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5 Pub Crawls to Conquer Bristol



The Very Best Bristol Pub Crawls

Think you know Bristol? Well, you’ve not really got a grip on what this city is about until you’ve visited its various localities, and what better way to do that than sampling a few pubs along the way? Here are the routes I think are particularly good for that time old tradition of pub crawling.


The original, and arguably still the best. The harbour boasts some of the city’s best watering holes coupled with some great views (I mean, who doesn’t love boats and multicoloured houses?).

Suggested route:

1. The Ostrich – take advantage of that big terrace overlooking the water

2. The Orchard – try to pick from their extensive cider selection

3. The Nova Scotia – great views of Cumberland Basin

4. The Pump House – top notch food and the biggest gin stash in Bristol if not the UK

5. The Grain Barge – bar on a boat! And they do music! And pie!

Full route:

St Michael’s Hill

A more condensed route, but the clue’s in the name here – it’s on a steep bloody hill, so make sure you start at the top.

Suggested route:

1. The Highbury Vaults – cosy ale pub with a great garden out back, and bar billiards!

2. Beerd – Craft beer bar which also serves tasty pizza

3. The White Bear – large and comfortable pub with boardgame, nice.

the white bear bristol

4. The Robin Hood – small but packed with interesting beers

robin hood pub bristol

5. The Colston Arms – a great traditional local – top roasts too.

Full route:

Stokes Croft

An edgier route but arguably more ‘culturally enriching’, ie. you can look at some good grafitti and buy a PRSC mug. The pubs here all a bit different and it’s worth veering into Montpelier for some extra hidden treats!

Suggested route:

1. The Full Moon – a proper party pub with a huge front terrace and shisha garden!

2. The Bell – quirky little pub with home cooked food & a cute garden out back

3. Canteen – the cultural hub of Stokes Croft, with excellent food & live music

4. The Crofters Rights – a fun craft beer bar, and also features Ray’s Pizza

5. The Hillgrove – 5mins behind Stokes Croft, but worth the detour. Great ales & food.

Full route:

Gloucester Road

The most ambitious pub crawl there is – I’ve yet to meet anyone who has completed the whole stretch from Horfield Common down to the Arches (around 20 pubs, eeek). Still, it’s arguably the best stretch for eating and drinking in the city.

Suggested route:

1. The Golden Lion – small lively pub, keep an eye out for their gig listings!

the golden lion

2. The Flyer – spacious and comfy, with a decent bar selection too

Bristol Flyer

3. The Gallimaufry – friendly lounge bar with excellent food and good live music

the gali Gloucester road

4. The Prince of Wales – traditional pub with a nice relaxed atmosphere

Prince of Wales

5. The Cat & Wheel – a strange one, worth visiting if only for bizarre karaoke on Sunday nights.

cat and wheel

Full route:

North Street, Bedminster

A more residential area, but made more lively recently by an influx of top notch bars and restaurants.

Suggested route:

1. The Coronation – proper local pub, with Natch in cans!

coronation pub

2. The Steam Crane – big pub with board games and an impressive beer list

3. The Hare – a cute little pub which prides itself on its ale selection and little beer garden

4. The Old Bookshop – weird and wonderful bar; the food is as impressive as the decor

5. The Spotted Cow – a good all-rounder; good drinks, great food and a huuuge garden

Full route:

Next on my list of pub crawl routes to conquer are Totterdown and Clifton Village – wish me luck on my daring quest!

Often to be found propping up a bar and eyeing up its rum selection, Shonette is an avid Bristol explorer and food muncher - take a look at her blog A Life Less Organised for her guides to the city's best pub crawls, roasts and more.

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