Tonight at Lion & Bright (10pm, free), DJ T-Woo (Trevor Wood) launches the first episode of VIBES, his new weekly 'DJ and chill' night. Every Thursday, T-Woo is gonna bring us his favourite "rap, funk, house, weird stuff and remixes" to sooth our music-loving souls as we get some drink on and eat some fancy fucking snacks (that jerky). One of the DJs behind Bleu Nuit and The Jam, and his own rap night, Doin' Damage (#FreeGucci), T-Woo approached Lion & Bright about filling up the cafe with that good music once a week, and they were totally down.
"I want the night to be different from my other, more dance-floor oriented nights," says Wood, "It'll be more of a weekly neighbourhood meeting spot. A night where you could just meet your friends for a drink in a more relaxed atmosphere with a good soundtrack." Why should you come out and VIBE? Wood answers: "Because Lion & Bright is sweet, because it's free, because their food and drinks are on point, because there always seems to be good-looking well-dressed people there AND because the music will be carefully selected by yours truly!" Sounds dope. I can't wait.
To get T-Woo in the mood, I asked him to pair up some of his choice tracks with drinks from Lion & Bright's carefully designed cocktail menu. I think you should try them all. Baby, I have.
Cocktail: BOURBON SOUR (Buffalo Trace bourbon, lemon, egg white, bitters)
Pairs well with: UGK - "International Players Anthem"
BECAUSE: "Because both are from the south and I could see Pimp C (RIP) and Bun B drinking them at a summer BBQ. The sweetness of the southern rap also nicely balances out the sour."
Cocktail: CLASSIC MARTINI (Tito's Vodka or Citadelle Gin, lemon or olive)
Pairs well with: Stevie Wonder - "Superstition"
BECAUSE: "Both classics, both timeless, both damn good after a long day at work."
Cocktail: CORPSE REVIVER #2 (Gin, Lillet, Cointreau, lemon, Pernod, twist)
Pairs well with: Midnight to Monaco - "Suicide Remix"
BECAUSE: "Alot of elements to this drink.... and it's like a remix of the original. Pairs well with this remix of a Midnight to Monaco song I am obsessed with at the moment. Lots going on in this song, but it all comes together for something interesting and delicious."
Cocktail: MARTINEZ (Gin, Vermouth, Maraschino, Cointreau, orange bitters/twist)
Pairs well with: Drake & Future - "Big Rings"
BECAUSE: "I have no other explanation other than I've been looking at the cocktail menu and I think Drake would like this drink. What do I know though? ... What a time to be alive."
Cocktail: MARGARITA (Cazadores Tequila, Cointreau, syrup, lime)
Pairs well with: Ninetoes - "Finder"
BECAUSE: "Margaritas = Vacation. This song sounds like vacation. I think it's the steel drums, I'm a sucker for steel drums."