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Things To Do In Bristol This Weekend – Where To Drink

So you may be looking for Christmas markets, festivals or various other things to do in Bristol this weekend. But when it comes down to it – what is most important is the watering holes. Where to grab a refreshing pint, a winter warmer or even something stronger! Luckily Bristol does not shy away from such leisures, in fact it revels in them. Providing its town folk and visitors a fantastic array of pubs, bars, cafes and cocktail lounges. Read on for what we consider Bristol’s very best -  

Beer and Cider

Coronation Tap – there has been a pub on this site since the 18th Century, making The Coronation Tap older than Bristol’s famous Clifton suspension bridge! Brewing its very own super strength cider EXHIBITON at 8.5 % (so potent it’s only available in half measures!) you simply need to sample this unique blend.

“Beermuda Triangle”

The Beer Emporium – It is said this is where you can find the most varieties of beer and ale under one roof in Bristol; The Beer Emporium.

The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer – Another offering a constantly changing massive collection of brews. Try their 18 – 30 different beers (maybe not all in the same sitting!) as well as 8 distinctive ciders. The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer.

The Small Bar – The third point in Bristol’s ‘Beermuda Triangle’ – The Small Bar serves up your expected IPA’s, stouts and blondes but you’ll notice a rather intriguing section called ‘crazy shit’. Yep, that’s the one you adventurous ones will want to get in on, here’s home to nothing below 10% alcohol content. 

The Grain Barge – offering a more relaxed, casual and family friendly atmosphere than the previous bars. Its novelty being literally afloat! Moored in Hotwell’s harbourside, with a great view of Brunel’s SS Great Britain, The Grain Barge is well worth a visit. Currently owned by Bristol’s Beer Factory where they serve up award winning ales brewed locally in Ashton.

The Stable – Another harbourside favourite is The Stable. Unique, presenting hungry punters with award winning pizzas washed down with over 60 choices of cider! Its produce is fresh, organic and responsibly sourced.



Harvey’s Cellars – Birthplace of Harvey’s Bristol Cream Sherry, the cellars have been transformed in recent year into a rather classy sherry wine and cocktail lounge. Sip this famous drink straight, on the rocks or blended in the most delicious cocktails.  

The Milk Thistle – four floors in an historic building. Quirky decoration, fantastic service and the best beverages are at The Milk Thistle.

The Rummer Hotel – Housed in Bristol’s oldest coaching inn (and a listed building) nestled in the old city. The Rummer Hotel plays host to the largest spirit collection in the region – so definitely the place to be when you fancy a top quality cocktail. The cocktail bartenders here are also ranked some of the best in the country!



Full Court Express – Some say this artisan coffee house is responsible for Bristol’s coffee revolution! Blends on offer are rotated regularly, so even the locals don’t get bored! The attention to detail here is impeccable, right down to the temperature and mineral content of the water.   

Small Street – Three words for this amazing little place – comforting, cosy and homely!

Playground Coffee Houseit doesn’t get more exciting than this. The lady in your life will love it – sipping coffee and playing on the swings! Yep, you read that correctly – swings are installed inside the café for you to enjoy at your drinking leisure. In fact the whole place has a classroom feel to it, with old school chairs and a whole host of board games for you to play whilst you are there. Importantly the coffee is locally sourced from Clifton Coffee and the brews from Canton Tea.

If you’re looking to visit Bristol on a stag do, or for a special celebration – take a look at our city page for inspiration on activities you can book! We have even put together a handy city guide to help you out on your visit.

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