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Bristol Brewery Boat Tour



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It’s no secret that the Bristol beer scene is booming at the moment.

Hosting names such as Arbor, Wiper & True and Bristol Beer Factory, it could even be the best place in the country for it right now. Therefore it’s about time someone offered us a flavour of what goes on behind the scenes.

Luckily the newly launched Bristol Brewery Tours has arrived just on the cusp of summer. Although as we meet at midday on Millennium Square, it becomes apparent that this is much more than a usual walk around a taproom.

bristol brewery factory

The tour manages to charmingly utilise a touch of city life with the Bristol Ferry Company for some sampling as the boat takes us up the harbour towards Moor Beer behind Temple Meads. It feels like a perfect combination as we sit in good company tasting two varied pale ales from the locally based Arbor.

Upon arrival it’s a quick stroll through the industrial surroundings towards the brewery. Once inside tokens are dealt out and there’s the opportunity to try some beers directly from the source. The taproom features a wide mixture of cask and keg from which guests are given free choice over. A brewer then takes us inside and gives a detailed talk about the process which creates what we’ve been enjoying.

breering beer

It’s then back to one The Beer Emporium on King Street where Duncan and Marco have the bar lined with beer flights for further sampling. By this point in the day it’s apparent that friendships have been made and information gained. Whether or not it will be remembered by the weary heads the day after remains to be seen. Ultimately, a perfectly executed day that’s a testament to our beer scene.

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Why The Bag of Nails Pub Is Amazing



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Bag of Nails is one our favourite pubs in Bristol

Affordable ales, cats, board games, a fantastic atmosphere and did we say cats? You more than likely knew about Bristol’s cat cafe, but did you know Bristol has its very own cat pub?

Located on 141, St Georges Road in Hotwells. You may end up missing Bag of Nails if you’re not looking out for it.

bag of nails pub

From the sign on the window you quickly get a feel of the kind of establishment legendary barkeep Luke runs here.

bag of nails pub crawls

You should not be entering this place if you’re on your way to the Bunker.

This is further emphasised with no children being allowed in. It’s no place to bring the kids, and it’s soon apparent why.

bag of nails signs

Because it’s filled with kittens! Beautiful kittens and cats are everywhere.

kittens in pubs

Here’s the mother.

cat on bar

And her friend…. sitting on a microwave.

cat on microwave

You won’t find lager in this pub. It’s ale all the way and it’s damn tasty.

bag of nailes ale

There’s also some brilliant music here. You can use Bag of Nails’ vinyl player to select from an array of quality records.

bag of nails vinyl

But… there are many rules, each one better than the last.

bag of nails rules

Such as ‘if you don’t like Johnny Cash, shut up or go away’.

So many rules it needs two sides…

bag of nails rules other side

There’s also hundreds of different games you can play. Most of them we have never heard of…

bag of nails games

But above all it’s just a really, really, really nice place for a pint.

bag of nails customers

We couldn’t recommend Bag of Nails more, it’s an amazing bar to drink in Bristol. The staff & locals are great characters, the cats are unbelievably cute and the music is superb.

Give this pub a visit… as long as you’re not on a stag do, on the way to the Bunker, with kids, or just a general piss kidney because the owner will throw you straight out.

While you’re at it why don’t you give them a like on their Facebook page?

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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 to be featured.

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