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. 

Last updated on 20th May 2020

Revolution Bristol

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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.

Pitcher & Piano Bristol

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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.  

Black Rock Bristol

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Whisky lovers need look no further for their next dram. Located on Baldwin Street, Black Rock houses over 250 bottles of the good stuff from around the globe, as well as a selection of creative concoctions and some swish interiors.

The Bristol Stable

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Nestle along Harbourside, The Bristol Stable is your go-to for craft ciders, fresh sourdough pizza and live music. They even host regular tastings where you and your friends can try eight different brews accompanied by mouthwatering slices to keep you fuelled up.

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. 

The Horts

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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.

Small Bar is a must for all beer lovers in Bristol. In keeping with their dedication to support local and small breweries, the rustic joint pours drinks in 2/3 pints, to ensure that every glass is fresh and enjoyed to the maximum.

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.

While it might be a little on the swankier side, Graze Bar and Chophouse wins our vote for a date night spot. Begin your night sampling some Bath ales before moving into the restaurant to chow down on some locally-sourced meaty plates.