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Muddy goes mental!

It was the Muddy HQ Christmas party last week and it was a deeply sophisticated, civilised affair. Hey, why are you laughing?

This year for the Muddy Stilettos Christmas party we decided to be sensible, grown-up and put our health first. So we met up for an alcohol-free vegan lunch, followed by a group yoga class, a halo-polishing session and a nice early night.

Did we heck. What actually happened was we jumped on board the party bus to Oxford and got totally leathered – well what can I tell ya, it’s been an intense year! First stop was the brand new Oxo Bar on George Street. It’s just round the corner from the bus station and used to be a blokey football bar but don’t let that put you off. It’s been transformed into a warm, friendly cocktail Mecca and gin palace, with the jumbotrons replaced by leather banquettes, a DJ booth and chic copper design flourishes. The cocktails are well-priced – we got stuck into the “house” ones which are a very reasonable £6.95, and  just £4.50 in happy hour. Just don’t ask for a Porn Star martini because we drank them all.

“8000 Aperol spritzes coming right up, ladies.”

The Muddy team (minus a couple at the bar) before the Porn Star martinis took hold. You don’t want to see the ‘after’ shots, trust me.

Like Alan Partridge and his plate, Sascha always brings her own giant Prosecco glass to the pub. Meanwhile, Katie a huge bookworm, always has a high-brow tome to hand.

Next stop was Junkyard Golf on the ground floor of the Westgate Centre. Because we are incredibly sporty, obvs. Donning sexy visors and gold VIP (very important putter) wristbands, we stumbled around the neon-lit mini-golf course; Prosecco in one hand, golf club in the other, shimmying to the ’90s club classics on the sound system.

We lost track of the scores (surprise surprise) but I’d like to state for the record that I GOT A HOLE IN ONE. However let’s just say our dear leader Hero won because she’s amazing at everything (she threatened to fire me if I didn’t write that bit.) That said, I think Tiger Woods can probably still sleep easy at night.

These Florida pensioners enjoyed their ladies golfing day. Oh no, hang on, sorry, that’s the Muddy team.

In all seriousness though, Junkyard Golf was so much fun – it’s always good to actually “do” something on nights out like these, rather than just propping up a bar all night. You end up properly mingling with your entire team and encouraging each other (“well done, you got it in the hole in just, er, 25 shots!”), and trying something new, however silly. Plus it’s a bit of an ice-breaker if you don’t know each other so well. A friend of mine recently came here as part of a hen night and loved it, and I could definitely see it working as part of a corporate team-building day.

Nancy and Sophie drove the fastest golf cart in the West. Definitely no drink-driving going on here. None at all.

Muddy’s Sophie made a beeline for this Junkyard Golf cocktail “because it’s got Lambrini in it”. She’s classy like that.

Once the staff had removed our putters for our own safety and that of those around us, we headed on to… well, to be honest, after that things got a bit hazy. And thankfully there’s no photographic evidence of our next steps apart from one fuzzy snap of the team squished up in the back of a taxi at 2am. We’ll spare you that one. Happy Christmas, all!

Oxo Bar, 48 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ. Tel: 01865 791000.

Junkyard Golf, Westgate Shopping Centre, Castle Street, Oxford, OX11PB.


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