Bristol’s pub landlords and their teams have been working hard to give their punters a safe, socially-distanced welcome back, with many reopening again. This means the return of that favourite tradition for many office workers: after-work drinks!

We’ve filled you in on where to meet for lunch and now we’ve got you covered for post-work pub hangouts. Get together with much-missed workmates for a drink or two at one of these city centre watering holes. 

King Street

It seems only right to start at the iconic cobbled street lined with some of the city’s most popular bars. To name just a handful, you’ve got King Street Brew House, where beers are made on site in its very own microbrewery; arcade game bar Kongs; legendary jazz pub The Old Duke, and champions of indie craft beer Small Bar. Always a favourite stretch for outdoor drinking, your chances of finding a seat outside are even better now the street is pedestrianised. 

Outside of King Street Brew House

Image - King Street Brew House

The Birkett Tap

This craft beer pub and restaurant on Baldwin Street is back open with plenty of reasons to visit. Catch live sport on their big screens, get great deals on drinks on Sub Social Wednesdays, or get your work team to join in with the weekly smartphone quiz on Thursdays (booking is essential!). Download their app so you can make the most of ordering drinks from your table. 

Big screen and seating at The Birkett Tap Bristol

Image - The Birkett Tap, credit Bristol City Centre BID

The Drawbridge

Even if you’ve never been inside The Drawbridge before, you will probably know it by sight, as it’s right next door to Bristol Hippodrome on St Augustine’s Parade. It’s a traditional and spacious boozer with a friendly atmosphere, named after the drawbridge that once crossed the River Frome in the city centre, before it was covered over. A host of new safety precautions are in place, such as a one-way system, hand sanitising points and table service, including through the Greene King app. 

Outdoor seating at The Drawbridge Bristol

Image - The Drawbridge, credit Bristol City Centre BID

The Greenhouse

Another conveniently central drinking spot, just round the corner opposite College Green, is the Greenhouse. If your post-work drinks usually involve watching whatever sport is on, you’ll be happy here - there’s a giant HD projector screen as well as six smaller screens, so finding a table with a view is easy. Or if the sun is out, grab yourselves an outdoor table and sip on 2-for-1 cocktails, which are currently on offer all day, every day. 

Outside seating at The Greenhouse College Green

Image - The Greenhouse, credit Bristol City Centre BID

The Bank Tavern

For drinks somewhere central yet hidden away from the hustle and bustle, make your way to The Bank Tavern. Famous for being home of the best Sunday roast in the UK, a title it claimed at The Observer Food Monthly Awards, it’s also a top spot for a chilled post-work catch up. The team has recently rearranged both their outdoor and indoor seating to ensure a safe distance between groups, with other measures such as table service also in place. 

View of The Bank Tavern entrance and outdoor seating

Image - The Bank Tavern, credit Bristol City Centre BID

The Cosy Club

Your first after-work get-together in a while is worthy of a special setting, which is what The Cosy Club can offer. Gather up your team for cocktails in their majestic Grade II-listed building on Corn Street, which was once a banking hall as well as a church. The grandeur and quirky, elegant decor feels a world away from the office or whatever remote working space you’ve cobbled together. 

Decor at Cosy Club Bristol

Image - The Cosy Club


Based in a restored historic tram shed on the corner of Colston Street and Park Row, beer is made in the on-site microbrewery at Zerodegrees, so it's a top spot if there a few beer aficionados among your colleagues. A crisp and cold ‘tank fresh’ pint is guaranteed and tastes even better on any of the three balconies when the sun is shining. 

Outdoor seating at Zerodegrees Bristol

Image - Zerodegrees, credit Bristol City Centre BID

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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King Street Brew House
King Street Brew House

The King Street Brew House is an urban style city centre pub with its very own micro-brewery creating an amazing range of both cask and keg beers.