Hyde & Co Bristol
The year is 1932; Prohibition-era America. The government is cracking down hard on alcohol consumption, and sly bootleggers are reduced to peddling their wares in unlicensed saloons away from prying eyes. Anyone caught making or selling ‘moonshine’ faces heavy jail time, and of those who do, few escape the long arm of the law.
Fast forward 85 or so years, and the Prohibition era is long gone. Temperance may have lost its hold, but the public’s taste for style and substance in their liquor remains strong. Here in Bristol, we’re lucky to have a small but valuable selection of hidden speakeasies tucked away in plain sight, some of which hark back to that bygone era.
Hyde & Co — Bristol’s original speakeasy — is one of them, and it’s earned a reputation among the most stylish cocktail bars in the city. Hyde & Co blends the decadence of the roaring 20’s with the secrecy of Prohibition-era America, offering an elegant setting for intimate gatherings with friends.
Hyde & Co have very recently launched a brand-new menu — The Last Carnival — highlighting anew their dedication to the craft of the cocktail. Blends such as ‘Blue Grass’, ‘Curse of Canal St’, ‘Bonny Lass’ and the rum-infused ‘Hell and High Water’ offer an outstanding selection of textures and flavours, put together with care and attention to detail.
Sharply dressed bartenders — widely considered purveyors of the finest cocktails in the city — are on hand to recommend your tipple of choice, and for those searching for something a little different, you have only to ask…
Behind the bar sits a seductive selection of speciality Irish whiskies, classic vermouths, Fino sherries, camomile-infused gins, Tapatío tequilas and more, with all the tinctures, bitters and syrups needed to provide the discerning clientele with the perfect cocktail.
It’d be a disservice to the nature of the speakeasy to spell out Hyde & Co’s central-Bristol location, so I’ll stop short of doing that. Suffice it to say it’s worth the search, and if you’d like more details you can check out the Hyde & Co website.
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 email@example.com 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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