Cool and Quirky Bars in Bristol
Spotted something unusual going on in Bristol recently? It was likely at one of these bars. A haven for mischief, mixology and must-try boozers, this fair city is at the UK's peak when it comes to hipster hotspots to drink. Whether you like your cocktails in an elusive, secret lair or you prefer the tiki tidings of a South Pacific plot, check out our recommendations for the most cool and quirky bars in Bristol.
This Victorian-themed cocktail spot will transport you to another era with its antique interiors - inspired by the fabled astronomer, Elizabeth E. Lightfoot - and unusual cocktail combinations. Enjoy bizarre concoctions such as the Wasabi Crush - with whiskey, wasabi paste, pistachio syrup, orange juices, lemon juice and angostura bitters.
Four storeys of stunning revelry await at the heart of Milk Thistle. One of the most unique bars in Bristol thanks to their decadent, vintage interiors, Milk Thistle is a must-try in the cocktail department with a selection of hard-to-get spirits, world renowned recipes and stunning mixes.
When it comes to a quirky night in Bristol, Smoke & Mirrors have your entertainment roster covered. Settle down in their sultry and sumptuous space with an indulgent bottle of wine for a night of entertainment that ranges from cabaret and live music to burlesque.
Indulge in Spanish horizons courtesy of Pata Negra. Not only will their roster of tapas dishes and international drinks take you to the far reaches of Europe, their plush interiors, plastered prints and stunning furniture give this quirky Bristol bar and restaurant that extra oomph.
Grab your vintage goggles and get ready for a memorable evening at this eccentric steampunk-inspired cocktail spot. Following the fictional journeys of captain Sebastian Commodore, the fantasy-focused bar is dotted with various trinkets from the captain's travels and serves a section of especially concocted cocktails - each with their own backstory.
The Gallimaufry is a real grassroots venue, championing all things local. Stocking a large range of Bristol ales and ciders, the bar also supports local musicians with regular live music nights and has worked with various Bristolian artists to create the majority of their quirky decor - from the spot's eclectic wall murals to its beautiful mosaic bar.
The Apple's location - set within a converted barge boat - immediately makes it a strong contender as one of one of the coolest bars in Bristol. Add to that its riverside terrace and impressive 40+ stock of cider, alongside a selection of ales, spirits and wines and you've got yourself a top-notch spot for an afternoon drink of two.