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This New Year’s Eve, prepare to take a step back in time, as the team at Bristol's best-loved speakeasy take you on a whirlwind tour through the colourful history of The Milk Thistle itself. Ladies and gentlemen, we present...The Smuggler’s Ball!

Beginning in the mid-1800’s, you'll be whisked through the ages, via the means of performance, cocktails and costume, as The Milk Thistle throws another of their legendary New Year’s Eve parties. This year's will be a historical extravaganza, fit for the lords, ladies, rogues, pirates and other colourful characters who have passed through our doors over the centuries. 

Having begun life as the Merchant’s House, The Milk Thistle has hidden many secrets through history. With rumours of smuggling, clandestine meetings and hauntings, you'll be able to discover all of the weird and wonderful happenings from bygone ages with a night of live music, DJs and dancing until the small hours. Expect the champagne to flow as easily as the tales of what’s happened behind The Milk Thistle's closed door over the decades!

For just £35 you can join enjoy a decadent night of music, dancing and cocktails, kicking off at 9pm and taking you all the way through till 3am. You'll be treated to three historically inspired cocktails in your ticket price, as well as all-night-long entertainment. As with all of the best parties at The Milk Thistle, the night will be fancy dress, so dust off your glad rags, channel your inner Victorian high-class society member, and celebrate New Year’s Eve with what’s sure to be the most opulent evening in town!

Refund Policy: refunds up to 2 weeks before the event.

About The Milk Thistle

Referred to as “the flirty younger sister” of Hyde & Co (another great speakeasy by the same folks), we’d consider it more of a classy (but slightly sozzled) great-aunt. This place smacks of timeless grandeur: walls dripping with rich velvet curtains; leather clad armchairs and mahogany propped bar stools; stained glass drenching sultry light over a fabulous array of spirits (they layer three bars across just as many floors). The drinks ain't cheap (great auntie wasn’t either), but they’re expertly crafted and served in style by smart, attentive and discrete mixologists. It’s always La Belle Epoque – so don your smartest stitches, hide the budget and get involved.

How to claim

Purchase through Wriggle now and turn up during the specified window of opportunity. Introduce yourself as a Wriggler, show your code and indulge.

How to get there

Quay Head House, Colston Avenue, BS1 1EB
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