So coming here was a huge surprise.
I was on Contiki and we were meant to eat some place else but they were shut so the guys at Contiki managed a last minute booking at this place.
I was told this never happens and to please not make this the standard for which we compared every other meal on tour. What a stroke of luck!
The decor in this place is amazing - it had a very woodland feel about it with low candles and mounted animal heads on the walls. Antlers everywhere!
The food was amazing!! As we were such a big group there was a limited menu but still enough to satisfy the whims of every traveller. The toffee baked cheesecake was a standout!
I doubt I will ever be able to come here again, but if you do find yourself in Liverpool, can spare the pounds and feel like a bit of a fancy night out, this is the place to hit!
We were staying in a hotel across the street and didn't notice this restaurant until a cab driver pointed it out. Checked it out on-line and decided we just had to try this place if for nothing else but the atmosphere and decor. It's an old church built in 1788. WOW, beautiful inside. The wait staff were very pleasant and friendly. The food... what can I say, that was definitively one of the best meals I have ever had. My wife had the Sticky Fig Daiquiri which was outstanding, if you like figs. We both had the Corn and Sweet potato bisque, which was one of the best soups we've had. Well seasoned, and just the right amount of heat. The parmesan krackle that came with the soup was also great. We did try their breads with flavored oils, and loved the oils. We split the BROCHETAS:Marinated lamb mojito - prime lamb fillet marinated in garlic, honey, lime & mint, served with minted natural yoghurt. This was very tasty. All dishes were very well presented. Overall, if I were in the neighborhood, I would absolutely visit here again.
Good old Alma, been around for a while and still hasn't gotten any less pretentious. Don't get me wrong, I love the actual place, its just the general clientele on Friday and Saturday nights that puts me off.
For example, the last time I was there I was on a cocktail night with a group of girlfriends I hadn't seen for a while, and we were waiting patiently at a crowded bar at around midnight on a Friday. Next thing, this mid-to-late-30s guy cut between me and my friend as if trying to get through the crowd. The people around him attempted to give him some space, at which point he immediately elbowed his way to the front of the bar. He then leaned over the bar and thrust a wrinkled fiver in the hand of the nearest barman and said "I'm being served next". The barman attempted to explain that there were various other groups of people who had been waiting, and continued to serve the group he was with. And then he served this idiot. At this point, everyone around started tutting and I suggested in an undertone that we all tip our multi-coloured cocktails over his pristine white shirt.
He is the reason I don't go to Alma on a weekend.
Having said that, the decor is amazing, as it is an old church that has retained its altar and structure, but been glammed up with antler chandeliers and candles and dark and glamorous furniture. The cocktails are lovely if not a little pricey (mostly over £5 for the simplest) and the music is eclectic. There is also a restaurant upstairs which serves the standard small-servings-nicely-arranged-on-large-plates type food, and if you get there at the right time there is confetti thrown from the balconies and Cuban dancing girls entertaining everyone.
On a weekday it is quieter and nicer and you don't feel so bad for not wearing the latest fashion trends. You can also see the bar from where you are sat. Overall, it's definitely somewhere I would recommend if you have never been, but only if you have the patience of a saint on a weekend!
A superbly restored, beautifully kept 18th Century Russian Orthodox church. Can you imagine a more spectacular setting for a restaurant? If you ever have someone to impress, be it colleagues, dates or new friends, you can't go far wrong with this beauty.
It's absolutely luxurious, and even harbours the original altar and pews amongst bright, glowing candles and a stunning atmosphere. The interior design all sits suitably within its gorgeous shell and the location on Seel Street is pretty central. The food is Mediterranean in style, all served on a tapas basis - it can be rather dear but it's certainly worth heading there as a treat and I personally think it's rather reasonable in terms of what you get for what you pay for. It's delicious, and that's the main thing. The vegetarian choice can be a little limited if you're avoiding fish though.
The cocktail menu is very impressive too with plenty of choice; they can be pricey but they're worth pushing the boat out for. There are salsa lessons here, you can host parties and the staff will bend over backwards to give you exactly what you're looking for (I spoke to them about the potential for putting on something in here) - all in all any night here would make for a great spectacle. The service is supreme, it can sometimes be a little slow but that doesn't bother me in the slightest as it simply gives one more time to drink in the amazing surroundings. Accompanying the excellent cocktail menu is a very sophisticated wine list, full of tasty offerings. It's different, it's visually staggering and I love bringing friends here to watch their faces light up. Just lovely.
I don't know Liverpool well at all but had met a friend who was there on tour and taken her out for dinner. We picked Alma De Cuba based on the menu outside and when we got inside it didn't disappoint. A converted church with a really cool theme which includes a bar, a cubicled eating area and a restaurant.
Great for groups, a date, a work night out and the food is beautiful!!
I've had quite a few good nights out here, one of them being my boyfriends birthday celebration last year. With having such a good time last year we went back this year to celebrate only to find those fab cocktail bowls we've guzzled down in the past have doubled in price! They were £25-£30 each last year but this year £65 each!
The wait for the drinks is always long too. As a group there is always a big order but they seem to push the patience threshold.
Apart from one paticular server the staff have always been polite, even after dropping drinks on our table...
Never been of a weekend only weekdays and even then it can be hard to get a table by the bar.
The race on a Friday and a Saturday night to watch the petals fall off the mezzanine at Alma de Cuba has to be seen to be believed. If you happen to be on the train that arrives into central station at 10:30 you'll be greeted by the sight of glammed up grown women attempting to run in high heels so as not to miss paper petals being thrown from the balcony at the Cuban themed bar.
It is impressive in its own way and the carnival dancers that accompany the drop are an interesting interruption. The place itself is very impressive - a converted church festooned with dripping candles. For me though none of this really makes up for what one of the other Yelpers here identified as the 'douchebag factor.'
The place is swimming in pretentious idiots swilling overpriced champagne hoping against hope that a girl running in for the petal drop might trip over and they get a look at their knickers. I have never eaten here but probably never will, so much has that little story I came up with there incensed me.
In the run to make absolutely everything cool, trendy, hip, fashionable, chique, affordable, relevant, edgy or - god help us - ironic - somewhere along the way somebody forgot about the fun.
Then steps up - with a smile which isn't big enough to be described as a "beam" but just wide enough to make it irresistably infectious - Alma De Cuba. Not waving, not dancing - just sort of being - and from nowhere sounds such a rhythmic sound that all within earshot - or basshot - have little choice but to dance.
And it's the most fun ever.
Seriously - when's the last time you've been able to describe a night out as pure, unabashed "fun"? Sure, it's always nice to see your friends. And yeah, there is some joy to be had in dropping back a layer - letting your hair down, some call it. But fun?
Fun is running up an escalator headed in the opposite direction. Fun is rolling downhill in a handcrafted vessel at such speeds that you're unsure as to whether you'll ever be able to stop. Fun is a snowball fight, a sugar-rush, a ball-pit.
And do you know what else is fun? Alma De Cuba.
Alma De Cuba is essentially three different places all at once: a very good restaurant, a booming, loud nightclub and a quiet place to have an amazing drink. We've visited all three "personalities" of Alma De Cuba and we prefer the first and last by far.
Early in the afternoon or evening, you can sit at the bar while a skilled bartender takes his time to truly craft a drink. It may take a few minutes to make, but the wait is well worth it. They take pride in their work and it shows (or tastes!). We have sampled most of the drinks on the menu during the quiet hours and can personally vouch that they are all wonderful. Special props go to the Mojito though. I've sampled them at many, many places and no one can seem to hit the perfection of the Alma De Cuba Mojito.
If you go later on at night, the atmosphere completely changes. The music is much, much louder, the clientele is different and the drinks are nowhere near as good as they are in the afternoon - you're waiting 25+ minutes and the bar staff are completely fried. Granted, if you're into more of a showy social scene, it's perfect for you. It just depends on your preferences.
As far as the restaurant is concerned, the food is great. The tapas menu is not only tasty but very reasonably priced for such an upscale place. The dinner menu has a fun Caribbean flare. Last time we were there, we had the duck spring rolls as a starter and the jerk chicken and filet of beef as mains. All were excellent. The main event of that meal was the Ron Zacapa Experience. A warmed snifter of prized Ron Zacapa rum, strong espresso, luscious orange & chocolate fudge and a teeny glass of mineral water. A must for anyone who admires rum as we do.
The setting of this restaurant is absolutley stunning. We loved it. My son said his chicken dish was one of the best meals he's ever eaten. This is a must while in Liverpool.
As a post-degree celebration, we thought, heck why not splash out a little and go down to Alma! Usually a little out of my price range for an evening out, you definitely get what you pay for here with the bar staff being extra-helpful, knowledgeable professionals in their cocktail shakin' trade.
First and foremost, it knows how to make a lasting impression, not happy with any old location, it is set within a conversion of St Peter's Catholic Church and has maintained many of its spectacular features and incorporated it in stylishly with their Latin American vibe. I remember once having a Staff party here and we hired out the Altar, I can't work out whether drinking copious amounts on an altar is blasphemous or celebratory but it's good fun!
The music is a great compendium of well-known music remixed and the cocktails are nothing less than heavenly which is appropriate given the surroundings. I'd recommend the Dark n' Stormy, with an extra healthy splash of rum and ginger beer it's a spicy cocktail, great to sip in the cosy pew like booths when you want to have an extra special, memorable evening out.
It all depends on what day you decide to come here to get the most of Alma's potential.
Set in an old church dating back to the mid 1700s, the interior is easily one of the most impressive bars or restaurants in the city as lots of the original features have been retained such as the pews, stained glass and gold ornaments. There is something appealing about drinking on an altar without it being followed by a stale wafer!
The food is anything but stale and is regularly regarded as one of the best restaurants in town but with starter ranging from £6 - £10 and mains from £11 - £25 it shouldn't really be done on a budget but there is a good lunchtime tapas menu if you just fancy a quick nibble with a pint.
As I say though, this place is probably best enjoyed early week as Friday and Saturday nights do attract big crowds and there are often queues to get in. The bar is expensive but with a good array of cocktails some might find it worth the wait but I think there are better cocktail bars around.
Drinking establishments that were built for some other purpose before having their interiors scooped out and replaced with bars, barrels and bottles normally hold a glimmer of attraction for me. For instance, there's the Pumphouse (formerly a pump house), Studio 2 (a recording studio) and the Fly in the Loaf (it was a bakery). Winning by a furlong in this respect is Alma de Cuba which was constructed centuries ago as St Peter's Russian Orthodox Church. The fact it is spectacularly dolled up to resemble God's House is its only redeeming feature. Oh, okay, I suppose it's vibrant and exotic too.
This is a place though where the customers put on ties and shiny shoes and think that exemplifies them from acting like unutterable tools. The bar staff on the other hand have their smugness turned up to eleventeen as they serve nine people at once in a way that always misses you out.
If I was to improve this place, it would be to put more focus on the Russian part of its heritage. Keep it looking like an old church but make it grubby and dark. Have one bare candelabra pushing weak illumination into shadowy corners, where creepy Rasputin-like men sit swigging vodka and listening to a fat woman play the balalaika. It wouldn't be to everyone's taste but it would be freakish enough to keep me coming back.
I'm not a huge fan of Cuban/South American food but I love this restaurant, it's great for families, groups of friends, couples, everyone I know has always enjoyed themselves here. The atmosphere is really fun, and it just makes you smile.
There is a great bar where you can get cocktails or any other drink under the sun before your meal. There is plenty of space to sit down and enjoy your drink, you don't feel like you're being shoved into a corner while you wait, or even worse, told to wait outside. It's really welcoming.
The food is pretty good, I had the Chicken Massaman which was delicious but other members of my party didn't think much of their main meals. When we told the staff they were extremely helpful and offered to serve us up something else but we declined because we'd eaten most of it anyway. It can be quite expensive here if you're out for a 3 course meal - around £50 per person - but the atmosphere is well worth the money.
Alma de Cuba is a bar and restaurant which certainly stays long in the memory as it offers something unique to the customer which is always a good thing. The place itself is small from the outside but has enough room to offer a comfortable dining experience within and the key thing is that they manage to make you feel very relaxed.
They do things differently here even offering a menu known as the gospel which is available as an alternative form of worship on a Sunday lunch time and although I'm not sure the cathedral would approve it certainly is a novel idea.
The food here is great with their steak and brazen beef being particular highlights for me accompanied by a healthy portion of wine which went down very well indeed.
The staff are good and although the service can be a tad slow it is worth the wait in the end and is the perfect place for something more than your average lunch.
From the outside this place looks like a small little white church, definite tardis as when you go in the place really opens up, it's massive! And really quirkily done, a definite must see.
The food is fantastic! It is pricy but you do get the service, plus free hors d'oeuvres, when I went it was a chunky chip and fish finger type thing with tartar sauce really quirky, fresh and tasty. I had steak and it was amazing, the deserts looked really good as well, but I couldn't dare eat another morsel I was that full.
I've also tried the bar food which is more tapas like, but again really really good. Definitely worth a try if you ever in the city.
(New visit!) Wow! Seriously good. Ok so maybe it was the Chateaubriand - I've never had it before and oh it was good, really really good, worth every penny in my book. This place it going up their with my favourites. Service was impeccable, food delicious, atmosphere amazing, at 11pm when all the petals are thrown they now have crazy Cuban type dancing, it feels like a real fiesta party, but at the same time if you're upstairs eating you're detached enough to not be too swept up in all the sweat and noise - it's up to you where you'd choose to be. YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS PLACE.
No free hors d'oeuvres though this time and the duck wraps weren't the best but still doing a very very good job. I'll be back.
Of my 2 days in Liverpool this was probably my favourite drinking spot I went to. Lovely people, lovely drinks, lovely music. What more can I say.
Good place for cocktails and a great job done on decor, however as the bar is not in SW1 why they feel the need to place a £500 minimum spend on booth hire I will never know?
The food is good, but slightly over priced and the place gets far too full on weekends.
Alma De Cuba has to be one of the most attractive and impressive bars in the UK, let alone Liverpool. (It also has a restaurant but I haven't had a chance to sample that yet!)
Located on Seel Street, I'd say it's up there with heebie jeebies as one of the best bars in the area. However, its decoration and exterior are second to none - it's like walking into a white cuban church in the centre of Liverpool and I'd be lying if I didn't say that it feels a little odd at first! It has to be seen to be believed.
If you're just after a quiet beer with friends, then this perhaps isn't the place to come as it obviously prides itself on its wide selection of drinks and cocktails! The bar staff all look itching to make a cocktail and they seem rather disheartened when you just ask for a pint! That aside, all the staff are extremely friendly and seem very knowledgable about their drinks.
As I said, I haven't sampled the food, but I can say that I have heard good things from a number of friends! Alma de Cuba is definitely worth a visit!!
I was in liverpool for work and a colleague took me to this bar/restaurant i must admit walking to it i wasnt convinced as it was very hard to find and out of the hussle and bustle, however it was a real find. The reasturant is inside an old catholic church and they have maintained as much of the initial building as possible. at one side of the bar there were salsa lessons taking place which was really fun to watch. The bar service was great and when we were taken to our table upstairs the impressive interior continued.
The menu wasnt as extensive or as modern as i expected but the food was nice once it arrived (service was a tad slow) The wine menu was suberb one of the nicest wines ive had in such a restaurant.
For something different its real worth a visit the only downside was the slow and then pushy service as the night went on. But very unique and popular locally.
I like this concept of a bar - set in a church, with stunning interior design and a great selection of beers and food. They even have a gospel choir on a Sunday!
I would strongly recommend a visit to this bar. The only reasons I can't give it full marks are the prices and the fact the vegetarian options are not that good. But apart from that, it's one of the best bars in liverpool.
Fantastic food and great atmosphere.
Staff are very helpful and great customer service.
If you are looking for a good night out this is definitely the place to visit.
Alba de cuba is a very high quality food and drink establishment in liverpool city centre. It's in a beautifully converted church building and its almost entirely candle lit,very romantic indeed!
We started our evening there with some cocktails from its great ranging drinks menu. A cosmoplolitan for herself and a long island iced tea for myself(which considering it wasn't even on the list,was a very good balanced mix).
Then onto the meal. Each course came in perfect time allowing you to eat at a comfortable pace without rushing.
For starters she had the duck spring rolls and i had the butternut squash rissotto. Both were absolutly gorgeous!
Followed by the honey glaze ribs ,which were alot spicier than i had anticipated,but still very tasty! she had the piri piri chicken salad,which was also fantastic!
And for desert we shared the sticky toffee pudding,which was unreal!
I can honestly say that alma de cuba was one of the most amazing eating experiences i've ever had! Highly recommend and can't wait for my next visit!!
Absolutely stunning Liverpool City centre bar, as the others the others have mentioned it's a converted Church which really makes for a breathtaking scene. The place is softly lit with hundreds of candles and is ideal for a romantic night out.
I've eaten here on special occasions and I must admit the food was delicious, small but perfectly formed and a whole host of gorgeous cocktails to accompany. The food area is upstairs and the glass balcony allows you to see the stunning surrounding and the beautiful people.
Entertainment Samba dancers and a petal drop reminiscent of a Rio de Janeiro
Carnival. Put your posh frock on and party shoes and enjoy.
One of the best places I was able to eat at on my trip through the UK.
Recommended to us by our hotel concierge, Alma de Cuba offered a trendy and sophisticated atmosphere. Although we didn't have reservations, they were able to put us at a beautiful table overlooking the bar below and with a great view of the grandiose chapel.
They had a great variety of dishes and a GREAT wine list! We ordered a bottle of the Celeste Crianza (2009) and were satisfied to the last drop.
If you are visiting Liverpool, this is a quintessential hotspot you have to see for yourself.
An amazing reconfiguration of the former church space - where most of my family were christened, married and eulogized in times past. Make sure you pop to the loos - the incredible sink set up is perfect. Thanks for keeping the space alive!!!
Alma de Cuba is a trendy, fashionable bar in the Liverpool club district. I came here with a group of friends to celebrate my friend's upcoming nuptials. The decor is for lack of a better word - sexy - it's dark and looks like like an old Cuban hacienda in some parts. It is also enormous, so there are plenty of spots to occupy if you're with a large group of friends. The lighting is mainly by candle light. It seemed like this is the place where Liverpool's pretty people come to hang out. Fun place, but a little pricey (but maybe that's because I went about two years ago when the American dollar was worth pretty much nothing in pounds.) I also remember the music being of the dance genre, but not annoying.
It's a really cool space, but avoid on the weekends when the douchebag factor is unbearable, on a week night its a cozy and interesting place to grab a beer.
A bar/restaurant which has it all. One of the places to be seen in liverpool and where you will find the celebs and footballers! It was originally a old Polish Church, but it still encompasses all the traditional aspects of a church. It is mainly candle lit and it has mostly retained all of the original features. The drinks are a bit pricey but the cocktails are exquisite.
An awsome place! Alma de cuba is a restaurant/club within a formerly bombed out church with a stage where the altar is supposed to be and a long bar in the church's center where the bartenders used to make a nice show out of their cocktail mixing.
This is THE palce to party in Liverpool. It's always busy, so book a table in advance if you can. I'd opt for one of the little booth-type tables at the back of the bar, where you're served drinks at your table. Although at 11pm on a Friday or Saturday you need to be in the main bar, for the petal drop!
Put on your posh frock and take your pick from the fantastic cocktail menu. The upstairs restaurant is beautiful and very romantic, but a bit on the pricey side; probably best sticking to the drinking and dancing.
Top night in here it does a fantastic range of coctails and is set in a lovely building very trendy indeed
Really atmospheric venue in the city centre! Feels a bit odd eating lunch on a church pew. The food is good and cheapish, staff very helpful and friendly. Prices are a bit steep and it is one of those places that turns a bit trendy at night but well worth a visit, if only to see a bar cum church!
Alma de Cuba is a beautifully restored 18th Century church which has been converted into one of Liverpool's most luxurious bars and restaurants complete with the original altar and pews and is located on Seel Street.
Flickering candles light floods the building provides added ambience to the atmosphere.
The food is excellent although on the expensive side likewise as are the drinks but it certainly is an experience not to be missed. It also boasts an extensive and impressive cocktail menu too. It certainly is a quality choice for a big night out in the city - you won't be disappointed.
Fantastic place to drink & eat. Ive been on a number occasions. I attended a works Christmas Dinner here and a new years eve celebration with friends. Both times the Food and service was great. Really friendly staff.
My favourite time to go is on a saturday afternoon. Its a real nice chilled atmosphere.
The most spectular looking booze palace i have ever been in ! Friendly staff but busy n full of wannabees on weekends n holidays.
Excellent atmosphere. Brilliant décor. Friendly staff. Decent Music.
Prices - ish
All in all a decent venue for a night out but be warned you may feel the value of your rounds is not all to competitive.
I don't go into the town centre very often but when I do I always make sure to visit this place. The atmosphere and surroundings are fantastic!! I couldn't recommend a visit more. Keep it up guys!
Why use words like 'expensive'? If you want cheap then Liverpool has done that very well for years and still does. If you want to have good food and enjoy good company with good service then don't expect 2 for 1 deals or 'eat all you can'. Alma is what you pay for and you get to enjoy it. So please vist and enjoy. I'm sure you will.
I went here for drinks on a week night. I was blown away by the gorgeous interior! Drink service was quick and friendly. Atmosphere was amazing! Defo returning!
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