Aluna is Bristol’s latest cocktail bar
Remember the Thai Edge on Broadquay? Well there’s a new place to drink with a cocktail bar that’s replaced it. Aluna uses alchemy to create cocktails that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere in Bristol. We sampled our way through 8 of their social scientist’s creations to get a taste of what Aluna has to offer.
1. Asian Infusion
‘I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like this before mate’ said the incredibly Australian cocktail whizz. This gin sharer is brewed in a cauldron before exploding in a puff of smoke right on the table. If you’re at Aluna on a date then sport a knowing smirk and order this one.
2. Spiced Mai Thai
Reminiscent of sherbert with lashings of coconut. Fun for all the family…18 and above obviously.
Will blow away the cobwebs. Rich and opulent like a good velvet jacket.
Have a listen to this one as it literally spits in your ear like a llama on speed. Reminiscent of a Screwball it tastes as blue as it looks. Cocktail for the Snapchat generation.
5. Strawberry Mojito
Solid glass work on this one. Not too sweet and darn tasty. One of the most gleaming strawberries we’ve seen in Bristol. Locally sourced?
6. Old Fashioned
Never before has orange and whisky sat so comfortably together since Dale Winton and his drinking days.
7. Marshmallow Daiquiri
Bit strange this one, it definitely divided opinions on our table. Something of an acquired taste you could say.
8. Patriot’s Potion
Isambard Kingdom Brunel would be proud of this steamy beast. Earl Grey and Gin fused with a dollop of smoke coming out of the top.
What has this place got that Bristol needs? There’s a lot of new cocktail bars in Bristol but Aluna offers something a bit different. There’s impressive cocktail flairing (featuring fire), whilst we saw things we didn’t know could be done with drinks.
For this kind of place and its location the cocktails are pretty standardly priced from £6.95 to £9.95 and the drinks were scrumptiously tasty. If you love drinking in the centre, Aluna really should be on your radar next time you’re out.
There’s A Website Reviewing Bristol’s Pub Toilets
It’s the website Bristol didn’t know it needed
A small group has started a Bristol website called ‘Review My Loo’ with the idea that the group go around and review Bristol bars and restaurant toilets hoping to improve the Bristol toilet experience.
Rated out of cleanliness, size, comfort and decoration with a blurb at the end about the overall toilet experience.
The best in Bristol is currently Hi Brazil at 4/5:
“A diamond amongst the rough. Located out of the way up the stairs. Pristinely kept with good quality basins and loos. They are of a good size, so there is no issue of crumbling under several eyes looking at your piece. They are comfortable toilets. Due to size you can do your business in peace , and it is beautifully decorated with a modern art deco feel.”
Whilst The Canteen stands bottom at 1.5/5:
“These toilets aren’t the best. The graffiti on the wall makes you almost intimidated to have a wee. They are very small and prone to queues, with the likelihood you will be standing shoulder to shoulder with someone when having doing your business. The toilets looks like they have been vandalised by a youth gang. Overall bad experience.”
If you’ve got a Bristol toilet experience you’d like to share you can send your reviews into email@example.com to be featured.
Review My Loo: https://reviewmyloo.com/
HMSS Bar Launches New ‘Guide To The British Isles’ Cocktail Menu
I’ve been known to enjoy a cocktail or few. What sane 26 year old doesn’t? I’d take a cold, champagne pink cosmo over a glass of white wine any day. There’s something so indulgent about going out for a round manhattans or margaritas, whether it’s with friends or family – it puts a spring in your step. Well, spring is an understatement, especially if you have five espresso martinis in a row. They’re mostly coffee anyway right…? As I found out the other night at BeAtOne, probably not. But they are o so good.
I went to check out the new cocktail menu at Her Majesty’s Secret Service (HMSS) on Whiteladies Road on Monday night. Despite it being the start of the week, I never turn down a chance to don the lippie, get dressed up and sip on peculiar potions.
HMSS can be found on the doorstep of Clifton Down station. Established two years ago, the 80-capacity bar’s interior is classy, quirky, romantic and rebellious. If you’re up for more than just drinking, there are games of jenga and a great selection of music to lose yourself in; from old school hip hop, through 70’s & 80’s funk to the occasional piece of classic cheese.
At the start of the month, the bar launched the first in a brand new series of British-inspired cocktail menus. This one comes in the form of Winston the bulldog’s Guide To The British Isles – a light hearted illustrated drinking journey through the UK’s favourite attractions. Drinkers are taken from the White Cliffs of Dover to Loch Ness and every great landmark in between. If you’re one for out-of-the-box or unusual ingredients, you’ll be a happy customer. Acorn vermouth, laughing gas and even a chip of prehistoric stone feature in the ingredients lists.
Founder of the Clifton-based bar, Ben Alcock, said: “The menu has been created to start conversations, be a visual aid, an icebreaker and a souvenir that embodies the bar and the inspirations of HMSS.
“Whether its tourists discovering the wonders of the country or simply reminding Brits of the delights we hold, the new series of menus will embody the best of Britain.”
The menu itself is presented in the style of a vintage pocket edition travel guide, which now looks very pretty on my wooden coffee table. Inside you’ll find an assortment of highly interactive, humorous, playful and impeccably presented drinks that are a far cry from the standard cocktail offerings.
Here are a few of my personal favourites:
- Green Manalishi (£8.50)
Barcardi Carta Blanca, Hemp Orgeat, Lime, Aloe Vera Oil, 1 Chip of Prehistoric Stone
- Loch Ness Mobster (£8.50)
Patron Silver Tequila, Peach Wine, Lemon Juice, Absinthe, Laughing Gas
- Twister (£8.50)
Grey Goose LaPoire, Mozart Strawberry, Kiwi Sherbet, Milk, Whole Egg White
- Greenhouse Project (£9.00)
Sugar Snap Hendricks, Dry White Wine, Spear Asparagus, Celery Bitters
Her Majesty’s Secret Service address: Whiteladies Gate, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2PH
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