About


who we are – our history

Il Bordello was beautifully formed in 2000 and themed around an opium den, a bordello (where traditionally the landed gentry and upper classes conducted their intellectual ramblings and held soirees)  and a card playing den of iniquity!  The interior was lush and drew on various themes for its interior finish.

Leaving Bristol behind in 2006 and leasing Il Bordello the vessel to a third party company The Apple Cider Lounge, Bordello Banquets was born, now specialising in elaborate table themes and decorations for special events, with styling drawing on Liz’s many years in fashion, interiors and hospitality.

The main person behind the ideas and themes is Liz, though Bordello Banquets works closely with Lesley of TheVintageHire.com for china hire and Jo of Fabulous Flowers for luxurious table decorations and centrepieces.  Food and drink is also provided by a whole raft of local artisan suppliers, as credited on our Food, Flora and Fauna page.

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il bordello was born

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food was served on deck

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hospitality and training events were held

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burlesque was performed

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birthdays were celebrated

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good press coverage was gained

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and the rose petal martini lives on

New cocktail menus were created monthly with specials such as fresh strawberry and basil martinis, hot apple pie and caprese martini – vodka, tomato, black pepper with a basil leaf and mini mozzarella garnish!  And Il Bordello was the first bar in the UK to serve the controversial ‘vaporised alcohol’.  But the Bordello Rose Petal Martini lives on – mixing rose petal liqueur from Corks of Cotham and Rose Vodka, with a rose petal floating on the surface of the pinky liquid…

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