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20 Pieces of Bristol Street Art You Have to See

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Best Bristol street art

Bristol has so much to offer us all, including one of the best (if not the best) street art scenes in the UK. People may argue that London’s scene ranks up there but the history of our scene speaks for itself. We already host what must be the best annual street art festival, that being Upfest.

My passion for Street art began around 6 years ago, seeing drab parts of the city awash with colour and creativity struck a chord with me. I then did a street art walking tour with Where The Wall. I was lucky that my guide was called John Nation; I now understand that to be a very important name in the development of the original Bristol graffiti scene and modern street art scene as well. Following this tour I never looked back and continued my interest in graff/street art and other urban arts. This led me to set up the instagram page @streetartbristol.

Whilst the art form itself is famously transient and constantly evolving; some pieces of art have stood the test of time. I would put money on you having seen some of the art in the city, but not all; so here is a list of 20 more-permanent works (in no particular order) worth checking out.

1. El Mac (@mac_arte)

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One of the longer lasting pieces and one of my personal favourites. Painted by El Mac in 2011 at the See No Evil festival (the predecessor to Upfest), this can be found on Nelson Street, a location that shall be mentioned a few times in this article! The picture is based on a photo of his girlfriend and her niece.

2. Inkie (@inkiegraffiti)

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Inkie is one of the main players in the Bristol scene from its infancy, you can find many pieces of his throughout the city but I’ve chosen the piece on the side of the Thekla for its unusual location. His work replaced The Grim Reaper by Banksy in 2014, which was removed from the side of the ship and is on display in The M Shed museum.

3. Nick Walker (@nickwalker_art)

nickwalker

Another local guy and early member of the Bristol graff scene alongside people such as 3D from Massive Attack. This can also be seen on Nelson Street from the summer of 2011. It features his character The Vandal.

4. Aryz (@mr_aryz)

aryz

More large scale art from See No Evil on Nelson Street. Aryz is a Spanish artist who doesn’t do things by half.

5. Stik (@stikstudio)

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To some the work of Stik is more simplistic but it is in no way less effective and it really suits, and unsurprisingly improves, the brutalist building it’s resides on along (you’ve guessed it) Nelson Street.

6. Blek le Rat (@blekleratoriginal)

blek la rat

A global legend in the urban art world, this French stencil artist has a distinct style. He painted earlier in 2017 at an event hosted at The Arnolfini. After this event he went and left his mark on Leonard’s Lane.

7. Nick Walker (@nickwalker_art)

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I return to Nick to mention a piece that is relatively new to me and may not have been seen by many as its likely only visible for part of the day, it’s on a shop shutter along St George’s Road.

8. Pixel Pancho (@pixelpancho)

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An Italian artist whose mechanical beast piece is on the wall of the NCP car park on All Saints’ Street best viewed whilst stood next to the entrance to The Lanes.

9. Phlegm (@phlegm_art)

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Phlegm is a Sheffield based artist who has a very distinctive style. This piece is the 3rd incarnation to decorate this house on Hillgrove Street in Stokes Croft. Phlegm originally painted something which was then covered over by the colourful wave by MM13 crew. The man from the steel city subsequently returned the following year to add the character on the left and its remained untouched ever since.

10. Cheo (@cheograff)

cheo

Another of the early breed of Bristol artists, who attended Barton Hill youth club with the likes of Inkie, Jody, Shab and some guy called Banksy. This youth club project was run by the Bristol legend that is John Nation. For more on the early days of the scene watch Vandals and Visionaries

(https://youtu.be/9YcV5YxQ_Ck). After taking some time away from the scene; Cheo returned and is one of the best we have. A lot of his work is there for a while then painted over but this piece is there for at least a year and was painted on the side of the Bristol Beer Factory during Upfest.

11. Cosmo Sarson (@cosmo_sarson)

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For me, in the Stokes Croft area there are probably 3 stand out iconic pieces. This being one of them, another I mention later by Stinkfish, and also the piece above the Carriageworks by Sweet Toof, Rowdy and Cyclops. You will find this Breakdancing Jesus on a wall outside of Hamilton House (and whilst taking a photo of it look behind you for a Banksy!)

12. Jody (@jody_artist)

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Jody Thomas was another attendee of the Barton Hill Youth Club graffiti project. It’s fair to say the work he produces for events such as Upfest are always a highlight for many people. The photo here is of his latest Upfest work to be found on The Nursery just off North Street.

13. Kobra (@kobrastreetart)

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A Brazilian artist who painted at Upfest 2017, a real coup for the festival and a sign of the great work the organisers do. Another artist who paints very large scale on high rises across the globe regularly in this colourful fashion depicting a famous face. You can find this one off John Lennon by the ALDI on North Street.

14. Conor Harrington (@conorsaysboom)

conor bristol street art

This Irish born artist fuses together both contemporary and classical styles into his own style of art. You can find this piece on Broad Street. I wasn’t sure when I first saw it but yes, the paint drips are intentional!

15. JPS (@jps_artist)

jps bristol street art

A brilliant stencil artist from Weston Super Mare. By his own admission he was inspired by Banksy, in particular an exhibition of his he saw in Bristol. This is located on Frogmore Street. As a bonus, if you walk around the corner of The Queenshilling you’ll see another of his works, the gladiator Spartacus.

16. Silent Hobo (@silenthobo)

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I hope to inspire you to visit most of these pieces of art but this is certainly one you need to see for yourself. My photo wont do it justice because he has painted the majority of Montpelier train station.

17. Stinkfish (@stinkfishstink)

stinkfish stokes croft street art

Stinkfish is a Colombian artist who uses found photos as the inspiration for his works. He then paints them in his own, very brightly coloured style. This was painted in 2012 and has remained since, updated recently with the We Love Stokes Croft at the bottom by Deamze.

18. Dan Kitchener (@dankitchener)

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A highlights from Upfest 2016, can be found at The Pantiles just off West Street in Bedminster.

19. Andy Council (@andycouncil)

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You can find other paint by Mr Council in numerous locations including North Street, Bedminster, The Oxford pub in Totterdown and some of his most recent work at Ashton Gate alongside Inkie and Voyder.

20. Copyright (@copyrightart) & Paul Monsters (@paulmonsters)

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This collaboration is on boards next to Temple Meads Station which is one of the new spots for artists. You will also find excellent art here by Voyder, Loch Ness, SP Zero, Kid Crayon and Lokey. Well worth checking out.

For more of Bristol’s street art you can follow us on Instagram @streetartbristol

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It’s time for a good old fashioned Bristol pub quiz

There are endless places where you can find some good Bristol pub quizzes. Fridays and Saturdays are unlikely but here are loads of places Sunday – Thursday.

Monday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Tuesday Bristol Pub Quizzes

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Thursday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Sunday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Others:

Blankety Quiz – Found across Bristol and voted the best pub quiz in Bristol

Got any that we’ve missed? Pop them in the comments below.

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74 Things To Do On Gloucester Road

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There’s loads to do on Gloucester Road

1. Sit in the beer garden of the Prince of Wales with a pint of Gem

prince of wales

2. Grab a Grecian and have an quick rave

3. Get some awesome fish and chips at Soul Fish

soul fish bristol

4. Have a lovely wheat beer and some sexy meat at Urban Standard

5. Get a hipster hair cut from ‘MackDaddys

Mack Daddys

6. Get all the penny sweets from Gloucester Road’s best sweet shop – ‘Scrumptiously Sweet

Scrumptiously-Sweet

7. Buy some new age things from Katze’

Katze Gloucester road

8. Sample some Korean food from Dain Korea

Dain Korea Gloucester road

9. Get a classic barbering ‘do’ at Francos

Barbering at Francos

10. Grab a flat white from Spicer and Cole

spicer and cole

11. Take on ‘The Kraken’ at the Hob Goblin

the kraken hob goblin

12. Buy a jumper with a wolf on it from Repsycho

repyscho gloucester road

13. Enjoy the Bristol sun at the Blue Lagoon before later watching some live music

blue lagoon

14. Eat some of the awesome ‘Galli’ plates and sink a pint at The Gallimaufry

the gali Gloucester road

15. Have a look at this brilliant graffiti on Claremont Road

Gloucester road graffiti

16. Get some home brew supplies from Brewers Droop

brewers drop

17. Load up on fireworks and ‘cream’ supplies at the Fireworks shop….

the fireworks shop Gloucester road

18. Draw a pretty picture when you get some art supplies at Art @ Bristol…

art @ bristol

19. Buy some books at ‘Books for Amnesty’ and do a little good

books for amnesty

20. Buy nothing but natural & organic wholefoods at ‘ScoopAway

scoop away

21. Eat everything on the mouthwatering deli counter of ‘The olive shed shop

the oliver shed shop

22. Buy some Hare Krishna stuff from ‘Tulasi Gift Shop’

tulasi gift shop

23. Look like you’ve been to India recently and buy a new rug from ‘Shanti’

shanti

24. Grab a nectarine from ‘Gloucester Road Fruits’

Gloucester Road Fruit Shop

25. If it’s a Saturday grab a gorgeous burger from ‘Murray’s butchers‘ bbq

Gloucester road butchers

26. Eat an absolutely scrumptious breakfast and drink a marvellous smoothie from ‘Cafe Ronak’

27. Tackle ‘The Fabulous McLovin’ at Atomic Burger

Meat meat meatttttt @atomicburger #meat #burgers

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28. Have a slice of pizza from Planet Pizza

planet pizza Gloucester road

29. Have an Indian BBQ.. live at your table at ‘Food Nation

food nation Gloucester road

30. Buy a ridiculous outfit at ‘Poppers The Party Shop’ and make your way to the Harbourside for your stag/hen do

poppers the party shop

 31. Sit in the beer garden at ‘The Flyer’

32. Sip a spritzer in the brilliant beer garden of ‘The Grace’

the grace bristol

33. Get a new broom from ‘Bishopston Hardware & D.I.Y Centre’

bishopston hardware shop

34. Eat one of the best bagels you’ll ever have at ‘Bagel Boy

bagel boy Gloucester road

35. Nibble some cake from… ‘CAKE

Gloucester road cake

36. Devour some Bristol tapas at ‘Zazu’s Kitchen’

zazus kitchen

37. Sit down and have an unbelievable wrap from ‘Biblos on the Hill’

biblos on the hill

38. Gobble down one of the best burgers in Bristol at ‘Ciao Burger’

ciao burger

39. Pick up some celery from ‘Pawson’s’

pawsons

40. Drink with Bristol Rovers fans at the ‘Venus Bar’

venus bar

41. Get some new curtains at ‘Marialina

marialina

42. Check out some local Bristol artists at ‘room 212

room 212

43. Join the Bishopston mums and buy some new children’s shoes from ‘Odd Sox

odd sox

44. Buy some streaky bacon from ‘Dave Giles Butchers’….and also stick around and have a look at the fabulous graffiti on their shutters

dave giles butchers

44. Have a coffee and talk to some Christians at ‘Fresh Ground Cafe’

fresh ground cafe bristol

45. Sample a full English breakfast at this classic greasy spoon ‘Metro Cafe’

metro cafe Gloucester road

46. Play some Yu-Gi-Oh! at ‘Area 51′

area 51 Gloucester road

47. Rent out ‘The Chimp House’

the chimp house bar

48. Pick up a chicken from ‘W.G Stutt & Son’

wg stutt son

49. Eat some of the best made bread in town at ‘Joe’s Bakery’

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50. Quickly get your nails done at ‘Icon Beauty’

icon beauty

51. Watch some rock and or roll at ‘The Golden Lion’

Guys, remember that we are spending the month of February showing Gloucester Road some well earned appreciation and attention! We want you to get out there and take photos of Gloucester Road and show off the country’s largest collection of independants! We’re working with all kinds of cool cats to offer lots of prizes to people sharing their experiences! 🙌🏼 • We want you to share your favourite parts of Gloucester Road, whether that’s an art piece, a certain drink or meal, a shop, a person. Anything. The only way you’ll be in the running for prizes is by using #igersloveGloucesterRoad, so be sure to add it to any photos you share and ones you’ve already posted! ———————————————– This photo was shared by @sirchristoffofswashington and he says “Growing up around Gloucester Road is one of my fondest memories.” • Last thing, follow the link on our profile where you’ll find 74 things to do on Gloucester Road by @bestofbristol. If that doesn’t inspire you, nothing will! 😀 ———————————————– Shared by moderator @antimitch! 🤙🏼

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52. Pick up a single origin coffee from ‘Boston Tea Party’

boston tea party gloucester road

53. Eat some of the best fish and chips in Bristol from ‘Bishopston Fish Bar’

bishopston fish bar

54. Walk into ‘Bob’s Best’ and discover an electric shop that is still selling VCRs and Walkmans

bob's bar

55. Buy some ‘ruskie pierogi’ from this Polish shop

polish shop gloucester road

56. Visit the ’emporium of delights’ at ‘Bliss’

bliss Gloucester road

57. Pick up a marrow from ‘Five-a-Day’

five a day fruit shop

58. Grab a very sexy takeaway from ‘Food Box’

food box Gloucester road

59. Pop into ‘The Anchor’ for 2 4 1 cocktails

the anchor bristol

60. Buy some unusual furniture from ‘The Reclaimers’

61. Smoke some shisha at ‘hookah shisa garden’

hookah shisha garden

62. Eat the awesome ‘Lounge Breakfast’ at ‘Tinto Lounge

tinto lounge

63. Pick up a pickle at the best named fruit shop on Gloucester Road – ‘Three Wise Monkeys’

three wise monkeys fruit

64. Support St Peter’s Hospice by grabbing a coffee from ‘Nonesuch Cup

nonesuch cup

65. Eat one of the best sandwiches in Bristol at ‘Mad About Sarnies’

mad about sarnies

66. Get an all day breakfast and a Sunday roast at ‘International Cafe’

international cafe Gloucester road

67. Drop your kids off at ‘Soft Play’

soft play bristol

68. Stop by the famous sign

 

69. Have a quick pint in The Wellington

The local was looking mighty inviting this evening!

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70. Have a coffee & gelato at ‘Seeb’

gelato Gloucester road

71. Sample some pork and cider at ‘Royal Oak’

royal oak gloucester road

72. Get all of your Vietnamese needs at the ‘Vietnamese Supermarket’

vietnamse-supermarket-bristol

73. Discover a little bit of Vietnam at ‘Lost in Saigon’

lost-in-saigon

74. Eat some ridiculously exotic burgers at M.J. Dalton Butchers… including horse!

exotic burgers bristol

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9 Awesome Bristol Pizza Joints

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9 Bristol Pizza Joints

We’re seriously spoilt when it comes to top quality pizza in this town.

1. Flour & Ash

These guys make some mouthwatering pizzas with the finest ingredients, including their famous ox cheek ragu pizza (even better than it sounds) – the chorizo & pickled chilli is also brilliant, and they have plenty of vegetarian and vegan choices to keep everyone happy. Lush homemade ice cream & sorbets too.

2. Bertha’s 

The first of two businesses on this list to upgrade from an oven in a Landrover to permanent premises, the team at Bertha’s are fully committed to making the best possible sourdough pizza (slightly gentler on your tumtum – and tastier in my opinion), and do the classics well while also playing about with some more unusual toppings. Keep an eye out for the Kimcheese (kimchi & cheese – trust me, it’s heavenly) or the Umami Bomb (smoked potatoes & garlic). Also make sure you check out their Negroni menu – daaamn.

3. Pizzarova 

Based in Wapping Wharf and Gloucester Road – you can opt for a simple Margherita (£6) or go for the DIY approach, where you can add as many toppings as you want for a tenner. They also do lots of giveaways and special offers, so keep your eyes peeled to their Facebook & Twitter pages!

4. Pi Shop

A slick operation sandwiched between the other Sanchez operations of Casamia & Paco Tapas, the pizzas here are generously sized a good mix of familiar options (Margherita, Marinara, Meat Feast and my beloved Hawaiian) and seasonal specialities. The restaurant itself is lush too, with some nice outdoor seating overlooking the Bathurst Basin part of the harbour.

5. Pepe Nero

Having gone from running their own restaurant, you can now find Pepe Nero running the kitchens at The Beer Emporium on King St, and The Full Moon on Stokes Croft. Expect large pizzas (you can opt for 12 or 20 inches!) with generous toppings, with lots of vegan and gluten free options available. Perfect for soaking up those weekend beers and sharing with friends!

#woodfiredpizzaoven #pepenero_uk #vegan #veganpizza @thefullmoonbristol

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6. Pizza Workshop 

Their ethos is ‘One thing, made well’, and they stick to their promise. With premises on North St in Southville and Whiteladies Rd, these are bright and modern neighbourhood pizza joints which make sure they do their best to represent true Neapolitan style food, from pizzas to boccas (hefty panini sandwiches). The ingredients are thoughtfully sourced, the pizzas are super tasty and the garlic bread comes laden with garlic oil and sliced garlic – a great all-rounder.

7. Bosco 

Another traditional Italian with a modern twist, Bosco also has two branches on Whiteladies Road and in Clifton Village.

Open 12-10pm all day everyday #pizza#pizzeria#neighborhoodrestaurant#morethanjustpizza

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8. Napolita 

A nieghbourhood favourite in St Werburghs – this is the pizza place that gets the most word of mouth buzz in the city. More rustic than the other places on the list, their pizzas are a great homely option and they do some interesting topping combos too, such as barbecue chicken & avocado, or blue cheese & fig.

9. A Capella

An Italian deli on Wells Road in Totterdown during the day, pizza joint in the evening. The menu is fairly extensive, with the pizzas all themed around music (Vivaldi, Concerto…). Prepare to wait on busier evenings (I’ve had to call back several times on a Fridya night), but the pizzas here are worth the wait, as you’d expect from a place that has access to the best Italian ingredients!

Oh, and for your obligatory 3am pizza needs – try Red Pizza Co. – get a Bristol Bad Boy (spicy chicken, spicy beef, chillies, red peppers, red onion & chilli sauce), then thank me later.

There are also plenty of pubs offering a decent pizza menu (Bocabar, Zero Degrees, Beerd & The Crofters Rights among a few others), and The Stable in the harbour do a decent line in pizzas (the dessert pizza with chocolate, marscapone and hazlenuts is GOOD).

For a full list of where to get your chops around some seriously good pizza, check out Shonette’s guide to Pizza in Bristol: https://lifelessorganised.com/2015/03/13/bristols-best-pizza-joints/

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