Live Music In Bristol

Lover of acoustic tunes? Maybe more of a rock fanatic? Whatever your inclination, this city's got just the thing with a whole catalogue of events and venues, both big and small, to keep any gig junkie entertained. So, whether you're after unplugged melodies in a cosy pub or epic DJ sets in an iconic party spot, you'll find them all in our guide to live music in Bristol. 

Last updated on 27th June 2022

End your week on a high with a trip to The Old Fish Market for their weekly Sunday Jazz Night. One of the more relaxing and wallet-friendly live music venues in Bristol, this traditional Baldwin Street boozer welcomes in talented musicians to serenade you as you sip on a tasty pint.

The Lanes

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The Lanes is your one-stop-shop for bowling, food and live music nights in Bristol. Be sure to check out their busy calendar where you'll find an extensive roster of genres - we're talking indie folk, electronic, alternative rock, deep house and singer-songwriters - all up for grabs.

Can't decide where to head to for your next night out. Touting live music and pints to sink, O'Neill's is always a great shout. Along with all the entertainment, there's also dancing, sports viewings and plenty of other gatherings to keep you coming back for more.

The Crofters Rights

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Whether you're searching for talented up-and-comers or are looking to dance to synth sounds, you'll find it all at The Crofters Rights. Not only has the live music bar got you covered for everything from drum and bass to folk, afrobeat and garage, but they also boast an extensive list of local brews.

The Cider Press Bristol

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If you're hunting for the perfect live music spot in Bristol, then you'll need to check out The Cider Press. They offer up open mic nights every Thursday for those wanting to belt out tunes, or you can check out their live sessions every Saturday.

The Bristol Stable

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A cool Harbourside restaurant specialising in sourdough pizza and cider - a winning combination if you ask us - The Bristol Stable is also home to a regular line-up of music events. Expect everything from jazz collectives to dance orchestras hitting the stage.

Having played host to a star-studded bunch of DJs and big names, including Fat Boy Slim and Cream, Motion are a popular choice amongst headliners when picking where to hold their Bristol concerts. The venue's also got awesome light and sound systems, meaning all performances are sure to leave you bowled over.

Comedy shows, burlesque performances and mellow unplugged sets are all up for grabs at Smoke & Mirrors. The country's only boutique theatre pub dishes up stone-baked pizzas, bottles of vino and free acoustic gigs every Friday and Saturday.

Fancy an easygoing night of drinking and songs? Head over to The Jersey Lily where they'll be joined by various performers every Thursday. Not only does the Bristol pub with live music provide some stellar entertainment, but they've also got comfy nooks, hearty grub and craft brews.

Where to watch live music in Bristol? Thekla is something of a nightlife institution, serving up a hefty dose of party vibes and impressive performers since it first opened in 1984. Head over to the award-winning boat for an evening of DJ sets, bands and international names.