Catching up with old friends is something I'm fond of, but instead of hitting the city centre, my friends and I like to wander at times, and find drinking holes in less central parts of town.
Thus, we found The Violet Hour in Didsbury; taking its name from a book about the cultural history of the cocktail hour – "This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affections glow again and valor is reborn..." – this place was just the venue we needed for a long chat.
It's the kind of dark, but polished place I like, with plush seating amongst a scrubbed wooden floor, and an extension cocktail list, which my friends and I were in need of.
The Violet Hour seems takes the matter of elegant consumption of mixed spirits seriously, with funny cocktail names like 'One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor! Thankfully, my friends and I don't drink tequila because it sounded lethal.
The creative new cocktail menu designed by drinks consultant Susie Wong includes playful concoctions – like Tony's Tipple made with Appleton Rum, crème de banane and Frosties-rinsed milk – that are worth making the trip out of town for.
They say "drink less, but better", and that is precisely what we do. Although I was completely sober, the few drinks my friends enjoyed got them rather jolly.