Cocktails In Good Company At The Cuban!

4th April 2018

Hey everyone!

Another event and more food on the blog today, I would say sorry but I am far from it as really, who doesn’t love food? If you haven’t yet read my post from last week about the fabulous Las Iguanas event I attended, you can find it here! The event I’m writing about today was held at The Cuban in Bristol and arranged by Heather in collaboration with Socialight. Socialight is a website, soon to be app that connects influencers and bloggers with local businesses and brands for collaborations. It’s a brilliant way to find opportunities that they have put out and build a relationship with them!

Becky and I met beforehand and headed over together as we always do. On arrival, us bloggers mingled as usual and then had a little chat to the friendly manager Ellie who explained that the event was in honour of them launching a new menu at The Cuban. To begin with, I have to say the exterior of The Cuban doesn’t do the interior justice. The interior boasts culture, colour and creativity with two bars, a small stage and a restaurant area on offer. The ceiling is high up making it feel spacious, the acoustics brilliant and leaving more than enough room to dangle lots of hanging singular and string lights for a pretty and warm atmosphere.

We then headed over to the back bar for the Mojito masterclass. In all honesty, I’m not a big fan of the flavour mint in general but the Mojitos at The Cuban hold a much more prominent taste of lime so I thoroughly enjoyed it. The gentleman then showed us a variation of a Mojito with a passionfruit twist and a quite literal fire-filled shot on top. Next, another cocktail with a bit of a kick as it contained ginger beer and then a “spiced old fashioned” if I remember correctly, as it was his personal favourite!

It was then time to head over to our very long table and have a browse at the new menu. I ordered a “Safe Sex On The Beach” mocktail whilst we were all deciding which was a super sweet and yummy mix of fruit juices. The menu offered an array of all different meat dishes such as a trio of pork, a lamb rack and a chicken thigh kebab, all served with either chips, veg or salad. There was also different types of steak ranging in price, piella and a veggie option or two. I’ve got to say I was quite surprised at the lack of vegetarian or vegan options seeing as the movement of both has been very active everywhere you go recently. They do have quite a fair few gluten free options, though.

We were kindly given our own choice of a complimentary starter and main or some tapas dishes so I went for the “Aubergine Roulade” to begin with which was thinly sliced aubergine wrapped around a sizeable slice of tomato infused with garlic and basil. The basil was definitely the most stand out flavour which I really wasn’t complaining about as I adore it – although this was actually a cold starter which I wasn’t expecting.

 Becky went for the “Calamari” dish with aioli which looked crispy and delicious and she said she thoroughly enjoyed it. I also admittedly stole some of her aioli to pop on the top of mine too, it was gorgeously garlicy and had quite a kick to it!

Between ordering and sipping on cocktails, a duo music act set up and started playing some upbeat acoustic music. There was a gentleman on guitar and backing vocals and a really smiley and passionate lady leading whilst also doing percussion. They provided brilliant entertainment for around an hour and even chucked in the old classic “Stand By Me”. Although they did set off a group of very drunk and loud men singing along with that one… The Cuban has musical entertainment performing every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for customers to enjoy!

For the main I went for the “Cuban Burger” but changed it to chicken breast instead of beef. This was served in a long ciabatta sub-sized roll with lettuce, tomatoes, gherkins and monteray jack cheese and a side of fries sprinkled with what I can only assume was paprika. It was served lovely and hot which was great as when such a big tables food is arriving all at the same time, sometimes some dishes can lack a bit of heat and freshness. It was more than enough and far too big a serving for me to finish the whole meal but the chicken was cooked really nicely and the gherkins were an excellent addition to the burger.

The event was supposed to end at 9 and by the time we’d finished our main meal it was almost 10 and I was beyond exhausted. My fatigue can wipe me out completely sometimes making it near impossible for me to function normally or drive safely. So I thought it was a sensible idea to say my goodbyes at this point, unfortunately missing dessert! I did have my eye on the “White Chocolate Panna Cotta” though and it will definitely be something I’ll try on my next visit there.

A big thank you to everyone involved in setting up an enjoyable night for us and of course to The Cuban for having us! Have you ever tried Cuban inspired food?

’TIl Next Time,

40 responses to “Cocktails In Good Company At The Cuban!”

  1. Gabrielle says:

    Ahh loving these foodie posts; this place sounds amazing and love the concept of the app you mentioned too, will deffo keep an eye out for that to download on my phone! Great post again (as always!) ❤️❤️❤️

  2. ooooh myyyy! I am getting serious food envy just reading this post! and those cocktails look fantastic! Never say no to cocktails! xx corinne

  3. Chloe says:

    Love a good foodie post! I always find the cocktails and food so good at Cuban places!


    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      They’re the best kinda posts! This is the only Cuban place I’ve tried but I do want to explore more now! X

  4. Meg says:

    A mojito with a passionfruit twist!? Sign me up!
    It all looks delicious! Great shots lovely xx

  5. The venue looks really cool and the food really nice :p like the idea of live music too!


  6. This sounds delicious! When I was at uni I used to go to a place called The Cuban allll the time in Canterbury and I’m wondering if it’s the same chain? Judging by your photos it looks like a very similar vibe. I used to love it there! x


  7. I don’t drink so a “Safe Sex on the Beach” would be PERFECT for me! I also love how they twisted the name for the mocktail… Very clever hehe. Great photos… I’m a huge lover of calamari so that would go down a treat! xxx

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      It was so yummy!! Think it was nicer without the alcohol tbh haha, thank you very much! Calamari is so yummy, especially with aioli! Xxx

  8. Ayse Merve Demir says:

    This is an amazing post and all the food looks delicious! Great post lovely! Ayse x

  9. Melanie says:

    Looks like a really cool venue and the food looks and sounds out of this world! I love a good foodie post although I’m always hungry after reading !

    Melanie |

  10. Bexa says:

    Your photography is gorgeous and the food looked amazing! ? I would have probably ordered the same as you – I love burgers! ? I don’t drink so it’s good they have mocktails here, loving the name too, very good! ? Great post Alice! ? xx

    Bexa |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Aww thank you so much!! I’ve been feeling a bit poo about my photography recently so this has made me feel better haha. Burgers are the best! Thank you ? Xx

  11. Sophie says:

    It sounds like you had an amazing time! Those cocktails look amazing, I absolutely love mojitos! I’m so sad they don’t have one near where I live- ?

  12. I’m absolutely loving these style posts from you recently – I wish I lived closer so that we could go together! ? The restaurant looks incredible, I love the whole aesthetic and the live music is such a nice idea, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anywhere while live music has played! The food looks absolutely delicious as well – I love calamari, chips sprinkled with paprika is a little thing that I absolutely adore, and good aioli is definitely the way to my heart.. ? You’re making my list of ‘restaurants to visit’ ridiculously long! ?

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Come on down to Bristol and I’ll take you to some AMAZING foodie places hehe. Live music is real nice during a meal and it wasn’t too loud either! Omg yes aioli is my absolute favourite thing I just wish it wasn’t so fattening! X

  13. Lena Dee says:

    Ouuu what a fab post! You’re pics are so amazing like I think it really captured the nice ambiance of the place. Great job hun ? I enjoy posts that are food related or venturing out to new places & in this case both. I think it’s always a nice touch to have mellow music to sway to. I like the look of the drinks so I think that would be a great place for me ?

    xx Lena |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Thank you so much, that’s such a lovely thing to say! It definitely has a really fab vibe and great food! X

  14. Gemma says:

    This place looks and sounds amazing! I am always up for new and interesting places, I’ve never thought to try Cuban food, I’ve never come across a restaurant that features that food. Oh my after this post though I’m in love! Definitely need to find my nearest The Cuban, also I’m checking out Socialight now for opportunities!

    Gemma |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Yeah it wasn’t something I’d usually think of eating but they have some great and different fishes and cocktails on offer! X

  15. Lily says:

    Another amazing place I need to hit up when I venture here! I really wished I had amazing places like this that did fab cocktails. Glad you enjoyed your evening xx

    Lily | The Wellbeing Edit

  16. Alice says:

    Socialite is such a cool idea! The menu sounds incredible, I’d love to try the chicken thigh kebab and the paella, this is making me so hungry haha. Your burger looks so yummy, and Becky’s calamari – that’s one of my fave foods. So cool how they have entertainment there too! I haven’t heard of this restaurant before but now I need to visit x

    Alice |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Isn’t it just!? Calamari is the best and even better dipped in aioli! Come on down to Bristol please Xo

  17. Jasmine says:

    This looks like a cute little spot for an evening. Love me some cocktails and tasty food!

  18. I’m going here soon with my friend and I can’t wait! The food looks delicious and those chips are making my mouth water!! I loove the look of the interior of this place too and it sounds like an amazing event 🙂 xo

    Char |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      The chips are really lovely, I love the flavouring on them! I’m sure you’ll love your trip there girl! X

  19. Francesca says:

    Ohh, this looks fab! Glad you had a good night, I’m super jealous – the food looked amazing!!x

    Francesca | Francesca Alice ?

  20. […] for this event for a little while now and I’m excited to be sharing it on here! Some of the bristol bloggers went to brunch at a fabulous food establishment called Beets N Roots located on Cotham Hill which […]

  21. Wow food and drinks look amazing. We need to check this place out. Great images as well.

    GR |

  22. Anu says:

    Everything looks so yummy! Mojitos are one of my favourite cocktails and I love the sound of a passionfruit version. I’ve never tried any Cuban inspired food but now I’m really intrigued and need to check if there are any restaurants like this near me 🙂 x

    Anu | Based On blog

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