Before the torch walk and fireworks display, Dave and I started our evening with a drink at The Hyde Tavern. It’s a really lovely, quaint pub in Winchester that’s slightly below street level with low ceilings and wooden beams, giving it a really hobbit-y feel. We managed to get a table by the window to have our drinks. It was so cosy looking out onto the cold street outside, and the fairylights inside made it feel really wintery and warm.
We then moved on to No.5 Bridge Street, a really lovely bar with low lighting and a cosy atmosphere, for more drinks. We’ve been here before and it’s becoming one of my favourite bars in Winchester. The gin and tonics here are so tasty and it’s always lively but you can still have a conversation. Since it was bonfire night, it was almost completely packed but we managed to find a spot on a small bar overlooking the entrance. There were some really chic hanging lightbulbs, which made it feel as if we were in a cool cocktail bar in central London.
I had my current favourite Tanqueray No. Ten with Fever Tree Tonic and a grapefruit garnish. I definitely prefer fruity gin and tonics and this one is just perfect. I also like how No.5 Bridge Street serve their gin in a copa glass, which means that you can really smell and taste the botanicals in the gin. Afterwards, we left the warmth of this bar to join the huge gathering outside the guildhall, ready to start our torch walk through the city!
Did you do anything exciting before or after seeing the fireworks? Let me know what you got up to and don’t forget to check out my post about the rest of my evening! I’m going to put on the next episode of Good Girls Revolt now and have a hot elderflower cordial to finish off a perfect weekend!