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“Great food,great prices,shame about pigeons and pushy street sellers” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Universal Lounge Bar

Universal Lounge Bar
Ranked #18 of 134 Restaurants in El Albir
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, Cafe, International, European
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: In 2008 we opened our restaurant in the sunny Albir. From the start we bring the best quality at a low Price... on our 240 m2 terras or our 80m2 air conditioned lounge room you can enjoy your daily Illy coffee or from our delicious home made dishes! Serving over 65 different Belgian beers. and exclusively for the area. All the Trappist Beers. Our beercard counts 85 different beers !!
Derbyshire
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great food,great prices,shame about pigeons and pushy street sellers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2014

Love visiting Universal bar on my many visits to Albir. Love the frosted tankards of beer and delicious food. And the staff are great. However, the pigeons are becoming more and more of a nuisance - due to the crisps and nibbles that are brought out with each drink. I do not know another bar in Albir that has the same problem. Also, there are more sellers trying to flog their stuff here than ever before, some are very pushy and persistent which can be very uncomfortable when you have said "no" (I know this is not just Universal that have these sellers and that people do have to make a living).

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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L'Alfas del Pi, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

food here is amazing and the stuff are always nice been here a few times, the burger is our favourite along with the chicken on sticks the 4 of us that went come away very happy !!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank emmabubbles800
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Derby
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“Too many birds, not very clean.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2014

We visit Albir every year and have got to know most of the bars and restaurants in town. Each time we visit universal lounge bar it seems to attract more and more birds, especially pigeons. They are everywhere, on the tables, around your feet, they are a real nuisance. You are lucky if you can find a chair that is clean and hasn’t got bird dirt on it. I wonder why other bars in the area don’t have the same problem!!!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank derry66
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L'Alfas del Pi, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Best coffee in Albir”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

Good food, excellent coffee, friendly staff you couldn't want more. Just perfect.We go at least twice a week for early morning coffee and/or breakfast. The english breakfast is very good as well.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Robert T
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Benidorm, Spain
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4 reviews
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“No highchairs & too many pigeons!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2014

We live locally and wanted to stop for a family meal at lunchtime. The first complaint was that this restaurant does not have any high chairs!! I cannot believe in this day and age that a restaurant / cafe would not have at least one high chair!! We thought this was very poor. Maybe families aren't welcome?? Hard to believe in this age where we are in a "Crisis". You would think everyone is welcome! Come on Universal, get with the times!! Invest in a couple of high chairs to make it easier to feed our children!

The other issue is the pigeons!!!! There are loads of them. Most of the chairs are covered in bird dirt, which is not very nice. Our pram was pooed on while we were there! Disgusting! To make matters worse other people were feeding the pigeons with peanuts. There was pigeons landing on the tables and smashing glasses when people had left. It was ridiculous! My advice would be to start serving olives instead of peanuts with drinks. Pigeons don't like olives. Also put some signs up to ask visitors to not feed the birds. Do not let birds destroy your furniture and reputation!! People do not want pigeons landing om their tables when they are trying to eat!

All of the above is a shame really as the food, drinks and service were good. However as a family we would not return until they can provide a high-chair and there are less pigeons!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank bird999
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AlainVdBossche, Propietario at Universal Lounge Bar, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
First of all thanks for sharing your opinion with everybody. We appreciate a lot that people lets know what they think about us.

And we will consider your idea to have some highchairs... Not that we have a lot of people asking for it during the 6 years that we are open now, but since the start we try to do our best to serve everybody as good as possible, and that is for sure something that we can do better.

And just as you we don´t like to have the pigeons around. But those birds go where they hope to find food. And even signs won´t stop people to feed them. What is a pity of course.

Is something that could handle the mayor or municipality... and that we ask already 5 years, but nothing from their side...

And we had already periods with only olives... doesn´t make a difference neighter. Because people trow bread, patatoes...

If you know that we have easily over the 1000€ broken glases during a year without calculating the time to clean everything, you can understand that we don´t want to have them around.
And whatever we and others try to keep them away, it is not that easy.
The only thing is, that the pigeons doesn´t go to the empty terraces...

Sorry for the the inconvenience that you experienced during your visit with us.
Alicia & Alain
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