Local Link Reviews – The Drago Lounge


It’s gettingcolder and darker outside, so we decided to take refuge in Drago Lounge, Newport. Cosy and candlelit, it was the perfect way to take the chill off!


Drago Lounge is renowned for its cocktails and delicious original drinks. Gemma dived into the Raspberry Mojito, while Alice opted for the Prosecco and Passion Fruit Martini. As the designated driver of the evening, I was on the soft drinks. I went for the Lemon Sherbet soda, which was so refreshing and sweet.

Then the food! The restaurant doesn’t have a table service. In keeping with the relaxed atmosphere, it’s simply a case of ordering at the bar when you’re ready, giving you enough time to unwind, chat with your friends then finally decide what you want! Alice tried a selection of tapas; Patatas Bravas (a classic tapas dish of potatoes with fiery chopped tomatoes); Halloumi, Courgette and Peppers; Beef and Pork Meatballs; Buttermilk Chicken; Roasted Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash. The flavours were perfect and autumnal. The range of tapas was great too, with a taste to suit all diets and tastes! Being a creature of habit, Gemma went for the Steak Frites with chips and rocket and parmesan salad. The meat was lovely and tender and the salad complimented it perfectly. As for me. What I lacked in alcohol, I made up forwith food! The ultimate chicken burger caught my eyes straight away. When it arrived, I had to decide how to try and eat it! It was buttermilk chicken layered with smoked bacon, melted cheese, fried red onions, tomato, mayonnaise, two hash browns and BBQ sauce. If that wasn’t enough, I even added some chorizo and jalapeños for some extra fire! The burger came with chips and salad that I struggled to finish!

Being the champs that we are, we also decided the have a dessert. The girls were up for it after the amount of cocktails they had! Gemma and I went for a classic chocolate brownie with ice cream. It was so rich, but so delightful. The perfect end to the meal. Alice went for the sticky toffee pudding with ice cream and butterscotch sauce. Although it wasn’t as chocolatey, it was still very rich and filling!

Overall, our experience at Drago Lounge was extremely positive. There was a very relaxed atmosphere, which was perfect to escape from the cold and the madness of a mid-week work day. All of the food was divine and the drinks went down a treat. You’ll find me there again soon to try their Tapas Tuesday!


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