Weston-super-Mare is home to one of Britain’s best-loved beaches along with a host of bars and pubs ideal for grabbing a drink after a day of sightseeing around this classic seaside town. From real ales and cocktails to fine wines, we profile 10 of the best places to get a drink around town.
Located in a historic venue overlooking Weston-super-Mare’s beautiful Italian Gardens, The Imperialis a long-standing pub. A stylish and modern interior welcomes guests looking to try a range of ciders, beers, and hand-picked wines, with a menu of modern British cuisine to accompany them.
Unwined Wine Bar is the place to go for budding oenophiles in Weston-super-Mare. One look at its 30-bottle wine list, featuring varieties from Australia, South Africa, France and Italy, proves that it means business. Alongside wine, the bar also offers an extensive cocktail menu featuring favourites like mojitos and cosmopolitans, and there’s also a tempting tapas menu perfect for pairing with drinks.
Nestled on the outskirts of Weston-super-Mare, The Windsor Castle Bar and Restaurant is a nice alternative to the buzz of the town centre, and it’s ideal for a quiet drink or two, with a wide selection of real ales, lagers and fine wines. In the summertime, there’s a lovely garden with plenty of picnic tables perfect for enjoying a pint or two in the sun.
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Bonds Wine Bar | Courtesy of Bonds Wine Bar
Though it’s more a restaurant than a bar, Brown’s Stateside Diner nevertheless serves some of the best cocktails in town. While there, you may as well try some of Brown’s classic American diner food; think gourmet burgers and hot dogs, burritos and slow-roasted ranch ribs, to accompany your drinks.
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Bonds Wine Bar is the perfect destination for a few quiet drinks with friends. Its impressive wine list features a variety of whites, reds and rosés selected from some of the best wine-producing regions across the globe alongside a small selection of sparkling wines, champagnes and ports.
Just a short walk from Weston-super-Mare beach is The Criterion, a cosy, traditional British pub with such a good range of real ales and fine ciders that it’s been featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide not once, but twice. Popular in wintertime for its roaring open fire, The Criterion also offers its guests darts and table skittles as extra entertainment along with a weekly pub quiz.
A lovely café and restaurant located in an vibrant, bohemian space, Loves Café first opened its doors in 2009 and has been attracting locals with its delicious fare and signature cocktails ever since. Take a seat at one of its comfy sofas and enjoy tapas alongside cocktails such as the English Garden and the Orchard Pig. Music fans are in luck at Loves Café too; it’s considered one of Weston-super-Mare’s best gig venues.
The Bay has only been open for business a few months but is already proving itself a local must-visit. A stylish, modern café-bistro style space sets the scene in which to nibble on The Bay’s range of sandwiches, salads, burgers and sharing platters. Beverages include a range of wines and lagers served up alongside ciders from Somerset cider farm Thatchers and beers from Butcombe Brewery in the neighboring village of Wrington.
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The New Castleis a coffee lounge, restaurant and wine bar with beautiful views out over the coastline and the Severn Estuary. Residing in a building constructed in the early 1900s as a folly, the venue certainly lives up to its name with an enchanting, castle-like façade.
Terrace Café Bar is a perfect destination after a day exploring the town’s coastline. A cosy, little bar, it’s very welcoming and regular live music help the the ambience along; however, the venue’s real attraction is its lovely, sea-facing terrace where guests often head with a pint of beer or glass of wine to take in the town’s beautiful coastal views.