The Milk Thistle

Quay Head House, Colston Avenue, Bristol, United Kingdom, BS1 1EB
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Hours of business
Monday to Thursday – 5pm til 1am
Friday – 5pm til 2am
Saturday – 6pm 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
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

Fabulous experience, friendly and knowledgeable staff

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

We had a lovely polite waiter with decent knowledge of the menu. Quick and efficient. Was also running a bit late for our booking and they were accommodating. Would definitely attend again. Although it is rather pricey so the booking time for 1.5 hrs is enough!

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Visited On Saturday, 29 June 2019

Unique flavours in a unique setting. Truly passionate about what they do. Will be visiting again soon.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 June 2019

Came for cocktails and the ones we had were great. They aren't cheap though but not much more than some pretty average places. The staff are great and happy to pay more to avoid the stag and hen dos of the harbourside!

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Visited On Friday, 28 June 2019

Fantastic evening with Alex the excellent barman. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone!

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Add a twist on an espresso martini

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Visited On Friday, 14 June 2019

Service was excellent and staff were very knowledgable and helpful. A bit disappointed when we asked for snacks, we were informed that they had ran out. Cocktails were excellent and very potent! Altogether an enjoyable experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 June 2019

Lovely den of iniquity.

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Visited On Thursday, 30 May 2019

Great evening in a classy venue with fab staff. Thank you!

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Visited On Saturday, 25 May 2019

I've been to the milk thistle a few times now, always an enjoyable experience and like to try new drinks. It's a shame the upstairs bar wasn't open on this occasion as this is where I enjoy to sit and drink, soaking in the atmosphere.

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Visited On Saturday, 25 May 2019

Thanks for providing some lovely non-alcoholic cocktails for a pregnant lady and some lovely drinks for a small group of us.

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Visited On Friday, 24 May 2019

The night was brilliant and the cocktails were fantastic. My friends loved everything about it and I'm sure they will recommend milk thistle as well.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 May 2019

What a shame - unfortunately you’ve lost your charm. When we first visited Milk Thistle 4 years ago it felt like an experience of going back in time to a very cool underground establishment in the 1920-30’s. However, last weekend you were playing popular music, the service was not to the standard you would expect and we all received an overdose of salt after the lime that came with the tequila was covered in salt. As a result, we all had a salty taste in our mouths the rest of the evening. Also, after explaining the salt incident to staff, no apology was offered just a very large bill. What made it worse - I booked this for my fiancées Birthday as we visited here when we first started dating and I raved about it to all group attending. If I had know we would experienced the above we would of attended. What a shame!

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Visited On Friday, 17 May 2019

Could possibly be the best cocktails i've ever had! Loved the innovative menu style, and the 2 drinks i ordered were deliciously subtle in flavour. The serving staff were friendly and obviously cared about what they did. A very good experience, thank you.

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Visited On Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Hello, i have visited the venue a few times and last week i treated my team to an evening out for all the good work on Hinkley point C ... i found the guy who served us a little offish, not really that interested and difficult .. The venue is great, the drink i had was a flip and excellent this time .. on my last visit your staff explained in detail there was two ways of making this drink.. more coffee/more chocolate .. the guy gave me the impression i was making it up as there is "never chocolate here" .. Real shame, the time before the waitress got my drinks incorrect and didn’t even offer to change or reduce the bill ... i will rethink next time i take the team out .. the venue is great but the staff has been a challenge

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Visited On Saturday, 27 April 2019

Great evening - lovely cocktails and place. Very sophisticated

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Visited On Saturday, 27 April 2019

Fabulous. Great atmosphere. V relaxed. Super helpful staff and delicious cocktails.

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Visited On Saturday, 27 April 2019

Great place and staff were really friendly. was a nice place to go before heading to the ox restaurant for dinner

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Visited On Friday, 19 April 2019

Had a great time in the milk and thistle. Staff very attentive .first in so they didn't have much to do 😊 cocktails very pleasant but didn't seem very strong. Excellent decor but shouldent be playing 70s music in a speak easy. Great place just need to take the staff and owners to cahoots in London to learn how to take it up a notch and would be perfect. Found the cocktail menu on the confusing side. Had the ingredients but no discription of the taste. Overall experiance good and would return.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

When we arrived we were greeted by friendly staff. Shown to the table with was a hard bench style seat , slightly uncomfortable for me , there were other comfy booth style tables around. The bartender was friendly and got us the drinks we asked for, they were pleasant and usual from a normal cocktail menu which was quirky and made the experience better. Could of done with salt snacks /nuts/ pretzels etc all we were offered was chilli bites. The atmosphere was good nice feel to the place. We only had access to the ground floor so I can’t give a full review on what I seen.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

LGBTQIA+ inclusive and a classy little joint, which is quite rare around the Bristol Harbourside area :)

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Amazing cocktails, relaxed and ambient environment, great service. A lovely night out and we felt very special just from the fantastic service from the friendly staff.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 April 2019

Not too busy, not too quiet. Lovely evening

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

It was our first visit and the staff were very knowledgable in recommending our cocktail. We visited between a matinee theatre trip and an evening meal. The perfect idea!

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

Staff all really friendly and helpful, great atmosphere and lovely cocktails

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