Burns Night - the annual celebration of one of Scotland’s most famous sons, Robert Burns - falls on 25 January (his birthday). So if you’re looking for an excuse to eat fine food, drink Scottish whisky and liven up the end of January, then dig out your tartans, sporrans and garters (you own those right?) and raise a dram to the exceptional Scottish poet at one of these Burns Night celebrations in Bristol.

Burns Night Supper at Hotel du Vin and Bistro (24 January)

Don Cameron, the Scotsman who founded Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, will deliver the address to the haggis at this Burns Night supper. There are whisky cocktails on the menu served ahead of a traditional three-course meal with half a bottle of wine.  

Table at Hotel du Vin and Bistro in Bristol

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Burns Night Supper at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (25 January)

Be welcomed into Bristol Museum’s atmospheric Winterstoke and Wills Hall to the tune of a Scottish piper while you sip on a wee dram of whisky. Piping in the Haggis will kick off the three-course seasonal dinner and later in the evening, guests are invited to an after-dark preview of the Do you believe in magic? exhibition.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery - 10 ways to celebrate Burns Night in Bristol 2019

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Burns Night at Bowood Hotel (25 January)

Cock-a-leekie soup, Cullen skink, and Isle of Mull Cheddar and Blue Murder with oat cakes and chutney are among the Scottish delicacies on Bowood Hotel’s Burns Night menu. Hosted in the Shelburne Restaurant, a selection of warming Scottish whiskies will also be on offer.

Whiskey selection for Burns Night at Bowood Hotel

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Burns Night Whisky Dinner at The Milk Thistle (25 January)

Settle in for a night of fine food and drink in The Attic – the private dining room at The Milk Thistle. A whisky flight and tutored tasting will accompany a menu inspired by the produce of Scotland, plus there will be the option to order from the acclaimed cocktail list. There are just 16 spaces available, so book now before they fill up.

The Attic at The Milk Thistle

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Burns Night Ceilidh at Old Market Assembly (25 January)

Join the Old Market Assembly for a proper Scottish knees-up at their traditional ceilidh, with music from The Drystones and Mishra Ceilidh Band. Get tickets for just a dance and dram of whisky (£8) or with a dinner of classic Burns Night scran included (£20).

Gig at the Old Market Assembly

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Band of Burns at St George's Bristol (29 January)

Band of Burns is a collaboration of twelve musicians from the top echelons of the folk scene, coming together to celebrate the life, works and philosophies of Robert Burns. Featuring the mesmerising vocals of 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Ríoghnach Connolly and award-winning folk rabble-rousers The Langan Band, expect interpretations of Burns’ songs and poems as well as original songs, all inspired by the poet’s values of equality, social justice and the power of love.

Band of burns St George's Bristol - 10 ways to celebrate Burns Night in Bristol 2019

Image - Band of Burns, St George's Bristol

Burns Night at Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House (18 – 19 January)

Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House is starting the celebrations early with their classic Burns Night event. Get stuck into a traditional three-course meal with a choice of dishes such as haggis, neeps and tatties with whisky sauce, and raspberry cranachan with toasted oats. Entertainment will come from a 12-player strong pipe and drum band as well as a disco until 1am.

Discover more events and things to do in Bristol this January:


Hotel du Vin & Bistro
Hotel Du Vin & Bistro

Critically-acclaimed bistro restaurant, serving fine European cuisine

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery exterior

Museum and art gallery exhibiting some outstanding collections of art, archaeology, Egyptology and natural history in a magnificent building

Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort

One of the finest luxury hotels in Wiltshire, Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort is ideally situated just off the M4 between Calne and Chippenham at the heart of the Bowood Estate.

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.

The Old Market Assembly
Roast Dinner

The Old Market Assembly has teamed up with The Canteen to offer a drinks and pizza menu via Uber Eats and Deliveroo. Pints will be available, as well as bottles.

St George's Bristol
Music Hall
St George's Bristol

One of the country's finest music venues, offering the best in classical, chamber, world, folk, blues and jazz