The Old Fishmarket is quite a good city centre pub, serving Fuller's beer. It has a main room, plus a few corridor like rooms off this. They serve quite a good range of beers, including Butcombe Bitter,and Thai food. There wasn't any music while we were there. There is a quiz machine, and TVs showing Sky sports.
Dress Code: No dress code.
After enjoying a meal at nearby Numero Uno, most of our party piled into this friendly, cosy pub for a night cap (or 2!)
Apparently, the pub has historical interest.
Wide selection of Real Ales and Lager, with a good selection of wines and spirits.
Friendly, helpful and patient bar staff.
This pub serves food- mainly traditional English and vegetarian dishes.
I think there is outside seating too. (it was October, so we preferred to stay indoors!)
Sky Sports on TV, but not too loud.
Dress Code: Come as You are!, popular with University staff, locals etc.
Yia Mass, near the top of Park Street is well worth the steep walk up. The food and drink is great and the atmosphere welcoming and a great place to make new friends and hear many different languages under one roof. The music ranges from dancey Latin tunes to chart music and the place has a great vibe about it...def one you should check out...oh and make sure to book a dinner there too....
Dress Code: no special dress required....
I was at daytime in Bristol and had my bed in Bath, so that I didn't enter into Bristol's nightlife. But during my daytrip to Bristol, I saw a place that caught my attention for a while. At first, I thaught that it was one of many museum ships in the floating harbour, but then I saw that it was used as a club. The Thekla seems to be a very central place of Bristol's clubbing scene and also a very popular one. According to their website (at myspace), they have mainstream rockpop with many indie or oldie events.
For those who who like to do some clubbing in Bristol, I would like to recommend it. I can't judge if it is a bad or good place, but a ship used as a nightclub is surely a place you should have visited.
The Lounge is a great place for a drink. And you can also eat really well if the need takes you.
Parents who still need to be 'out there' should bring the kids (a no smoking area before 5pm) Kids are welcome which is wonderful if like me you miss going to 'normal' fashionable bars since the kids have been born.
The food is great because you can either nibble on pistachios and beer nuts, move on to hummous and bread. Or go the whole hog and have homemade burgers or great salads and pasta dishes.
They do great fresh smoothies for the non alcoholics or kids!
They also offer an array of games to keep the young adults or kids entertained.
The Lounge have seemed to get just the right mix of kiddy friendly and glamour - Very laid back and very reminiscent of fabulous London pubs that I'm used to.
Dress Code: None
This is one dingy dark stinky club. Boy great night though. Good DJ which is the main thing. Chill out room downstairs which is needed after dancing till 6am.
Dress Code: Clothes are recommended and definately something on your feet
Bristol is a great city to going out, there´s a good selection of bars, pubs and nightclubs, to have a drink or dancing till late in the night. Some of them uses to close at 11 o´clock but nightclubs uses to close at 3 in the morning.
Bristol está muy bién para salir de marcha, hay sitios para todos los gustos, pubs para pasar el rato tranquilo escuchando música en directo y tomando algo, discotecas y disco pubs. El problema es el horario, entre semana a las 11 es el toque de campana que quiere decir que cierran, los sábados la cosa mejora algo y encuentras sitios abiertos hasta las 3 de la mañana.
Dress Code: Dress code on some nightclubs
Hay que gastar cuidado porque en muchos sitios no te dejan entrar porque llevas zapatillas o simplemente porque no vas bién vestido, según como ellos lo entiendan.
This is a new mico-brewery, part of a small chain (with a couple more in london) that's only recently opened. Been down there a couple of times in my last trips to Bristol and really like it - some great beers and good food...
Its a bit trendy and the decor can feel a bit cold when its empty, but popular and lively later on...
The terraces are nice in the sun - great views.
Most of central bristol is a bit of a jungle friday and saturday nights, but King Street is not...
There's several bars and restaurants there - avoid Club Med or whatever its called like the lepper it is - but go to the Old Duke (jazz pub) and opposite the Llandoger Trow (allegedly inspiriation for the 'Admiral Benbow' in Treasure Island)
Dress Code: Old Duke: its Jazz man, cool daddy-o!
Llandoger: Long John Silver..
Bristol`s Colston Hall is a venue where you can watch all kinds of events including concerts and wrestling.
In the 80`s I had tickets to go and see Adam Ant but unbeknown to us the concert had been cancelled. We didn`t find out until we travelled all the way to Bristol so we ended up going ice skating instead.
I have seen professional wrestling there with the likes of Pat Roach who pushed past me and Big Daddy who let me carry his suitcases for him.
Dress Code: Anything you want within reason, depending on the event.
This is one of the biggest and best clubs in Bristol. I has two levels which plays Dance music and a small room upstairs that plays RnB and hip hop. Always packed on the best night Thursday and also Sat but only go on those days
Dress Code: Smart casual you wont be aloud in with ripped jeans!
The Waterfront - There is a real mix of bars and clubs - from the art/media centre 'The Watershed', which includes two cinema screens to Lloyds - bright, brash and not particularly my scene, but it attracts a lot of the bright young things. 'The River' is one of my favourite places for a drink - they do fabulous cocktails! Next door is 'The E Shed' - bright red walls and a good vibe, and they do quite cheap pizza.
Across the Pero Bridge is the Arnolfini, another art gallery and cinema complex. It has a wonderful bar for spotting the trendy, it is currently undergoing refurbishment and will be open in 2005. In the summer, the Waterfront is where everyone hangs out with the proverbial British pint.
If you walk from the Waterfront to Prince Street, you come across the largest Georgian square in Europe - a wide open space surrounded by town houses (unfortunately most are now offices). Walk diagonally across the square to King Street, which has one of the oldest pubs in Bristol - the Llandogger Trow. It is thought to be the inspiration for 'The Spyglass' in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island', and is quite beautiful - white washed with black beams, this is a typical 'Ye Olde English' pub.
Opposite is one of my favourite haunts, 'The Old Duke' - a tiny pub but with a fantastic reputation for great live jazz. Entry is free, and it's best to arrive as early as possible in order to get a seat. If you stick to this area of Bristol, you are guaranteed a good night out.
Dress Code: Bristol is a terribly laid back place (one advantage over London), and it is rare for a place to have a strict dress code. However, to be sure of no trouble, the general rule for men is 'no football (soccer) shirts and no trainers'. There are no rules for girls - you can see a lot of tipsy women trotting about in not-very-much late at night! I have never been with any friends who have had dress code problems though.
Many people who frequent Bristol may dissagree with me here, but I think the works rocks! Okay, it may not play all the latest jump-in-a-mosh-pit type music, but it does play classic cheese and whatever is in the chart. That's what I like to shake my funky stuff to, and if you do too, then you'll loveit too!
Dress Code: Smart but casual. i.e. no trainers, but you can wear jeans.
This pub is one of the oldest in Clifton, and has been notorious for decades. The reason is that it sells Exhibition cider, which is sweet and tastes of harmless apple juice. But it is about 8.6% alcohol, and in fact the pub will only serve it in half-pint measures due to it being so strong. During term time the pub is rammed full of students, and it can get a bit noisy and sweaty. The fun is watching the students trying to drink 5 Exhibitions, thinking it's innocuous, and then literally falling over unconscious! This is probably the only 'must-see' pub in Bristol and even has its own website.
You might need to go there early (i.e. before about 8pm) if you want to get a seat, or get in at all.... :-)
Dress Code: No dress code, it's a normal pub. On Friday and Saturday nights they have bouncers on the doors to stop it getting too crowded, so don't be surprised if you can't get in.
Bristol Hippodrome is one of the country's top theatres and one that keeps staging major West End and Broadway productions.
A true gem for Bristol and a great cultural refference
Dress Code: Smart clothes.... you are going to a Broadway show!!!! That is an occassion to dress-up