Bristol Gin Bars
There are few joys simpler than a G&T enjoyed in the sunshine, and seeing as we’re now on the slow descent into autumn, it’s time to start taking advantage of the warm evenings while they’re still around.
Here are Bristol’s best G&T joints, from quirky cocktail bars through to neighbourhood pubs. Stay classy, Bristol; and by classy, I mean sozzled.
1. Pump House
“Gin and tonic, please.” “Any particular type of gin?” At the Pump House, that’s something of a loaded question. pic.twitter.com/KHDffgpH9J
— Matt Gibson (@gothick) June 25, 2016
If we’re talking gin, then this harbour gem is The Don. At the time of writing they have over 600 gins behind the bar, and craft each G&T combo with finesse. You’ll probably never make it through their entire selection, but given their waterside view and excellent menu, there are few places better to enjoy a sophisticated drink al fresco.
Bristol’s very own microdistillery and bar, located at the top of St Michael’s Hill, and well worth the trek too. Take a seat and marvel at their copper still and shelves of lovely homemade gin, then work your way through the menu. They offer tasting sessions and there’s also talk of a ‘How to make your own gin’ class in the near future too…
Find out more about Psychopomp by reading: ‘Is this Bristol’s best gin bar?’
3. Milk Thistle
Not only does this classy cocktail joint do one of the best Aviations in town and have a great flagship gin cocktail in the form of the Milk Thistle Daisy, but you can also extend your knowledge of all things gin at one of their monthly Gin Clubs. One for some late night gin appreciation.
— Carole Stubbs (@stubbs_carole) July 15, 2016
Moving to a more Mediterranean vibe, this small tapas Bristol bar on Cotham Hill not only serves up great food, but a spot on G&T menu to match. Choose from classics such Martin Millers with grapefruit and lemon zest, or Bombay Sapphire with orange & lemon zest and flaked almonds. Their Gingria is also a perfect accompaniment to some Spanish snacks whilst sat up at the bar.
This vintage tea room isn’t just great for scones and tiny sandwiches – they also offer some more booze-centric frolics, including their Gin & Cheese Club, where 2 people can share a cheese board and get a G&T each for a total of £26. Gin, cheese and cake – what’s not to like??
This teeny neighbourhood pub in Kingsdown may seem like an ale drinker’s paradise, but their gin selection is also mighty impressive (over 50 at the last count). Why not make an evening of it and head around to The Shakespeare nearby in Redland to make the most of their 3 premium G&Ts for a tenner offer.
Want some top notch gin to enjoy in the comfort of your own home? Or want to buy the perfect present for that G&T guzzler dear to your heart? Pop along to this lush shop on Christmas Steps and take your pick from their premium selection – they also sell a range of tonics, nice glasses and gift sets, as well as running their own tasting classes and ‘Make your own gin’ workshops.
Bristol’s first proper dedicated gin bar & restaurant with an extensive range of gins, cocktails and nibbles. They also host a great mix of events throughout the month.
Still thirsty? Maybe have a day trip to Thornbury just outside Bristol to go and visit the 6 O’Clock Gin distillery?
Fancy more like this? Check out Shonette’s guides on her blog A Life Less Organised.
There’s A Website Reviewing Bristol’s Pub Toilets
It’s the website Bristol didn’t know it needed
A small group has started a Bristol website called ‘Review My Loo’ with the idea that the group go around and review Bristol bars and restaurant toilets hoping to improve the Bristol toilet experience.
Rated out of cleanliness, size, comfort and decoration with a blurb at the end about the overall toilet experience.
The best in Bristol is currently Hi Brazil at 4/5:
“A diamond amongst the rough. Located out of the way up the stairs. Pristinely kept with good quality basins and loos. They are of a good size, so there is no issue of crumbling under several eyes looking at your piece. They are comfortable toilets. Due to size you can do your business in peace , and it is beautifully decorated with a modern art deco feel.”
Whilst The Canteen stands bottom at 1.5/5:
“These toilets aren’t the best. The graffiti on the wall makes you almost intimidated to have a wee. They are very small and prone to queues, with the likelihood you will be standing shoulder to shoulder with someone when having doing your business. The toilets looks like they have been vandalised by a youth gang. Overall bad experience.”
If you’ve got a Bristol toilet experience you’d like to share you can send your reviews into firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured.
Review My Loo: https://reviewmyloo.com/
HMSS Bar Launches New ‘Guide To The British Isles’ Cocktail Menu
I’ve been known to enjoy a cocktail or few. What sane 26 year old doesn’t? I’d take a cold, champagne pink cosmo over a glass of white wine any day. There’s something so indulgent about going out for a round manhattans or margaritas, whether it’s with friends or family – it puts a spring in your step. Well, spring is an understatement, especially if you have five espresso martinis in a row. They’re mostly coffee anyway right…? As I found out the other night at BeAtOne, probably not. But they are o so good.
I went to check out the new cocktail menu at Her Majesty’s Secret Service (HMSS) on Whiteladies Road on Monday night. Despite it being the start of the week, I never turn down a chance to don the lippie, get dressed up and sip on peculiar potions.
HMSS can be found on the doorstep of Clifton Down station. Established two years ago, the 80-capacity bar’s interior is classy, quirky, romantic and rebellious. If you’re up for more than just drinking, there are games of jenga and a great selection of music to lose yourself in; from old school hip hop, through 70’s & 80’s funk to the occasional piece of classic cheese.
At the start of the month, the bar launched the first in a brand new series of British-inspired cocktail menus. This one comes in the form of Winston the bulldog’s Guide To The British Isles – a light hearted illustrated drinking journey through the UK’s favourite attractions. Drinkers are taken from the White Cliffs of Dover to Loch Ness and every great landmark in between. If you’re one for out-of-the-box or unusual ingredients, you’ll be a happy customer. Acorn vermouth, laughing gas and even a chip of prehistoric stone feature in the ingredients lists.
Founder of the Clifton-based bar, Ben Alcock, said: “The menu has been created to start conversations, be a visual aid, an icebreaker and a souvenir that embodies the bar and the inspirations of HMSS.
“Whether its tourists discovering the wonders of the country or simply reminding Brits of the delights we hold, the new series of menus will embody the best of Britain.”
The menu itself is presented in the style of a vintage pocket edition travel guide, which now looks very pretty on my wooden coffee table. Inside you’ll find an assortment of highly interactive, humorous, playful and impeccably presented drinks that are a far cry from the standard cocktail offerings.
Here are a few of my personal favourites:
- Green Manalishi (£8.50)
Barcardi Carta Blanca, Hemp Orgeat, Lime, Aloe Vera Oil, 1 Chip of Prehistoric Stone
- Loch Ness Mobster (£8.50)
Patron Silver Tequila, Peach Wine, Lemon Juice, Absinthe, Laughing Gas
- Twister (£8.50)
Grey Goose LaPoire, Mozart Strawberry, Kiwi Sherbet, Milk, Whole Egg White
- Greenhouse Project (£9.00)
Sugar Snap Hendricks, Dry White Wine, Spear Asparagus, Celery Bitters
Her Majesty’s Secret Service address: Whiteladies Gate, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2PH
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