Fried Chicken, Fries And Fun At Felsons!

31st August 2018

Hey everyone!

I know, no food reviews for a month and then two in a week!? I just happened to get two fabulous opportunities very close together. I’m definitely not complaining, getting invited to create content around delicious food is something I’ll never take for granted. The Burger Joint post I uploaded a few days back was also one of my most popular uploads in a long time, so I’m guessing you all like food.

Felsons Cocktail Lounge and Stick Hall

Today I’ll be giving my verdict on a “Cocktail Lounge and Stick Hall”. I’ve never actually heard of a place that solely specialises in providing pool tables before but I was intrigued by the decor and enticed by the menu. Descending in Bristol quite recently, Felsons is a retro themed venue inspired by Fast Eddie Felson. He’s said to be a super cool “hero” of eight-ball pool in the 1950’s with a competitive but confident nature. The venue boasts character through vintage colours whilst offering cocktails, craft beers and some charming choices on the food menu.

Fun Things At Felsons

I’m unsure just how many pool tables there are, I feel like I probably should’ve counted. There are a lot, put it that way. Jake and I were escorted to “Eddies Room” on arrival which is a little private suite with a pool table, a TV, comfy leather sofas and seats and lots of excess space. After taking a look at the menu and ordering some drinks and food, we got stuck in to the game.

I haven’t played pool in years but Jake is a huge fan. In games like this, rather than wanting to be skilled, I hope for some luck and rely on it to get me through. I say that, that’s secretly kind of my attitude to a lot of things in life, not just games… We weren’t entirely sure if there were any specific rules that we were meant to go by but we just stuck to what we knew.

The first person to pot a ball sticks to whichever category that ball was in (stripes or colours) and the other player of course gets the other category by default. You have to pot all of your balls and then the black ball to win. You also have to hit one of your categories balls first with the white ball on every go otherwise the other player gets to go twice. When you pot a ball, you get another go. If you pot the black any time before potting all of your balls, it’s an automatic forfeit and you lose the game.

The first game was surprisingly even, on one of my turns I actually potted two of my balls in one shot. Jake was in awe, as was I, I have absolutely no idea how it happened. He ended up winning though of course but it was a super close game so I’m pretty proud seeing as I haven’t actually played it in years! We had our food and a rest before giving the table another shot. On the second game, after potting just one ball, Jake potted the black. Cue an extremely smug Alice after he was mansplaining things I already knew about the game for a while. We continued playing anyway but of course I’d already won.

Food And Beverages At Felsons

My first order was a Pornstar Martini as I am THE biggest sucker for passionfruit and hey it was a cocktail bar. Jake ordered something called a Corona-rita which was essentially a Corona margherita. It came in a huge glass with the Corona attached upside down slowly decanting into the glass which we thought was super cool. My Pornstar Martini tasted perfect and really creamy although they had run out of passionfruits to decorate the drink (I really wasn’t bothered). Jake said his Corona-rita was perfect for someone who fancied a beer with a bit more excitement and a twist.

For the second drink, we just went for a standard Coca Cola and Corona which were just as good as you’d expect them to be. As for the menu, it isn’t huge as the focus of Felsons is much more on the drinks and games. It involves a lot of picky foods that you can nibble on whilst playing which is perfect. The choices are definitely American-inspired with options like fried chicken, dirty fries and fudge cake.

Jake went for the The Deep South Burger which is a southern-fried chicken breast burger with bbq sauce and chips and I went for the crispy fried chicken wrap with some avocado in and chips on the side. The food arrived incredibly quick which was pretty damn impressive. Something I have noticed recently though is that food places are starting to put more and more chips on the plate. As someone who only usually eats about a handful of them, I always feel so guilty for sending the majority of them back most of the time!

I thought my chicken was really juicy and the coating of it was perfect. I wanted more of a mild meal which is why I didn’t go for the southern fried and added avocado to it too. It definitely lived up to my expectations, the wrap was packed full and tasted lovely and fresh as it also had some lettuce and mayonnaise in the mix! The chips were really nice and fluffy too.

Jake also really enjoyed his chicken burger, he said it was cooked perfectly and the added bit of spice in the coating was exactly what he wanted. He liked that they gave you the bbq sauce to apply yourself as some places either smother it or put the stingiest blob of it on your burger. There was enough left to keep it for a dip for the chips too which is always a bonus. A very enjoyable and indulgent meal for the both of us!

Overall Verdict of Felsons

We had a really fabulous time at Felsons. The vibe was lovely and chilled but it also had a buzz to it and was surprisingly busy for 4pm on a Tuesday. It slightly reminded me of a casino, quite a sophisticated and exciting vibe throughout the place. Our waitress Georgina was always checking on us and making sure we didn’t need a top up of our drinks. Jake said he cannot wait to bring his friends here soon for a chill lads evening. I also think it’d be a really cool different kind of date night, especially for a first date as it’s something that’s fun, easy to talk whilst doing and keeps the conversation going.

What do you think of a cocktail and stick lounge? Do you think it’d be something you’d enjoy?

’Til Next Time,

20 responses to “Fried Chicken, Fries And Fun At Felsons!”

  1. Miranda says:

    This looks a really cool place I bet nick and his friends would enjoy it too x

  2. Nancy says:

    It’s so cool that you got to check out Cocktail Lounge and Stick Hall. It’s always nice to see a place that has a particular theme. This sounds like a great place to hang out with friends and play some games. The alcohol looks delicious. The Deep South Burger is a great choice. Yum at the avocado! Glad you enjoyed your time out there. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    Nancy ♥

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      I’m such a lover of themes, too! It was a really nice date night and really great to experience something a little different from the usual! X

  3. This place looks amazing! And it’s in Bristol?! I had no idea that it existed, will definitely be going to check it out! This place looks like it has a really chilled vibe and I love the way your drinks and burger look! Great review, I love the foodie ones!

    Jas xx |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Hell yeah girl, it’s a pretty hidden little place and it’s only just opened! It is really nice, chill and spacious and thank you Jasmine ☺️ x

  4. Alice says:

    I would absolutely love to go somewhere like this with Jesse, it’s a shame there’s not many places like this in Birmingham! I get so competitive, I reckon I could definitely beat Jesse haha. Pornstar Martini’s are my fave cocktails, I’d defo be getting one of them and the idea of the Corona slowly coming out is such a cool concept! The food looks delicious as well, nothing better than a good chicken wrap. I’m gonna have to keep my eyes peeled for something similar in Birmingham as it’s something a little different for a date night, just like you said x

    Alice //

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      There is one in Birmingham, you’ll have to let me know what you think if you go! We should get together and do doubles hahaha I get quite competitive too even though i know I’m crap… I bloody love anything passionfruit and I totally agree about the chicken wrap hehe☺️ x

  5. This looks like a place that Aaron and I would deffo be up for going to on a date night!! We love pool (although it’s been a few years too!) and the food sounds amazing!! I love all of your food review posts – everything always looks delish and I always want to head on over to Bristol (we googled how far away it is and you’re almost in Wales hahah!) great post as always lovely! ❤️❤️❤️

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      It was real nice to go somewhere a bit different! We usually just go for food alone like the greedy guts we are haha ☺️ so glad you enjoy them!! X

  6. Julia says:

    Oh wow, that burger looks SO good and now I’m massively craving chips as well. I’m loving the chilled out vibe of this place as well, it looks kind of old school which I like.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      You can’t beat a good burger and chips, such nice comfort food! And yeah the decor is quite vintage/retro vibed! X

  7. helloaycan says:

    I promised myself I wouldn’t read another of your food posts while I was hungry… to late! This looks like such a fun place to hang out. I like somewhere where you can eat and have fun too, though I’d constantly be looking around waiting for my food. Cocktails are my favourite things (purple rain is my all time no.1), and I can honestly eat my weight in chips. Now that I’m even more hungry, I’m going to go and find some food which sadly won’t be as good as those!

    Aycan //

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Oops, sorry! But I’m really glad you enjoy them hehe. I do love chips but I can’t eat half as many as I used to be able to!! And I have to have a nice sauce with them! X

  8. Of course we love food! haha.

    This place looks like it has a really great, chilled back atmosphere! I absolutely SUCK at pool, but I do love to play it whenever I see a table.

    I’ve never seen a Corona served like that, that’s really cool! And your pornstar martini sounds amazing!

    Laura ✰

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Yeah I’m not the best at pool either tbh but I just hope for the best ☺️ doesn’t it look awesome!? I remember it being delivered to us and I just screamed “DONT TOUCH THAT, I NEED A PICTURE” x

  9. charlotteannelane103 says:

    Ah this place looks SO cool and I just love your photography in this post Alice! All the food pics are making me hungry and now I wanted Southern Fried Chicken and Chocolate Fudge Cake.. xo

    Char |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Aww thanks Char! It was a really fab evening and real nice to spend some proper time together playing a few games ☺️ x

  10. Meg says:

    This place sounds insanely good! Is it wrong to be craving the burger Jake had at 9:45am? Aha!

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