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It’s World Cocktail Day this month. Velvet spotlights six of the best local places to raise a glass

The Lodge, Duxford

Whether you’re looking for a classic cocktail or something completely unique, The Lodge, Duxford has a drink for everyone. Their list includes classics like the Pornstar and Espresso Martinis, but if you feel the urge to try something different, the signature range includes the Honey Roasted Pear Fizz, or a refreshing Rhubarb Wire.

A gorgeous boutique hotel in South Cambridgeshire, The Lodge has plenty of spaces to choose from to enjoy your cocktails, including Churchill’s bar or the Mediterranean themed courtyard with fire pit. Add the team: “There’s no need to travel into the city when you can enjoy elegant cocktails in style.”

Happy Hour runs on Friday and Saturday nights, offering two-for-one cocktails from 6-7pm (cocktails in the offer change weekly)

Website: thelodgeduxford.com

Email: hello@thelodgeduxford.com

Phone: (01223) 755677

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Verve Bar, Bury St Edmunds

With a menu described as “approachable, diverse and delicious - a drink for every taste”, Verve Bar in Bury St Edmunds is founded on the belief that “food and drink is the perfect platform to celebrate and come together for the good times,” say the team.

“Here at Verve Bar & Restaurant, our menu is designed for exploration and enjoyment,” they explain. “Whether you are after something boozy, refreshing, or short and creamy, we have you covered. Our experienced mixologists can also create something bespoke should you desire something different, or simply to give them a challenge. . .”

With current menu hits including the Pappleberry, made with Xante, a pear cognac, along with both the classic Pornstar Martini and Verve’s riff on the classic, the Rumstar, mixed with Bacardi and vanilla, “we are constantly exploring new flavours and products,” the team conclude. “Check out our socials to see what we keep up to - or better yet, come join us!”

Cocktail Club runs all day on Wednesdays and Thursdays, offering two for £12.90 from the house cocktail menu; Happy Hour runs 2-4pm and 9pm-12am on Fridays and 2-4pm and 8-10pm on Saturdays, offering two for £12.90 across the full cocktail menu

Website: vervebar.co.uk

Instagram: verve_bse

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The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds

What better way to celebrate World Cocktail Day than by sipping a Countryside Cosmo - a floral, fruity take on the Carrie Bradshaw classic - at The Northgate? If the weather’s kind, you can do it in the suntrap garden; if it’s less-than-clement, there’s the glamorous bar. The boutique restaurant-with-rooms, a Chestnut property set in the historic heart of Bury St Edmunds, has all bases covered.

Famous for its restaurant menu, thanks to brilliant head chef Greig Young, the cocktail offering is equally top-notch, changing seasonally and including a range of mocktails, too. Current highlights include Chaos & Art, which, in line with The Northgate’s mission to minimise food waste, mixes white port, Rumbullion spiced rum, lemon, cream soda and banana skin, and the Dragonslayer, “a British garden take on a Mexican classic” with fig-infused El Jimador, agave, Cointreau, basil and lime.

Cocktails are priced from £10, mocktails from £7

Website: thenorthgate.com

Phone: (01284) 339604

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La Raza, Cambridge

A night at La Raza - the iconic Cambridge cocktail bar, set on the city’s cute and cobbled Rose Crescent - is like having three great nights out all rolled into one. “First you can join us for dinner and catch up with friends over freshly prepared tapas, nibbles, and maybe a bottle of bubbly,” say the team.

“After dinner, when the lights go down, it's time to head to the bar, where our talented team will recommend the perfect cocktails for you and your friends. Our new menu has just launched, packed full of big, fun and original flavours. If there's not something on the menu that tickles your fancy, just let our team know and they'll happily create something bespoke which ticks all your boxes.

“Then, once you're fully charged up with cocktail goodness, it's time to hit the dancefloor, where you'll find one of our many brilliant bands or DJs playing until the early hours. We specialise in funk, soul and disco. . . but they're all lovely musicians, and if you ask (very) nicely they'll take requests!”

Cocktails are all priced £9.95 each, or two for £13 during happy hours (which also include deals on craft beer and spirits, so no-one is left out)

Website: laraza.co.uk

Phone: (01223) 464550

Email: info@laraza.co.uk

Instagram: larazacambridge

The Lab, Cambridge

With a menu billed as “both classy and playful”, cocktails at The LAB are more than just drinks - they’re an experience. Spanning the classic and cutting-edge, “each order brings a flair of creativity,” explain the team, “including Total Knockout, an experimental take on an espresso martini served with smoking moka pot, and Cambridge Gravity, which comes topped with apple foam.”

Founded by a pair of scientists and a doctor to unite two of their favourite things - science and mixology - The LAB reopened in stunningly revamped and expanded premises on the city’s Regent Street last year.

“At The LAB you’ll feel special: full table service means you can sit back and enjoy the unique décor, which offers 1920s luxury with a twist of science,” add the team. “The best bit? The LAB also serves a range of tapas-style dishes, as well as spirits, wines and beers, making it the perfect destination for any evening out.”

Cocktails are priced from £10 to £12.50

Website: thelabcambridge.com

Phone: 07542 449931

Email: info@thelabcambridge.com

Twitter: thelabcambridge

Instagram: thelabcambridge

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Clayton Hotel, Cambridge

With its stunning marble-topped, fairy-lit circular bar, ringed with comfy leather swing chairs, Cambridge’s Clayton Hotel is one of the most glamorous cocktail venues in the city. Specialising in classic cocktails and themed seasonal specials, the menu is as inviting as the atmosphere.

This spring, you can book in for the Cocktail O’Clock special-offer overnight stay, comprising a luxurious room and two cocktails per person with nibbles at the bar, followed by a full breakfast and complimentary late 2pm check-out next day. Or, of course, you can just pop in for a cocktail at the bar!

The Clayton Hotel is situated a one-minute walk from the railway station and a 10-minute walk from the city centre. Boasting a double-height lobby area with a feature staircase, leading to a library on the first floor, the hotel has 160 bedrooms individually designed with sumptuous King Koil beds, dark wooden headboards, colourful patterned soft furnishings and marble bathrooms.

Prices for the Cocktail O’Clock package are from £178

Website: claytonhotelcambridge.com

Phone: (01223) 792888

Email: reception.cambridge@claytonhotels.com

Instagram: claytonhotelcambridge

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