In town on a Sunday night and stuck for entertainment? Well, just so happens we have a few ideas. From *free* dance classes to *free* gigs, there’s no excuse to be holed up in your hotel room watching Antiques Roadshow…  

Image - Hyde & Co 

Go on a cocktail crawl

Pfft, staying in on a Sunday night? No thanks, not when there’s a city full of speakeasies to explore. Thrown on the glam vintage frock you bought on your Gloucester Road shopping spree and hit up Bristol’s original prohibition-style bar – Hyde & Co. Other secretive spots include The Milk Thistle, Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Hausbar. And while not underground exactly, you can also get incredible cocktails in the city centre at the sumptuous new Gold Bar (at Bristol Harbour Hotel) and also The Rummer, which even has its own microdistillery.

Image - Watershed cinema 

Catch a movie

Whether you fancy a big blockbuster or an obscure indie flick, make Sunday night movie night. Grab yourself an Insider card for reduced price Sunday tickets at Showcase Cinema De Luxe in Cabot Circus or, for around a fiver, pick from the creative programme at Cube Microplex in Stokes Croft. There’s also independent cinema Watershed, unsurprisingly – and conveniently – found on the waterfront.

Take a sundown stroll

On a summer’s evening, there’s nothing nicer than going for a stroll as the sun sets on the city. Head to Ashton Court - via Clifton Suspension Bridge - to see the deer, spot wild cows in Leigh Woods or do a loop of the Harbourside. When you fancy a break, sit on the cobbles outside Arnolfini art gallery with a cold beer (craft, of course).

Image - The underground spa at Bristol Harbour Hotel 

Enjoy a Sunday evening soak

Been on your feet all day seeing our fine city? Then pamper yourself with a visit to Harbour Hotel’s subterranean spa in the Old City (even better, stay overnight). Or opt for the Spa and Dine package at the Lido in Clifton, which includes a treatment, use of the spa and a two-course poolside meal (there's also a special Sunday Spa Day, which doesn't include dinner).

Giggle the night away

Sunday is a fun day if you like a laugh. Check listings for The Wardrobe Theatre’s alternative comedy nights, The Comedy Box for touring stand-ups and The Hen and Chicken in Bedminster for up-and-coming talent.  

Image - The Old Duke. Credit - Carlos Blanco

Settle in for some live music

Bristol’s live music scene is legendary so you’re never far from a great gig. In Southville, Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar stages free jazz and folk sessions on Sunday evenings, while over in Stokes Croft The Canteen has bands and beats every night of the week – again, for free. There’s also jazz at the Old Duke on King Street, amazing local acts at The Golden Lion and The Gallimaufry and, for a late one – Reggae Sundays at Cosies. Finally, The Folk House on Park Street plays host to top notch folk acts in an intimate environment.

Eat a delicious meal  

Don’t worry, you can still sample Bristol’s famous food scene on a Sunday night. Tuck into a nice piece of rump at Steak of the Art, or some delicious burgers (with a whole menu dedicated to veggie and vegan options) at Three Brothers.

Image - A painted booth at Steak of the Art. Credit - Steak of the Art 

Get your game on

At the foot of the Christmas Steps you’ll find Chance & Counters – a board game café open till 11pm on a Sunday. Pick from over 600 games, from classics like Cluedo and Uno to more unusual inventions such as Battle Sheep and Sushi Go Party! For vintage video games, manoeuvre yourself to Kongs on King Street. Their current arcade games include Pac Man, Double Dragon and Donkey Kong, and there’s table foosball too.

Tip! Don’t forget to check our What’s On listings for upcoming theatre, comedy and one-off festivals and events.

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Hyde & Co
Hyde & Co cocktail

This speakeasy-style bar, just by The Triangle has an eclectic, low-lit gentleman’s club vibe going on.

The Milk Thistle
The Milk Thistle Bristol interior

Housed over four floors in one of the finest historic buildings in the city, The Milk Thistle incorporates a cocktail bar, lounge & private function rooms.

Bristol Harbour Hotel
Bristol Harbour Hotel - Exterior

With 42 luxury bedrooms, some with spectacular views over St Nicholas Market and Bristol Crown Court, you will feel instantly relaxed as you settle into your surroundings.

Ashton Court Estate
Ashton Court Estate Bristol

Historic 850-acre parkland with mansion, two pitch-and-putt golf courses, deer park, miniature railway, orienteering and nature trails

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Historic Site
Clouds over Clifton Suspension Bridge Bristol - CREDIT GARY NEWMAN

The world famous bridge and the iconic symbol of Bristol, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1831 and completed in 1864 after his death

Arts Centre
Arnolfini at Bristol Harbourside

Arnolfini is a centre for contemporary arts based on Bristol’s Harbourside. The organisation is dedicated to producing and presenting visual arts, performance, film, music and events.

Watershed Bristol Harbourside

Enjoy a lively programme of independent film, digital media and events at this fantastic media centre in the heart of the Harbourside

The Lido
The Lido Spa Bristol

Bristol’s most unique spa destination, featuring a pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna, spa, restaurant bar and terrace

Steak of the Art
Steak of the Art

Steak of the Art is an exciting art venue and steak restaurant that has opened in Bristol’s Harbourside serving West Country sourced steaks alongside an art gallery that showcases and sells quality affordable art.

The Folk House Cafe
The Folk House Cafe

They believe in helping to create a more sustainable, wholesome and joyful world, one bowl of soup at a time.

The Gallimaufry
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The Gallimaufry

The Gallimaufry is an independent restaurant, bar, live music venue and arts space in the heart of Gloucester Rd, Bristol.