If you’re looking for an unpretentious venue to meet up with your mates, listen to live music and enjoy great whiskey and cocktails, then Smokin’ Aces in Bournemouth’s popular Triangle district is the place for you.
This serious whiskey bar and cocktail lounge really means business, stocked with over 200 “premium and super-premium” spirits to wet your whistle (over 70 of them whiskeys) and countless cocktail combinations. In fact, it’s perfected its art so much that it holds bartender training sessions (from basic etiquette to molecular mixology), cocktail masterclasses and ‘flight tasting’ sessions, where you can sample and compare a run of spirits from the same category – not a problem when your top shelf looks like theirs.
It badges itself as having “sophisticated style with a Rock ‘n’ Roll twist” and this description is spot-on. From the décor, to the regular acts playing live, impassioned music with the volume set to 11, to a clear sense of order, pride and passion for its work, Smokin’ Aces knows what it’s doing and does it to the max.
It describes its ambience as a “downtown atmosphere” and you get the feeling it puts the same amount of effort into delighting passing punters mid-week as it does with those dressed up to the nines at the weekend. Smokin’ Aces proudly refuses to impose a dress code – it prefers to be inclusive, laid back and welcoming. After all, it reminds customers, this is THEIR bar. There are no guest lists, no entry fees, no dress codes, no VIP areas, no group discounts and no pretences and this makes Smokin’ Aces a classy and welcoming destination for everyone.
A lot of people use Smokin’ Aces as their ‘local’ and actually the bar prides itself on the fact many customers have become friends. If there’s a particular drink you love but it’s not stocked, they’ll look at getting it in. If you have a favourite cocktail, or even an idea of your favourite ingredients, they’ll mix it up for you – you can even name it!
If you’re dropping in between 5-8pm Monday to Saturday, why not take the opportunity to try and narrow down your favourite cocktail with the daily 2-4-1 offer? This deal also runs 7-8pm on a Sunday evening if you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to the weekend!
Live and loud
The live music is a bit of a passion and a big draw for Smokin’ Aces attracting world-class DJs and bands playing a mixture of music genres with a rock undertone. The line-up is extensive and eclectic, with regular bookings including “Fresh Coast,” a funk, soul, Motown and classic sample-based hip-hop night. There is a popular open mic night for aspiring musicians and also the inspired “Focal” – a night dedicated to the talents of female vocalists.