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Bristol’s best restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes and entertainment venues celebrated

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It’s been a tough year for our local bars, restaurants, cafes and shops. Lockdowns, staffing issues and the so-called pingdemic have all made life extremely hard for businesses in the hospitality trade.

That’s why we wanted to use this year’s National Hospitality Day to celebrate some of Bristol’s finest eating, drinking and entertainment venues.

Throughout September, we’ve turned the spotlight on the hospitality businesses that we love in Bristol. From fine dining restaurants to cheap and cheerful cafes,. new openings to old favourites we’ve used this month as an opportunity to highlight some of the best.

Read more: Is Bristol facing a hospitality crisis? Let us know

New bar, cafe and shop openings

A new patisserie run by a chef with a background in Michelin-starred kitchens has announced that it is opening in Bristol. The Choux Box Patisserie was founded by Somerset-born pastry chef Orlando Partner, who has spent the past ten years working in some of the UK’s top restaurants. It opened on September 17. More details here

From The Apple in Welsh Back and The Orchard on Spike Island to The Cider Box in St Philips and The Coronation Tap in Clifton, Bristol is not lacking in decent cider venues.

The latest is Beard and Sabre , which opened over the summer in the Denmark Street building that previously housed the You & Meow cat café, and Kush nightclub before that. Read all about it here.

A pop-up tequila taproom has opened in Bristol this weekend – and it could become a permanent feature. Tequila brand Jose Cuervo opened the bar on Friday until Sunday, based inside the Liberty House events space at 11-13 Stokes Croft.

It’s offering tequila cocktails poured from a tap, table games and DJ sets, as well as a tequila masterclass from the Jose Cuervo team, who will be on hand for informal chats about tequila and its history.



There will be a tequila masterclass from the Jose Cuervo team
There will be a tequila masterclass from the Jose Cuervo team

One of Bristol’s newest cafes is the Vaulted Chambers Cafe , which opened earlier this month in the remains of what was once the entrance to Bristol Castle’s Great Hall.

A new indoor market for independent shops also opened in Bedminster earlier this month. East Street Emporium hosts eight independent shops, selling everything from jewellery to vegan skincare products.

A new Middle Eastern restaurant in south Bristol is finally set to open soon after unexpected delays. Yafo , which is replacing Shake Express on North Street, was supposed to open in March this year.

Restaurant owner Gal Almoznino, who also runs the Sandwi coffee shop chain, says that unforeseen problems have meant he and his two business partners have not been able to welcome their first customers yet but they are now making progress and hope to be able to open in four to six weeks.

Bristol’s coolest bars

Bristol has a number of excellent rooftop drinking haunts – places to enjoy unique views of the city and sometimes the countryside beyond. There are some true hidden gems in this list of Bristol’s best rooftop bars for views and outdoor drinking including Bambalan , the Stag and Hounds and Mr Wolf’s .



The Terrace Sessions series first took place at Bambalan in 2019

Owners of Cargo at Wapping Wharf have submitted plans to increase the size of the shipping container development, which could also see new retail units and a gym added.

Cargo, which supports around 250 to 300 full and part-time jobs in the retail and hospitality sectors, has attracted national and international interest since its launch in 2016.

Wapping Wharf, which has Cargo at its heart, is regularly held up as an exemplar development by the council, local design bodies and the property sector, while Cargo is often used by Visit Bristol to promote the city to a UK and overseas audience.

Read more: Cargo at Bristol’s Wapping Wharf could be extended

A popular beer garden in Bristol city centre will make a triumphant return for an Oktoberfest double header in October.

As previously reported by Bristol Live,Bridewell Beer Garden held its last event in April, before the space was reclaimed by the charity which owns the building, Creative Youth Network.

The pop-up attraction’s closure caused widespread sadness, so people will be delighted to hear that it will make a welcome return to the courtyard of the Bridewell Complex, Silver Street for its reopening next month. More details here

Hidden gems and exclusive restaurants

Raspberry ripple loaf; banana and chocolate bread; chocolate, hazelnut and praline torte; morello cherry blondie … if you are on a post-holiday diet, you may want to avoid Bakehouse at Cakesmiths .

This off-the-beaten-track café within the vast Cakesmiths bakery and HQ serves a jaw-dropping, stomach-rumbling range of cakes and sweet treats. Read the full review here

There’s nowhere quite like Michelin-starred Casamia in Bristol. But then again, there’s nowhere else that a 20-course meal for two will set you back a cool £360 before drinks.

Sipping your £12.30 G&T, you might decide to choose the recommended wine flight at £120 each which means two thirsty diners can quite easily rack up a £600 bill before service and any extras.

The only Bristol establishment to appear in the recently announced national Top 100, Casamia is very much in the top flight of UK restaurants. Read our review here

Bristol’s favourite food and drink

Bristol’s Top 40 restaurants

Bristol is regarded as being one of the best places on the planet for food and drink. That might sound like a bold and slightly biased claim, but we have proof to back it up.

In November 2019, the city was crowned Best Food or Beverage Destination of the Year at The Food Trekking Awards, which celebrates ‘excellence and innovation in experiences for food tourism’.

The accolade followed hot on the heels of numerous other culinary awards for Bristol, including being dubbed the Vegan Capital of the World by foodie website Chef’s Pencil.

We’ve tried as many as we can, and created Bristol’s 40 best restaurants and places to eat. Obviously, the list is constantly changing as new places arrive and others change hands. We’d love to know if you agree with the list.

Bristol’s best fish and chips

Nothing beats a good portion of fish and chips on a Friday evening – and we’re definitely not short of options in Bristol.

There are top notch chippies all over the city serving fresh, flaky fish covered in crispy batter along with a mountain of chips and mushy peas.

Some of the city’s top takeaways are regularly hailed among the best in the UK, and there are others that are deserving of similar praise.

Tell us your favourite place to eat in Bristol in the comments below

Bristol’s best burger

We asked Bristol where to find the city’s tastiest burger and with great passion, the people have responded.

Singling out one burger spot in a city spoilt with culinary riches was no easy feat; tasty treats are easily found in every corner of this beautiful city. But one definitive winner emerged after the vote went to the people in a BristolLive survey – a place one voter described as having burgers that were: “Super juicy, tasty and without the need for weird gimmicks”.

And the winner was – Asado . Read more about their delicious burgers here

Bristol festivals

The South West’s biggest celebration of African cinema and culture is returning to Bristol after Covid forced the cancellation of last year’s event. Afrika Eye will take place in a number of new venues for a full week of film, music and spoken word events.

Highlights of the November festival will include the world premiere of Afrika Eye’s first documentary and an intro to Moroccan ‘gnawa’ music featuring Robert Plant’s guitarist Justin Adams. Read more

After many Halloween events had to be cancelled last year due to Covid restrictions, nightclubs are back open along with plenty of spooky family friendly events.

From a family pumpkin patch, where there is something for everyone, to Halloween themed nightclubs reopening their doors in Bristol, your age group is sure to be covered.

With lots of events being Covid compliant, plenty of safe activities will be going ahead as families and friends look to celebrate the spooky festival.

Full list of Halloween event here

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