Even before the team from Aluna opened its Bristol cocktail bar & restaurant, we think we were already pre-registered with the Aluna fan club. With two successful venues in Birmingham, Aluna has branched out from the midlands for the first time, and we’re quite chuffed about this.
Opening up in Broad Quay, Aluna Bristol aims to continue its motto of “a concept unlike any other”. With its Birmingham bars boasting flamboyant decor to match the imaginative menu, the interior of the Bristol site is less dramatic —however, the cocktail menu is just as extensive.
Aluna is adventurous, bold, and their approach to cocktail making is textbook-straight-out-of Breaking Bad’s Walter White’s chemistry lab. Bristolites: expect to be entertained by the “social scientists”, the theatrical bartenders, who have developed every cocktail on the menu to illustrate and highlight the delicate, subtle and fragrant ingredients collected from all over the world.
As well as the classic cocktail list (word has it their Espresso Martinis are top-notch), the adventure really begins with the molecularly exciting concoctions such as “Bubblegumtini”, “Marshmallow Daiquiri” and a “Colour Changing Martini”, which, is exactly as it says on the tin — build your own colour changing martini.
But it’s not all hubble and bubble — food-wise, they’re working hard to satisfy our tastebuds again here with a menu that is both Asian and European inspired. Unusual to say the least, but hey, we think it’s a fine way to keep everyone happy: Miranda can have her Massaman Curry, Kate can have a spicy Chicken Jerk Wrap and Nancy can revel with a Mushroom Tagliatelle — and they can all start with some Salt Chilli Squid.
This is dedication, and thankfully, also not highway robbery. The guys at Aluna may push the boundaries of molecular mixology, but they don’t push the boundaries of our wallets and they’re bringing a much needed touch of luxe to Bristol’s nightlife scene.
Aluna, Unit 4, 12 Broad Quay, Bristol, BS1 4DA