Pornstars, Starwars and Gin

What do Pornstars, Starwars and Gin all have in common? They’re all events we have planned in May!

We’ve gone events mad this May, we have 6 planned all of which promise to be great! Below is a rundown in order of the evenings:

4th May: Starwars Day Party!
Pretty much what is says on the tin: Expect Themed drinks, Cantina music, and us to be geeking out….4pm till Late

5th May: Cinco De Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on 5th May. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.

We have teamed up with Espolon Tequila to bring you a Mexican themed evening and a special cocktail menu of Tequila drinks!

10th May: Cocktail Culture :: From The Beginning in partnership with The Birmingham Whisky Club

The Vanguard is teaming up with The Whisky Club for a series of creative events starting with From The Beginning.

Enjoy a night learning about and trying 4 historic cocktail tasters created by The Vanguard owner and cocktail expert, Samuel Boulton.

Not all drinks on the night will be whisky based so it is an event for cocktail enthusiasts of all types.

The line up is to be confirmed…

Cost: £20 standard or £15 members of The Birmingham Whisky Club*

Cocktails are 50ml.


7:00 pm – Tasting begins, you will then be led through a selection of different cocktails and get a chance to ask all of your burning questions throughout.

9:00 pm – Although the tasting is over, please feel free to stick around and try some other whiskies at the bar. Anything you were afraid to ask? Grab our resident expert and have all of your queries answered.

Terms & Conditions
No refunds or transfers. The event is strictly over 18’s Only. If you’re lucky enough to look under 25, please bring your photo ID to the event with you. Tickets are sent in e-ticket format. These don’t need to be printed but please have available on your phone on request.

*To order your Birmingham Whisky Club member ticket and claim a cracking £5 off, please enter your code on your membership letter in the “promotional code” box. If you need assistance, please email us and we will be happy to drop you a reminder. One discounted ticket available per member.

Tickers available here

11th/12 May: Masons Gin VS The Vermouth Ambassador

Gin and vermouth have lived in harmony for many years but now we need an answer, who is truly king. The new popular Gin or the 1000 year old Vermouth? Masons Gin has challenged our in-house Vermouth Ambassador to the challenge. Come enjoy a collection of drinks made especially for the evening and see which you prefer!

Throughout the weekend we’ll also be running an Instagram competition with the chance to win a visit to the Masons Distillery!

17th May: An Evening Inspired By Studio Ghibli

We have been inspired by so much when making drinks, Studio Ghibli inspired us to create one of our best selling cocktails so we’ve decided to devote a whole night to them and Hayao Miyazaki.

We will be showcasing 5 drinks through the event each inspired by a different Studio Ghibli film, as well as some interesting pairings all whilst listening to the beautiful music of Joe Hisaishi.

Tickets are £30 (IB Discount with card and code IBGhibli)

25th May: Meet The Maker – The Pornstar Martini

Douglas Ankrah the inventor of the Pornstar Martini will be here telling us about how he made one of the most recognisable modern cocktails. We’ll have a special price on Pornstar Martinis and Passionfruit Bellinis for the evening as well!