Anyone looking for a place in Bristol that offers everything from funky modern cocktails to a quirky and unique atmosphere will find themselves with plenty of options. Thanks to the city’s thriving social scene and great choice of hotels and serviced apartment options, there’s a whole host of cool bars available to visit over a weekend, so we’ve put together this quick overview of some of Bristol’s best to help you make the most of your next visit.
The Milk Thistle
The Milk Thistle is undoubtedly one of the most unique bars in Bristol. Arranged across four storeys, it offers a sense of timeless grandeur with leather clad armchairs, rich velvet curtains, stained glass windows, and mahogany bar stools. If you want hard-to-get spirits and must-try cocktails in an old-fashioned gentlemen’s club atmosphere, The Milk Thistle is for you.
The Clockwork Rose
The Clockwork Rose is a steampunk-inspired bar boasting a stunningly eccentric cocktail menu; options include the Kraken’s Folly, Pharmaceutical Stimulant, and the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster. They style it the favourite drinking hole of fictional airship captain Sebastian Commodore, and the entire bar is littered with trinkets from his travels. You’ll see everything from flying googles to suitcases decorating this one-of-a-kind establishment.
Hyde & Co
Literally one of Bristol’s hidden gems, Hyde & Co is a secret bar set just off the Clifton Triangle. Cocktails dominate once you find your way inside this low-lit, speakeasy-style bar, but taking in the atmosphere is half the fun. You’ll feel just like you’re back in the Roaring Twenties.
Want to try something a little more continental? Head to Pata Negra for plush interiors and a Spanish zest for life. They bring a fantastic selection of bottles, plus Latin cocktails and, on select nights, soul-stirring party music until 4am. Feeling peckish? Sample their 36-month cured Jamon Iberico or sherry braised chicken thigh.