So my friend called me up asking if I wanted to meet after work for drinks. Of course I said yes, and then the next thing that came to my head was ‘great another place I can review and do a post on’.
She suggested we go Bheerhugz Cafe and said it was located in Surulere. I quickly went on the internet and researched on them, I mean how didn’t I know this place existed and in my own backyard too. Bheerhugz is a fairly new cafe with branches in both Surulere and Ikeja. During the day it starts off as just your regular cafe, then transitions into a lounge/bar in the evening.
I got there first, as per usual but didn’t mind cause it allowed me do a quick scan of the place and also take pictures.
Bheerhugz can be found on the 2nd floor of the leisure mall if you’re going to the one in Surulere. I have to admit, I was a bit sceptic when I got there because I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I just figured how bad could it possibly be?
I went inside and the 1st thing I noticed was that it’s a small place. I’m not sure if that was done on purpose so as to create an intimate setting, but I imagine it gets slightly choked when it’s full. They have an outer section, where you can have a drink or a meal while overlooking Surulere’s skyline.
The outer section/the DJ Booth
The VIP section which I felt was equally quite small. What if more people want to stay there?
Cross section of people sitting outside.
My friend finally came and we asked for the menus. We sat at the bar because to seat on some of the couches in the middle, you had to purchase wine/spirits and you know ain’t nobody got time for that.
My friend looking through the menu and making her order.
I have said it before, my favourite cocktail is a mojito so imagine my horror when we asked for that and they told us they didn’t have it. I was stunned. Then why put it on the menu? The waiter patiently explained to me that they had run out of ingredients for it. So I asked for a strawberry daiquiri instead and my friend got the sex on the beach.
I’ve had a strawberry daiquiri before and it looks nothing like what they put in front of me. Tried it and felt it was a bit too sweet, which was ironic cause my friend didn’t like her sex on the beach and asked them to make it a bit sweeter.
By now I was already exasperated and just prayed to God that my food would be better. In the mean time I just continued taking random pictures.
While waiting for the food (which took way too long), we realised Thursday nights are Karaoke nights. The lady in charge announced that it was about to start and that it goes on till 10. She also said there was 50% off beer and 30% off bottles of wine. All other drinks, full price.
Karaoke was good fun, some people had terrible voices, but hey that’s what makes it karaoke.
This guy sang to his date/girlfriend. She looked embarrassed. I would be too, cause everyone literally stopped what they were doing and just stared at them.
My food finally came, yayyy. I got the spaghetti jambalaya and the serving was huge. I had no idea how I was going to deal with, so I asked my friend to share with me since her food hadn’t come yet.
Before and after. Between the two of us, we still couldn’t finish it. It was good, not fantastic but the food saved the day. The spaghetti jambalaya is pasta with chicken, sausages, shrimps, mushroom, tomato sauce, onions, green and red peppers. It’s also quite filling too, if I didn’t have help, I would have definitely had half of it packed.
My friend got the chciken red hugz, which is chicken peppersoup. She complained about it being too hot (too much pepper). When I tasted it, I felt I could still taste the chicken broth in it, but that could have just been me or a bad day for them. She asked them to pack it up so she could take it home, as it was already getting late.
The bill between us came down to N9300 (33 GBP/$51) which I thought was alright.
I would give it a 6 out of 10, mostly because they didn’t have my mojito and the food took way took long to come.
It has a chilled feel to it, but since we went on karaoke day, by the time it started, it was a bit noisy.
I felt their menu didn’t really have alot on it, but then again it’s meant to be a cafe so that might have been the reason. The dj was pretty decent. The place could be bigger, perhaps the Ikeja branch is bigger. I did notice some people looking for seats.
Bheerhugz is a play on words. I don’t know if anyone has actually ever hugged a bear in real life, but their hugs are apparently really warm, hence the bears on the menu, and then it also stands for ‘beer’
So if you’re looking for a relatively cheap place to hang out with friends, and just grab a quick bite to eat (nothing too fancy), or just looking for some good old karaoke fun, then you should check this place out. Karaoke is free so you don’t have to worry about paying extra for that.
Check out their website for more info.
They can be found on the upper floor of leisure mall, Adeniran Ogunsanya, Surulere, Lagos (beside Shoprite) or upper floor, Ikeja City Mall, Alausa, Ikeja.
Ever been there? Did you have a different experience? Let us know.