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THE PERCH, SWANSEA

We're all about offering innovation through our original Tapas, Infused Cocktails and a varied selection of Craft Beers on offer to satisfy any occasion.

The Perch is situated on Wind Street, Swansea and has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere while creating exceptional cocktails from a well stocked bar.
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By Michelle orourke 07 Jul, 2016

National Piña Colada Day is approaching, and to celebrate, we’ve prepared a blog post dedicated to our favourite summer classic drink, plus some interesting variations.

For those of you who don’t already know, Piña Colada is the national drink of Puerto Rico and it translates to ‘strained pineapple', one of the main ingredients of the exotic drink.

By Michelle orourke 07 Jun, 2016

Are you one of those people who tend to get tipsy after having one drink? I am fully aware of how annoying that can be, especially when you are out for a long night celebrating with friends with much higher tolerance than you.

The truth is that each person has different responses to alcohol depending on a number of factors, usually beyond one’s control. Smaller people are generally more likely to feel the effects of alcohol more quickly than larger people. That makes women more prone to getting drunk fast as women are smaller and have a higher percentage of body fat than men, which is another factor that makes people get drunk quickly. Age is another element that determines people’s tolerance to alcohol as older people are generally less able to handle liquor.

However, don’t get discouraged if you belong to one of those categories of people as there is still hope! We've compiled some of the greatest tips to prevent you from getting drunk in an instant.

  • Do not drink on an empty stomach . Eating fills you up and lengthens the time needed for alcohol to reach your brain and affect you. That doesn’t mean that food will prevent you from getting drunk, but it can definitely keep you sober for a longer time.
  • Low-fat food won’t help either . Surprisingly enough, fatty foods are the most effective in terms of keeping you sober. If you are trying to stay healthy, nuts are a great source of the ‘good kind’ of fat and they can easily be found in most bars. The fat found in nuts will create a barrier that will slow down the effect of alcohol in your body.
  • Stay well hydrated . Make sure you keep drinking plenty of water between drinks as it helps alcohol absorption and breakdown. Moreover, it will help you feel less dehydrated the morning after as well.
  • Diet soda is not your friend . Studies have shown that diet soda increases blood alcohol level more than regular soda does. So when it comes to mixing your favourite spirits or ordering cocktails, better stay away from the diet sodas.  
  • Choose a straight-sided glass . That’s another mind-boggling result of a recent study. It seems that people who drink from a curvy glass tend to down their drinks more quickly than those who drink from a regular glass. Apparently, that happens because it is tougher for people to detect the halfway point of a curvy glass.

I hope these tips were helpful. I’d love to hear your advice based on your personal experience, so feel free to comment on our Facebook page !

By Michelle orourke 03 May, 2016

I’m sure you’ve all heard your local bartender using quirky words and phrases to describe your drink. Most people are probably familiar with the most common bar expressions. Despite their popularity, however, some of those terms are often confused. 

Today, I share with you some of our favourite and most commonly used bar terms and the real meaning behind them.

By Michelle orourke 04 Apr, 2016

An authentic, friendly and welcoming bar is definitely a great place to enjoy your night. However, I am sure most of you have experienced that a great atmosphere cannot always guarantee a successful night out, as there are clearly numerous factors affecting your time there.

We have compiled a list of a few tips that can help you get the most out of your night whilst avoiding some of the most common mistakes people make at cocktail bars.


1.  Choose a drink off the menu. I know sometimes you feel like you cannot be bothered reading the menu and are tempted to order the usual classic cocktail you always have, but remember that there is a reason why certain drinks have been added to each bar’s menu! It usually means that the bartenders have taken the time to experiment with some of their favourite ingredients and through trial and error they created a list with drinks they know will satisfy. So next time give the menu a go – I can guarantee you will not regret it.

2.  Let your bartender know what kind of drinks you like – and be honest! The more information you give to your bartender with regards to the tastes you like, the more likely you are to enjoy the outcome. Therefore, be honest with what you like and what not – it will definitely not make you appear less cool to say that you prefer a lighter cocktail.

3.  Do not hesitate to ask for clarification. It is perfectly fine to ask the bartender about the taste of a drink on the menu – in fact, it will save both you and them a lot of trouble. We realise that quite often the ingredients of a cocktail can be unfamiliar to a lot of people and there is nothing wrong in asking what everything is or how it tastes.

4.  Do not be afraid to try cocktails for the first time. I think we’ve all been there – cocktails with fancy names at sophisticated bars seem too daunting to even pronounce, let alone order. A lot of people feel so intimidated by some of the most elaborate cocktail menus, that simply switch to ordering a beer instead to avoid the headache. And we don’t blame them – quite often the description on the menu is just too enigmatic for anyone to realise what that drink actually is. However, by sticking to the safer options you often miss out on some very pleasant surprises! What most people ignore is that your bartender will happily change your drink if it is not what you expected. So don’t be afraid to step out of your routine - experimenting can be fun!

By Michelle orourke 20 Aug, 2015
We have finally decided to take the plunge and add a blog to our website. We always wanted an easy way to share information with visitors and our team is super excited to start this journey. Keep coming back to the website and check for updates right here on the blog.

Meanwhile, see you at the bar :)
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