The Cafe & Bar at Artist Residence Bristol

28 Portland Square, Bristol, BS2 8SA

Tel: +44 (0) 117 428 8440

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Artist Residence Bristol


Located in the creative St Pauls community, just minutes from Bristol's city centre, this Georgian townhouse & old boot factory is an eccentric home from home in the heart of the city.

Artist Residence Library bar & café is a homely, laid-back affair, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, original cornicing, vintage rugs, velvet armchairs, bar and fireplace. Textured, stripped walls provide a rustic backdrop for dynamic artworks including a diamond-dust ‘Party Like it’s 1999’ original work by Dave Buonaguidi and a commissioned piece by local artist Rose Vickers, with geometric patterns made from vintage school rulers.

Enjoy drinks at The Library with beers from local brewery Lost & Grounded and signature cocktails including the Smoky Martini with Laphroaig 10yr, brandy, orange liqueur & caramel syrup, all served alongside cheese & charcuterie boards.

In early 2022 the bar, cafe & kitchen will open to the public, an extensive space across the entire ground floor of the building with a coffee bar & lounge, intimate dining room peppered with eclectic artwork, plant-filled courtyard garden and a central bar with double-height glass ceiling and original factory steel beams.

Opening Times

Open: (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* Open every day, from 8am until late.

Further Information


  • Bar
  • Serve breakfast
  • Serve evening meal
  • Serve lunch

Establishment Features

  • Dog Friendly
  • Pets accepted

Key Features

  • In town/city centre



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

5 of 5 stars
    • Service
      5 of 5 stars
    • Value
      4.5 of 5 stars
    • Cleanliness
      5 of 5 stars
    • Location
      5 of 5 stars
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    Recent Reviews:

    • mattyg2013
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      An amazing find
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 23rd June 2022
      We stayed in the Artist Studio room, which was breathtaking. Beautifully decorated, thoughtfully put together. The bed was extremely comfortable, the shower excellent and the freestanding bath just... Read full review
    • siebs99
      Chichester, United Kingdom
      Brilliant use of an old shoe factory
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 27th June 2022
      WE have stayed at several hotels in Bristol and would rate this the tops. Slightly quirky but well planned . Excellent toiletries, large top quality towels, very comfortable beds and pretty quiet... Read full review
    • Neil D
      Helensburgh, United Kingdom
      5 star but may not return - strange
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 2nd July 2022
      Whilst our experience was mixed, it was just refreshing to stay at this inspiring hotel. We had the smallest room - very small - but lovely. The issue is not the size per se, it is that these small... Read full review

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