You might have noticed that I’m pretty keen on Bath’s incredible independent business scene – earlier on this year, I started a Twitter community, #bathindiechat, to support and promote independent businesses in Bath, and it’s become a brilliant network of lovely, creative, hard-working people. I’m always excited to see a new independent business opening in Bath, and I was particularly excited about Juno because of where it is. Bath’s Southgate development is a bit of a bastion of chain stores, with hardly any small businesses amongst them, so a new, awesome independent bar right alongside the high street giants is pretty cool.
Juno itself is pretty cool too – the bar is decorated with an awesome collection of modern art and its fixtures & fittings are upcycled from bike parts and snowboards. There’s a pool table upstairs (so hard to find in Bath these days) and action sports videos playing in the downstairs bar. They share their music playlists on Spotify and invite locals to contribute their own playlists for the bar too. And they’ve got some great ideas when it comes to food & drink. The bar offers great indie beers and ciders, as well as their own slushie cocktails, which are really good fun and are two for one during happy hour every night, from 5 til 7. On the night we visited, Juno were also hosting their very first pop-up from local burger company The Creative Slider Co, and the menu was so popular (you can’t beat a good burger, and these were good) that it’s now going to be a regular night, every Thursday.
To soak up our slushies (I particularly recommend the margarita, although you can also get mojito, strawberry daiquiri, and Tom Collins), we just had to try the slider menu too. The Creative Slider Co offer two sliders, salad and fries for £10, which is a fantastic deal, and let you pick all sorts of details from the bun to how fancy you want your fries. I picked The Classic (beef burger, bacon, cheddar, and all the usual trimmings) and the Drunkte’d Pork (Jack & Coke pulled pork with crispy onions, cheddar and garlic aioli), on brioche buns with truffle & parmesan fries, and they were both incredible. Although I’m a sucker for a bacon cheeseburger, I think the Drunkte’d Pork was my favourite – so much flavour and really generous with the toppings – and the truffle parmesan fries were fabulous. Between the group of us we tried the whole menu and I reckon next time I’m definitely going to have to order the Mexicano – topped with guacamole, nachos and spicy cheese – which I wasn’t sure about on paper but which was absolutely amazing.
In short, we’ll definitely be back – Juno are planning to get more foodies in for pop-up nights so I can’t wait to see what they come up with. The atmosphere was great, all the staff were really friendly and helpful, and the food & drink was awesome. What more could you want?