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Spooky Season in Japan… Is it the same?

Spooky Season in Japan!

With Halloween fast approaching it is interesting to see how other countries celebrate like we do. Halloween is celebrated in Japan just like all over the world on October 31st. However, it did arrive late to the spooky scene when Tokyo Disneyland first introduced it to the mainstream public in 2000. Since then, it has gained a lot of popularity amongst Japanese people and has become part of their culture. Not surprisingly due to the popularity of Cosplay in Japan!

But is it the same?...

Japanese Halloween Pumpkin Display

Japan does things a little bit differently compared to the Western ideas of Halloween. 

  • There is no trick or treating! This may come as a surprise, as for us it is the main staple of Halloween day. But this is because Halloween is mainly celebrated by adults. 
  • Scary street parties! Halloween takes the form of a Japanese festival with street parties, flash mobs and parades all through the night.
  • Pumpkin galore! Pumpkins aren’t just seen as decorations and lanterns in Japan they are used in cooking traditional Japanese cuisine and even sweets.
  • As for the decs… paper origami is a classic for decorating Japanese homes!

Even though Halloween is a fairly recent addition to Japanese culture, the Japanese have enthusiastically embraced the spooky season in all its glory! Making Halloween in Japan a unique and thoroughly Japanese experience.


Your very own Japan inspired Halloween!

After all of that, if you’re feeling like bringing a little bit of Japanese inspiration to your Halloween, why not spice it up with some #SourUp Chu Lo!
Take advantage of our free shipping over £20 and next day delivery on our website now! 

Chu Lo in NQ64

Gaming Bars & Who we Stock!

Gaming bars & who we stock!

Gaming bars are becoming ever more popular where you can play your favourite games with your mates with a cocktail in hand! From retro arcade style to modern video games, there is something for everyone. And this is your guide to some of the best gaming bars in the UK.

NQ64 Bar


Located in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Glasgow, Soho, Newcastle. 

Neon splattered drinking dens full of retro arcade games and classic consoles.
NQ64 say they take as much pride in their drinks selection as they do in their games.

(Chu Lo is stocked here!)


Locations in Northampton and Newcastle-Under-Lyme. 

Air hockey, basketball, golf racing, and indoor raceway… its a more classic kind of gaming compared too a lot of the other arcade type bars, but we like the think variety is the spice of life!

Playhouse Bar
Four Quarters Bar

Four Quarters

Locations in Peckham, Elephant & Castle, Hackney, and Bristol. 

All their games run on quarters, with a range of console games to pinball machines, you’ll be hard pressed to run out of fun!

(Chu Lo is stocked here!)

penny Lane

Penny Lane is located in the Lace Market at the heart of Nottingham.

 Their games are mainly amusement style arcades, for the perfect nostalgic experience. They also offer food and drinks to keep you fuelled for your gaming filled day!


Penny Lane Bar
Pixel Bar

Pixel Bar

Located in both Manchester and Leeds. 

The games list is endless with X-box, PlayStation, Switch and High Spec PCs all available to play on. As well as a club room for late night parties!

 (Chu Lo is stocked here!)

Arcade Club

The Arcade Club has locations in Bury, Leeds and Blackpool. 

The Arcade Club preaches to provide access to as many people as possible to gaming’s history and the nostalgia fuelled joy of visiting the ‘local’ arcade.

 (Chu Lo is stocked here!)


Arcade Club

Even with all those amazing bars it doesn’t really scratch the surface on how many there are scattered about there, each one providing an amazingly unique night out! 

But don’t worry if you can’t make it to any of them, or maybe its just not your thing! You can still head to the shop below and get yourself a Sour Up and enjoy it in the comfort of home!

Apple Chu Lo Cocktail

Chu Lo Halloween Cocktails!

Spooky Seasonal Halloween cocktails!

Mummy margaritas, deathly dark and stormies, and ghostly gin fizz’s; it’s spooky season so we are bringing you some just-as-spooky cocktails, perfect for your Halloween celebrations.

Jack - O - Lantern Cocktail

Jack – O – Lantern

Peach Chu Lo
50ml Jack Daniels
15ml Orgeat Syrup
Orange Peel
Pour Jack Daniels and Orgeat Syrup over ice, add orange peel, top with Peach Chu Lo and stir.

Served in a rocks glass with an orange peel cut into the shape of a pumpkin.


Cherry Chu Lo
25ml Amaretto
25ml Cherry Brandy
Pour Amaretto and Cherry Brandy over ice. Top with Cherry Chu Lo and stir.

Served in a wine glass with a White Chocolate dipped strawberry garnish, and a black icing face to look like a scream mask!

Scream! Cocktail
Hocus Pocus Cocktail

Hocus Pocus

Tropical Chu Lo
37.5ml Havana Especial
Silver Lustre Dust
12.5ml Blue Curacao
Lime Juice

Pour Havana, Lime Juice and Blue Curacao over ice, add lustre dust, top with Tropical Chu Lo, stir and watch the magic happen.

Witches Brew

Apple Chu Lo
12.5ml Melon Liqueur
25ml Havana Especial
Apple Jelly (chopped into fine chunks)
25ml Lime juice

Put all ingredients into a glass over ice and top with Apple Chu Lo.

Apple Chu Lo Cocktail
Hallo-WINE Sangria

Hallo-WINE Sangria

Lemon Chu Lo
25ml Triple Sec
125ml White Wine
Orange segments
Pour Triple Sec and Wine into glass over ice and orange segments, top with Lemon Chu Lo, add spiders and stir.

Served in a wine glass with orange wheel and spiders or make a larger batch in a jug if you’re having friends over!

We hope you enjoy having a go at making some of thiese spooky cocktails! If you do make some of them, send us a tweet or a message on discord and show us how you got on!!

And don’t forget you can pick up your #SourUp Chu Lo Drinks for the cocktails from the button below!

(With Free shipping over £20 and Next Day Delivery too!)

Can set up at a Small Event

The Benefits of Small Events!

As a start-up Business ourselves, we know the importance of making the most of opportunities big and small, and in the past year we have seen a huge benefit in attending small events, festivals and conferences.

Just in the past few months we have attended many summer festivals and events. In July we attended HYPER JAPAN which allowed us to connect with lots of other small Japanese food and drink businesses. We also attended the Summer Matsuri Festival and the Doki Doki Festival, we love making the most of these opportunities as it makes us feel more connected to our customers and to other brands with similar interests.

Chu Lo Steph at Hyper Japan
Chu Lo Jamie at Liverpool Anime League

“The main benefit for us attending these events is that it gives us a real chance to meet our community face to face and build up that feeling of reality. We have a very loyal customer base, so going to these events consistently generates loyalty and returning customers, because ultimately, people like buying from people. It also gives us a chance to see people try our drinks for the first time and lets us make it a positive and memorable experience!” – Jamie, Community manager

The Bar Convent Berlin 2022

Just last week we were lucky enough to be invited to the Bar Convent Berlin trade show by the International Department. Every year the most important importers, producers and wholesalers meet bar operators, bartenders and distributors from around 80 countries and its a chance for your brand to be inspired by current trends and gain new fans. We had a great time and it was such a valuable experience for Chu Lo.

Bar Convent Berlin 2022

In conclusion!

Overall we believe the benefits are endless when it comes to these events and as a community we have discovered and established so many great connections through these opportunities… Let us know if you are a small business looking to make connections too!

Don’t forget! Even if you’ve not had the chance to meet us at one of the many events we head too, you can still have your first #SourUp Moment whenever you like, with free shipping over £20 and Next Day Delivery, your just a few clicks away!

All Chu Lo Flavours Outside

Go Sober This October!

Lets Go Sober This October!

We’ve all heard of dry January… But what’s taking centre stage this month is the MacMillan Cancer Support Initiative “Go Sober This October”!! 
So we are here to help you out with some delicious cocktail ideas without the alcohol. Same great taste, without the hangover!

Before we start, don’t forget to head over to the MacMillan Cancer Support website and consider contributing whilst taking part in this brilliant event!

Now! Up first we have…

Chu Lo Refresher

Chu Lo Refresher Cocktail

A Chu Lo Refresher! Simple and easy to make a refreshing cocktail to start of the night right!

50ml Seedlip Grove 42
Chu Lo Lemon Sour
A Dash of Orange Bitters
A Lemon peel garnish for the glass

Like we said, nice and simple to start us of, but don’t under estimate the amazing flavour of this one! 

The Peach Cobbler

Chu Lo Peach Cobbler

The Chu Lo Peach Cobbler, a warm take on a cool classic! 

15ml Monin Speculoos
Chu Lo Peach Sour 
Crushed Biscoff for the rim! 

Another brilliantly simple and beautifully tasty drink!

Chu Lo Cherry Bakewell

Chu Lo Cherry Bakewell

Last but certainly not least! The Chu Lo Cherry Bakewell, a unique and simple taste infusion! 

5ml Maple Syrup
2 Dashes of Vanilla Extract
Chu Lo Cherry Sour

You wont believe the incredible taste, it’s just like a Cherry Bakewell!

Now with all those brilliant recipes in your brain, make sure you tag us on Instagram @Chulo_Drinks if you shake up any of these cocktails, or if you make your own creative “Go Sober This October” Bevs!

Don’t forget that if you need a top up on your #SourUp supplies, head to the shop below and treat yourself

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