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50 Things To Do In Stokes Croft



things to do in Stokes Croft

There’s lots of things to do in Stokes Croft

One of Bristol’s most infamous areas – Stokes Croft get’s a lot bad press theses days. But it’s not all Tesco riots and gentrification. There’s amazing bars, tasty food, great shops and a load of quirky local characters. Here’s 50 things to do in Stokes Croft.

1. Marvel at the Stokes Croft skull on Westmoreland House created by Cyclops

stokes croft skull

2. Admire the Carriage Works before it becomes flats

community sign

3. Eat lunch at The Social

4. Eat an awesome egg based brunch at Craft Egg

5. Try some tasty Jamaican food at Rice & Things

rice and tings

6. Have a Stokes Croft street bath

Man in a bath in Stokes Croft

7. Pop into the ‘Little Shop’ and see some art

the little shop

8. Get some vintage clothes from the ‘Pop Up Shop

stokes croft pop up shop

9. Eat some scrumptious pies at Pieminister

10. Buy some Bristol Pounds from the Bristol Credit Union

11. Eat an epic wrap from Biblos

12. Buy some records at Idle Hands

13. Have a night out at Blue Mountain

blue mountain

They’ve got pretty amazing grafitti

14. Have another night out at the legendary Lakota


15. Stop for a swift pint at The Bell

16. Eat some tasty tapas at Poco

17. Sample all the craft beer at Crofter’s Rights

18. Then pop next door to Ray’s Pizza

19. Eat a vegan breakfast at Tree House Cafe

20. Have a quick rave on Turbo Island

21. Pop in for a ‘massage’ at the Massage Club

Stokes Croft Massage Club

Via Flickr

22. Or this one… such choice!

city centre sauna

23. See some of the iconic Stokes Croft graffiti

stokes croft bob marley

24. Eat at Kale and Kettle the vegetarian cafe

25. Pick up some cheap furniture at Happytat


26. Drink some loose wine and have a lasagne at Zitto & Bevi

zitto & bevi

27. Pick up some beer on the way back from a night out at ‘The Best’

the best

28. Eat and drink vegan things at Cafe Kino

29. Drink coffee and watch a film at the Arts House Cafe

30. Squeeze in some tasty cakes at Patisserie Leila

patissere leila

31. Become a true Bristolian after eating some Slix chicken


32. Have a dance to some house and disco at the Love Inn

love inn

33. Pick up some bread and pastries at Love Bristol Bakery

love bristol bakery

34. Look at some art at ‘It’s all 2 Much

its all 2 much

35. Buy a piano from Mickleburgh Musical Instruments


36. Get a new hair cut from Shambarber


37. Have a look in the charity shop – Treasure

treasures stokes croft

38. Walk along Jamaica Street and look at this street art

stokes croft street art

39. Then check how many shoes are hanging from this wire..

shoes on the wire

40. Buy a Stokes Croft mug from Stokes Croft China

41. Eat, drink and dance at the Canteen

42. Also pop upstairs into Hamilton House for Art, Music, Therapies, Events and Workshops

43. Have a pizza and a dance at No. 51

no 51

44. Drink a swift pint in one of Bristol’s best beer gardens at the Full Moon

full moon

Make sure you check out the toilet graffiti..

full moon toilet grafitti

45. Buy a big issue from the famous Jeff

46. Boycott Tesco. Obviously

stokes croft tesco sign

Via Flickr

46. Wave at a Google Street View car

stokes croft google street view

47. Finish the night off at the beating heart of Stokes Croft… Rita’s Take Away

rita's takeaway

48. Watch a film at The Cube

49. Check out the infamous former squat Telepathic Heights

50. Get some new threads from That Thing

shop dutty

You see, there’s loads of things to do in Stokes Croft! If you fancy walking a bit further than check out 74 things to do on Gloucester Road.



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The 20 Best Bristol Street Art Pieces Of 2017




Best Bristol Street Art

It’s been another great year for the local street art scene. Here’s a list of some of the best art from 2017, some of it is still there to view and some has been replaced; all part of the natural evolution of the art form. We were treated to another stellar Upfest festival which is the biggest in Europe and in my opinion the best. Anyway, here is the list. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (@streetartbristol) for many more photos from this year and fresh work as we make our way into 2018. Happy new year!

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

2. 3dom (@3dom22)

3dom street art

3. Liz C Illustration (@lizc_illustration)

liz c

4. Irony (@whoamirony) & Boe (@placee_boe)


5. Kobra (@kobrastreetart)


6. Voyder (@voyder) & 3dom (@3dom22)

voyder street art

7. Woskerski (@woskerski)

Woskerski street art

8. Kristx (@kristx_)

Kristx (@kristx_)

9. Aspire (@aspireartwork) & D7606 (@d7606)


10. N4T4 (@n_4_t_4)


11. Dzia (@dzia)


12. Andrew Burns Colwill (@andrewburnscolwill

andrew burns street art

13. Lemak (@lemak_art)


14. Si2 (@hull_graffiti)

bin street art

15. Melike Painting (@melikepainting) & Nino Viegas (@nunovviegas)

melike painting

16. Bex Glover (@bexgloverart)

17. Unknown Artist

unknown street art

18. Cheo (@cheograff)


19. Louis Masai (@louismasai)

louis masai

20. Angus (@angusart85)




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Bristol’s Hidden Street Art Part 1



Hidden street in Bristol: Shop Shutters

I used to think I kept fully up to speed with the urban art scene in Bristol and knew the majority of locations to find anything of interest. Then one day I went for my usual wander around Bedminster and realised this wasn’t totally the case. This did happen to be 8 o’clock on a Saturday morning so more importantly what the hell was I doing up and out at that time?! This was during the week before Upfest 2017 so I wanted to make sure I had photos of all the pieces soon to be lost.

All along North Street was art I hadn’t seen before; on shop shutters! I probably had seen a couple of them on a previous weekend wander but there were maybe 6 or 7 completely new to me, some more classical graffiti and some more so ‘street art’ by brilliant artists. This started a quest to walk around my usual graff/art spots of the city on weekends or after closing times to see what other art was waiting for me. Here’s is some of what I found.

1. Andy Council (@andycouncil) – North Street, Bedminster

andy council

2.  Dan Leo (@danleodesign) – Stokes Croft

dan leo

3. Sled One (@sledone) & Smak (@smaktown) – Moon Street, Stokes Croft

moon street art

4.  Ok so this one isn’t a shop shutter but still deserves a shout. By 3dom (@3dom22) in Brislington/St Annes

3dom street art

5. Alex Lucas aka Lucas Antics (@lucas_antics) at Stokes Croft Vintage Market

lucas antics

Alex has done more recent shutters on North Street that I don’t have a photo of (yet!) but it’s white butterflies on black background, go find it and tag your Instagram photo with #streetartbristol ??

6. Mayflower Chinese Restaurant near bus station, artist unknown

mayflower chinese restaurant

7. Mr Impossible by Loch Ness (@lochnessart) on North Street

8. Jamaican Diner, North Street. Artist unknown

jamican diner street art

9. One of my favourites on North Street is this one by Copyright (@copyrightart)

copyright street art

10. Lokey (@lokey_bristol) at North Street Standard

north street standard street art

11. The Bollywood Beauty Lounge on North Street

bollywood beauty lounge street art

12. Tamrakar on North Street


13. SHAB (@s.h.a.b) at North Street Standard


14. A few doors away from Hamilton House in Stokes Croft

oj street art

15. Dons Car Wash painted by Sepr (@sepr) in St Pauls

dons car wash

16. Another from Stokes Croft

17. Pete’s Barbers, West Street, Bedminster

petes barber

18. Vandal by Nick Walker (@nickwalker_art) on St George’s Road

vandal street art

19. Another Mr Men & Little Miss themed shutter from Upfest 2016

mr man

20. Bird is the word, one on North Street…for a change ?

bird street art

That’s it for this article, part two of the list will be coming your way in the near future. If you enjoyed this please come and follow us on Instagram and tag your Bristol street art pics with our hashtag. Thanks for reading.

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Bristol Pub Quizzes



bristol pub quizzes

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.

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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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