Alma de Cuba puts in a strong bid as Liverpool’s most spectacular restaurant and bar complex. It certainly looks impressive, with the magnificent conversion of a former 18th-century church taking in stained glass windows, stacks of candles and wall-mounted antlers. But it’s the clubby vibe in the ground-floor bar that draws the crowds and helps bring the mezzanine restaurant to life. The food is diverting, too – a jazzy mix of Mediterranean, Hispanic, Latin American and oriental influences with the occasional steak and burger added to the mix. Expect anything from grilled mackerel with warm chorizo and potato salad and a smoked chilli purée to jerk chicken, sticky baby back ribs or butternut squash risotto. Also check out the ‘Sunday service gospel brunch’. South American and Caribbean-inspired cocktails – plus pulsating, Latin-influenced rhythms – help to crank up the action.