A guide to my perfect Friday evening includes leaving work early, eating some yummy food and drinking exquisite cocktails. And that’s just about what I did the other Friday at Aluna Bar and Restaurant in Bristol. After hiding in my car from the rain for about 20 minutes, I decided to make a run for it, I got halfway to Aluna and had to pop in a pub to dry off a bit. We were both a bit soaked by the time we had made it to the bottom of Bristol but it didn’t take long before we warmed up and started enjoying our food and drinks.
What I really liked about Aluna is that one side was a bar that was full of people, especially lots of men on a pub golf-type affair, yet the other side looked like a really charming peaceful restaurant. As we walked into the bar area my first thought was ‘wow this is going to be really loud when eating’ yet as we walked by the bar and into the restaurant area it was as though it was soundproofed. It was great to see people enjoying their afternoon at the bar (oh and we were enjoying peoples adventurous costumes) but also settle down for a meal where we could hear each other speak haha.
As we were welcomed into the restaurant we were offered the bread board, which was warm ciabatta served with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and green olives. Bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar is just one of my favourite combinations of food.
For starters I had the vegetable spring rolls described as ‘deep fried crispy rolls served with Thai dipping sauce’ and Charlie had the salt chilli squid ‘deep fried squid with fresh chillies, spring onions and garlic’. To be honest I think the dip made the entire starter, I even saved it for my main haha. I’m not a fan of fish or anything that comes from under the sea, yet every time we go for food Charlie picks something fishy. I’m sure it’s so that he can try my food and I can’t try his! Either way, he thoroughly enjoyed his starter and so did I.
After working in a Thai restaurant for nearly 2 years, I had to go with the Thai green curry with chicken described as ‘house special homemade green curry with coconut milk, aubergine and sweet basil, served with fresh steamed rice’. The curry was the perfect spice (or maybe a tad too spicy after not eating chilli for a while) but tasted really good.
When we enter a restaurant, if I see a type of fish or seafood linguine on the menu, I already know what Charlie will pick. His seafood linguine was described as ‘fresh linguine with prawns, mussels, scallop and squid, finished in a white wine herb sauce and served in a bird’s nest’. It did look rather good… even though it was fish!
Our lovely waitress gave us a few minutes to look through the cocktail list when we arrived. I asked her what her favourite cocktail was – I had heard amazing things about Aluna’s cocktails so I wanted to be a bit adventurous. She recommended the Zombie cocktail and the Lava Lamp (which we ordered both of).
However when I looked at the menu earlier on in the day at work (I mean don’t we all do this?) I saw that they served a pornstar martini. This has been my favourite cocktail for years so I knew I just had to order it. Although as soon as we said ‘a pornstar martini and a long island iced tea please’ the waitress said ‘boring!’ – obviously in a jokey way. So of course we then had to pick something a bit more interesting and I am so glad she kind of made us haha. I mean, check out the drinks menu.
So we both started with the Zombie cocktail which is described ‘as the Aluna way of the intoxicating rum favourite’. The above and below photographs show how the lovely ladies sprinkled some sort of icing that was then set on fire in front of us. It was very mesmerising!
The good thing about being seated in the corner but looking out meant that I could see pretty much every cocktail being brought out and made. Some cocktails were set on fire, others had a liquid that was poured in while smoke blew out. It was like going back to school and being amazed by our science teacher pouring chemicals together.
I mean I guess it makes you question what goes in the cocktails to become adventurous and beautiful, but I really enjoyed the experience.
Look at this lava lamp cocktail go! I’ve seen something similar before but after a couple of seconds it fizzles out and ends. But oh no, not this lava lamp! This amazing cocktail carried on acting like a lava lamp, bubbling away for the entirety of the drink.
The Lava Lamp is described as orange sweetened long drink with lava lumps throughout.
However my favourite drink of them all was the Bush Fire (pictured below). It is described as Old J shaken with sloe gin, raspberries and rosemary, torched with a spray of Old J Tiki Fire. And boy did the rosemary set on fire.
We had a beautiful evening at the Aluna in Bristol, such a shame the weather was doing the complete opposite as sitting outside after by the Harbour afterwards would have been perfect. After showing my Mum photographs and videos of the cocktails she has made me promise to bring her before the end of the Summer holidays!
If you fancy a couple of amazing cocktails or some really good I would really recommend Aluna in Bristol. It’s situated by the Bristol Harbour and is very close to the main Bristol Temple Meads Train Station.
*I was invited along in exchange for a review.