If you’re after cider, then you’re in the right city. As far as proper Bristolian cider bars go, The Apple ticks all the boxes. It’s situated just off King Street – itself now home to a number of the city’s most popular pubs and bars. The Apple’s reputation for authentic West Country cider has made it a firm favourite among locals and visitors alike. Take a pew out front, or maybe even venture onto the boat itself, and sample some of the (arguably) best cider Bristol has to offer. Averse to apples? Fear not. There’s a selection of spirits, beer and wine too, complementing a range of cider that meanders from sweet to dry, strong to sessionable. Although, if you fancy something a little special, go for the Old Bristolian. It’s got a bit of clout to it, but it’s only served in halves, mind.
Famed for their roasts, The Grace is also home to another of Bristol’s beautiful beer gardens. Take a step out the back and find yourself whisked away from the hustle and bustle of Gloucester Road. You’ll be transported into a piece of summertime loveliness that you’ll probably never want to leave. Keep an eye out for the odd sing-a-long too, as nothing goes better with a boozy afternoon than some live music.
Right in the heart of the city, taking prime position on the Floating Harbour is No. 1 The Harbourside. Its waterside plot is an ideal place to worship the sun while keeping cool. Brave the rays and venture closer to the water, or take a step back and enjoy the summer breeze from the shade. Either way, their delicious drinks selection and mouthwatering locally sourced food menu complement the weather perfectly. Who knows, you could even be tempted into a canal boat trip after a few beverages…
Not far from the SS Great Britain, The Grain Barge is Bristol Beer Factory’s flagship vessel. There’s a certain something about having a drink on the water when the sun’s out, and this is the place to embrace Bristol’s nautical heritage. You’ll find a vast array of local beers on tap, perfect to enjoy on deck.