We spent our July meeting propping up the bar and sipping cocktails in Birmingham's newest private members' club. The Colmore Club aims to create a place for the city's professionals and entrepreneurs to socialise, network and relax. So, we shook off our preconceptions about private members' clubs and enjoyed the venue's smart surroundings while learning cocktail-making tips from Russian bartender Anna and discussing the benefits and challenges of networking as freelance translators. One of the night's surprises was a delicious, fruity, beer-based cocktail. Sadly we had to say goodbye to Helene, another one of the Network's founding members, but we toasted her imminent departure for London with one of Anna's signature cosmopolitans!