I am so excited about writing this post – one just for the ladies! If you fancy feeling spoiled for an afternoon and spending quality time with your girlfriends, then you must read on.

Bar Galante Sunday Sanctuary with Bliss SpaThe venue is Bar Galante, which some of you may know is one of my favourite bars in Chelsea and this free women-only event includes treatments from Bliss Spa, who are normally located across the road. You can see their front door from the bar if you sit by one of the windows.

When you arrive, you receive a pair of slippers which you can wear in the bar (a lot of girls did) as well as a goodie bag with Bliss products.

Bilss Spa Goodie BagDuring the afternoon, the Bliss staff are on hand to provide massages and manicures with Essie polish.

Bliss Spa Massage at Bar Galante

Bliss Spa Manicure This is the colour I picked.

Bliss Spa ManicureAnd as well as these spa treatments, there are screens placed around the bar with films playing …

Bar Galante - TV Screen… which you can listen to with the headphones provided. They showed Friends With Benefits and a Ryan Reynolds movie (sorry, I’m not sure what it’s called). In other words, a chick flick and eye candy were provided. 😉

Bar Galante Sunday SanctuaryWhen you arrive at the bar, you also receive a free champagne cocktail. And thereafter, there is a special Sunday Sanctuary cocktail menu which you can order from. The cocktails include Classic Bellini; Breakfast Martini; and Bloody Mary Martini (£10-£12), as well as non-alcoholic cocktails such as Strawberry & Basil Lemonade; Green Martini and Berry Blast (£4.25). I also saw groups of friends order bottles of wine between them. And if you’re feeling peckish, there is also a bar snack menu to order food from.

Bar Galante - CocktailsSome ladies were sitting around and chatting whilst others sat back and watched the movies. Others were enjoying their spa treatments, either listening to the music playing in the bar or whilst watching a film with their headphones on. The whole atmosphere was very chilled and indulgent. In other words it really was the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon in February.

If you’re interested in booking a table for you and your girlfriends, all you have to do is email RSVP@BARGALANTE.COM. There are two time slots: 1pm and 3pm and like I said, this is a free event. So I just have to ask, what’s stopping you? 😉

Last night I popped into Bar Galante, which opened a few days ago on Sloane Avenue – right next door to Gaucho.

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The 1920s inspired bar was an instant delight to walk into, seeing the bar staff in their white tuxedos and the cocktail waitresses in their elegant taupe dresses. The impact of the glamorous décor makes you feel as if you are transported to another era and definitely another world, rather than feeling as if you’d just stepped off the streets of Chelsea.

As we waited for our drinks to arrive, we were served a palate cleanser, which consisted of rosehip, mandarin and black tea.

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A short while later, our drinks arrived. And mine was a Clarito …
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… which is a somewhat Gin Martini with a lemon twist and sugar around the rim of glass. It was GOOD! I only asked for half of my glass to be sprinkled in sugar, ironically for detox reasons. Yes, I’ve cut back on refined foods but leave the gateway open for distilled delights.

The bf had ordered the Escuela Naval …

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… which has become my new fave cocktail! It’s so good I had to order myself one as the bf later sipped a 7 year old Havana Club.

Here are the ingredients for the Escuela Naval and I mean it when I say it is divine!

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I hadn’t carried out my research before walking into the bar, as I was simply motivated by the desire to discover the potential of a worthy cocktail destination to call my new home – which I have incidentally. But I found myself introducing myself to the Bar Director Lance Perkins and the legendary mixologist Tato Giovannoni – who had won Best Bartender of the year in Argentina for 10 years running until 2010.

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We only exchanged a few words as I was leaving and the bf was picking up his coat from the cloakroom, but from what I learnt – the ethos behind Galante makes this venue my kinda place.

I really don’t want to ruin anymore of the surprise for you, because I think you need to check it out yourself. But I do have a feeling that all cocktail lovers will adore the venue and the charming staff, not to mention the cocktails.