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Book your days off now and stock up on Berocca – Bristol Cocktail Week is back and it is bigger and boozier than ever before…

From Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd October, Bristol will play host to a series of spirited (geddit?) events, allowing you to experience the finest tipples in locations ranging from the city’s classiest bars to an old fire station,but if buildings are a bit passé, you can hop on a bus for a booze-tastic tour of Bristol, or play crazy golf while quaffing rum cocktails – how good does that all sound??

This year’s festival also features a mixology map, guiding you around 20 bars across several themed zones, which will rustle you up an exclusive cocktail for that week only.

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Here are my picks for the week’s events, but you can see the full event listings at the Bristol Cocktail Week 2016 website, or follow their updates up to and during the festival on Twitter and Instagram.

Good Things to Drink at Home (£25, Tuesday 18th)

Learn from the experts how you can use every day kitchen items to whip up a tasty cocktail. Your chance to pick up tips and shortcuts from some of the best in the business.

https://www.foozie.co.uk/event/good-things-drink-home/

Bottle in Bond (£10, Wed 19th)

bottle in bondedSample 3 exciting US whiskies and hear more about them from expert Russell Jackson, before getting to try them in cocktails. Nibbles are also provided – a bargain for a tenner!

https://www.foozie.co.uk/event/bottled-in-bond/

Rum-ble in the Jungle (£15, Wed 19th)

I don’t know about you, but I love puns, I love rum, and I love crazy golf – and this is a mish-mash of all three! Play a round of mini golf and seek out the three hidden rum cocktails on your way round – best Wednesday activity, ever.

https://www.foozie.co.uk/event/rum-ble-in-the-jungle/ 

Her Majesty’s Secret Cinema (£20, Thu 20th)

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If you’ve been to Her Majesty’s Secret Service, you’ll know they’re all about the fun, so join them for an evening of cocktails and cinema, where they’ll be screening the original Ghostbusters in the Old Firestation and supplying four cocktails for a merry drinkalong. Yay!

https://www.foozie.co.uk/event/her-majestys-secret-cinema/

A History of the American Gin Cocktail, Told Through the Medium of Jazz (£22.50 Thu 20th)

A classy event, this one. Nab your seat at cosy speakeasy Hyde & Co and enjoy three gin cocktails alongside some top notch jazz. If you’re feeling in the need of something even snazzier, check out the Gin Dinner at The Pump House that evening instead.

https://www.foozie.co.uk/event/history-american-gin-cocktail-told-medium-jazz/

A Drinker’s Guide to the City of Bristol (£25, Fri 21st)

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All aboard the BCW bus for a tour of Bristol’s rum smuggling, gin distilling and various other alcohol-centric activities. Expect a series of themed drinks as the double decker bus winds its way through the city – a history lesson and cocktail session in one, how civilised!

https://www.foozie.co.uk/event/drinkers-guide-city-bristol/

BCW Closing Party: The Cocktail Mix Tape (£15, Sat 22nd)

This year’s festival is going out with a bang at The Old Bookshop – cocktails galore, matched food and funky music until the wee hours – make sure you’re there to celebrate!

https://www.foozie.co.uk/event/cocktail-mix-tape/

We’ll see you there!

Want to know more about where you can nab yourself a great cocktail before or during the festival? Take a look at the Guide to Bristol’s Classiest Cocktails Bars.

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Hyde & Co’s Launch Impressive New Cocktail Menu

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A year has passed since Bristol’s finest cocktail bar last refreshed its menu, and it’s all change again at the secretive and stylish Hyde & Co.

2017’s The Last Carnival introduced us to a glamorous world of burlesque, cabaret and circus, showcasing a mastery of cocktail creativity. Midnight in Paris picks up the tale…

The scene is set in 1920’s Paris; a dangerous world of decadence and daring. A jewel heist in the French capital has caught the attention of private detective Kinsey Moran, who must follow a trail through the city’s drinking dens and backstreets to bring the culprits to justice.

From the imagination of talented local designer and bartender Gareth Aldridge, Midnight in Paris’ beautiful story and artwork sets Hyde & Co. apart from the outset – but it’s the variety and quality of the cocktails that tempt visitors to sample daring new concoctions.

With sultry jazz playing softly in the background and a décor embracing the elegance of the roaring 20’s, drinkers can now enjoy a new selection of the bold and innovative cocktails for which Hyde & Co. is known.

Traditional French spirits including Calvados, Cognac and Chartreuse blend beautifully with spice mix, bitters and liqueurs, creating bold new flavours with a nod to classics like the French 75, Sidecar and Kir Royale.

If you’re looking for a recommendation, the gin-based Tribune caught my attention, but the breadth and depth of choice is highly impressive.

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‘Tribune’

You can dip into Midnight in Paris at Hyde & Co from Tuesdays to Sundays, 6pm till late. Check out the Hyde & Co website here, and find them on Twitter here. For more reviews and write-ups from @cjcallaghan, check out his Best of Bristol author page.

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A Response To ‘Gentrification By Instagram’

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In response to Bristol 24/7 and Thomas Oxley: ‘Gentrification by Instagram’

First of all I should say to those that do not know me; I was part of the @igersBristol team for two years, so this article really was aimed at a lot of my friends and peers.

The reason this article will not be impartial isn’t because of my ties to those involved, but because it is a grossly unfair opinion piece with unfounded accusations, and it’s seemingly based on fuck all else but a desire to be controversial.

I really do love Bristol and the diversity of its people, their passions and their beliefs. What I’ll never stand for is someone telling anybody what they should, or should not create, capture, or share.

Bristol is a city that built a reputation on its creativity, and a community that supports each other. There is no room here for crab mentality, or negativity towards any other person’s craft.

I understand that most people don’t live in the pretty, colourful Bristol we see on Instagram and in the wider press. It’s not all ‘Sunday Times Best Place to Live’ shite, where you walk your kids to school without swearing at them, past colourful houses, through the park or along the river.

I understand this because I grew up on a council estate in East Bristol. I believe most of us had tough upbringings in a city that is rife with drug use, poverty, inequality and racial tension.

🎉 INSTAMEET NEWS! 🎉 • As part of our #igersloveGloucesterRoad campaign, we are hosting an Instameet in two weeks time! ———————————————– 📅 Saturday 25th February. • 🌍 – Brunswick Square, St. Paul’s. • ⏰ 13:00-16:00. ———————————————– We’re going to be weaving up Cheltenham/Gloucester Road, taking in some of Bristol’s most vibrant communities, including Montpellier, Bishopston, St. Andrews and Ashley Down. We’ll try and navigate via some great pieces of graffiti, lovely green spaces and stunning terraces! 🙌🏼 • If you haven’t really explored Gloucester Road before, this will be a great opportunity to acquaint yourself with the surrounding areas. If you love Gloucester Road, well then I don’t need to encourage you. 😅 • England aren’t playing in the Six Nations that day so I don’t want any excuses. 🤓🏉 ———————————————– Photo by our very own @richimal_bristol! ———————————————– Shared by @antimitch! 🤙🏼

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The mixed views of Bristol held by many, shouldn’t be grounds to curse those that choose to focus on either the good or the bad. If you want to “Make Bristol Shit Again”, crack on.

If you want to campaign and protest the injustices people in this city face, from the homeless, the refugees, the poor, the ethnic minorities. Please, please do.

Or if you’d prefer to shine a bright light onto the things that make Bristol such a fantastic city to live in, as many people do extremely well, then have a fucking field day as there’s lots to shout about.

@IGersBristol is a community of people that do the latter out of pure passion, immense pride and an unwavering attachment to Bristol. Building friendships, educating, and broadening minds along the way. To question the integrity of people you’ve never met is a lamentable act, for which you are being rightfully admonished.

I’m focusing on @IGersBristol, I’ll reiterate not because of personal bias, because in my opinion, they are the inspiration for a large amount of feature accounts in Bristol. The foundation of the account, community and hashtag is to shout about what you love, to share your Bristol.

A lot of folk’s favourite part of Bristol is indeed the floating harbour, not Withywood nor Knowle. Although, if you look a little deeper you’ll see there are plenty of other Instagrammers who strive to document the “real Bristol” that is claimed to be missing from social media.

You’d also have seen the meets and events arranged across BS1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10 and beyond. Events that took us way beyond “the square mile from the Suspension Bridge to the Arnolfini and from the Create Centre to the top of Park Street.”

I respect opinion pieces, and the conversations we have every day on social media and in the press, but myself and my peers cannot stand by in light of such vitriol.

Bristol’s “gentrifying” Instagram community have made it clear that no amount of hatred will stop us doing what we do, because we love it, and we love our home. Why don’t you join in sometime, Thomas? Everyone is welcome.

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There’s A Gin Bus & A Rum Bus Coming To Bristol!

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The Foozie bus series is returning to Bristol!

After the hugely successful Foozie bus series last year, Bristol will again play host to the Gin Bus and Rum Bus this summer, but with the added addition of the Pink Gin Bus set to make it even better and more fun than last year. If that’s possible..

If you find yourself unfamiliar with the boozy bus series, the long story short is booze, open-top vintage bus, scenic tour of Bristol. You can skip to the end for tickets now if you wish.

For two hours you’ll cruise around Bristol on a summery afternoon, in an open-top Bristol Lodekka bus from the 1950s, with a drink in hand and fellow gin or rum lovers for company.

Open top bus gin tourFor this years series, Foozie has teamed up with Martin Miller’s Gin, who use classic botanicals and Icelandic spring water to create the world’s most awarded gin of the last decade.

Fans of pink gin will rejoice, because the first ever Pink Gin Bus is happening, with Pinkster Gin providing the pink stuff.

Those who prefer to dabble in the wares of the rum industry, fear not, as you will be equally well catered for. Your rum bus comes complete with Old J Rum, who will be creating the menu with their incredible range of spiced and flavoured rums.

Open top bus rum tour

Foozie are also partnering with Seedlip, who will provide their non alcoholic spirits. Seedlip is the world’s first distilled zero-alcohol spirit, and it tastes incredible in cocktails and with tonic.

Fentimans will be perfectly pairing some of their botanically brewed beverages with the

gin and the rum to create a selection of drinks menus that are totally unique to these bus events.

If this sounds like a great way to spend two hours of your weekend, that’s because it is.

Follow the links below to bag yourself a ticket right this second, and get 10% off using the code BESTOFBRISTOLBUS10 at checkout.

The Martin Miller Gin Bus

The Pinkster Gin Bus

The Old J Spiced Rum Bus

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