Ahead of Valentine’s Day, travel blogger duo Wanderers of the World let us in on their top date night spots for #FoodFriday.

Travel bloggers Wanderers of the World, Justine and Scott in Tintagel, Cornwall

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With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, you’re probably looking for somewhere cosy and intimate to celebrate with your other half. You’re in luck – there are heaps of places to eat and drink in Bristol which are sure to get your taste buds and hearts racing. Here’s our pick of romantic restaurants, cafés and bars we think you’ll both love.

The Milk Thistle

If you feel like spending your next date night sipping cocktails in a sexy speakeasy, then The Milk Thistle on Colston Avenue should be top of your list. Hidden away behind unmarked doors, you’ll find leather armchairs, low hanging lamps, dark wood panelling and unique cocktails to rival even the very best saloons, bars and drinking dens of the 1920s and 30s.

Milk Thistle speakeasy cocktail bar in Bristol

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Côte Brasserie

If you can’t quite afford a city break to Paris this Valentine’s Day, then the next best thing is a fancy French dinner à la Bristol. Côte Brasserie in both the chic Clifton Village and Bristol Shopping Quarter's Quakers Friars serves chicken dishes made from corn-fed chickens from the heart of rural Brittany, fish dishes to suit most seafood lovers’ tastes, and oh, their desserts are to die for! From gooey chocolate fondants to posh crème brûlée and delicious praline crêpes, you’d be hard pushed not to try them all.

Roasted cod dish at Cote Brasserie in Bristol

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Of all the restaurants in Bristol, Ciao on Denmark Street has got to be our favourite. Inside, you’ll find an intimate and authentic Italian restaurant serving homemade Italian pizzas, as well as a huge variety of pasta dishes and risottos. We think this restaurant is the perfect place for a romantic evening that’s all about ‘il dolce far niente’ (‘the sweetness of doing nothing’).

Under the Stars

Although it might be too cold to sit on the top deck of this floating café bar on Valentine’s Day, the inside of Under the Stars is just as charming. Opt for a seat by the window if you can and enjoy getting to know each other better over tapas and 1920s-inspired cocktails within a relaxed harbourside setting.

The Beehive Coffee House

What could be more romantic (or budget friendly!) than splitting a milkshake with your other half while staring longingly and laughingly into each other’s eyes across the table? In Bristol, The Beehive Coffee House in Downend is the place to be to share incredible milkshakes. Fully on board with the ‘Freakshake’ craze, The Beehive top their shakes with all sorts of things including doughnuts, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, marshmallows, chocolate bars, pretzels… you can’t help but share a shake here!

About the author

Justine Jenkins is a freelance writer and one half of the travel blogger duo at Wanderers of the World. When she’s not eating her way around Bristol in aid of ‘research’, you’ll often find her travelling to some far off place or escaping the 9-5 via UK-based weekends away with her husband and Rough Collie (@colliekaiyay). You can follow their (mis)-adventures on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok.

Read last week's Food Friday: Sophie Saint's pooch-friendly picks


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.