Best Pubs In Bristol

Home to sun-drenched terraces, cosy lounges and stoked wood fires, this city's boozers are the ultimate playground. Along with quirky watering holes, the West Country capital also knows how to knock out some traditional punter palaces steeped in historical charm and that all-important gastro grub. Dig in and enjoy our pick of the best pubs in Bristol.

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Last updated on 5th February 2024

The White Hart Bristol

One of the best country pubs outside Bristol, The White Hart is a warm, homely watering hole in Gloucestershire. Retaining many of its original 17th century features, the haunt is ideal for curling up with a real ale by a log fire or taking a stroll through the pub's idyllic orchard.

Brewhouse & Kitchen Bristol

Brewhouse & Kitchen is ideal for after-work drinks, quick lunches and hearty dinners. These folks also offer some of the freshest pints in the city from their on-site microbrewery, along with a range of vegan and veggie-friendly dishes. For the best pubs and bars in Bristol? This one is a winner.

Royal Oak, Bristol

The Royal Oak is a cosy pub located in Bishopston, where the chefs will take you on a gastro culinary journey. Expect dishes like sticky pork belly burgers, chicken or cauliflower wings and pesto linguine, with the real star of the show being their Sunday roasts. What's more, there's a pretty beer garden for the summer months.

The Lock Keeper

Located only a short walk from Keynsham station, The Lock Keeper is well worth going the extra mile for. With stunning waterside views, delicious Sunday roasts and even its own petanque pitch, it's one of the best country pubs near Bristol. For a breath of fresh air? It's a must-visit.

Old Fish Market

In the heart of Bristol lies The Old Fish Market, a friendly, lively pub that promises a great time to all who pass through its doors. The sophisticated watering hole also has regular live music nights, sports showings and a wide range of whiskies and gins.

The Royal Oak Clifton

One of the best bars in Bristol for a stag, The Royal Oak Clifton is a great watering hole to check out. Enjoy munching on piled-high burgers and crispy chips or if you head here on a Sunday, you need to order a roast dinner.

The Spotted Cow

A heavyweight on Bristol's drinking scene, The Spotted Cow is home to kitsch interiors and chic stylings. But it's not just a pretty face. With a glorious beer garden out back and delicious roast dinners, it's no wonder that this is a regular punter pit-stop. 

The Apple

After pubs in Bristol near you? The Apple is devoted to all things cider. Housed on a converted barge boat, this drinking den is located in the Old City and has a gorgeous waterside alfresco terrace for you to enjoy those rare sunny days.

The Beer Emporium

Know your way around a craft brew? We've got a funny feeling that you're going to love this brick-laden basement den. Home to hundreds of different craft beers, The Beer Emporium has a bottle shop and a hot-to-trot menu making for one of the best gastropubs in Bristol.