6 Ideas For a Unique Night Out in Bristol

Thekla | © Sam Saunders/Flickr
Colette Earley

It’s safe to say that Bristol is well-known for its vibrant culture, with nightlife playing a big part in the making of its reputation. If you’re looking for a night out that’s a little different from the norm, then you’ve come to the right city. We’ve chosen our top six places to go to experience a quirky night out in the South West city.

1. Thekla

Music Venue

What makes this live music venue and club different from the others, you ask? Simple. Thekla is an actual boat, floating on the harbourside. With a number of different nights on offer here, you’re guaranteed to have a whale of a time.

The Grove, Bristol +44 0117 929 3301

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2. Bump

Ever want to recreate the roller disco parties you had as a kid? You can at Bump! This mobile rollerskating rink, complete with lights and music, hosts adults-only nights where you can enjoy a drink or two while whizzing around on your skates. What could be more fun than that?

61, Moravian Rd, Kingswood +44 07816 442815

3. The Milk Thistle


Hidden in the city centre, this is a speakeasy that possesses all the old-school charm that you could want. Accessed by knocking on the unsigned door, part of the fun of the night is hoping you gain access (depending on how busy the bar is and how big your group is). Upon entry, you’ll be greeted by charming staff and can enjoy a extremely well made cocktail, while soaking up the quirky décor.

Quay Head House, Colston Avenue, Bristol +44 0117 929 4429

4. Smoke & Mirrors


Owned by a local magician, Smoke & Mirrors is a fabulous magic bar located in the city’s theatre district which is perfect for a pre-show drink and a spot of entertainment. With weekly comedy and magic shows, along with an array of food and drink being served up, this will make for a fun night with a group of friends or your partner.

8 Denmark St, Bristol +44 0117 929 0362

5. Puzzlair

If you’re a bit of an adrenaline junkie, Puzzlair will be perfect for you. This is a real life 4D escape game, where two to five people have 60 minutes to try and solve all the puzzles to escape the room. There are a number of different game themes to choose from, including a pretty scary looking poltergeist room.

1A Barton Rd, Bristol +44 07706 053498

6. Arnolfini

Art Gallery

While this iconic art gallery doesn’t offer regular event nights, it does hold sporadic events that are worth watching out for. In the past, there have been late-night exhibitions and music nights that have drawn crowds from all over the city. Keep an eye on their website for any exciting future happenings.

16 Narrow Quay, Bristol +44 0117 917 2300

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