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    The Hatchet: Quaint by day, rockin' by night!

    by illumina Updated May 26, 2014

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    The Hatchet pub is one of the oldest pubs in Bristol, as it has been licensed since 1606. Prior to that, it was Frogmore Farm and Monastery, giving it's name to the street in which it stands. It is thought that Clifton Wood once crept right down to the edge of the Frog Moor, and that the Inn was a favourite meeting place of the woodcutters, and that it is from this association that the Inn takes its name.

    The pub was kept by the Loveridge family for over a century, until 1934 when Miss Susan Loveridge sold it to the brewers Trueman, Handbury and Buxton.

    It is noted for its history of sportsmen, and a boxing ring was once set up at the rear of the pub. Jem Belcher, Tom Cribb and Tom Sayers, all champions of England in the 'bare-knuckles' days fought and trained here in the 19th century. There was also a Cockfighting ring during the 18th century, and rat-catching was apparently a popular pastime then!

    During the day it's a nice, oldy-worldy kind of pub to have a quiet drink and some food; in the evening it becomes the hang-out of Bristol's goths and rockers, probably drawn by the proximity of the Academy, and the fact that regular club nights are held in the rooms upstairs. There's a shady garden out the back for smokers and when it's sunny!

    Local legend has it that the 300 year old front door has human skin under the layers of tar!

    (Unfortunately these photos were taken in 2007, and the decor has changed somewhat since)

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    Bristol Old Vic: England's Oldest Running Theatre!

    by spidermiss Updated Jun 30, 2012

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    Bristol Old Vic Theatre isn't far from where I stayed. The theatre company is based at the Theatre Royal and was established in 1946 by Laurence Olivier as part of the London's Old Vic. The Theatre Royal was built in the 18th Century and is the oldest operating theatre in England. Considerable alterations were made between 1970-72 where The Coopers' Hall (built in 1744) became part of the theatre's entrance. The listed complex is currently going under a refurbishment and is planned to be completed in 2012.

    Information about the Original Theatre Royal
    Thomas Paty designed 'Theatre in King Street' in the 18th Century on land surrounding The Coopers' Hall. The Theatre was similar in vein to the Drury Lane Theatre Royal in London. The theatre opened in 1766 which David Garrick performed. There were issues obtaining a Royal Licence but eventually granted in 1778. After a considerable change of hands to the lease the Arts Council arranged for London Old Vic to take care of the theatre and thus formed the Bristol Old Vic. Subsequently the Bristol Old Vic became independent from their London equivalents and today hosts a variety of productions mainly plays.

    Information about Cooper's Hall
    Coopers' Hall, designed by William Halfpenny, is probably the oldest building in the area with it's classical facade and was built for the Coopers' Company until 1785 where the building was used for other purposes.

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    The Bristol Hippodrome: Celebrating 100 years in 2012!

    by spidermiss Updated Jun 30, 2012

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    Phantom Times!

    Seeing 'The Phantom of the Opera' at the Bristol Hippodrome was the biggest reason why I went to Bristol. I have to admit, despite not having the most comfortable seat, the theatre was beautiful.

    Frank Matcham (famed for his design of the London Colliseum and Leeds arcades) designed The Hippodrome and opened in December 1912. The theatre is renowned for its beautiful dome (didn't see it as I was too occupied making myself comfortable in my uncomfortable seat!) which opens but rarely opened now since the installation of air conditioning. After World War II, a fire broke out at the theatre which destroyed the stage but rest of the theatre was intact. Bristol Hippodrome is able to host large scale musicals including Phantom because of its large stage. As well as musicals the theatre is host to the Welsh National Opera. Bristol is the first theatre outside London to host the musical, The Lion King, from August 2012.

    The theatre is in its centenary year and celebrations are planned during 2012. 'Thanks for the Memories' concert is taking place during July.

    Dress Code: Smart casual

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  • The Lanes: London's biggest retro clubnight comes to Bristol!

    by dollypower Updated Apr 4, 2011

    London's biggest retro clubnight is hitting Bristol in 2009! Shake, Rattle & Bowl is a new monthly clubnight in Bristol, which combines dancing, diner and retro bowling in Bristol's hottest new venue - The Lanes, a beautifully restored art deco building in the city centre!

    Full address is The Lanes, 22 Nelson Street, Bristol BS1 2LD View the map here; http://shakerattleandbowl.com/bristol...

    Musically, you can expect to dance to the cream of 50's and 60's Rock n Roll, Northern Soul, Motown, Girl Groups, Freakbeat, Psychedelia and Ska. Since launching in London in November 2006, Shake, Rattle and Bowl has quickly risen to be a popular and respected retro night, with press coverage in the Guardian, The London Paper and TimeOut, to name a few. Entry to Shake, Rattle & Bowl is £5, £4 for members or NUS. However, if you are coming down in a large group, contact us for concessionary party guestlist. Arrive early to book bowling, dancing until 3am.

    Get ready to shake it baby! http://shakerattleandbowl.com/bristol... SRB takes place at The Lanes on the last Saturday of each month, so forthcoming dates are; Sat 31st Jan 09 Sat 28th Feb 09 Sat 28th Mar 09 Sat 25th Apr 09 Sat 30th May Sat 27th Jun 09

    Dress Code: None as such, but indie, retro, mod, rock n roll would be in keeping with the music.

    NO CHAVS!

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    Mr Wolf's: Funky noodle bar with live music

    by Bristol_Rich Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Mr Wolf's is a music venue with a difference - it doubles up as a noodle bar. It's features numerous live acts, including (gratuitous plug here) Grumpy Man - Bristol's, nay the world's finest miserablist music collective. If you are lucky you might catch someone genuinely famous playing here - usually unannounced - Portishead and Ryan Adams have done secret gigs in the past.

    Dress Code: Clothing, if possible, is preferred

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  • Tabacco Factory: Weekday Drinks With Toddlers/Kids

    by marilynmondoe Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The Tabacco Factory is a large foodie bar with a local theatre attached that attracts a lovely crowd in the week.

    As well as having a kiddie friendly area inside, it also has a large patio garden out the back.

    The bar has a lovely laid back atmosphere and offers great nibbles and food.

    My only complaint is that its in South Bristol(I live North!)
    I also went on a saturday night and the 'lads' were out in full force! so depending on the day you have a different vibe going on. I definitely prefer the working week crowd.

    They also do a food/bricabrac market in the car park every third sunday of the month.

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    The Arnolfini Gallery: Contemporary visual arts

    by KennetRose Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Arnolfini Gallery

    The Arnolfini faces the Watershed across St Augustine's Reach linked to it by a lifting footbridge officially known as Pero's Bridge after an 18th century African slave boy but always known as the Horned Bridge because of its distinctive trumpet-like counterweights.

    It complements and overlaps with the Watershed in function - it has a specialist cinema and a very good waterside cafe, but also galleries devoted to contemporary graphic art and a performance space.

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    OLD DUKE: jazz nights

    by mindcrime Updated Jun 22, 2010

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    I loved this tiny pub. The Old Duke' is famous for some great live jazz nights. The only problem is that it’s very small so you have to be there early to get a seat. A local told me that the music is different every night but hopefully we listened some nice jazz standards when we went there by Keith Little Band. During summer months they also use the tables outside. Believe it or not the pub dates back from 1780!!

    There isn’t any entrance fee and I noticed many many beers to choose from (£2.40-£3) Ah! The WC walls are covered with music scores (pic 3)! It’s funny to see so many notes around and read music scores while you wash your hands… :)

    The pub is open daily 12.00-23:30 but the concerts usually start at 21.00

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    Bristol Hippodrome: for musicals and dances

    by mindcrime Written Apr 29, 2009

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    If you are addicted to musicals and you cant stand away from London’s West End productions you will be very happy that here you can see many famous opera, musical, dance and other famous performances. I didn’t have time to check inside but I took their brochure at their ticket office which is open till 18:00 when there is no performance.

    You can call at 0800 587 5007 for bookings and information

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    Amoeba: A Hidden Gem!

    by suvanki Written Apr 22, 2009

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    This was the place we ended up at after our meal, Pete had found it at one of his previous meetings in Bristol, and took us there.

    The Amoeba has a lovely atmosphere, quite chilled!

    to be continued....

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    The Clifton: Good Atmospheric pub in Clifton Village

    by suvanki Updated Apr 22, 2009

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    The Clifton was a few minutes walk from our hotel (Best Western Victoria Square), and very near to Pizza Express, where we were due to eat. So this was an ideal location for a quick drink, before joining the rest of our group. (30+ of us attending a meeting)

    I liked the atmosphere in this place. Different rooms/ alcoves , dark wooden floors, a mish mash of settees, chairs and tables, with subdued lighting. Fairy lights are hung around the toilet door!

    I expected to find a beer garden, but there didn't appear to be one. Smokers have to gather on the pavement near the doorway. There was a table and 3 chairs outside. A good spot for 'people watching'!

    We were there at about 19.30, and I'd spotted a DJ desk, so no doubt it got a bit livlier later on.

    Apparently there is a selection of beers, lagers, wines and spirits and soft drinks. Food available too.

    To be continued.....

    PLEASE CLICK HEREfor The Clifton info

    Dress Code: Come as you are!

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    The Bristol Ram: The Bristol Ram pub, Bristol (!)

    by Gyppo Written Mar 2, 2008

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    The Bristol Ram is a Young's pub, and as such serves some quite good beers (although since being bought out they are reducing their range). It was appropriately busy on a Saturday night. It's quite a good place, and has a projection TV for sport.

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    brb: brb @ The Hill, Bristol

    by Gyppo Updated Mar 2, 2008

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    brb @ is an annoyingly named yet average chain which buys up traditional pubs and turns them into almost posh bars. I believe brb stands for Bar Room Bar - quite. If all that sounds negative, don't be put off, as they tend to be OK, and the Bristol branch at Cotham Hill in Clifton (off Whiteladies Road), is actually pretty good. The staff are friendly, and the food (pizzas and sandwiches/wraps) is alright., at about £7 per portion. This one had TVs for sport.

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    The King William pub: King William, Bristol

    by Gyppo Written Mar 2, 2008

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    This is a Samuel Smith's pub just off Queen's Square, which only sells beers, wines, spirits and mixers etc. which are produced by the pub brewery. These pubs are cheap, and usually quite good. This is no exception. I had a ploughman's lunch here, which was £4.50 for a lot of cheese, a ciabatta, and some pickle (plus some salad which I obviously ignored). There are lots of board games for the patrons to play, something which seems more common in Bristol than elsewhere.

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    The Waterfront Pub: Waterfront Pub, Bristol

    by Gyppo Written Mar 2, 2008

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    This pub is a faux Irish bar, although this is unobtrusive, as I didn't notice until I was about to leave. It's pretty soulless, which may be related to the fact that it's part of the Jury's hotel. The beer choice is poor, and the clientele appeared to be mostly under 18! There are TVs for sport. They were playing music very loud, either to entice people in, or to obscure the fact the place was empty. Avoid.

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