Whilst the world might be counting down the days until December 25th, everyone in South Wales has been counting down to November 21 st: Beaujolais Day! Whether you’re celebrating in Swansea or Cardiff, plenty of great bars have got some wonderful events on. As one of the best wedding venues in South Wales, we certainly know the best local places to celebrate!
Wherever you choose to spend Beaujolais Day in South Wales, one thing’s for sure, this is a day that never goes quite as expected. We’ve already looked at the history of Beaujolais Day, and it’s fair to say that nowhere celebrates the day quite like we do in South Wales. Often referred to as the corporate equivalent of New Year’s Eve, it’s normally spent indulging in a few too many glasses of wine. After a slightly angry Swansea resident complained that the event is purely for “pretentious people in shirts and ties who wouldn’t know red wine from a blackcurrant and lemonade”, we thought we’d take a look at how today could potentially unfold…
The day will begin with good intentions, with Beaujolais on the beach
Sorry, Beaujolias on the beach? Where else in the world would you essentially party in celebration of a wine? On. The. Beach.
The Secret Beach Bar and Kitchen will begin to fill with the usual crowd of glamorously dressed women, pleasantries will be exchanged and glasses of Beaujolais will be raised to toast the country’s favourite day. Acquaintances and friends alike will laugh and say, “No, I’m having a civilised one today – not like last year!” They will be mistaken, and those words will haunt them in just 24 short hours when the flashbacks of drinking wine from the bottle in Morgan’s Hotel commence.
Somebody will get lost in Swansea
Everyone in Swansea is excited to experience the different events taking place in the city. However, after a boozy lunch in The Secret, someone will inevitably suggest stumbling ‘into town’. You will start in Old Havana and wind up with new friends on the dance floor in Flickering Light. (You’ve lost your friends). The worry of being on your lonesome will subside when your new friend hands you another glass of Beaujolais. You’ll also wake up to a handful of photos in ‘that pose’ on the floor.
Meanwhile in Cardiff… There’ll be a flawed attempt to be sensible
The iconic Angel Hotel will be hosting two of the most ‘sophisticated’ events in the City, for Velindre and Woco Woko.
People will put a cork in the wine consumption in a tactical effort to avoid the wine hangover and head to Mocka Lounge. They will insist they are going home after this cocktail. Alas, the great taste and easy drinkability will mean that eight are consumed at an impressive yet alarming rate, and all good intentions will disappear as rapidly as the liquid in their glass.
All sophistication will finally fall to the wayside as the city embraces the newly coined “freshers for adults”
The night will grow dark, belated Halloween scenes will be recreated as Beaujolais-filled zombies stumble towards Chippy Lane, mumbling the words “chunky chips” in a monotonous unison. Alas, they will find Dorothy’s full to the brim. Sanctuary will be found in Charleston’s where you will spend the equivalent of a mortgage on a chewy steak, but the cauliflower in batter will be worth it.
We’re big fans of Beaujolais Day at Oldwalls, and bigger fans of the wine (But definitely not Beaujolais, we all know that tastes like ****) Just remember to drink (somewhat) responsibly, folks! Enjoy!