Alma de Cuba

AlmaHighRESWritten by WILL MARTIN

Alma de Cuba has been described as an island in the heart of the city. If looks are to go by, this upmarket, shabby-chic expanse of organised chaos is a haven – where food and drink are as well-manicured as the barman’s goatee.

Alma de Cuba also hosts jazz nights and cool, laid-back blues-y afternoons. It is a hub of music, drink and laughter, populated by the trendy cats of the Liverpudlian street scene whose males mix wide, shaggy beards with bowler hats and smart Chesterfield overcoats.

This place is alive, that’s for sure. On Sundays they hire a live gospel choir to woo the crowds, and as you pick through a saffron-hued, paprika-scented, seafood-packed Alma paella or a full Cuban breakfast; comprising everything you’d except from a full fry up, plus maple-glazed bacon and spiced patatas bravas; you notice the happy atmosphere washing over its clientele. Everyone’s got a smile on their face.

So kick back, sip a Solana mojito (Bacardi Oakheart spiced rum, liqueur 43, a squeeze of fresh orange with mint, sugar syrup and lime juice plunged over crushed ice) and abide especially by the fourth of Alma de Cuba’s Ten Commandments: ‘Thou shalt not take oneself too seriously’. Dive headfirst into this Central American spot in the city, and thou shalt not be disappointed.

St Peters Church, Seel St, Liverpool L1 4BH | 0843 504 4695 | | T: @almadecuba | FB: Alma-de-Cuba

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