If you’re looking for a special night out, it’s worth seeking out some of Bristol’s top cocktail bars, whether you’re looking for a secluded speakeasy or a bit of glitz and glamour. 

Hyde and Co.

Bristol’s original prohibition-style bar, Hyde and Co. is inconspicuously tucked away down a side street just off Clifton Triangle (look for the bowler hat sign). The bar is small and low lit, with their latest ‘Dens’ menu paying homage to the great bars of the city, past and present. The whisky selection here is first rate too, and they’re open until the early hours most of the week (including Sunday nights), so a top choice for some low key drinks or a nightcap. 

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The Granary Club

Housed in one of Bristol's most historic and beautiful buildings, The Granary Club serves up some spectacular cocktails in a stylish and contemporary setting. The team are committed to zero waste with their cocktails, and also stock a range of local wines, beers and cider for you to try.

The Granary Club cocktail bar
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The Milk Thistle

This gorgeous bar is spread across four floors, with a grand sweeping staircase and wood-panelled walls, taxidermy everywhere you look, and plenty of comfy booths and armchairs to sink into for the evening. The Milk Thistle also plays host to a monthly Gin Club as well as private cocktail masterclasses throughout the month.

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The Gold Bar

As the name indicates, this swish bar located inside the four-star Bristol Harbour Hotel is the place to go if you’re looking for a spot of opulence in the Old City. The cocktail menu matches the décor; classic with some contemporary flourishes.

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The Clockwork Rose

A steampunk-inspired cocktail bar, themed around the adventures of one Captain Sebastian Commodore. The menu is as tasty as it is quirky, with a selection of sharing, Champagne and non-alcoholic cocktails alongside their flagship creations.

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The Wellhead

A relaxed cocktail bar venue overlooking the Floating Harbour in Finzels Reach. Previously a brewery, the Wellhead combines old and new features, with a cocktail menu inspired by Bristol’s rich history.

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Rick's

Open until late from Wednesday to Sunday, Rick's at The Bristol Hotel is inspired by the glamourous cocktail bars of a bygone era, combining some mellow jazz in the background with skillfully-made cocktails.

Rick's cocktail bar at The Bristol
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6 O'clock Gin at The Glassboat

If gin cocktails are your thing, this is the place to go! The cocktail menu features classic G&T's made with the 6 O'clock Gin range, as well as different flavours such as Spiced Orange & Cranberry or Damson & Blackcurrant Sour. 

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Flight Club

Combine an evening of cocktails with a game of electronic darts at this fun bar on Corn Street, or book in for one of their weekend brunch socials, where you can enjoy bottomless Prosecco and pizza after a taster game of Social Darts®.

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Bocabar

Head along to Bocabar in Finzels Reach or Paintworks for a range of signature cocktails, plus the latest specials created for their menu every month!

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The Raven

A mysterious cocktail bar located above Four Wise Monkeys on St Nicholas Street, which regularly features live performers and a focus on tarot and magic.

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Spirited

This spirits shop on North Street in Bedminster also does a great range of classic cocktails and highballs, alongside their premium spirit flights and drams.

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Harbour House

Sup a seasonal cocktail on the harbourside terrace at Harbour House and watch the world go by, with an eclectic wine list and gins for you to choose from too.

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The Boot Factory at Artist Residence

This stylish and electic bar is housed in a former boot factory in St Pauls. A popular choice for brunch during the day, in the evenings you'll find locals and visitors enjoying their signature cocktails and their happy hour on a Sunday to Thursday, 4-6pm with selected cocktails from £6.50 and pints from £4.

Artist Residence
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Coal Kitchen

Sip a refreshing cocktail on the leafy covered terrace at Coal Kitchen in Cabot Circus, while making the most of their 2 for £13 offer, which is available all day, every day! You can also enjoy a two-course brunch with unlimited cocktails, wine, beers, and non-alcoholic drinks for 90 minutes throughout the week.

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Brozen Bar

If you’re in the mood for something a bit different, how about some frozen cocktails made right in front of you with liquid nitrogen? Try the Brozen version of a Dark ‘n’ Stormy (Dark ‘n’ Sleety) or Passionfruit Margarita (Passion on Ice), or go for one of their regular cocktails or hot chocolate if you’re in need or warming up rather than cooling off!

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From here you'll be on the doorstep of several other cocktail bars, including the aforementioned Clockwork RoseFlight Club and Gold Bar, The Rummer, Stock Exchange Cocktail Club, Cosy Club, London Cocktail Club, The Library and more!

Blame Gloria

Neon lights, colourful decor and 70's tunes - you're guaranteed a good night out at this city centre cocktail bar! At nearby Tonight Josephine, a sassy sister bar to Blame Gloria, you can expect sing-along tunes all day night, from Harry Styles to ABBA, plus regular events such as their famous themed brunches!

The Florist

Bristol’s most insta-friendly cocktail bar has a flower-filled backdrop on its walls, as well an extensive cocktail menu inspired by floristry. Their drinks not only taste great but look special too.

Her Majesty’s Secret Service

The team here always let their imagination run riot, with their cocktails being served in anything from an owl mug through to a small gumball machine! The interior of the bar has nods to Bond films (as the name suggests), but the menu is always full of surprises. Sister bar Filthy XIII on Gloucester Road is also worth a visit; the cocktails are similarly inventive but in more of a dive bar setting, complete with a snacking menu of hot dogs, loaded fries and more.

Crying Wolf

A beautiful neighbourhood cocktail bar on Cotham Hill, with cosy booths and gorgeous décor. The cocktails are very special too, with all of their syrups and shrubs made in-house, and a focus on local suppliers and producers in their drinks and snack menu.

Crying Wolf Bristol
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Loose Cannon

A good mix of high end cocktails in a fun and unpretentious setting, you’ll find Loose Cannon just off Millennium Square on the Harbourside. They have DJs at weekends and special offers on throughout the week.

The Rummer

One of the oldest bars in the city, The Rummer in St Nicholas Market also boasts one of the largest spirit selections and probably the largest fireplace in Bristol too! Whether you want a perfectly-made Old Fashioned or a premium rum over ice, this place has it covered. The bar is also located above the Bristol Dry Gin distillery, so you can pop downstairs for a gin tasting too!  

The Woods

A stalwart of the Bristol bar scene, The Woods has an eye-watering whisky selection and is open until the early hours (2am most nights, and 6am on Saturdays!), so one for the night owls among you!

The Bootlegger

This raucous moonshine and music bar on Cheltenham Road is a great choice if you’re looking for somewhere to dance after grabbing some dinner along nearby foodie hotspot Gloucester Road.

Be At One

One of the city’s liveliest cocktail bars, with loud music, flaring bartenders and some great Happy Hour deals throughout the week. Popular with groups and students, Be At One makes a great starting point for a fun night out in the city, especially if you’re planning on a visit to other nearby cocktail bars such as London Cocktail Club and The Lost & Found.

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Bristol and Bath Rum Distillery

Spread across several floors on Park Street, this huge bar and distillery has a rum school upstairs, and a number of nooks and crannies for you to enjoy your drinks in, whether you opt for your rum neat or in one of their punchy cocktails.


If you’re looking for some food to go with your cocktails, these restaurants also do a fine line in cocktails…

  • The Granary serves up a range of classic cocktails in the main restaurant as well as in their cellar bar The Granary Club.
  • The Square Kitchen has a cosy cocktail terrace with a seasonal selection of 'Secret Serves' for you to choose from.
  • Riverstation has the perfect harbourside terrace for you to enjoy their classic cocktail menu.
  • CARGO Cantina in Wapping Wharf does a fine selection of Margaritas and other Mexican-inspired cocktails for you to enjoy with your tacos.
  • The Ivy Clifton Brasserie does a range of classic cocktails as well as seasonal specials in their stunning restaurant.
  • Bambalan - we recommend sipping your cocktails on their huge roof terrace.
  • The Coconut Tree offer ‘2 for £10’ and ‘2 for £12’ on selected Cocotails, their signature sweet and fiery cocktails.
  • Kibou do a range of Japanese-inspired cocktails as well as offering an extensive whisky and sake menu.
  • Four Wise Monkeys have named their signature cocktails after classic Kung Fu movies, including Fist of Fury and A Touch of Zen.
  • Bar 44 have a broad selection of G&Ts and Spanish-inspired cocktails for you to pair with your tapas.
  • Browns has a large bar and a great selection of cocktails for you to enjoy, as well as regular cocktail masterclasses and a daily Champagne afternoon tea.

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