I have always been a fan of anything that concerns food, so when I was invited to the media/press night at the new Rub Smokehouse & Bar in Birmingham last week, I was delighted. Created on the site of the former Living Room and above The Soloman Cutler at the bottom of Broad Street, Rub promised to deliver a whole range of food with it’s roots firmly in the American Deep South, with a wide range of cocktails to match.
And deliver it certainly did, being one of the best nights out I’ve had in ages.
The Bloke and I arrived a little early, to the point where we interrupted their staff briefing, but we were immediately given an unbelievable welcome and invited to take a seat at the bar to try out their cocktails. Being awkward as I am, I wanted a Mojito even though I couldn’t see it on the menu, and the mixologist set to work to create one of the best mojito’s I’ve tasted. I was in heaven – the atmosphere was amazing and we relaxed and admired the spectacular view as I worked my way through several more cocktails, including the beautiful ‘Coney Island Cooler’ and a raspberry Mojito.
Over the space of the next few hours, about two hundred others joined us, and I discovered that I recognised one or two of them there, including Laura from Full to the Brum, (@FulltotheBrum) who I had met at a blogging conference a few months before, and Aktar Islam, award winning head chef at local restaurant, Lasan.
We were invited to have a seat and were brought lots of different items from the menu to try, as well as being given the option of ordering whatever we wanted. Along with garlic bread, BBQ chicken wings, onion rings, fries and corn dogs, we were treated to a large plate of brisket, and another of pulled pork, complete with corn on the cob and a spicy rice.
It was all beautifully cooked, and tasted just delicious. I helped myself to another Coney Island Cooler (ok, I actually had another three, but who’s counting), and thoroughly enjoyed myself as I watched the other diners equally enjoy the impressive plates put before them, some of them singing along to the eighties soundtrack playing in the background.
As we said our thank you’s at the end, we were invited to try the Brownie Heaven being given out as people were leaving. We both had an Oreo one, and it was the perfect ending to a truly delicious and exciting night.
The food and cocktails were amazing, the staff were incredible and we both had an absolute blast, and we were agreed that the new Rub Smokehouse and Bar is just the thing that Birmingham was missing. In fact, we enjoyed it so much that The Bloke and I are planning on going back over the summer and trying out the rest of the menu!
Disclosure: I was invited as a guest of Rub Smokehouse and Bar to try their menu. All food and drink was complimentary (I know, it’s a tough life but someone has to do it) but this didn’t mean that I was under any obligation to provide any sort of promotion or review. This review is honest and my own.
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