Bristol is a great destination for beer-lovers, with a lively mix of traditional and modern pubs and clubs, most of them serving an eclectic range of local beers from the city’s own breweries. For this reasons you really can't go wrong booking astag weekend in Bristol.
With so many different pubs to check out, we’ve narrowed it down to some of the most loved establishments. Starting from Stokes Croft, the city’s cultural and artistic hub, and walking down to city centre and waterfront, where you can either end the night with a takeaway, or carry on the party to nearby clubs.
The Pipe & Slippers
Before Stokes Croft became a popular locale, The Pipe & Slippers has been offering some of the best food and drink in the area. It’s a classic and cosy pub, with dimmed lights, vintage 1950s furniture, armchairs and a fireplace with a real homely feel. There’s a great selection of drinks, from draught ales to ciders, premium lagers and even cocktails like the infamous Pipe Dream.
Tucked away just off the popular Stokes Croft area, this pub is for everyone, from artists to DJs, locals and pre-drinkers. On weekends it transforms from a quiet spot for a laid-back drink to a lively destination, with people spilling onto the dance floor when all the seats in the spacious garden area have been filled.
With a pub, bar, club and hostel, Full Moon has a lot going on with a great mix of people coming and going from Stokes Croft. Boasting one of the largest pub courtyards in the city, it’s a great place to have a drink, enjoy the quality DJs and try one of Pepenero’s organic pizzas. There are even a pool table and photo booth to capture your night.
Take a walk down past the waterfront towards the city centre and you’ll find this beautifully converted barge perfect for cider-lovers. Choose from 40 different ciders, or cider-related drinks with a variety of different flavours, including local artisan craft ciders. Grab some loaded cheesy chips and take them outside to the popular terrace overlooking the harbour.
The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer
2 minutes down Kings Street and you’ll find this pub, otherwise known as The Volley, which is a cosy alternative to the buzzing bars in the city centre. With good drinks, good food and live music, be sure to check the board for the latest selection of craft beers, real ales and ciders, complete with tasting notes.
Named, not for its size, but for its support of the best small independent breweries in the south-west, this craft beer bar on King Street is hard to match. With 31 taps in total, drinks are highly alcoholic and are served in ⅓ or ⅔ glasses, so you have room to try more varieties. The bar is spread across two floors, with leather sofas and a comfy area upstairs to chill out and chat.
The Beer Emporium
Located on King Street, hidden beneath the bottle shop, is three vaulted underground cellars that have more different types of beer than anywhere else in Bristol. With 24 draught lines and an ever-changing selection, The Beer Emporium features craft beer from all around the globe but also supports local breweries too.
As many pubs and bars as there are restaurants and take aways, should things get too much for you whilst on astag do in Bristol, why not back door the party and hop in somewhere on your way back to the hotel to grab some food to sober up with!