HEY HUN! -The Vibe-

Hey Hun! is a new feature here at the DARKEroom. A platform for LGBTQIXYZ bloggers and Friends of the DARKEroom to showcase  their work. Our first featured HUN! Is James Bartholomew founder of ‘The Vibe’, Birmingham’s first youth-lead creative talk-show.

James Bartholomew

I am James Bartholomew a Contemporary theatre and performance graduate, performer, artist, host and occasionally a drag performer. 

I have been involved with theatre all my life, my parents met at the theatre! I love the stage and live shows. Growing up I watched a lot of great British comedies such as Last of the Summer Wine, Keeping Up Appearances, One Foot In the Grave, Birds of a Feather etc. I found my love for comedies and Television shows grew and it wasn’t until the birth of Netflix and the growing popularity of YouTube that I realised that Media has afurther  reaching hand than the theatre, not to say I don’t still appreciate theatre on the same level as a heart wrenching episode of Orange is the New Black.
After graduating, I moved back home to Birmingham where I was told that nothing is happening in Birmingham, the city is dead, no arts live in the city unless you have a slim chance of getting in with the big organisations such as The Rep. But I had no funds to move to London yet so I decided to create a portfolio of work in Birmingham while I was living rent free and source some theatre/art work: Fierce Festival, Cannon Hill Collective, Shout Festival etc. I was exposed to the underground workings of the Birmingham Art scene, it was glorious, filled with wonderful people, wonderful talent, A LOT of poetry, and with that I found friends and other creative minds, but I never saw myself represented inside the arts scene. 

I met a lot of young straight men and women putting on events that benefited their own goals and if it was LGBT orientated I never felt it was reflective of the faces, themes and spirit I’d see from the young creatives who I work with and see during my nights out to the Gay Village, who do more than just party but are actively changing the landscape of the Gay Village where young performers can share their art in whichever way it expresses itself. It makes sense why many people I know feel the arts scene is lacking in Birmingham (which it isn’t) but it’s lacking POP! WOW! IN YOUR FACE! That it deserves, and it comes down to budget costs and the confidence to scream, shout about making Birmingham’s art scene bigger and better while also making sure it gets the recognition it deserves. 
The reason I started The Vibe is that in Birmingham due to the face of severe budgetary cuts, I want to promote a collaborative community of visionaries who define their own progress internally, by becoming aware of the people and resources available to them in the city. The Vibe would act as a major nexus point between these fields, and one that works in tandem with Birmingham as a developing cultural powerhouse. Within Birmingham, there exists a thriving arts scene including but not limited to new and developing artists, poets, directors, performers, drag artists, actors, singers, dancers, photographers and fashionistas. They will also become conscious of the other forms of culture in Birmingham outside their given field, with The Vibe creating a vibrant tapestry of all Birmingham has to offer. The Vibe is hosted and staffed by a diverse cast entirely from Birmingham, from all different ages, fields and gender and sexual expressions. These may and will include drag artists, media students; recent graduates, theatre & film critics and event managers. The Vibe will play host to weekly guests who are upcoming talent within their given field, and will illustrate the immensity of artists and visionaries within Birmingham.

So James, what’s your favourite Cocktail?

Long Island Ice Tea! 

Oh good choice! Why is that Hun? 

due to it’s amazing blend of Vodka, Rum and Tequila! 3 of my favourite spirits, which became my favourite cocktail when I first tried it at University where cocktails were £4.50 (I went to university up north where every drink is cheaper than 2 bus rides in the midlands) 

and since then I’ve been addicted! I love cocktails and this is at the top of my list, no spirit over powers the other, each just blend perfectly and if you’re playing catch up it is perfect because 3 of these and you’ll be seeing double! My kind of drink!

Catch James and the rest of The Vibe team at The Vibe Twitter or Facebook


What Your Date’s Drink Says About Him.

‘alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible say’s love your enemy’

                                                          Frank sinatra

Finding love is a game of trial and error. according to cosmo, only 24% of first dates amount to anything meaningful. Fear no more bitches, for the DARKEroom has your back. With this guide you can find your Mr. Right using the almighty wisdom and prophecy of mankind’s greatest discovery, ALCOHOL!



Let’s face it if you’re going on a date with a guy the odds are he is going to order a pint of beer. This guy is probably sporty, masculine and loud, he’s your classic lad and although he can probably neck a pint of grolsch in one gulp he still has abs shredded like a pair of Christina Aguilera’s jeans. Don’t be fooled by his six-pack now, in a few years time all those beers will add up and your man will look like he’s in his second trimester. According to recent polls the average man drinks 2 pints of beer a day, you don’t want an average man, you want the right man.



Gin started out as a medicine – it was thought it could be a cure for gout and indigestion, And just like that bottle of Bombay this gent is just what the doctor ordered. He has a good job, his head screwed on but still knows how to have a good time. brace yourself though, perfection comes at a price, as a recent study found out that people that drink gin regularly have a higher chance of showing psychopathic tendencies. I hope you like your bunnies boiled xoxo



Just like penises, wine drinkers are not all the same. First you must identify which type of wine drinker you are dealing with.

White: This white knight just ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio for the table so that he can drink with you. This considerate chap just wants to make you happy, he probably has a close relationship with his mother and is very sensitive to your womanly needs.

Red: Red wine is a first date staple. The restaurant is classy, the wine is classy,  He’s classy. But whilst he’s swilling his glass of Cabernet round his pallet he’s also mentally removing your knickers. He has an amazing collection of vinyl records and thinks that the woman’s role is in the home. He has a close relationship with his moustache and unlike the wine he’s drinking his morals and values have probably not aged a day.

Rose: I hate to tell you hun, but you’re barking up the wrong tree! he has a close personal relationship with his boyfriend Sam.



From Mojito to Manhattan, Cosmo to Caipirinha nothing says class and elegance like a cocktail. (why not try making some of your own ? like our creamy Money Shot or tequila based Bidi Bidi Bom Pom!) A cocktail drinker likes to splash the cash.he’s got something to prove, he likes the finer things in life. More booze, more flavour more fun! There’s nothing vanilla about this guy, well apart from the absolut vanilla in his porn-star martini.


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Lets face it, If your date is ordering shots it means one of two things; number one, he is getting himself and  probably you shitfaced drunk to coerce you to the bedroom OR he is a manic depressive alcoholic. When you’re on a date with a guy, you want to get to know him, not have a one sided conversation with a drooling neanderthal.


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Marry him! bonus points if he’s over eighty years old!

Bidi Bidi Bom Pom!

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I love pizza!’  – Selena

This cocktail recipe is inspired by the late, sweet, Mexican songstress Selena Quintanilla-Pérez – and what’s more sweet and Mexican than a cocktail featuring pomegranate and Tequila?! This cocktail is a bit more pricey to make; so save it for special occasions. Like visiting the shooting range with your girl Yolanda

 The Bidi Bidi Bom Pom!

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
1)  50ml Tequila Gold
2) 25ml Dark Rum
3) 50ml pomegranate concentrate
4) scoop in half a passion fruit
5) Top up with Cranberry juice

Shake shake shake Señora!


 these cocktails tastes just as good alcohol free, but if you really want to remove all the fun – be sure to refer to this a Pomegranate Gomez. 

Serve in a glass filled with crushed ice. xoxo

JUST THE TIP! -Homemade Syrup-

Today we’re going to be cooking up something sticky and sweet as we show you how to make your own Simple syrup at home with our very first Just The Tip!

Sugar syrup is used in most cocktails to sweeten the drink without adding the granulated texture of plain sugar. Simple syrup is made by mixing equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan a

most syrups will set you back about 8-15 pounds but with my simple recipe you can make your own for a wallet-friendly two squid. All you need is a saucepan, a bag of white sugar, water and a jar or bottle to keep your syrup in.

  1. Bring one cup of water to the boil in your saucepan16809571_1834869336787724_692354605_n.jpg
  2. slowly stir in one cup of white sugar
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  4. keep stirring the mixture until you can feel resistance on the spoon
  5. when enough water has evaporated away the mixture should be the same consistency as maple syrup.
  6. Repeat the process until you have made enough syrup to fill your jar/bottlesyrup.png

The Money Shot


‘I, Joan Crawford, I believe in the dollar. Everything I earn, I spend.’                                                                                                                                                        Joan Crawford

Money makes the world go round and alcohol makes it bearable. This cocktail oozes elegance and privilege, relatively inexpensive to make this easy-sip drink is perfect before heading out on the town or a great after dinner treat. as an added bonus it makes a great heartburn killer if you’re suffering from tequila fatigue.

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1)Fill a martini glass with ice

2)in an ice filled shaker add

25ml creme de menthe         25ml Kahlua        25ml Baileys       50ml Cream


3)empty the ice from the glass

4)pour in the contents of the shaker

5)add a mint leaf for a touch of class


The Later Latte


‘A 41-inch bust and a lot of perseverance will get you more than a cup of coffee – a lot more.’                                                                                                                                                                                     Jayne Mansfield

i like my men, like I like my coffee, relatively inexpensive and full of booze. Make sure your next cup of Joe is a stiff one with this recipe for the later latte’. A smoother, creamier take on the espresso martini.


You will need… one egg, Kahlua, vodka, espresso, sugar syrup, cream.

Separate the white from the yolk and add the white to your shaker

Shake the yolk until it is frothy

ADD 50 ml CREAM, 35 ml vodka and 10 ml sugar syrup to your shaker. (Make your own syrup here or try using different flavours!)


Add 25 ml of Kahlua and a shot of espresso to your glass

Pour the creamy vodka goodness from your shaker into the glass, layering the foamy mixture on top like a latte img_0120

And there you have it! The later latte! The perfect drink to sip on as your lawyer reads out your late husbands will.

Welcome to the Darke Room!


                  ‘To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems’                                                                                                                     Homer Simpson


Welcome to the Darke Room, no whips and chains needed here. The virtual home of all things genius, glamorous, alcoholic and cheap. Here at the Darke Room our mission is to educate the masses on developing a delicious cocktail and to help  all the fabulous little trash bags out there on how to throw a bitchin’ party on a tight ass budget. With cocktails recipes to suit any budget and incredible life-hacks to save time,coin and effort, this site is guaranteed to be the shining beacon of hope that you have no doubt been so desperately searching for.  A dark room is also for developing photographs.

About our founder.


The Darke Room was founded by Conor Darke, An experienced mixologist from Birmingham who’s Love affair with Alcohol blossomed in the bosom of some of London’s top bars. A perennial student, Conor Knows how to squeeze the most out of a student loan.