Bourne & Co

It's not every day I get invited along to try out Birmingham's first New York style speakeasy bar, so I was very happy when I was invited along to try out Bourne and Co. I have been past the location numerous times on my way to Island Bar or The Victoria but for some reason or the other, I haven't ventured in before. God knows why. The bar is owned by Mikey Bourne, hence the name and it's theme is the 1920's prohibition era. As soon as I walked in, I liked the venue. The atmosphere was relaxed and not pretentious, I also liked that they were skulls adorning the room and the colour scheme of brown, black and gold was very pleasing to my eye.
I tried a mixture of their mocktails, cocktails and even had some nibbles. As you can see from the image above, the nibbles were presented beautifully. Olives and almonds are two of my favourite snacks, so I was over joyed when I got these very nice bar snacks. I particularly loved the metal toothpick the olives came with. It definitely catered to my gothic tendencies.

Mocktails aren't something that many places specialise in. Most of the time they are ladled with artificial sugars and syrups and are normally an afterthought, but that wasn't the case at Bourne and Co. They use fresh ingredients and everything is made in-house. The picture above shows two of the mocktails I tried, which were the Superb Colada and Lemon Mint. You can see the influences of Cairo and Dubai within the drinks, two places where Mikey has lived and worked. I liked the rosewater in the Superb Colada and how it reminded me of a strawberry milkshake. Which is surprising because the usual dash of milk was omitted for me. Just shows how creamy it was. The Lemon Mint was also perfection because it has a very fresh taste but it still had a welcomed sourness. It was similar to a mojito but with the added depth of mint and lemon.

Then I tried two very tropical-esque mocktails, the Gohar Cooler and the Plantain Palm. I especially fell in love with the Plantain Palm, as it was decorated with dried banana slices, which were made in-house. It was super creamy and transported me to a beach in the Caribbean. On the other hand, the Gohar Cooler is a very fresh yet clean drink. The watermelon gives the drink its depth and hydration and it just tasted amazing. A lot more depth to it in comparison to the usual watermelon juice, that's for sure!

Now onto the hard stuff.

First off is the Whisky Sour, a classic whisky-based drink with an orange zing. Small, punchy and full of flavour and it's a vision too! I loved that it contained a whisky called Knob Creek, hilarious for my childish brain. Then came the Rum Julep (shown below), a strong rum-based flavoursome drink that was presented beautifully, it was the perfect size and came recommended by the knowledgeable bartender, mixologist, what do you call them these days?

I have been back since going to the bar for this review and have not been disappointed. Everyone speaks highly of this place and I can see why. I highly recommend this place to everyone I know and beyond because I doubt you will find a better bar in Birmingham. Quality, value, great music, a gentleman's club vibe, an eccentric mix of the old and new, a relaxing atmosphere, great glasses and overall a great place to escape to. Whilst I was there, there was a coffee lover at the bar that was letting me know about the wonders of the coffee they serve. I wish I could drink coffee because it smelt amazing and I love the fact they serve Bulletproof Coffee.

Would I go back? Yes

Why? Great drinks and atmosphere

How was the service? Friendly and knowledgeable - the best kind

How did they cope with the dairy-free dietary requirement? Easily!

What are the prices like? Good value for the quality of the drinks and atmosphere.

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Have you been? What did you think?

*Many thanks to Mikey for his hospitality and to the PR company for the invite. This review came to me through a PR invite but the views are my own*

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