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.
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.
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.
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!
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?