Posted 3 months ago ago
A swanky cocktail bar has opened up on the high street in Wolverhampton but it has an amazing quirk. Lupo Lounge, located on Dudley Street, is not just for humans, it's dog friendly too. So, having recently become a 'dog mum' it was only natural to try it out.The restaurant first welcomed customers on Wednesday, April 21 and we visited the following Saturday afternoon.
Bungle, my four-month-old Golden Retriever is pretty well socialised already, (he went to the pub three times for a pint and some scratchings last week) so I knew it wouldn't be a complete nightmare taking him.
But he had never been anywhere as busy as Wolverhampton City Centre before. We arrived at the bar to find a queue of eager customers waiting to be seated. The restaurant advises people to just turn up and they will be accommodated. Bungle, my friend Ellie and I joined the queue and we were handed a menu to browse while we waited.
Bungle and I waiting to be seated at Lupo Lounge in Wolverhampton
There was a line of about five tables waiting to be seated, so we expected a lengthy wait. However, diners were pretty considerate and were leaving after they had eaten, so in all we probably queued for around 40 minutes.
When it was our turn the staff were so excited to meet my puppy. They were also giving him treats while we queued! We sat down and once they took our order a waitress came back with a bowl of water for Bungle.
Ellie and I both opted for a strawberry sling cocktail and a short while later our food arrived. I had chosen the buttermilk chicken main, which came with a side of fries and some coleslaw - it was delicious.
The buttermilk chicken main at Lupo Lounge
The portion size was quite generous and it was really filling. The chicken had been marinated before it was coated in batter and fried.
Ellie opted for a fried chicken burrito, which was absolutely massive but looked delicious! After we had polished off our mains, we decided to check out the desserts.
We chose a chocolate brownie with ice cream and a sticky toffee pudding. They were both really tasty but we did swap desserts after getting food envy!
One huge perk was that I got to sample a free cocktail due to staff training. I guzzled back a raspberry mojito before ordering a raspberry spritz - which was probably the best cocktail I have ever had.
It's made up of Marie Brizard Framboise liqueur with fresh raspberries, topped with Prosecco, lemonade and mint. It was smooth to drink and very refreshing. I could have easily had 10.
At times Bungle became a little vocal and I apologised, but all the staff assured me not to worry as they were overjoyed to have him there.
He was smothered with fuss - much to his enjoyment - from the workers and fellow diners.
He was spoiled rotten with copious amounts of treats and he was even given a blanket to lie on when the afternoon sun dipped.
Customers were only allowed to go inside to use the bathroom and while you were indoors you had to wear a mask.
The decor inside was quirky. It reminded me a little bit of Cosy Club, another cocktail bar and eatery.
It had cool pictures and posters dotted around on the walls but it had a chilled and relaxed vibe.
The toilets were clean and only two customers were allowed in at a time, with the middle cubicle out of action - to abide by social distancing measures.
The staff were very tentative and helpful. It felt personal and the staff were invested in the customers and not just interested in taking orders.
I believe the food and drinks were reasonably priced. My main course cost £9.95 and the cocktails cost between £6.95 - £7.95, while all of the desserts cost under £6.