8 Great Pubs to Visit in Bristol, UK

The Ashton Bristol
The Ashton Bristol | © Courtesy of The Ashton
Colette Earley

Bristol is full of brilliant watering holes to head to for an ice-cold pint or a glass of wine after a long day. After hours of walking, shopping, sightseeing or just working, head to one of these great pubs for a well-deserved drink.

1. The North Street Standard

Bar, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, British

Situated on up and coming North St, in the Bedminster area, The North Street Standard is a fairly new bar but has quickly established itself in the city as one of the best pubs around. With an urban interior, outside space, and a Sunday roast to rival your nan’s, this is a great place to head for a drink.

2. The Mother's Ruin

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, British

If small dive bars aren’t your thing, then probably don’t head to The Mother’s Ruin, but for all those willing to embrace the atmosphere, this is one for you. This is a great little pub, spread out over two floors on St Nicholas Street, just off the busy, bar-heavy Corn Street. Expect pub quizzes, quirky themed nights and a well-poured pint.

3. The Ashton

Pub, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, British

Not only is The Ashton a great pub, it’s also right next door to the wonderful Ashton Court Estate, making it the perfect place to head to after a long walk through the beautiful grounds. With an open fire, and cosy seating looking out over the surrounding nature, this is a true traditional countryside pub. The menu is definitely something to be sampled too, with offerings such as deep-fried halloumi with twice-cooked chunky chips and minted pea purée, and pan-roasted lamb rump with gnocchi, roasted beetroot, asparagus and salsa verde.

5. The Old Bookshop

Bar, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, British

This North-Street based pub has continued to grow since its opening only a few years ago. It’s quirky, vintage décor (think taxidermy, paintings and an old piano in front of the bar) has struck a chord with locals and made it a favourite for drinks, food and gigs. With more traditional drinks as well as cocktails on offer, this has mass appeal for all ages. Be sure to try the Sunday roast too, you won’t regret it.

6. The Lansdown

Pub, Pub Grub

Head up to the picturesque Clifton area and make a pit-stop at The Lansdown. During good weather, sit outdoors in the pretty beer garden and when it’s colder, cosy up near the fire and order yourself a South-West special: Thatchers, Heritage and Otter Amber are all available on tap.

7. The Apple

Pub, Pub Grub

The pretty harbourside area is home to The Apple; a pub, on a boat – need we say more?! Offering a huge range of cloudy, dry, sweet, still and sparkling cider, this is a true Bristolian watering hole. In the summer months, sit outside on the benches and soak up the local atmosphere.

8. The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer

Pub, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, British

On the pub-filled Kings St, The Famous Navy Volunteer could easily blend in with the rest from the outside. However, once inside, expect a super-cosy atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious food. The building, dating back to 1670, is a really great place to spend a lazy Sunday with friends and family, with a few pints of craft beer, real ale or cider.

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