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.