Organisers of a James Bond-themed black tie event for The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity approached Winchester Bar Services to set up and run the mobile bars for their 500 guests.
The event was held on-board HMS Queen Elizabeth – the Royal Navy’s largest ship – with organisers requesting a main bar located in the hangar and a separate cocktail/VIP bar for the officers’ mess area.
In the lead up to the event, security checks needed to be completed for all 12 of our staff who would be working on-board the ship. These were all conducted successfully and granted us clearance to work within the secure environment.
Logistically, it was a new experience for us! Due to the area of the ship in which the event was being held, our bars and equipment needed to be loaded onto crates and manoeuvred on and off via a crane through the aircraft doors. We worked closely with the organisers to ensure this went without a hitch and arrived the day before to complete the setup so that our bartenders were ready to serve immediately upon arrival of the guests.
To accommodate the 500 guests, we supplied a 7.5m bar, complete with 2.4m of screening at each end and 6m of panels behind that provided extra storage and work space for our bartenders. Behind the bar, we had 2 large fridges and 3 beer coolers for the draught beer and cider that were connected via the ship’s power supply.
Tying in with the James Bond theme, the bar itself was kept sleek with simple décor pieces, while staff were all impeccably presented in white shirts, black trousers and black aprons.
As with all our bars, beer, Prosecco and soft drinks were on the menu as standard. We also provided 1000 welcome drinks.
Welcome Drink: The Lemon Drop
Vodka, Triple Sec, Lemon Juice – shaken with ice and served in Martini glasses
We also created a selection of incredible themed cocktails, which were made using quality vodka and spiced rum supplied by Heroes Drinks, the world’s first non-profit alcoholic drinks company.
Pussers Rum, Ginger Beer, Bitters, Lime
Heroes’ Vodka, Kahlua, Espresso, Simple Syrup
Two Guineas Spiced Rum, Pineapple, Lime, Soda
Two Guineas Spiced Rum, Kahlua, Espresso
“Fabulous job by Stuart and his team at our wedding Sept. we wanted a rustic theme and he was able to help us achieve this! Great contact throughout and very personable. Thank you!”Stella McGrann
“Stuart was very helpful, and the cocktails they created went down a storm with our guests! The bar was lovely and so in keeping with our theme. Would definitely recommend and use again if we ever needed a bar!!”Mark Weeks
“Excellent bar service from Stuart and Tash at Fobfest. Very efficient set up and take down, good comms, very friendly. Bar design looked perfect in the barn and really added to the theme. Stuart happily accommodated additional drink selections. Highly recommended.”Nina Woolvett
“I recommend Winchester bar services, a first-class way to provide a mobile bar for your private parties/events. With reasonable prices and friendly bar staff they enhanced my party and were very professional in all their dealings, plus the bar was free to hire!”Mr D, Southampton. Hampshire wedding bar
“Thank you so much for your fantastic mobile bar service. It was so nice having such a friendly and professional team organising our wedding bar. I will be recommending your mobile bar to anyone I know who needs a bar for any events.”Mrs B, Dinton. Hampshire wedding bar