From the picnic benches of cobbled King Street to the many waterside venues around the harbour, restaurants and bars with outdoor seating have always been easy to find in Bristol. Recently, even more have introduced alfresco seats as part of their plans to reopen responsibly with social distancing in place.  

To help you find a spot for a pint and bite to eat, hopefully in the sunshine, here’s a little round-up of a few city centre bars with outdoor seating.

No. 1 Harbourside 

As the name suggests, this bar restaurant has a pretty hard-to-beat spot on the Harbourside and their outdoor seating is the ideal place to watch the world go by. The food here is made up of local, seasonal ingredients, with some brilliant brewed-in-Bristol beers to match. 

Consider a visit from 5-9pm on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday in August to enjoy 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks as part of the Eat Out to Help Out initiative. Bear in mind seating is limited as part of the restaurant’s thorough safety measures, so call ahead to book. 

Welcome sign and bar at No.1 Harbourside

Image - No. 1 Harbourside

The Mothers' Ruin & Seamus O’Donnells 

Both well-known as lively hangouts, these (nearly) next door neighbours on St Nicholas Street have expanded their outdoor seating to help safely welcome back their customers. As you may have guessed, Seamus O’Donnells is a traditional Irish-themed bar, where there’s no shortage of Guinness or Irish whiskies. 

Much-loved dive bar The Mothers’ Ruin is known for its fiercely indie spirit and electric atmosphere. If you’re missing their live music nights, they recently organised some socially distant busking just outside - follow their Facebook page to keep up with any more musical announcements. 

Outdoor seating at The Mothers' Ruin, St Nicholas Street

Image - The Mothers' Ruin, credit Plaster


Find more outdoor seating in the Old City at Horts, a classic city boozer on Broad Street which is also taking part in August’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Their new tables mean you can now enjoy your drinks or the traditional British summer menu al fresco. As it’s a Young’s pub, download their app before your visit and you’ll even be able to order without leaving your seat too. 

Sign for Horts and their new outdoor seating

Image - Horts, credit Bristol City Centre BID

The Apple 

Along historic and newly pedestrianised King Street you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to watering holes with outdoor seating. That includes The Apple, just off the main street on Welsh Back. The top-deck bar at this legendary cider boat is now open, with seating on their quayside terrace arranged so there’s plenty of distance between tables. 

Lots of people make a beeline for The Apple’s sun-trap terrace as soon as the weather hots up, but even if there are no spare seats, it’s still possible to get your alfresco cider fix. The bar is operating as an off-licence too, offering 2-pint and 4-pint containers to take away - buy one and head for a heart in Queen Square!

Quayside terrace at The Apple Bristol

Image - The Apple, 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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