Atmosphere is defined as “an aesthetic quality or effect, especially a distinctive and pleasing one, associated with a particular place” . If you venture up to the top of Bold Street, and walk into Cafe Tabac, that’s exactly what you will find. Tabac manages to create a warm romantic atmosphere by day, and one of a trendy cocktail bar by night. By day you can sit and catch up with friends, catch up on work, or even grab an early bird breakfast. Breakfasts are served from 9am-5pm everyday (so even those who like a good lie-in can grab a breakfast), and range from £1.60 for Jam on Toast to £6 for a Full English (which both tastes great and is served in a sizeable portion). If you’re not in the breakfast mood, Tabac also offers a range of light bite, burgers and sandwiches, all of which are priced reasonably. But you can’t really grab some food at Cafe Tabac without trying their Tapas Menu. Priced at £4, £7.50 or £10 for 1 ,2 or 3 dishes respectively, Tabac offers some of the best Tapas food you’ll find anywhere in town. They offer a wide selection of dishes (13 in total), and each are as great as the last. Though the chicken & chorizo skewers would be my personal recommendation.
By night Tabac becomes a hub of life. Throughout the week resident DJ’s play themed sets, with each day bringing a different theme. Pop in on a Tuesday and catch some electronica then call round on a Thursday and listen to some funk. Whilst your are listening to the live sets, you could always grab a cocktail. Tabac offers a range of cocktails ( pitchers are available). If cocktails aren’t your thing then a wide range of beers, wines and spirits, oh and ciders too. Basically there is something for everyone, even those who don’t partake in the consumption of alcohol will be happy. Tabac offers a great range of hot and cold drinks. They even do one of the best, if not the best, hot chocolates in town. Now, thats not something I say lightly. Furthermore Cafe Tabac offers free rental of their cinema room. Anyone can book in advance (during the week) and book out the room to watch a film with some mates. You can bring your own film, or watch something from behind the bar. It’s as simple as ringing up and bringing a disc, or ABC if you want to use the correct saying.
By Matt Husselbury