Why You Should Get Off Tinder and Try Speed Dating

How often do Tinder and other dating sites really work? We know it’s not for lack of trying. In fact, the average dating app user spends 10 hours per week scrolling through potential matches. 

Modern dating is exhausting and time consuming, and unfortunately, men are even less likely to find success through dating sites. Men typically hugely outnumber women on dating apps, with a 9:1 ratio of men to women on Tinder. The competition on dating sites is savage, and to make matters worse, studies show that the average reply rate for women is less than 20%. That means that even if you do shoot your shot, there’s a big chance you’ll be ghosted. Sorry guys. 

There’s more reasons to get off of tinder than the terrible men to women ratio. These dating apps use an algorithm based on explicit preferences stated in your settings and who you’re swiping right to, to match you with your ideal partners. This works something like your TikTok For You Page and Amazon’s ‘You May Also Like’. However, these dating site algorithms are no match for chemistry. How can you see if sparks fly if you’re not even having a real conversation?

It’s no surprise that Tinder and Grindr rank in the top 10 apps most likely to leave users feeling sad. Yet, we’re still all drawn to these apps to cure our dating woes. May 2021 alone saw over 6.5 million people download Tinder. We get it, it’s difficult to meet people when you’re a busy professional – but dating apps are not the answer. 

Speed dating is the way forward. Well actually, speed dating is basically the old-school format of dating apps – but, particularly in this case, old school wins! You’ll chat with a potential partner for a few minutes, before moving on to the next! Yes, it’s that simple. No anxiety about whether you’ll be ghosted or having to think of an opening message that’s more creative than ‘Hi, how are you?’

Here’s our top reasons why you should try speed dating:

Removes pressure

With speed dating, there’s no obligation. All you have to do is chat for a few minutes and move on – no expectations of a date after hours of messaging. Plus, with such a short amount of time spent with each potential partner, there’s less anxiety around holding a conversation and wondering how to fill those awkward silences. 

Puts you in control

Speed dating allows you to make an informed decision about someone based on a conversation, rather than just a dating profile. You’re also not hanging around waiting for a message reply, you have the opportunity to find out more about them before investing your time. 

Affordable 

Speed dating is much more affordable than regular, failed, dates. Did you know that current daters will meet potential love interests up to 13 times a year, spending an average of £106.06 each time? You have the opportunity to meet multiple potential partners in one night – saving you an absolute fortune!

Fun environment 

Believe it or not, speed dating can be really fun! If you enter with minimal expectations and avoid interviewing your date – you can have a real laugh! Take things as they come and enjoy the experience. If nothing else, at least you’ll have some dating stories for next time you meet your mates. 

If all that sounds up your street, we have the perfect series of events coming up. We have teamed up with Match Made in Scotland to bring speed dating to your screens with a twist – or should I say shake!

Through a series of events suitable for almost anyone, our cocktail experts will show you how to create 2 delicious and conversation-starting cocktails, then love meistros Match Made in Scotland will kick-off rounds of speed dating.

The classes are:

Tue 20th July @ 7:30pm – aged 25-35

Wed 21st July @ 7:30pm – Gay males 25-45

Thu 22nd July @ 7:30pm – aged 55+

Tue 27th July @ 7:30pm – aged 40-55

Wed 28th July @ 7:30pm – Lesbian 25-45

Thu 29th July @ 7:30pm – aged 30-45

There’s singles ready and waiting to meet you, all you’ve got to do is grab your ticket and join in on the fun!

For more information and to book please visit boozyevents.com/singles-cocktail-masterclass/

Best Conversation Starters for Speed Dating

Let’s face it, speed dating is scary! Believe it or not, 50% of Britons have never asked anyone on a date. One of the biggest stressors when it comes to dating is knowing what to talk about, and avoiding those dreaded awkward silences. 

Having some go-to conversation starters helps to ease speed dating tension. Plus, it provides a good opportunity to find out more about your date and have a bit of banter.

We have created a handy list of conversation starters for easy breezy chatting…

The Relaxed Icebreakers

  • What is your go-to karaoke song?
  • What was your most embarrassing childhood hobby?
  • What are 5 unpopular opinions you have?
  • You can only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life – where would you choose?
  • What is the worst pick-up line you have ever heard?
  • What do you do in your free time?
  • Are you reading any books right now?
  • Where is the next place you would want to travel to?
  • What is your favourite time of year and why?
  • What is your favourite thing to do on a Sunday morning?
  • What superpower would you like to have?

The Serious Icebreakers 

  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  • Does your family have any traditions?
  • Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • If your friends could describe you in five words, what would they be?
  • What would be your dream job?
  • What could you one day be famous for?
  • What are you proudest of?
  • Who is your biggest inspiration?
  • Would you rather spend an evening watching a movie or partying?
  • What is something that most people don’t know about you?
  • Would you prefer time or money?

Icebreakers for When It’s Going Well

  • What is your idea of a perfect date?
  • If we could leave this event right now, what would you want to do?
  • How will you remember me?
  • Do you prefer to call or text?
  • What is your favourite romantic gesture?
  • What do you think your best feature is?

You don’t want your speed date to become an interview, so let the chat flow without focussing too much on your next question. You can use these conversation starters if things get a little quiet, but make sure to listen to your date’s answers and engage with them throughout. 

In speed dating, you only get a few minutes to, not only make a good impression, but to form an opinion of your date. Utilise your time and, most importantly, enjoy the experience!

We have teamed up with love experts Match Made in Scotland to bring speed dating to your screens with a twist – or shake! We will show you how to create 2 delicious and conversation-starting cocktails, then love maestros Match Made in Scotland will kick-off rounds of speed dating.

For more information and to book please visit: boozyevents.com/singles-cocktail-masterclass/

Singles Cocktail Making Masterclass with a twist

Singles Cocktail Making Masterclass with a twist

Are you single and do you love cocktails?

If you answered yes then we have the perfect event to meet like-minded singles. Boozy Events have teamed up with Scotland’s premier matchmaking service – Match Made in Scotland – to offer you this fabulous experience with an expert mixologist.

This live interactive virtual cocktail masterclass with a twist is the perfect way to meet new people and discovering together new cocktail recipes.

Once the expert mixologists show you how to make your cocktail you will be put into random breakout rooms to taste the cocktails and have a chat before doing several rounds of 1-1 speed dating.

How does it work?

Boozy Events ship you all of the ingredients you need to make two cocktails and during the live masterclass, our cocktail mixologist will teach you the secrets (and a few tips and tricks) of how to make two delicious and conversation-starting cocktails.

Each participant will receive our cocktail masterclass box in advance via tracked courier which contains ALL of the ingredients you need during the masterclass. You only need to grab some ice.

Who are Match Made in Scotland

Match Made in Scotland is Scotland’s only matchmaking service who are on a mission to bring dating back to the real world. We help professionals find love through our bespoke consultative approach, introducing you to a perfect match with aligned values and a complementary personality. Say goodbye to swiping left and right and say hello to tailored matches.

Sessions

Tue 20th July @ 7:30pm- aged 25-35

Wed 21st July @ 7:30pm- Gay males 25-45

Thu 22nd July @ 7:30pm- aged 55+

Tue 27th July @ 7:30pm- aged 40-55

Wed 28th July @ 7:30pm- Lesbian 25-45

Thu 29th July @ 7:30pm- aged 30-45

After the event

Match Made in Scotland will contact you and you will be asked for the names of those you would like to meet again and if they too say they would like to meet with you we will send you both each others’ contact details.

Impressive Beer Inspired Drinks for National Beer Day!

Who doesn’t love a beer? Beer also makes a brilliant base for mixed drinks. We’ve created a handy list of beer inspired drinks to impress your friends with this National Beer Day!

  1. Michelda

A michelada is a spicy Mexican cocktail that’s a traditional hangover cure. 

Serves 1 Takes 15 mins

  • Pour the juice of 1 lime into a small bowl, then brush a little of the lime juice around the rim of a glass, tankard or tumbler. 
  • Tip 1 tbsp sea salt onto a plate, then carefully dip the rim of the tankard into the salt to coat it. 
  • Fill the glass with a handful of ice cubes then add 1 tbsp tequila and the remaining lime juice. 
  • Stir gently, then slowly pour in 330ml lager
  • Top with 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce, 2 drops of tabasco sauce and 1 pinch of black pepper, and garnish with a slice of lime.
Image Credit: https://punchdrink.com/recipes/leyendas-michelada/
  1. Raspberry Beer Mojito

A classic summertime cocktail with a twist!

Serves 2 Takes 5 mins

  • Take two highball glasses and divide 1 chopped lime and 50ml spiced rum between them.
  • Muddle them together with a muddle stick or the handle of a wooden spoon to relieve a little of the lime juice into the rum.
  • Add ice then bruise a small bunch of mint leaves by holding them in the palm of one hand and hitting them with the other like a clap.
  • Sprinkle the mint leaves into the glasses, then divide 330ml raspberry beer between them.
  • Garnish with a few raspberries and serve. 
Image Credit:  https://www.thespruceeats.com/raspberry-mojito-recipe-760479
  1. Beer Margarita 

The Beer Margarita replaces the orange liqueur of a traditional margarita recipe with beer. 

Serves 1 Takes 5 mins

  • Optional: Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run the lime around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of flaky sea salt. 
  • Add 3 tablespoons of tequila, 2 tablespoons of Cointreau (or similar) and 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice to the serving glass and stir to combine.
  • Add ice and pour ½ cup of chilled beer over top. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Image Credit: https://www.simplyscratch.com/2020/01/beergaritas.html

Fathers Day Gift Guide: Boozy Edition

Fathers Day Gift Guide: Boozy Edition

No doubt you’re here because your dad can appreciate a fine cocktail, he might be a whiskey fan, or perhaps he’s a lover of anything in between. This Father’s Day, give your dad a gift he can toast to – maybe you’ll even raise a glass together. 

  1. Personalised Pint Glass

We had to start with a personalised gift! Is a dad’s glassware collection really complete without a few No.1 Dad glasses sprinkled in? Here’s a couple to inspire you:

  1. Board Games

Is there a better time to bring out the board games than after a few cocktails? Maybe so, but it definitely wouldn’t be as interesting! We’ve found some slightly family friendly games to play at your next boozy gathering:

  1. Beer Bottle Collector

An unusual gift for a dad who loves his beers! A beer bottle collector is the perfect way for your dad to showcase some of his more unique beer tastings, or just to showcase his favourites! 

Personalised Beer Bottle Collector Wall Art For Home

  1. Personalised Chopping Board

Everyone needs somewhere to chop their cocktail garnishes – gift your dad a personalised option. 

Personalised Chopping Board

  1. Cocktail Masterclass

A cocktail masterclass is an ideal gift for any cocktail-loving dad. Plus, it gives you an opportunity to make memories as a family. Cocktails and family-time, what more could your dad want?

Boozy Events Cocktail Masterclasses are a great way to connect as a family and have some fun. Find out more here.

  1. Clerk of the Works Whisky

Is your dad a whisky fan? Treat him to a special, limited edition single malt. Clerk of the Works has been aged for 11 years in a bourbon barrel at Ledaig and bottled at cask strength (48.9%).

Clerk of the Works Whisky

Maybe your dad isn’t a whisky expert just yet. We offer a whisky experience which is perfect for those who haven’t yet enjoyed the beverage to its fullest. Find out more here

  1. Novelty Socks

Could we really create a Father’s Day Gift Guide without including some socks? 

  1. Cocktail Shaker Set

Every cocktail fanatic needs their own cocktail shaker set!

  1. Novelty Ice Cube Tray

Get your dad laughing with a novelty ice cube tray. 

  1. Neon Sign

Does your dad have a makeshift bar in the house? If so, we’ve got the perfect gift for you! A personalised neon sign is a great gift that your dad can enjoy for years to come. Plus, he’ll love showing it off to all his friends!

Personalised Neon Sign

  1. Coasters

Coasters are always a handy gift, especially for your cocktail enthusiast father! You can get all sorts of coasters, from personalised to themed! Here’s some inspiration:

  1. Mixology Dice

Give your dad the perfect gift to up his mixology game. This mixology dice has over 1.5 million combinations! A great addition to any at-home bar. 

Mixology Dice

How To Promote a physical Venue, Virtually!

How To Promote a physical Venue, Virtually!

The switch to virtual events has proved we don’t all need to gather together to celebrate a big occasion. Let us show you how to plan a virtual venue launch that will wow and amaze your guests from the comfort of their own homes!

Did you know there are 4.66 billion internet users globally? That’s up by 7.3% since last year! What’s more, more than half the world now uses social media. That’s a lot of people you can reach with your virtual venue launch. 

Hybrid events are proving a popular way to gather some guests in-person, and those who cannot make it can join in virtually. Alternatively, some entertainment can be provided through hybrid format – giving you access to the very best of service-providers from around the world!

Why host a virtual venue launch?

Virtual events are here to stay. But why would you want to host a virtual venue launch?

Virtual venue launches are a great way to celebrate the opening of your exciting new space and showcase your offering to potential guests. With no travel time for attendees, you’re likely to reach a wider variety of guests with a virtual event – some who may not have considered attending your venue previously. This provides an ideal opportunity to show people what makes you different, more about your brand and why they would want to book with you!

Virtual elements are a great addition to any event, even if you take a more hybrid approach. Whatever this may look like for you, we want to provide a helpful guide!

So, how do you host a virtual venue launch?

  • Start as you mean to go on

Kick-off your virtual venue launch with a promotional video about your shiny new venue and more about your brand. This is a great way to set the tone of the event, remind people about why they’re attending and get them more invested in your offering. 

A live, virtual walkthrough of your venue with a Q&A is a unique opportunity to showcase your space – with audience participation keeping guests engaged. 

  • Create that launch party atmosphere

Virtual icebreakers don’t need to be reserved for team meetings – they can be adapted to suit any occasion. A virtual icebreaker can create your desired atmosphere for the event and get everybody involved. These interactive elements are super engaging and ensure your guests feel like they are a true part of the event.

Boozy Events can offer 15 minute ice-breaker classes, perfect for warming up your guests and bringing the launch excitement to them.

Top tip: you can even create a signature cocktail to mark the occasion. This can be based around your brand, location or special theme for the evening – completely unique to your event!

  • You’ve captured your guests’ attention

Virtual icebreakers such as our cocktail masterclasses are a great way to capture the attention of your audience. They’ll be in ‘pay attention mode’ – so follow this up with key information about your venue and brand. This could be a presentation from a keynote speaker such as your CEO, a Q&A session with a panel or more about your brand story.

Did you know, our cocktail kits can be tailored to your needs? You can include a brochure about your venue, sent out by us to your guests. This is a great way to get all the information to your guests – and is more exciting than a digital brochure. 

  • Branding, Branding, Branding 

Virtual events offer a great opportunity for better branding. Your host can use a branded Zoom background, and you can even invite attendees to do the same! 

Top tip: utilise photos of your venue for this digital background – making guests feel like they are really there with you! Plus, sending them a variety of images they can use as a background offers a chance to showcase all the best bits of your venue! 

Boozy Events can include any branded merchandise you might like to send out. This is a super-easy way to get physical materials to your guests – making your virtual venue launch even more memorable! This also removes the logistical hassle from your end, allowing you to focus on creating the best possible launch event!

  • Include Clear Call To Actions

Your virtual launch party must include clear Call To Actions telling your guests exactly what you want them to do. Whether that’s to post about the virtual launch party on social media, book a visit to your venue or something else – make it clear to them. 

You can do this through the creation of a branded hashtag for the event or a special promotional offer for those who attended to visit your venue. 

Virtual events don’t need to be uninspired and overdone. You can create an exciting virtual event launch with minimal hassle and generate the same amount of buzz around your venue as you would at an in-person event. Here are our final top tips for hosting a virtual venue launch:

  • Use a variety of media to keep things interesting. Utilise live elements, video, music and more to keep your guests’ attention throughout the event. 
  • Tell a story! Humanise your brand for your guests. Show behind the scenes elements, meet the team and more to bring your brand to life. 
  • Avoid information overload. Ensure to split up information about your venue with guest-based sections to keep attendees involved. 
  • Interactivity is essential! Include ice breakers, games and talking-points to involve guests in the event. 

Most importantly, remember this is a fun event to celebrate the launch of your venue. A virtual venue launch provides the opportunity to bring people from all around the world together for the evening – so keep things enjoyable and lighthearted. 

If you’d like more information on how we can help you with your virtual venue launch get in touch with us today.

Surplus Lemon Fudge

Surplus Lemon Fudge

As a business, Boozy Events are always looking for opportunities to be as sustainable as possible. We already dehydrate our surplus oranges and limes to use as cocktail garnishes, but we wanted to take our recycling one step further. We decided to begin sending our surplus lemons to All About Lemons, who turn them into delicious lemon fudge. Then, we buy this back at and include it in our cocktail packages for free!

All About Lemons is an Aberdeen-based business devoted to making fresh, artisan food produce and gifts – all with a lemon theme. Their fresh lemon fudge makes a lovely treat – which is exactly why we include it in our cocktail packages. All About Lemons also sell delightful lemon chocolate, lemon curd, lemon marmalade and so many more lemon goodies.  

Waste has a colossal negative impact on our natural environment, which is why recycling is so important and why we want to reduce our waste at Boozy Events. It is estimated that, globally, we waste more than 30% of the food produced. In fact, we could feed over a billion hungry people with less than a quarter of the food wasted in the UK, the United States, and Europe.

Now, we know that recycling our surplus lemons is not the answer to all the problems – but it’s a start. We have the opportunity to recycle what we don’t need and give our lemons a new life! Plus, we get to support a wonderful local business and provide our customers with great sweet treats!

The rules on in-person events

The rules on in-person events

In-person events returning? What we can offer based on restrictions!

In-person events are finally returning! We cannot wait to get back to mixing cocktails with you in person, but there are some rules we need to follow to keep everyone safe. We’re delighted to see so many inquiries for in-person events coming through, but most of them are not currently possible with the restrictions we’re in. 

Just like everyone, we became burnt out last year with the constant changes in restrictions impacting what we could offer and when. This time around, we are taking it slow and only taking deposits and payments once we are at the appropriate level. So, we will only take a booking for 14 people once we are in Level 0 – or we can be assured that we will be at that level for the event. 

We are still taking bookings for virtual events, which are still very popular. Our virtual cocktail making classes can work great for a small, intimate gathering at home – without all the additional travel expenses of a mixologist coming to your home.

Our Services Based on Scottish Government levels:

Level 4

In Level 4, we are unable to offer any in-person services. However, we would still be running our Virtual Cocktail Masterclasses.

Level 3

In Level 3, we can offer in-person events with 1 bartender and 5 guests.

We can also offer a self-service bar with 6 guests. This would increase to 50 guests for a wedding. 

Level 2 

In Level 2, we can offer in-person events with 1 bartender and 7 guests.

We can also offer a self-service bar with 8 guests. This would increase to 50 guests for a wedding.

Level 1

In Level 1, we can offer in-person events with 1 bartender and 11 guests.

We can also offer a self-service bar with 12 guests. This would increase to 50 guests for a wedding.

Level 0

In Level 0, we can offer in-person events with 1 bartender and 14 guests.

We can also offer a self-service bar with 15 guests. This would increase to 50 guests at a wedding.

Beyond Level 0

When things return to ‘normal’, we can offer unlimited bartenders and unlimited guests. This is the same for self-service and weddings. Woohoo!

You can keep up-to-date with the government guidance, here: https://www.gov.scot/check-local-covid-level/

Now we’ve given you an overview of what we can provide in the restrictions, we want to give you some tips on planning your next covid-safe gathering… 

There is nothing more exciting than planning a get-together with loved ones who you haven’t seen for a long time. But, in these ‘new normal’ times – it’s important to plan a safe and sensible gathering. 

Tip Number 1: Ensure your gathering complies with current government guidelines. 

This is a no-brainer really, you don’t want to be arranging a party with all of your nearest and dearest, to find out you’d be breaking the law. Take some time to read the government guidance and familiarise yourself with what you can do safely and when. 

In the current situation, planning ahead isn’t always the best option! Leave your gathering announcements last minute to ensure no changes to restrictions ruin your plans. 

Tip Number 2: Consider how you invite your guests

Everyone has different expectations and feelings towards coming out of restrictions. Inviting your guests via a phone call rather than a text message allows you to explain what you have in mind and find out whether that’s something your loved one is comfortable with. It also gives you a chance to set out your expectations for the gathering.

Don’t take it personally if a friend isn’t ready to get together. Everyone has a different comfort level and risk tolerance – which should be respected. Consider making different plans with more cautious friends, such as a nice walk or a zoom catch-up. 

Tip Number 3: Hygiene

We’ve all become accustomed to hand-sanitising at every opportunity – so continue this habit at your covid-safe gathering. Why not set up a nice hand sanitiser station with some of your favourites? Ensure plenty of soap and wipes are available to your guests. 

At Boozy Events, we love to use the Aberdeen brand, Palmsafe.

Tip Number 4: Enjoy your gathering!

Although things are very different from when we were last hosting gatherings, this is an exciting time and it’s important to enjoy it! Don’t put yourself in any situations which make you feel uncomfortable, go at your own pace, and respect others – and everything should go smoothly. 

In whatever capacity, whether it’s inside with a few friends or outside with a larger group, have fun and stay sensible. 

Boozy Events are ready and waiting to help you create a fun and safe in-person gathering. 

30+ Of The Best Virtual Escape Rooms

30+ Of The Best Virtual Escape Rooms

Virtual Escape Rooms

Virtual escape rooms have become a popular way to bring friends and family together throughout the pandemic, using the classic escape room concept we all love! Virtual escape rooms utilise video conferencing software, such as Zoom, allowing you and your team to work together and solve the puzzle!

Some virtual escape rooms have been created for the virtual world, and some involve Games Masters following your instruction to work through a live escape room. We have compiled a handy list of some of the best-rated virtual escape rooms, all you need to do is read and find your favourite!

Action Days

Action Days have created the outstanding Infiltrator, an escape game that will test your team and bring lots of excitement to your virtual get-together! Your team’s mission, should you choose to accept, involves stopping the sale of an extremely volatile super weapon! You must work as a team to crack the codes, find the clues and save the day!

How much does Action Days cost

Quotes available upon request

Key points about Action Days

Aftermath

Gather a team remotely and join “Taskforce Hurricane” with Aftermath, following Emilia Sarnowska’s final mission prior to her death. Dive into an immersive online universe and work with Agent 12 in protecting The Ministry’s valuable database against the malicious hacker who calls themselves “Hurricane”.

How much does Aftermath cost

£25 per person

Key points about Aftermath

Beat the Lock

Stay connected with Beat the Lock! With plenty of escape rooms to choose from, plus some perfect for kids, you’ll enjoy a great escape room experience! Whether you are across the country or in the same town, Beat the Lock lets you experience the same live escape room experience together without leaving your home!

How much does Beat the Lock cost

$25pp

Key points about Beat the Lock

Castle Crusaders

Castle Crusaders is a live, online breakout experience, described as a ‘fantastic experience’ and ‘the perfect night in’. Taking inspiration from shows such as The Crystal Maze and Fort Boyard, you and your team must work through a series of puzzles to earn your freedom!

How much does Castle Crusaders cost

From £40 per game or £9 per player

Key points about Castle Crusaders 

Catch 22

Catch 22 is a Glasgow based escape room experience offering virtual games to be played around the world, anytime you like! Work as a team and communicate to solve puzzles remotely. Catch 22 offers games with varying difficulty levels, perfect for first-timers or experienced puzzle masters alike!

How much does Catch 22 cost

£15 – £25 per person

Key points about Catch 22

Clue HQ

Clue HQ offers ‘the perfect exhilarating, exciting, entertaining, escape the room experience’! With different experiences to choose from, you and your team will work your way through a 360° escape room environment, with new items to discover as you work through the game. 

How much does Clue HQ cost

£15 per team, with up to 6 players.

Key points about Clue HQ

Clue Quest

Clue Quest offers unique at-home escape games with a great balance of difficulty – allowing you to experience the story through the puzzles and entertaining videos. All you need to do is print, cut and escape, using your handy PDF!

How much is Clue Quest

Prices start from £15

Key points about Clue Quest

Deadlocked Rooms

Deadlocked allows you to escape from home with their multiple Virtual Escape Rooms. Plus, some of their escape rooms raise money for charity, with 100% of sales going to some worthy causes!

How much is Deadlocked Rooms

Prices start from £12 for 6 players.

Key points about Deadlocked Rooms

District Theatre

District Theatre presents Murder on the 28th Floor! This virtual escape room is described as a hilarious, fast-paced, one-of-a-kind show – restoring a sense of togetherness. There are games and characters to play, but you can also just sit back and watch the comedy unfold!

How much is District Theatre

£20 per person, minimum 10 players.

Key points about District Theatre

Double by Darkfield Radio

The Darkfield Radio app is a brand new innovative form of audio entertainment, set to immerse you into strange and curious worlds, through Darkfield’s signature 360 degree sound. Double by Darkfield Radio is described as a troubling exercise exploring the Capgras delusion, a terrifying condition in which the sufferer is convinced that a loved one has been replaced by an exact replica with malign intentions.

How much is Double by Darkfield Radio

£10

Key points about Double by Darkfield Radio

E-Exit

E-exit have created new, game-changing online virtual escape rooms! You’ll be playing the real-world rooms but from the comfort of your own home whilst the Games Master does all the leg-work and as you say.

How much is E-Exit

Prices start from £80

Key points about E-Exit

Elgin Escape – Murder Mansion

Elgin Escape presents Murder Mansion – their online escape room. You and your team will need to solve the mystery of the death of a young housemaid at Palmer mansion house. 

How much is Elgin Escape – Murder Mansion

£9.99, suitable for up to six players.

Key points about Elgin Escape 

Enchambered – Alone Together

Enchambered’s virtual escape room, Alone Together, forces you to rely on communication to find your way through gadgets and clues to solve the puzzle! Your escape depends on how well you work together… Can you decipher the enigmatic puzzles?

How much is Enchambered – Alone Together

Free! 

Key points about Enchambered – Alone Together

Enigma

Enigma offers a variety of online escape rooms; from hostage situations to discovering a forgotten chest! With both Live Avatar and Online Anytime virtual escape rooms to choose from, Enigma is perfectly suited to any occasion!

How much is Enigma

Prices start from £35

Key points about Enigma

ESC The Game

From crafting bespoke, interactive locks for every puzzle, to their unique clue backpack system, ESC The Game takes a huge amount of pride in what they do – immersing you in clue filled quests. Brush off those detective skills, this is more than a few password protected webpages…

How much is ESC The Game

Games are £15

Key points about ESC The Game

Escape Hunt

Escape Hunt have brought their 5* adventures into your home for you to play with friends, family and work colleagues. Enjoy a world of unlimited excitement, virtually, working together to complete ground-breaking puzzles. Escape Hunt have created brand new worlds in epically themed rooms for pulse-racing real-life adventures.

How much is Escape Hunt

1-4 players for £80

Key points about Escape Hunt

Escape Live

Escape Live have taken their award-winning physical Escape Rooms from around the country and made them available to play online! You and your team take full control of an Escape Live games master. They will be in one of their physical rooms, acting as your eyes, ears, hands and feet. You and your team must follow the clues and complete the puzzles to escape! 

How much does Escape Live cost

Prices range from £20-£85. Ideal for 2-10 players.

Key points about Escape Live

Escape Room Durham

Escape Room Durham offers puzzles which utilise Google Maps, tasking you with solving cryptic clues to complete the game. They also have escape scenarios which require a broader range of skills and more advanced applied thinking, so you can find your perfect escape scenario! 

How much does Escape Room Durham cost?

For leisure customers, prices range from free to £10.

Key points about Escape Room Durham

Escape Show

Described as the ultimate virtual group activity, play an Escape Show escape room with live actors, in the comfort of your own space. 

How much does Escape Show cost

Bespoke pricing available based on needs

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Escape Time

Work with friends and family to solve the B.R.U.C.E Project – designed with teamwork in mind! Get ready to pilot an experimental robot through 60 minutes of mind boggling challenges with Escape Time!

How much does Escape Time cost

Prices start from £18

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Expedition Escape

With Expedition Escape, you and your friends will become members of America’s most successful crime syndicate, attempting a heist at the Valley Isle Bank! 

How much does Expedition Escape cost

$5 per group of 1-4

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Funlab Virtual

Funlab Virtual offers themed online rooms, with a games master who will take you through riddles and clues to help you crack the case before time runs out! 

How much does Funlab Virtual cost

£200 per room, 10 guests per room

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Go Remote

Unlike other escape rooms that use Zoom and an ebook, Go Remote’s new game feels like a real escape room with a narrative that will bring your team from room to room as you complete a variety of puzzles, riddles, and code breaking challenges.

How much does Go Remote cost

Pricing from $16 per person

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Hidden City – Moriarty’s Game: A Killer in the Hive

In this immersive virtual game by Hidden City, you and your team must track down a criminal mastermind, taking the role of private investigator. You’ll plan undercover operations and infiltrate criminal syndicates – making choices that will determine your path. You and your colleagues will follow the game on your phone, either collaboratively in a team, or competitively. 

How much does Hidden City – Moriarty’s Game: A Killer in the Hive cost?

Tickets cost £11 per person for episode 1.

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Hogwarts Digital Escape Room

One for all you Harry Potter fans – Hogwarts Digital Escape Room, played on Google Forms, includes quizzes, puzzles and team-building challenges.

How much does Hogwarts Digital Escape Room cost

Free!

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Know Escape Online

These online escape rooms bring the 5* experience of a Know Escape escape room to your home! Know Escape Online offers a huge range of games perfect for any occasion, with some suitable for children – so all the family can get involved!

How much does Know Escape Online cost

£40 per game, no player limit

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Les Infants Terribles – Sherlock Holmes: An Online Adventure

Sherlock Holmes: An Online Adventure invites you to solve the case of the hung parliament. Les Infants Terribles presents a pioneering new immersive online adventure.

How much does Les Infants Terribles – Sherlock Holmes: An Online Adventure cost

Group ticket costs £105 – admits 6x players.

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LocknEscape

Join forces with friends and families from across the world to solve the mind-boggling puzzles and unique challenges. LocknEscape is providing an out of this world experience from the comfort of your home!

How much does LocknEscape cost

£15 per person

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Lucardo

Play Lucardo’s unique escape rooms from the comfort of your own home. Your team will be in control of one of Lucardo’s fantastic game hosts who will do as you instruct to help progress your team through the game.

How much does Lucardo cost

£60 for 6 players

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Macmillan Cancer Support

Get ready to solve virtual puzzles as an MI6 operative, rescuing a trapped agent in the field (easier) or escaping from a mountain hideout after finding yourself trapped (harder)! Macmillan will send you everything you need to host both Trapped! games and raise money for people living with cancer too.

How much does Macmillan Cancer Support cost

Encourage participating friends and family to donate through your unique Virgin Money Giving page.

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Marvo Mysteries

Gather your team and work your way through The Marvo Archives with Marvo Mysteries, home to a vast collection of many mysterious artifacts and countless objects of magical power.

How much is Marvo Mysteries

£25 per game

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Mystery Escape Room

Mystery Escape Room offers a variety of online scenarios, allowing you and your friends to explore virtual locations to find and solve puzzles.

How much is Mystery Escape Room

Games start from $80

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Oblivity

Oblivity is an interactive story described as ‘brilliant, hilarious and charming’! You and your team will travel to Pluto to learn what happened to the missing team of Research Base Persephone. Taking on puzzles and foe’s along the way, as a ferocious creature stalks ever closer to the base… Oblivious guarantees a unique virtual escape room experience!

How much is Oblivity

£5 per game

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Oldervik Online

Utilising print and play, Oldervik Online is an ongoing series of escape room-style games. Set in their Professor Dunstan universe, get together remotely with friends and play from the comfort of your own home!

How much is Oldervik Online

Prices start from £9

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Omescape

Omescape utilise Live Avatar Online Escape Rooms – a new generation of escape rooms that are exactly like physical escape rooms, but can be played from anywhere in the world via a Zoom call. The Game Master is the team’s Avatar, who’s physically in a real brick and mortar escape room.

How much does Omescape cost

€119

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Paradox Parlours

A variety of puzzle games that can be played online with friends or family! With 4 unique scenarios to choose from, there’s something for everyone!

How much does Paradox Parlours cost

Prices start from £18 per team

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Puzzle Break

Puzzle Break presents… The Grimm Escape! A witch has placed a curse on a virtual enchanted forest – gather your friends and family virtually to play, great for ages 8+. 

How much does Puzzle Break cost

$25

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Reality Break Escape

Reality Break Escape’s Virtual Escape Room gives you the full interactivity that comes with an in-person experience, but right from the comfort of your own home! Enjoy 360 views of the full room and work with friends and family to solve your way out…

How much does Reality Break Escape cost

$30 per person

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Society of Curiosity

Described as ‘one of the most brilliantly immersive at-home games’! You and your friends must study the resources & artifacts, talk to characters via text message, and solve the puzzle!

How much does Society of Curiosity cost

Starting from $12

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The Crystal Maze Online Adventure

The Crystal Maze Online Adventure is a fan-made version of the game that you can play online with your friends via Zoom. Together, your team, guided by a Maze Master, will journey through the famous zones collecting Crystals to compete in The Crystal Dome!

How much does The Crystal Maze Online Adventure cost?

Free!

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The Panic Room

The Panic Room offers nearly 30 games to choose from and play instantly – perfect for friends, family and more. Looking to go on an epic quest? Break out of prison? Or solve a murder? The Panic Room has a virtual escape room for everyone!

How much does The Panic Room cost?

Prices start from £10

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Trapped

Trapped offers a new generation of escape rooms that are exactly like physical escape rooms, but can be played from anywhere in the world via a Zoom call. A Trapped Game Master will be your team Avatar, acting as the eyes, ears and hands of your team, following your directions to solve the puzzle!

How much does Trapped cost

£110

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Trapped in the Web

Trapped in the Web offer a variety of escape rooms, ranging in difficulty, perfectly for any group and occasion! Plus, Trapped in the Web offers group packages for larger bookings! 

How much does Trapped in the Web cost

£8.99 per room pass (it’s recommended to buy one pass per device)

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Tulleys World Domination

Tulleys World Domination is a live action turn based- strategy and role-playing virtual game, one that will reveal yours and your team’s true colours. This is the game in which every decision you make changes the world, for better or worse!

How much does Tulleys World Domination cost

£18 per person

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Virtual Escape Room – CIA Taskforce

Immerse yourself in a real Virtual Escape Room with the CIA Taskforce. As a member of the CIA, it’s up to you and your team to stop the illusive assassin ‘The Gamer’ before your time runs out!

How much does Virtual Escape Room – CIA Taskforce cost

£19

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Virtual Escaping

Virtual Escaping offers a unique, virtual experience. Whether it’s team building or a game night, you can play from multiple devices anytime, anywhere, together or alone.

How much does Virtual Escaping cost

£19 per person + VAT

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Wild Goose

Test your survival skills with Wild Goose, working together with friends in ‘Arctic Survival Online Escape Room Challenge’, trying to crack the code, find your location and complete the rescue mission!

How much does Wild Goose cost

£12 + VAT pp plus £250 + VAT remote facilitation fee per 50 participants 

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Xscape Now

Choose your adventure and test your puzzle solving skills with XscapeNow! Their online escape games are designed to be enjoyed equally, whether you are a team playing in the same living room or team made up of multiple players in different locations.

How much does Xscape Now cost

Prices start from £15 per game, 1-6 players

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World Whisky Day 2021

World Whisky Day is on Saturday the 15th of May 2021 and is a global celebration of the uisge beatha, ‘the water of life’ – or as we may know it, whisky! You can celebrate by trying a dram and joining in on the #WorldWhiskyDay conversation via social media. 

We’re going to kick things off by sharing some of our favourite whisky facts, and a cheeky new Whisky Cocktail: Kentucky Blueberry Lemonade. Created by our mixologist, Terrence Lundy, especially for World Whisky Day, this cocktail is perfect for seasoned whisky specialists and newcomers alike! 

5 Facts About Whisky We Bet You Didn’t Know

  1. 36 bottles of Scotch Whisky are shipped from Scotland to 166 markets around the world each second, totalling over 1.14 billion every year!
  2. 2% of the liquid evaporates every year from a whisky barrel while it’s sorted for maturation – this is known as the Angel’s Share. It’s said that this 2% keeps the angels in good spirits!
  3. Scotland is home to more aging casks of whisky than people! With a population of 5.3 million, and more than 20 million barrels of whisky in-store – Scotland has almost four casks of whisky per person.
  4. Cats play a significant role in the history of whisky! Numerous famous distilleries are known to have cats lurking about, offering protection from the mice who like to hang around barley. Glenturret’s distillery famous cat, Towser the Mouser, is said to have caught 28,899 mice in its 24-year lifetime! 
  5. The Guinness World Record for the world’s oldest bottle of whisky belongs to the Glenavon Special Liqueur Whisky. Bottled between 1851 and 1858, it sold at auction for an astounding £14,850 in 2006.

Kentucky Blueberry Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Makers Mark Whisky
  • 1x lemon
  • 15 blueberries
  • 2-3 dashes of angostura bitters
  • 20ml sugar syrup
  • Soda water

Method

Add most of the blueberries, juice of 1 lemon and the bitters to a shaker and muddle until the blueberries are sufficiently juiced.

Add in the Makers Mark and sugar syrup, give it a hard shake with ice.

Single strain into a chilled hi-ball glass filled with fresh cubed ice, then finish with ice cold soda water.

Garnish with some extra blueberries and grated lemon zest.

Bonus Fact on Maker’s Mark Whisky

Although it is made in America and is an all American recipe the Maker’s Mark founder William Samuels wanted to pay homage to, and capitalize on, the Scottish heritage of whiskies (the founder did not originate from Scotland, like some people think). He just thought that they were smoother and in general better than their American “Whiskey” counterparts. So they used the Scottish spelling of Whisky to market their spirit.

Enjoy world whisky day and make sure to tag @boozyevents if you recreate the cocktail or any whisky drinks for yourself!