Head to the Old Fishmarket in Bristol's city centre to find Revolution, a party bar that specialises in all things vodka. Their fruity cocktails will whisk you away to a sunnier setting whilst daily happy hours make for a wallet-friendly sip. Once Friday hits, the place comes alive with music and late-night revellers.
City Centre Bars in Bristol
In an area filled with craft beer dens, cocktail spots and charming independent boozers, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to places to drink. But sometimes with so many options, it can be hard to know where to go. That's why we've scoured through the many watering holes in the hub of all the action to come up with a definitive list of the best city centre bars in Bristol.
Pitcher & Piano has garnered a reputation across the country for its modern interiors, stylish cocktails and affordable menu. Its Bristol bar is ideally located by the waterside, making for some lovely views whilst you sample one of their caramel sazeracs, blackberry brambles or chocolate orange espresso martinis.
Searching for an ice-cold pint in Bristol city centre? Look no further than The Prince Street Social, a bar knocking up all kinds of cocktails, hoppy sips and wines. Try one of their beers, which is brewed just around the corner, and tuck into a hearty menu of British cuisine.
An undoubtedly cool hangout in the centre of Bristol, BrewDog is a hub for those grabbing pres, after-work drinks or chilling with mates. Stop over and explore their 20+ craft brews on tap, wide array of bottles, and cans in the fridge, alongside a menu of drool-worthy sourdough pizza.
Retro consoles, craft drinks and live DJ sets... Kongs Of King Street is your one-stop-shop for a fun night out in Bristol. During the week, the bar is great for an evening of arcade gaming with your mates, but come the weekend the spot is buzzing with partygoers and guest DJs keeping the energy high.
If you're after an easy-going place to drink in Bristol city centre, The Horts is for you. The traditional pub has a mega list of wines, spirits and beers, as well as a classic menu of comfort food favourites if you should get peckish. What's more, they've even got a 36-seater cinema where they screen regular sports events.
The Milk Thistle has got to be up there as one of the best bars in Bristol city centre - that is, if you can find it. But once you have uncloaked the secret bar, prepare for a wonderland of delights, from mixology masters through to taxidermy-filled rooms.
Located in a former banking hall, The Cosy Club is a showstopping Bristol city centre bar. If you're looking to impress, this beauty is sure to do the job with grand marble columns, vintage portraits and a seriously slurpable cocktail list making for a memorable evening.
Not all of Bristol's central bars are on land. Meet The Apple: a converted Dutch barge that's been turned into one of the most popular cider haunts in the city. Can't find a seat on the boat? There's also outdoor seating which is perfect for the summer months.
1766 Bar & Kitchen is the black horse of the city's drinking scene. Not only does it boast a jaw-dropping backdrop of the Bristol Old Vic's facade, but it also offers daily happy hours for a brilliant pre-theatre tipple - anyone for a rhubarb and vanilla fix?
If you're after a quirky bar in Bristol city centre then The Clockwork Rose will suit you down to a tee. Not only are the drinks wacky and theatrically presented but the steampunk-inspired interiors will transport you into the fictional world of Sebastian Commodore, a mythical airship captain.
Situated underneath King Street, The Beer Emporium is a cool basement bar and craft brew haven. Spend an evening tasting a range of international and locally-sourced ales and stouts in the cosy den. Like what you tried? Buy some sips from their award-winning bottle shop.