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?).
1. The Ostrich – take advantage of that big terrace overlooking the water
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2. The Orchard – try to pick from their extensive cider selection
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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
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5. The Grain Barge – bar on a boat! And they do music! And pie!
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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.
1. The Highbury Vaults – cosy ale pub with a great garden out back, and bar billiards!
Favourite bar, little bar at the front of the Highbury Vaults, Kingsdown, Bristol pic.twitter.com/ylCLwAGaAE
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2. Beerd – Craft beer bar which also serves tasty pizza
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3. The White Bear – large and comfortable pub with boardgame, nice.
4. The Robin Hood – small but packed with interesting beers
5. The Colston Arms – a great traditional local – top roasts too.
— Colston Arms (@ColstonArms) July 15, 2015
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!
1. The Full Moon – a proper party pub with a huge front terrace and shisha garden!
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2. The Bell – quirky little pub with home cooked food & a cute garden out back
— Clifton Short Lets (@CliftonShortLet) October 16, 2015
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
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5. The Hillgrove – 5mins behind Stokes Croft, but worth the detour. Great ales & food.
— Shonette (@Shonette) November 5, 2015
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.
1. The Golden Lion – small lively pub, keep an eye out for their gig listings!
2. The Flyer – spacious and comfy, with a decent bar selection too
3. The Gallimaufry – friendly lounge bar with excellent food and good live music
4. The Prince of Wales – traditional pub with a nice relaxed atmosphere
5. The Cat & Wheel – a strange one, worth visiting if only for bizarre karaoke on Sunday nights.
North Street, Bedminster
A more residential area, but made more lively recently by an influx of top notch bars and restaurants.
1. The Coronation – proper local pub, with Natch in cans!
2. The Steam Crane – big pub with board games and an impressive beer list
— The Steam Crane (@thesteamcrane) September 9, 2015
3. The Hare – a cute little pub which prides itself on its ale selection and little beer garden
— The Hare (@TheHarePub) September 24, 2015
4. The Old Bookshop – weird and wonderful bar; the food is as impressive as the decor
— The Old Bookshop (@theoldbookshop) July 28, 2015
5. The Spotted Cow – a good all-rounder; good drinks, great food and a huuuge garden
— ben baker (@Shake_n_Bake_1) September 4, 2013
Next on my list of pub crawl routes to conquer are Totterdown and Clifton Village – wish me luck on my daring quest!