far as I’m aware, there is nowhere like this in Bournemouth. East meets West in an incredibly stylish way. Everything about this venue from the dark red hues, geisha artwork and moody atmospheric lighting screams class. The venue has a different theme nights during the week as well as special events including the Twisted Tokyo Halloween party on 1st November. I for one can’t wait to return for more Cherry Blossom and dancing!
Many thanks to Sakura for the invite and drinks, Hannah for the fashion advice, Phil Maclean for some of these beautiful pictures and my fellow bloggers for the laughs!