Pubs in Bristol

Home to sun-drenched terraces, cosy lounges and stoked wood fires, this city's boozers are the ultimate playground for folk of all ages. 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.

Last updated on 18th February 2021

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 Horts

240 user reviews 5

A blend of the contemporary and classic, The Horts boasts a menu of comfort food favourites such as steak and ale pie and beer-battered cod and chips. They also have a surprisingly large wine menu and a unique cinema room with Sky sports.

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 White Hart Bristol

732 user reviews 4

Sitting just outside of 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.

The Lock Keeper

919 user reviews 5

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, this Bristol pub is a breath of fresh air any time of the year. 

Mall Clifton Bristol

30 user reviews 5

Where to drink in Bristol? The Mall has got you covered all year round with cosy interiors for winter days and a glorious three-tiered outdoor terrace for the summer months. As for drinks, you can expect a host of artisan spirits, craft ales and fine wines.

Looking for pubs to visit in Bristol? The Albion is charming locals and tourists alike with its enchanting countryside-style interiors and welcoming atmosphere. Along with classic nosh and a great back bar, the joint also has a spacious outdoor terrace for summertime drinks.

Know your way around a craft brew? We've got a funny feeling that you're going to love this brick-laden basement pub in Bristol. Home to hundreds of different craft beers, The Beer Emporium has a bottle shop and a hot-to-trot menu of high-end gastro grub. 

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

When it comes to places to drink in Bristol, The White Rabbit is up there with the best. Along with local beers, The Gordon Road watering hole is also home to a stunning rooftop terrace and some of the tastiest Neapolitan slices in the city.