Bristol is a beer lover's paradise, with over 20 breweries in the city and surrounding countryside, and you'll be pleased to hear that many of them have tap rooms that you can visit!

We asked Heather from local beer tour Bristol Hoppers to tell us more about the tap rooms you'll find in the centre of Bristol...

Moor

Moor Beer's popular brewery tap room opened in 2014 and is a mere five minute walk from Temple Meads train station.

In the winter it's a cosy space to hang out playing board games, and in the summer their large outside space is a sun trap teaming with beer drinkers. You can also book a tour of the brewery for a Saturday lunchtime.

This bar has a larger choice of keg beers than any of the other Bristol tap rooms and at the weekends there is often something on cask too. There's also a huge range of their cans (as if you need more choice!) that you can drink in or take away at the same price.

There's no wine or cider in sight though - these guys have won a lot of awards for their beer and, understandably, believe we should be drinking it!

Opening hours: Wednesday–Saturday 12-10pm, Sunday 12-6pm.

Moor Beer tap room
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Bristol Beer Factory

Although they've been making beer since 2004 (and this site on North Street in South Bristol has been used to brew beer since the 1820s) the Bristol Beer Factory tap room is only a few years old.

This comfortable bar, in a separate room in front of the brewery, is a pleasant place to relax and try out their range of quality cask and keg beers while browsing the many bottles and merchandise that take over an entire wall.

They also offer wooden paddles with three third glasses, which can be filled with your own draught selections.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Thursday 12-9pm, Friday & Saturday 12-11pm, Sunday & Monday 12-7pm

Bristol Beer Factory tap room
Credit: Bristol Beer Factory

Dawkins

This tap room in Easton is a lovely space to hang out on a weekend with a beer in hand. 

The brewery and bar are all in the same space here, so you can drink your beer right next to the mash tun! There's a good choice of keg and bottled beers here, from delicious hoppy IPA's to award winning stouts. If there is someone in your group who is not into their beer then they’re in luck here, as there is usually a Dawkins Somerset cider available. 

At the time of writing there's a happy hour (or two) from 4-6pm, with all pints priced at just £3!

Opening hours: Friday & Saturday 4-8pm

Dawkins Ales tap room
Credit: Dawkins Ales

Arbor

Just across the road from Dawkins, Arbor have recently opened a tap room in the yard of their brewery site. This makes visiting two breweries very easy on a Friday night.

Although they've been brewing in Bristol since 2007, it was only in summer 2018 that they bought in a porta cabin to house a delightful little bar. The cabin is surprisingly cosy with several tables. They have a huge outdoor space for the warmer months too.

The bar has a few delights on draught and a huge range of their large cans to choose from. It certainly won't be difficult to find an ale you'll love here. 

Opening hours: Friday 5-8pm & Saturday 12-3pm

Arbor Ales tap room
Credit: Arbor Ales

Fierce & Noble

Located next to the M32, this tap room is known for its cosy feel. The bar space here is beautifully constructed of dark wood panels taken from on old pub, and the only thing missing is a log fire! 

Upstairs is a balcony where you can sit with your beer overlooking the brewery itself and in the summer you can sit outside in the yard.

Alongside Fierce & Noble's own kit is that belonging to smaller brewery Masquerade, who sometimes showcase one of their creations on the taps, which adds nicely to the existing range of beers both pouring and in 500ml cans. 

Opening hours: Friday & Saturdays 2-10pm and Sundays 12-8pm

Fierce & Noble tap room
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Wiper & True

Only a ten minute walk from Fierce & Noble, in the heart of St Werburghs, is Wiper & True. The tap room here is in the same space as the brewery and they pour their Phantasmagoria directly from the tank! 

You'll usually find around five beers on tap, ranging from delicious IPAs to barrel-aged stouts. Choose your tipple and take a seat at one of the long tables, which you’re likely to be sharing with other like-minded drinkers. There are tables out the front too, where you can bask in the sun when it decides to come out.

Opening hours: Fridays 6-10pm and Saturdays 1-10pm

Wiper and True tap room
Credit: Wiper & True

Croft Ales

This is by far the smallest Bristol brewery with a tap room, and it’s easy to miss their doorway, located opposite Lakota in Stokes Croft.

The bar area has a few tables and barrels to sit around, and because of the sociable feel to the place people are generally chatting to somebody on the other side of the small room. There’s generally an IPA, a stout, a best bitter and a pale on tap (all keg beers in here).

You are also welcome to have a snoop around the little brewery itself, which is in the adjacent room. The staff here are really passionate about their beer, so feel free to pick their brains with any questions!

Opening hours: Fridays 4-10pm and Saturdays 2-10pm

Croft Ales tap room
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Lost & Grounded

This brewery, on an industrial estate a short walk behind Temple Meads off Feeder Road, is huge compared to the others! It’s all one room, so when you order at the bar the magnificent German manufactured Krones kit, mostly filled with their very popular lager Keller Pils, towers behind you.

The indoor drinking space is filled with long tables, and on summer afternoons their front yard is flooded with sunshine, table tennis and pop-up street food stalls.

Until recently they have only held single occasion licences (and used them to host some extremely popular beery events) but have now began showcasing a range of their lovely beers regularly on Friday afternoons. If you’re lucky (and it’s not freezing outside), owners Annie and Alex might even fire up their BBQ!

Opening hours: Fridays 12-7pm

Lost and Grounded tap room
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Cocksure

Desperate to have a tap room, Callum and Dan have moved their three year old brewery from outside of Bristol to Totterdown. 

They have done an excellent job recycling everything from their old site, including cladding from their old tanks becoming their beautiful bar.

Pick your beer from the likes of their Cold Brew Stout to a tasty IPA and enjoy it sat on the mezzanine bar overlooking the brewery itself.

Opening hours:  Fridays 12-10pm and Saturdays 12-9pm

Cocksure tap room
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Zerodegrees 

This microbrewery and restaurant took Bristolians by surprise when it opened in 2004. The huge, modern building was made for the very purpose of brewing beers to sell directly to the public while they munch on pizzas in the vast dining room. 

Back then we were surprised by the mango beer and black lager being served, and these same beers are still intriguing people today.

There are now four Zerodegrees in the country and, although each one brews the core beers to be drank in their own bar, the brewers make small batch interesting beers and swap kegs between them, so that there is always a selection of specials. Bristol’s head brewer Simon especially enjoys making sour beers.

Aside from the big dining room, the hude venue houses a comfy bar area and three outdoor spaces - the balcony has a particularly lovely view of the city skyline and historic Christmas Steps.

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 12-12pm,  Sunday 12-11pm.

Zero Degrees tap room
Credit: Zerodegrees

The best of the rest

You'll find Bath Ales in Warmley on the outskirts of Bristol. Visit their brewery shop and tap room, sign up for a brewing experience or take a tour of the brewery. Butcombe Brewery are based in Wrington, just a short drive south of Bristol, and offer monthly tours of their brewery. Both breweries also manage several pubs across Bristol, including The Cottage in the harbour and The Bell on Stokes Croft for Butcombe, and The Wellington and Graze Bar & Chophouse for Bath Ales.

The Left Handed Giant tap room currently opens from 1-10pm on Fridays and 3-10pm on Saturdays, with more frequent opening times once their new brewery opens in the Finzels Reach area of the city this summer! 

Good Chemistry open their doors in the warmer months, and New Bristol Brewery have a large tap room and brewing school in their brewery and are open for special events including Six Nations.

Please check social media before your visit to any of the breweries as opening hours are subject to change, and keep you eye out for Bristol's many special beery events, including the Bristol Craft Beer Festival in summer, or the East Bristol Brewery Trail which takes place on bank holiday weekends throughout the year.

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