Monday blues? Not in Bristol. Swap work for play and get your fill of culture, adventure, great food and good times in the city. 

Here are some top ways to keep the weekend vibes going and kick off your week in the best way possible.

Where to eat and drink in Bristol on a Monday

Monday might be rest day for many hospitality businesses but you’re still spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out in Bristol. Excellent weekday offers like these can make it a delicious meal for less too... 

Browse the stalls at St Nicholas Market

St Nick's is home to a multitude of greet street food, whether you're in the mood for tacos, pie and mash, spicy noodles or Kurdish wraps. You can also take a look inside the covered market to do some shopping between munching!

Nacho Mondays at Watershed

Visit the Watershed on Mondays for nachos, drinks and films. Between 5pm and 8pm every week, they swap their usual café bar menu for one focused purely on their most iconic dish and some tequila-based drinks (or an orange lemonade and lime if you’re sticking to soft drinks). Tuck in before you watch whatever’s on the big screens that night!

A bowl of nachos at Watershed on Bristol's Harbourside - credit Watershed
Image: Watershed

Burger Mondays at Racks

Every Monday Clifton restaurant and bar Racks does two-for-one on its excellent selection of burgers. Pick from a Hereford beef patty with smoked Applewood cheddar, a vegan Moving Mountains burger and a southern friend chicken burger.

A burger at Racks Bristol
Image: Racks

Three courses for £26 at Chophouse Restaurant

Kick back in a booth at Future Inns’ Chophouse Restaurant and enjoy a three-course dinner from their set menu for £26, between 6pm and 9pm. Get there early to make the most of a two for £15 cocktail offer from 4pm to 7pm too.

Two-for-one mains at Pizza on the Park

The lunchtime offer (Monday-Friday, 12-4pm) at this Park Street pizza joint coincides with happy hour (Sunday-Friday 12-7pm), so you can sip on a two-for-one cocktail with your Roman-style pizza, pasta or salad. 

A person eating one of the pizzas at Pizza on the Park in central Bristol - credit Pizza on the Park
Image: Pizza on the Park

Express lunch off at The Coconut Tree

The Coconut Tree wants as many people as possible to enjoy their Sri Lankan eats and have a great lunch offer to tempt you in. Dine at their Clifton and Gloucester Road restaurants on a Monday (or any other weekday) between midday and 4pm to enjoy a hearty lunch of their famous egg hopper, curry, rice or roti, sambol or condiment and a soft drink for just £15!

Hopper and Roti at The Coconut Tree in Clifton, West Bristol - credit The Coconut Tree

Image: The Coconut Tree

Filoxenia dinner menu at The Real Greek

After 5pm, tuck into four dishes for £17 from The Real Greek’s Filoxenia menu. Choose from bread or crudites, a cold mezze dish, hot mezze dish and a side or salad.

A selection of vegan food at The Real Greek in Cabot Circus, Bristol Shopping Quarter - credit The Real Greek
Image: The Real Greek

Cocktails

Have a decadent Monday with cocktails at The Gold Bar, the luxe drinking den at Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa. Or experience one of Bristol’s hidden-in-plain-sight bars, The Milk Thistle, a speakeasy-style gem with award-winning drinks. 

In Finzels Reach, sip expertly crafted drinks in the historic setting of a former brewery turned contemporary bar, The Wellhead.

The Wellhead Bar Bristol
Image: The Wellhead

Pubs

Whichever corner of Bristol you’re in, there’ll be a pub waiting to welcome you on a Monday. Not least along King Street, which is lined with pubs on both sides, starting with King Street Brew House. On Mondays they do margherita pizzas and a pint of one of their own brews for £10.

A view of the eastern end of King Street in central Bristol, with the historic Llandoger Trow pub on the left and the modern King Street Brew House on the right
Image: Exterior seating area of King Street Brew House 

Up on Gloucester Road, enjoy open mic night at The Gallimaufry, an indie bar beloved by locals. In the city centre, you can watch some live comedy every Monday at Smoke & Mirrors. A pint with a view of Clifton Suspension Bridge from The White Lion terrace is always a good idea on any day of the week too!

Things to do in Bristol on a Monday

Adventurous activities

Places to keep kiddos entertained on a Monday include some of the city’s biggest attractions. Go on an aquatic adventure through Bristol Aquarium and meet animals from all around the world at Bristol Zoo Project.

Learn to surf or improve your technique at The Wave, the awesome inland surf lake where they run sessions for all ages and abilities. 

A beginner learning to surf at The Wave inland surfing lake near Bristol - credit The Wave
Image: The Wave

During the daytime, kids are also welcome at Roxy Lanes, a bowling alley and gaming haven with everything from ice-free curling to arcade games. Note that after 5pm it’s adults only – come back without the kids to make the most of the bar!

Over 18s can also enjoy a combination of drinks, food and indoor mini golf or electro darts at Par 59 on Millennium Parade.

Interior of Par 59 Bristol - credit Par 59
Image: Par 59

Street art adventures

Many galleries are closed on Mondays, the perfect excuse to explore the al fresco art on show in Bristol. Go Banksy spotting and learn about how the city became a street art capital on a self-guided walking tour with Where The Wall or Cactus Apps, or simply take a stroll through street art hotspots like Stokes Croft, Southville and Nelson Street. 

One of the guides from the 'Where The Wall' street art tour in Nelson Street, central Bristol - credit Paul Box
Image: Where The Wall street art walking tour, credit Paul Box

Bristol landmarks

Tick off famous landmarks in the city, including Brunel’s breathtaking Clifton Suspension Bridge spanning the Avon Gorge. The visitor centre is free to visit and open from 10am until 5pm and there’s often a Hard Hat Tour on Monday afternoons down in the vaults, giving you a whole new appreciation of the bridge. For more awe-inspiring architecture, visit Bristol Cathedral and St Mary Redcliffe, and for 360 views across the city, climb Cabot Tower.

Clifton Suspension Bridge at sunset V
Image: Clifton Suspension Bridge

Day trips

There’s always the option for a Monday day trip too. WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre is open on Mondays and has a range of areas to explore, and different activities depending on the time of year you visit, from summer safaris to bird feeding in winter.

Cheddar Gorge & Caves, one of the country’s most spectacular natural landmarks, is around a 45-minute drive from Bristol. Venture into Gough’s Cave, see Britain’s oldest skeleton in the museum and enjoy the views on a cliff-top walk. If historic houses and beautiful gardens are more your thing, Bowood House & GardensBerkeley Castle and Tyntesfield are among those open on a Monday. 

Cheddar Gorge
Image: Cheddar Gorge

If in doubt, check these out…

When you’re at a loose end, count on Yuup to find you something to do on a Monday. Book fun, original and rewarding Bristol experiences led by locals on their website. You could start your week making pottery, sheep trekking, practicing breathwork, making botanical art or bike riding and picnicking. And that’s just a handful of activities among an ever-changing selection.

Our What’s On listings are another safe bet for finding things to do on a Monday in Bristol. It’s a one-stop-shop for events happening in the city, featuring comedy, music, theatre, exhibitions and much more.

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