Alma De Cuba is something of a Liverpool city centre institution. It is a part of Liverpool’s history as well as society today, for entirely different reasons.
Nowadays, Alma De Cuba is a vibrant Restaurant and Night Club located on Seel Street. It is the first Church in Liverpool to be turned in to a social venue.
The building it is in has been there since 1788 and it’s the old Catholic Church, St Peters. From 1788 to the 1970’s it functioned as a Catholic church, it was the oldest surviving catholic church in Liverpool. For a short amount of time in the 70’s it was made home to a Polish community centre.
However, the building went in to disuse for many years after that, until it was restored and turned in to a stunning social venue. Recently this year, Alma has been taken over by Signature Living, a fast paced expanding luxury hotel & social venue company, based in Liverpool.
Alma De Cuba is a very well known location in the city, the inside has kept parts of the old church building which offers a very unique experience. The location is right in the hub of the Liverpool nightlife, and of an evening it blends in well with offering a great atmosphere inside & good music.
The petal drop is probably one of the most famous features of this venue, it happens every Friday and Saturday at 11pm. A carnival atmosphere gets the night underway with samba dancers showing their moves along to the music from the resident DJ’s, and the crowd are then covered in petal confetti. It’s such a cool part of the venue and is definitely one to see.
To see more of what Alma De Cuba has to offer check out their What’s On page. There is something for everyone at this venue. Each Sunday they hold on to a part of the buildings history and host a Gospel Brunch. Tuesday evenings see the newly launched Open Mic Night. This was the night I visited and listening to local singers having a jam was really cool. They also offer Afternoon Tea on Saturdays that comes with Samba dancing entertainment. There really is something on that suits everyone.
Dine Out with Alma
My reason for visiting here though was to review the menu, and I’m very thankful to have been asked, as I’ve wanted to try the food here for ages. I was invited along with other Liverpool based bloggers to an event called Alma Bloggers. We were greeted with a prosecco arrival, and had the chance to wander the venue whilst it was still relatively quiet.
There’s a fabulous outdoor area and an area of booths behind the bar which can be booked out during the evenings. This is probably one of my favourite areas as it looks like the original chapel with old brick work and stained glass windows. The upstairs area is fantastic and accessed via an old fashioned stone spiral staircase. There are large antler style chandeliers lighting everywhere up, metal frames adorned with pillar candles, and spectacular palm trees coming out of the old stone walls.
Bring on the Food
Once seated and we had ordered, we sipped on cocktails and enjoyed the open mic music. Once the food arrived I had to be really good and snap some pictures first, even though I was so hungry and it looked and smelt amazing.
My first course was sweet potato and chorizo croquettas, i.e the tastiest starter I’ve ever had. I could of ate these twice over, they were that good. The sauces it came with; salsa and garlic mayonnaise, were delicious too and added even more flavour to the dish.
For my main I went for the Hanging Chicken with rice. It comes out like a hanging kebab, very cool. The chicken was really good and flavoursome as it was marinated with a pimento, onion, garlic and red chilli butter. The coconut scented rice went lovely with this dish.
I didn’t go for a desert, instead I chose a mocktail to sip on whilst we rounded off the night chatting away.
Let’s Go Back
I can’t wait to head back to here, one because I want to have those sweet potato and chorizo croquettas again (and again), but also to try out the other events.
The gospel brunch is first on my list, I think this would be a lovely way to spend a few hours on a Sunday. But, maybe I’ll have to grab some gal pals and head to the Samba Afternoon Tea too because that sounds so much fun.
Like I said before, all the details of what Alma De Cuba has to offer is on their website and social media pages, along with menus and other food offers. The Open Mic Night has food and drink offers available.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review, and maybe found somewhere new to try when you next visit the city centre. If you do like menu reviews for inspiration of where to visit, then you’ll find more on my blog from the likes of Turtle Bay and Yee Rah Wok and Grill.
Thanks so much for reading guys & let me know if you have been here before & what you enjoyed about it.
*I was invited to review the menu of Alma de Cuba, all food and drink were complimentary. However, all images and views are my own, and always honest to how I felt the evening was.