Buttermilk and Maple
Situated right by Welsh Back, Buttermilk & Maple is the perfect place to hang out on a nice summer day. But what about in winter? Well the inside is equally lovely, with an airy interior, and a great mix of group and comfy seating to suit any group. The highlight is their cocktail menu with lots of classics and original drinks to choose from. Our favourite is the Temple Back Sling, with rhubarb gin, framboise, lemon, and soda. Who needs Singapore when you have Bristol?
Under the Stars
A bar on a boat? If you’re thinking that could be a bit dangerous, you should probably stay on dry land. This super cool, floating bar and restaurant sits on river all year round, serving up tasty food and drinks in a unique setting. With a great drinks menu, a huge selection of wines, and a laid-back, 1920’s style it’s definitely one to add to the list of cool bars in Bristol. Just don’t forget your life jacket.
Priding themselves “on serving the best cocktails in the city” Milk Thistle is a great place for a celebratory night out. Situated in a beautiful old building, the interior of the bar is filled with quirky furniture, bright colours, and even has a huge fireplace to make you feel like you’re at a country retreat. If you’re gathering a big gang you can also book a private area for both drinks and dining; great for a party!
Hyde & Co
Sister venue to Milk Thistle, Hyde & Co is a prohibition-style bar just off Clifton Triangle. Never ones to go down the well-trodden path, you really do feel like you’re entering a speakeasy as you enter Hyde & Co. It’s dark, it’s intimate, and the cocktails are pretty impressive. Their current cocktail menu is designed to take you on a journey through 1920’s art-deco Paris via their flavours and designs. (We’re not really sure what that means either, however the cocktails are flipping delicious and it’s a really cool Bristol bar to hang out in.)
With its quirky decor and comfy sofas, Cosy Club has been a local favourite for a while now. Located in a beautiful Corn Street building, step inside and you’ll be greeted by a huge ornate ceiling, old-fashioned lamps, and a riot of 1930’s colour. It’s a great place to head for both food and drinks, perfect if you need to line your stomach before a heavy one. They have a big selection of beers with choices from Budvar to Beavertown, and plenty of bubbles if you feel the need for fizz.