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, 25 January 2020

Amazing!!!

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Visited On Friday, 24 January 2020

Came across the bar online as was looking for a place to start celebrating my anniversary. The drinks menu is actually very good and the variety on offer is great. We only stopped for drinks and sampled a few of the different offerings and really enjoyed the atmosphere. The drinking area was quite relaxed and laid back and it was a very enjoyable evening, would definitely come back again! Only possible gripe would be that the music was SLIGHTLY too loud, partner quite quiet in general so almost struggled to hear her but otherwise was fantastic. Thank you

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Visited On Saturday, 21 December 2019

Great place for a special occassion, drinks are very pricey though!

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Visited On Saturday, 28 December 2019

The Milk Thistle was an amazing venue for our party. The service, venue & atmosphere was second to none and I couldn’t recommended more highly. Communication with them was great as I needed to organise from overseas. All went smoothly and everyone had a brilliant night!

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Visited On Saturday, 21 December 2019

Fabulous mature surroundings! Staff are really attentive and friendly.

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Visited On Friday, 20 December 2019

We felt a little squashed against the piano. We enjoyed the atmosphere though.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 December 2019

I was disappointed that the lights were so dim, I could not take in the ambience of the building or even see my colleagues when I arrived. The music was also too loud to speak to people. Great service and drinks though..

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Visited On Saturday, 14 December 2019

After enjoying a fantastic meal at the OX it was lovely to drink and reflect on our day out in Bristol. We have visited both of your establishments before and you have always provided a great service, my only two criticisms are that a I would like a larger choice of beers as not all guys like cocktails and I notice that your door person was not dressed to a standard I expect. Where has the tuxedo gone! Little things make the difference.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 December 2019

Our team work so hard during the year; therefore, a Christmas celebration is very important to our company. We are group with many differing personalities and tastes, it has been very difficult historically to please all the people all the time. Last year I came across Hyde and Co's group of venues. I booked Pata Negra, with the fantastic assistance from Mel. The party was a success due to the excellent food and service. I knew that there were other venues to try for this year and opted for the Milk Thistle. To say I am delighted with my choice is an understatement. The venue was bespoke, but to many tastes. The talent and service from the staff was personal and professional. Their service was unsurpassable. All my colleagues were delighted to be treated in such high respect. The food was exquisite, with the vegetation options so simply clearly defined. The Christmas party this year has showed my colleagues how much we appreciate them, and this is thanks to you. Cheers Milk Thistle. Lisa

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Visited On Friday, 06 December 2019

Amazing! lovely team. beautiful place. loved it

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

I booked us a table for 10pm. We arrived a little early and were told we had to go somewhere else for 15 minutes. That would have been fine if it wasn't for the patronisingly fake smile of the doorman. If TMT wasn't somewhere that we'd been wanting to see for a while, we probably would have decided not to go back. We did return and had a lovely table and delicious cocktails. However, half way through our stay we were asked if another group could join our table. We agreed as we'd been a few less people and there was certainly room, but were told we needed to all move onto one side of the table so we were in a single file line. When we asked if we could sit half and half, so we could face each other and continue to speak with our friends, the same doorman who'd given us the fake smile told us we couldn't - and to do what he'd said (again with that fake smile). SO we moved around resulting in us facing the new guests who were also sat in a single line and unable to really speak with one another. Very strange request and not particularly friendly. SO, we would highly recommend this place for the cocktails and fun atmosphere (if a little loud on the music side), but we did not enjoy being treated with the patronising and quite forceful attitude from your staff.

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

Awesome place! Excellent atmosphere, bit pricey but worth it at the end

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Visited On Monday, 02 December 2019

Excellent as ever - friendly welcome and service, great cocktails, and fabulous setting. Looking forward to the next time!

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Really lovely as always but too dark! I know it has to be dark for the atmosphere, but you could hardly see the menu and the music was too loud to talk despite it being early evening.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

Wonderful venue.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

Always love our visits

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Visited On Thursday, 21 November 2019

Great place for any occasion. Friendly welcome and service.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 November 2019

Fantastic venue. I would recommend a better menu with varied choice of better high end cocktails. Thankfully the knowledgeable staff conjured up great cocktails that were not on the venue. Thanks.

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Visited On Friday, 08 November 2019

Excellent service from friendly and knowledgeable bar staff. Drinks were interesting but at a premium not reflecting their quality. Happy to go as an infrequent treat

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Visited On Saturday, 02 November 2019

A great bar and atmosphere with a strong drinks list of house cocktails and twists on the classics. Will definitely be back and highly recommend

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Visited On Saturday, 02 November 2019

Perfect start to a Birthday night out in Bristol

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Visited On Saturday, 26 October 2019

We really enjoyed our time here. Friendly staff and great drinks! Prices may seem higher than average. However, the drinks were well worth every penny! We will definitely be returning and recommending :)

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Visited On Saturday, 26 October 2019

Second visit, absolutely will go back

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Visited On Saturday, 26 October 2019

We were a large group that went for a gin tasting, and it was brilliant. The building is beautiful and Alex really looked after us, and made the whole thing very fun. I'd highly recommend.

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Visited On Monday, 21 October 2019

Was a really lovely place to go. My colleague had recommended I went here, and I will certainly be recommending it to others. The lady who greets you upon arrival had a great customer service, and was very polite and welcoming. The drinks were great- they may seem expensive but they are made very strong haha.. so didn’t take much to feel it! It was a great experience, and just a lovely secret bar!! It’s a fab idea. We will definitely be back!

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