28 Best Pubs in Bristol
We love a good pint in Bristol we do and we’ve got some absolutely awesome pubs scattered around that can cater for every need; craft beer, real ale, and the cloudiest of ciders. We take you through the 28 best pubs in Bristol that you really need to try.
1. Small Bar
You’ll be seeing a lot of bars from the street that features never ending selections of extremely good craft beer – King Street. Small Bar is the first in our list – a great array of beers and very nice decour. Make sure you try the mouth watering hot dogs.
Small Bar Address: 31 King St, BS1 4DZ
Nestled away on one of Bristol’s more quaint little areas, Chandos Road. If you don’t live around Redland and Clifton there’s a good chance you might not have ventured here but make sure you do. Craft beer galore here, it’s a small place but really worth the visit.
Aviator Address: Chandos Rd, Redland, BS6 6PE
3. The Bell
The first of our Stokes Croft bars. Pop along Jamaica Street and into the Bell to meet the finest that Stokes Croft has to offer. Normally bustling with good tunes at night, the real atmosphere comes out in the smoking area. Look out the wandering cat that stops by.
The Bell Address: 18 Hillgrove Street, Stokes Croft, BS2 8JT
Kings Street again. One of the more unique bars in Bristol, featuring arcade games, table tennis and a big selection of beers. Not bad pizza either.
Kongs Address: 13-15 King St, BS1 4EF
5. Kensington Arms
The Kenny. Badly damaged earlier in the year from a late night fire, the Kenny is back up and running again and it’s a place you have to try. Hidden away on the corner of Stanley Road there’s a great atmosphere with food that is some of the very best in Bristol.
Kensington Arms Address: 35-37 Stanley Road, Redland, BS6 6NP
6. The Cadbury
Nestled away in the marvellous back streets of Montpelier you’ll find this gorgeous pub. Nice and large beer garden to sip from the array of beer, ales and 3 boxed ciders that are on tap. They also cook a mean roast to.
The Cadbury Address: 68 Richmond Rd, BS6 5EW
It’s a wonder what new owners can do to an old place. Since the Crack magazine team took over this place it’s taken on a new lease of life and should be your first port of call if you’re venturing up these picturesque steps. Make sure you try the music quiz on Wednesdays.
Christmas Steps Address: 2 Christmas Steps, BS1 5BS.
8. The Apple
If you want cider then look no further than this apple soaked boat at the end of Kings Street. They’ve got 8 ciders on tap and have sold over a million in their short term moored over here.
The Apple Address: Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SB.
9. Grain Barge
— Mirsini Koumpa (@MirsiniK) February 5, 2015
Keeping with the boat theme, this converted barge in the wonderful Howells has a superb atmosphere, decent food (try a pie!) and brilliant views of Bristol.
Grain Barge Address: Mardyke Wharf, Hotwell Rd, BS8 4RU
10. The Old Bookshop
— The Old Bookshop (@theoldbookshop) July 28, 2015
Down south of the river, around North Street way, you’ll find the Old Bookshop. Awesome atmosphere in here and features some incredible Bedminster beards. They’ve even got a woodburner in the covered garden so it’s perfect for the winter months.
The Old Bookshop Address: 65 North St, Bedminster, BS3 1ES
11. Full Moon
Pop down to the Moon for one. The inside is alright but the real fun is outside in the ginormous beer garden where you’ll find a host of interesting Stokes Croft characters. Also the start point for the Bristol Naked Bike Ride, what’s not to like?
Full Moon Address: 1 North St, Stokes Croft, BS1 3PR
12. Beer Emporium
In the Beer Emporium Bristol with friends. Happy face 🙂 pic.twitter.com/phfjLdBf7d
— Derek Digital (@derekdigital) January 24, 2014
Something very incredibly Belgian about this place with it’s massive selection of beers (24 different draft beers in total) and cave like architecture. Pricey but very tasty. Brucie bonus: You can also buy bottled beer in their award winning bottle shop upstairs.
Beer Emporium Address: 15 King St, BS1 4EF
— Camilla Beck (@CamillaBeck_) January 26, 2014
If you ever need something of a game changer on a night out then pop to the pipe and slippers and get yourself a ‘pipe dream’ (pictured). You’ll be on your way in no time. Filled with comfy chairs and an good smoking area for those inclined, the pipe is one of the best pubs in Stokes Croft.
Pipe and Slippers Address: 118 Cheltenham Rd, BS6 5RW
14. The Bag of Nails
It’s a pub that has just ale and cats. It really doesn’t need more explanation than that, go, it’s just amazing. It’s even recently been featured in Mashable and Bored Panda. Make sure you don’t break some of it’s many rules.
15. The Farm
— Rat (@ratsass) March 4, 2015
Tucked away in St. Werburghs just next to the City Farm (go visit the pigs obviously), there’s a brilliant beer garden and a tasty roast waiting for you.
The Farm Address: Hopetoun Rd, St. Werburghs, BS2 9YL
16. The Hatchet Inn
This historically gorgeous pub on Frogmore street is more of a quintessential rock pub than any of these so far, just take a look at their website with this message on:
‘Sorry. We’re too busy being the best bar in Bristol to make a pretty website. It detracts from rocking out, and that’s not acceptable. No. There are drinks to be consumed and fun to be had.’
There’s a fine selection of real ales to be had here and a great beer garden to drink them in.
The Hatchet Address: 27 Frogmore St, BS1 5NA
17. Old Duke
— TheJake Leg Jug Band (@JakeLegJug) October 16, 2015
It’s one of Bristol’s longest running venues and been a bastion of King Street for years now. It’s jazz here most nights of the week and it is brilliant. Lots of free live music here most nights of the week to.
The Old Duke Address: 45 King Street, BS1 4ER
18. Golden Lion
Gloucester Road is full of good venues for pubs and also free music. At the furthest up you’ll find the Golden Lion filled with Americana, Blues, Soul, Reggae, Ska, and Balkan music.
Golden Lion Address: 244 Gloucester Road, BS7 8NZ
19. Crofters Rights
— The Crofters Rights (@Crofters_Rights) June 9, 2015
Right in the middle of Stokes Croft, the Crofters Rights has an incredible range of craft beer, brilliant pizza and an awesome dance floor to sample.
The Crofters Rights Address: 117-119 Stokes Croft, BS1 3PY
20. The Drapers Arms
Bristol’s first micro brewery is an independent alehouse with just one room that can hold just 40 people. There’s no lager, Guiness or jager bombs there. Go here for a lovely chat.
Drapers Arms address:No: 447 on the Gloucester Road
21. Coronation Tap
This one’s up in Clifton and can cause a horrendous hangover. There’s jazz and the most famous thing of all, the exhibition half pint cider. Pro tip: Don’t try to go in with a large group of males, partner up instead.
22. The Gallimaufry
The old Galli. Right near the bottom of Gloucester Road, it’s picturesque, has marvelous drinks & food and yet always has free music during the week.
The Gallimaufry Address: 26/28, Gloucester Road, BS7 8AL
23. The Spotted Cow
Another North Street pub that has quality drinks, great food and a fabulous beer garden. Make sure you try the pub quiz here on a Tuesday, one team once won £1,000!
Spotted Cow Address: 139 North St, Bedminster, BS3 1EZ
24. Urban Standard
— dunleavy vineyards (@DYvineyards) March 3, 2014
Take your pick of the two Urban Standard locations, you can mozy onto the bottom of Gloucester Road or North Street in Bedminster, literally a Bristol hipster’s paradise! Awesome interior with dim lights and an industrial feel. The draft beer selection is small but well chosen whilst the food is some of the best pub food in Bristol.
Urban Standard Address: 35 Gloucester Rd, BS7 8AD
25. Highbury Vaults
Not bad for Autumn at the Highbury? pic.twitter.com/RsNL4cfkCf
— Highbury Vaults (@HighburyVaults) September 10, 2015
If you’re on St. Michaels Hill you need to give this place a try. Tiny interior with a snooker table, the garden is spectacular and actually heated so it’s a great visit during the coming winter. Little tip – don’t put any money on the floating lemon, you’ll never win.
Highbury Vaults Address: 164 St Michaels Hill, Bristol, BS2 8DE
26. Love Inn
Back in the day this place used to be called The Bank. It’s a little more hipster now but if you’re a fan of house music, sexy cocktails and a dashing interior then you’ll enjoy this.
Love Inn address: 84 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY
27. The Wellington
A Bath Ales pub right at the top of Gloucester Road. Does a pretty tasty roast as well!
The Wellington Address: Gloucester Road, Horfield BS7 8UR Bristol
Note.. there are plenty more awesome pubs out there that haven’t been included. Make sure you bash us in the comments for it.
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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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