Where To Drink Cocktails In Bristol, England

Abi Hack

The social hub of South West England, Bristol has plenty to offer in terms of bars, clubs and pubs. As far as cocktails are concerned, whether you’re looking for somewhere low-key, or a vibrant city centre bar, you’re sure to find it amidst the excitement of Bristol’s nightlife.

1. Hyde and Co.

Bar, Pub Grub

Described on its website as ‘Bristol’s hippest prohibition bar’, Hyde & Co is a place of style and character that differs from the ‘everyday’ cocktail experience. Hidden away from prying eyes, those who venture here need to know exactly what they are looking for. The only indication that a venue exists here is a discreet sign above the door. If you don’t know what the symbol is, you could be wandering around for hours. To save you some time scouring the website, it’s a top hat – the ultimate symbol of the upper class. Also, appearance and timing is everything with this place. If you’re not dressed to impress, you may not pass the scrutinising eyes of the doorman. However, once you’ve crossed the threshold, a wondrous land of 1950s decor and cocktails awaits you. Be warned, this excursion will not come cheap, but it is definitely worth blowing a hole in the budget to be part of the ‘in crowd’.

2. Amoeba

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub

From its prime location in Clifton Village to its intimate decor, Amoeba embodies the perfect ‘date night’ cocktail bar. Just around the corner from the main street in Clifton Village, the warm mood lighting of Amoeba is guaranteed to draw you in. With its three-level layout and varied seating arrangements, there is bound to be an area to suit your mood. On some nights, a resident DJ can be in the downstairs area, providing chilled out music as an accompaniment to whatever cocktail takes your fancy. A bit of advice, if you get there between 4-9pm any night of the week, you’re able to take advantage of their Happy Hour, offering two cocktails for £9.50.

Manos Liquor Bar

Manos Liquor Bar, 37 Triangle West, Bristol, UK, 0117 925 5266

3. The Milk Thistle

Bar, European

The Milk Thistle, also referred to as ‘the flirty younger sister of Bristol’s hippest prohibition bar, Hyde & Co.’, can be found 5 minutes away from Bristol’s famous harbourside. Like its ‘big brother’, Hyde and Co., this is a place for those with a bit of cash to spare. Similar to Hyde and Co, The Milk Thistle’s 1950s décor and well-dressed staff create the feeling of a high-class joint. Although there is a cocktail menu with a large selection of spirits and flavours, the barmen are often happy to make you your own personalised drink to get your taste buds tingling. Unlike Hyde and Co., that consists of one main room, The Milk Thistle is spread out over several different floors (The Attic, The Lounge, The Vault). Each of these encompasses a completely different vibe, and is available to hire for private events. If you’re planning to go on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday evening, booking in advance is highly advisable.

4. Charlie’s Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, European, British

Unlike the previous establishments that have gone for a more high-end, expensive feel, Charlie’s Bar aims to please everyone with its simple yet charming decor. This cocktail bar has an chilled out ambiance, with its friendly staff and reasonably priced cocktails making it a great little find in the Clifton area. Although it has a colourful sign above the doorway, it’s location next to Clifton Down train station means it’s concealed from the general crowd on Whiteladies Road. However, keep your eyes peeled for it, especially on a Thursday evening when they play Motown music and offer 2-4-1 cocktails all night. Plus, if you’re really lucky, the owner may have brought his extremely adorable dog, Luigi, who is more than happy to wander round and say ‘Hello’ to all the customers.
landscape with balloons floating in the air

KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

X
Edit article