When you walk in through the doors and away from the chaos of West Street, you will immediately notice that the interior of Bloo 88 has something of a vintage industrial feel. You’ll spot exposed brickwork, chunky workman’s tables, walls lined with olden days newspapers, vintage posters and antique clocks. It’s a strong aesthetic and it works beautifully.
Food and Drink:
At first glance, what Bloo 88 offers may seems very ordinary, with a menu of pizzas and cocktails. However, on closer inspection you’ll find that this is no ordinary restaurant. The open kitchen provides a warm, authentic atmosphere. There are flour-covered chefs kneading dough and a roaring stone oven producing tasty Italian pizzas to order. Alongside this, the bar seems to be stocked with every spirit imaginable, and a trendy-looking bartender can be found doing impressive tricks with a cocktail shaker.
Bloo 88 is almost always bustling with a young, trendy crowd of more discerning students and young professionals socializing over a drink or two. But despite a near constant full house, waiting times are minimal and the food is served piping hot, fresh from the oven.
Value for Money:
Pizzas are two for one all day long (Sunday – Friday); that’s £6 for 12 inches of Italian deliciousness! Many of the cocktails are two for £9.00 during happy hour, which stretches from 4.30-9:30pm. Bottles of Cobra and glasses of house wine are a steal at just £2.75 between these times.
Photo by Dan Cook
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