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7 Places to See Free Live Music in Bristol

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Live music for free in Bristol

Bristol has many places to see live music in Bristol pubs for big bands and DJs but it can take a toll on how many Bristol Pounds you’ve got left to spend. Never fear though, there’s 7 places in Bristol where you can regularly see free live music in Bristol.

1. The Canteen

This Stokes Croft institution is one of only 2 venues to have music every single night in Bristol…. and it’s completely for free!

Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, 0117 923 2017, live music nightly

2. The Gallimaufry

The Galli is a bastion of great free live music in Bristol with a generous blend of Folk, Jazz, Boogaloo, Blues & Alternative sounds.

26/28 Gloucester Road, 0117 942 7319, live music every night of the week

3. Blue Lagoon

the blue lagoon

Just down the road from the Galli, you’ll find free music here most days of the week. Plus the bonus of 241 cocktails Thursday to Sunday.

20 Gloucester Road, 0117 942 747, free live music 7.30pm most nights

4. No. 1 Harbourside

One of the much nicer bars in the centre of Bristol. You’ll find lots of night of stompin’ live music and dance. The food is pretty tasty to!

1 Canons Road, 0117 929 1100, free live music Wed & Thur from 9.30pm, Fri & Sat from 11:00pm,

5. The Old Duke

One of Bristol’s longest running venues, it’s been a bastion of King Street for years now. It’s jazz here most nights of the week and it is awesome.

45 King Street, 0117 927 7137, free live music 8.30pm nightly

6. Golden Lion

the golden lion

Gloucester Road is full of good venues for free music. At the furthest up you’ll find the Golden Lion. All sorts of music here from funk and swing to charmingly good rock.

244 Gloucester Rd, Bristol, free live music every day apart from Fridays.

7. Coronation Tap

Clifton’s legendary, centuries-old cider house, home of the infamous Exhibition (try it but not too many), and award-winning live music venue!

8 Sion Place, Clifton, 0117 973 9617, live music on Sundays and Tuesdays are free.

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The 20 Best Bristol Street Art Pieces Of 2017

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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)

irony

5. Kobra (@kobrastreetart)

kobra

6. Voyder (@voyder) & 3dom (@3dom22)

voyder street art

7. Woskerski (@woskerski)

Woskerski street art

8. Kristx (@kristx_)

Kristx (@kristx_)

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

aspire

10. N4T4 (@n_4_t_4)

n4t4

11. Dzia (@dzia)

dzia

12. Andrew Burns Colwill (@andrewburnscolwill

andrew burns street art

13. Lemak (@lemak_art)

lemak

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)

cheo

19. Louis Masai (@louismasai)

louis masai

20. Angus (@angusart85)

angus

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Bristol’s Hidden Street Art Part 1

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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

tambakra

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

shab

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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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

Wednesday Bristol Pub Quizzes

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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