With a little imagination, this place could really be a saloon bar from the Wild West. Without that imagination, it is a fun bar selling cheesey cowboy hats and disposable cameras to capture the moment you happily lost all your dignity!
Life size Indian and cowboy statues greet you inside this saloon bar. Inside, the place looks like a barn built by the first colonies in America. The place is entirely wooden, with light wood slabs and the chandeliers are even made out of wooden wheels.
There are ropes everywhere, bison heads, barrels used as tables and American flags make the theme clear, even if there are elements that have nothing to do with what a saloon should look like: what are the Irish decorations doing here? Never mind!
As for the rest, Smokey Mo’s has two bars and a half - one is a bottles only - a raised seating area for private parties, very large booths and an outdoor patio for when the cowboy theme gets a bit too much.
It is hard to imagine who the regular customer could be of a bar with such a theme. In the case of Smokey Mo’s, most people are in their 40s and above, and they all look determined to have uncomplicated fun.
And there are quite a number of them: this bar is quite popular! There are TV screens for sports and a stage for live music, but do not expect country and rhythm and blues only; from the speakers you will more often hear tunes that have nothing to do with the Wild West. Did they lose the Sergio Leone CD? Maybe they played it so much they broke it!
For the most extrovert or for those who had too much to drink already, Smokey Mo’s provides themed cowboy hats for £4.50: pick the Irish cowboy, the pink hat with fur trim, the runaway cowboy bride and many others. Disposable cameras (£4) are also on sale to capture the embarrassing moment.
The place is far from pretentious and the casual approach is evident in the drink selection as well: Smokey Mo’s sells the regular stuff. The highlight has to be the margaritas made with a pale pink margarita machine. Maybe they are not really as good as fresh ones in a cocktail bar but you can’t complain about the price since a margarita is only £2.50. Shots are a mere £2 or you can buy four and pay £7. Jugs of an unidentified punch are also rather cheap at £10.
The Last Word
The more snobbish drinkers will frown on the theme and drink selection but the reality is that Smokey Mo’s is a quite a fun place, cowboy hat or not!