Nuvo, 11 Brindley Place, Birmingham
It’s always good to see more bars opening, especially those that are literally moments away from my doorstep and seem to promise a good cocktail.
At first glance it feels like Nuvo might be onto a real winner, it’s early days (open for three days so far) and no doubt will take a while before the place beds in.
Thats the issue though, it may be early days but is it too much to expect that you have you full bar stock in place before you open (not the middle of the following week, which is what I was told)?
Stock wise, a good mix of standard and high end spirits, though some disparity (4 gins, 11 vodkas). That will hopefully be more balanced in the weeks that come.
Now, maybe it’s just be, but when I’m eating or drinking I like good service, but not ‘over attentive’ service. It seemed like there was almost half the number of staff to customers. At least six floor hosts could be spotted, trying not to look idle. Whilst behind the bar there were at times 7/8 staff, you certainly won’t be waiting long for your drinks.
So, drinks. Thats what people visit for, currently there is no cocktail list (which isn’t a bad thing), but does leave you wondering exactly how much the drink you ordered is going to set you back (roughly £7.50, whilst is priced equivalent to places like Bank). It leaves you in the hands of the bartender, which dependent who you get could mean that you may have to spec the drink before it gets made.
- Sazerac – Bartender didn’t know what it was
- Negroni – Pleasant, unsure by the addition of Lime.
- Sazerac – Second attempt, had to walk the bartender through the process. Mediocre.
- White Lady – Bartenders choice, rather good.
Drinks: 6/10 (only saved by the White Lady)
Location: 11 Brindley Place, Birmingham
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Note: I’ll be back in a few weeks to see if things change once they have been open for a while. Also, from a bartender point of view it was Parris who saved the day with the White Lady.