The Milk Thistle

Quay Head House, Colston Avenue, Bristol, United Kingdom, BS1 1EB
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Opening Information

Hours of business
Monday to Thursday – 4pm til 1am
Friday – 4pm til 2am
Saturday – 4pm til 2am
Sunday – Closed
Please respect that our close time is the time we request you leave the premises, we would gratefully appreciate if these rules are adhered to.
We advise calling ahead to avoid disappointment 0117 929 4429

Facilities
  • Private Dining
  • Buffets, Business Meetings, Functions catered for
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
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About The Milk Thistle

We pride ourselves on being purveyors of the finest cocktails in the city, and with four floors, including a cocktail bar, lounge and private function rooms we’re also the perfect place to host a truly fabulous party!

With a reputation as one of Bristol’s best kept secrets we promise to provide a decadent escape for those in the know who are looking for good food, good drinks, good company, and most of all, a good time!
But hey – don’t take our word for it – come in and try us for yourselves!

Looking for a venue, look no further. For private dining and for hiring of our rooms please contact our team for availability.

We recommend booking in advance so please contact our team for availability. As you would imagine we get booked up so if you are unable to keep to your booked please call ahead as we will only hold your table for 15 minutes before releasing.

Cuisine: Cocktails, Romantic
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Monday, 21 December 2020

Introduced a new friend to the Milky this evening who loved it! Great cocktails and the Posh Dogs were excellent!

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Great evening as usual. Sorry that you have had to close again, but will be back again soon!

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 November 2020

We were looked after by Matt, who was brilliant, but it must be said all the staff were excellent! We have not stopped talking about Mugshot since our visit & we will definitely be back. We loved Bristol but our evening here was definitely the highlight of the trip, which is quite incredible as we couldn't spend longer due to Covid restrictions. Definitely a must visit.

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Visited On Saturday, 31 October 2020

Love this bar, don't tell anyone else about it!

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Visited On Saturday, 31 October 2020

Always a joy. Thanks!

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Visited On Saturday, 31 October 2020

I booked A table over a week before and what made me so disappointed that I wasn’t satisfied with neither the floor Nor the table...but what I appreciated they moved me to a better floor even though we lost about 15 minutes of our evening (keep in mind there is a time limit of how long you can keep the table and stay at the place) the service from the bartenders and the waitress was great, but I have to put a lower star rate as the hosting staff wasn’t good enough and didn’t hand the situation professionally when I expressed my upset feelings for the table i was given

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Visited On Friday, 30 October 2020

The Milk Thistle was gorgeous! Great cocktails and service. Will be recommending to everyone I know :)

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Great venue, service and drinks

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 October 2020

We were really looking forward to our visit as it was our child free night since COVID but the evening was ruined due to the behaviour of another group. The group from Wales (currently in lockdown) were really inconsiderate to other customers, rowdy and over the top cackling. In the current climate it was totally inappropriate behaviour and we believe staff should have stepped in. Although we had our table booked until 8 we left after 20 mins and barely had a chance to enjoy our drink. Shame as it seemed like a really cool place.

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Visited On Saturday, 17 October 2020

Great atmosphere. Difficult to find.. but I guess that's why it's secret!

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Visited On Friday, 23 October 2020

Great venue, perfect for a good old chin wag with your best friend! Compliments to our waiter of the evening- we literally told him the sorts of things we liked and he served us with 3 cocktails that delighted us - great knowledge & service, lovely ambience, fabulous drinks! See you soon for the next chapter of catching up with the bestie!

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Visited On Saturday, 24 October 2020

Great drinks, great service, bartenders know what they’re doing

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Visited On Saturday, 24 October 2020

For what is advertised as the 6th best cocktail bar in the UK the menu is a serious disappointment, not sure if the very limited selection is COVID-19 related, only hope so.

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 October 2020

My only criticism Of their fantastic place , was when trying to phone to venue to say were were going to be late and no one answered the phone for the 10 times I phoned. However no issues this place is fantastic I won’t hesitate to return

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Visited On Saturday, 17 October 2020

Just amazing!

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Visited On Saturday, 17 October 2020

Unfortunately one or two cocktails were poorly made and or ingredients were not available for classic cocktails.

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Visited On Saturday, 17 October 2020

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Visited On Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Great drinks and great service. Would thoroughly recommend

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Visited On Friday, 16 October 2020

Great service and can't wait to go back again!

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Visited On Saturday, 10 October 2020

Brilliant service. Lovely drinks.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 October 2020

We had a really lovely trip to the Milk Thistle this weekend, all staff were so friendly, enthusiastic about the drinks menu and theme of the venue and attentive. The drinks options were so different to the usual generic cocktail menus of most other venues, inventive and the ones we tried were tasty!

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Visited On Friday, 09 October 2020

Great fun.

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Visited On Tuesday, 06 October 2020

We really enjoyed our time here! Service was oustandinggggg.. cannot give it more praise if i tried! Cocktails were lovely and the staff knew everything you needed to know about cocktails and what would be a perfect match for you.

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

Exceptional cocktails, and very vibey!

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

As always, Ben and the team did a great job even in these difficult times. Can't fault them!

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