If your last cocktail night with friends seems like a distant memory, we have good news! Bristol’s mixologists have been reunited with their shakers once again, as bars across the city continue to safely reopen. 

Whether a no-frills Old Fashioned at a speakeasy bar or theatrical drinks and party vibes is more your thing, we’ve rounded up a small selection of places to sip on a well-deserved cocktail in the city centre. Don’t forget to book your table in advance to avoid disappointment. 

The Milk Thistle 

Like sister speakeasy Hyde & Co, The Milk Thistle is one of the city’s most highly regarded ‘secret’ drinking dens. Spread over four floors decked in quirky and eclectic furnishings, their cocktails are as impressive as the interiors - try twists on traditional cocktails as well as unique seasonal concoctions. Book a table online to ensure you can snag a spot in their intimate bar. A new outdoor seating area has just opened too, complete with deck chairs and parasols.

Cocktails at speakeasy bar The Milk Thistle

Image - The Milk Thistle 

Revolucion de Cuba 

From Monday 3rd August, the fiesta returns to Revolucion de Cuba on the Harbourside, just in time to take part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. So alongside expertly crafted rum cocktails, including new recipes that celebrate their Cuban roots, you can enjoy fabulous tapas and Latin dishes for 50% off. The offer runs Monday to Wednesday from the 3rd-31st August.

Cocktails at Revolucion de Cuba on Bristol Harbourside

Image - Revolucion de Cuba

Mr Wolf’s

While the legendary live music nights are still on hold for now, Mr Wolf’s on St Nicholas Street has reopened its rooftop terrace and lounge for drinks, kicked off with a brand-new cocktail menu. Their bartenders have concocted a summery selection, including two lavender cocktails. Check them out on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, with tables for up to six people available to book in advance. 

Staff in face masks behind bar at Mr Wolf's

Image - Mr Wolf's


Known for cocktails made with flair, the drinks are flowing once again at chic bar Aluna on Broad Quay. And it’s not only a cocktail night you can visit for - their popular bottomless brunch is back, served with prosecco, pornstar martinis or bubblegumtini. Some new house rules are in place to keep things spick, span and socially distanced, including track and trace registration. 

Brunch and cocktails at Aluna Bristol

Image - Aluna 

Bristol and Bath Rum Distillery

With more than 150 varieties to sample, a trip to Bristol and Bath Rum Distillery will please any rum aficionado. Dead Man’s Fingers spiced rum is distilled on site and is used in their innovative cocktail menu, which features frozen daiquiris, slushies, mojitos and Cornwall libres - their own twists on the classic rum and coke. They’ve introduced new safety procedures including recyclable menus, track and trace and a ‘no vertical drinking’ rule, with drinks brought to your table while you sit back and relax. 

Pornstar martini at Bristol and Bath Rum Distillery

Image - Bristol and Bath Rum Distillery, credit Plaster

We hope you enjoyed this content, it was funded by Bristol City Centre BID, as part of the #BristolTogether campaign. Please note the latest Government guidelines require you to wear a face covering, unless exempt, in indoor settings and where social distancing may be difficult. You are permitted to meet in groups of no more than six people. Please socialise responsibly.  

In partnership with Visit Bristol, Business West, Broadmead BID, the One City Economy Board and Bristol City Council. The project is also supported by the European Regional Development Fund through HM Government’s Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.

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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.