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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

Bristol's 10 best venues to hire

We’ve put together some of HeadBox’s best venue hire Bristol has to offer. Here are our top picks.

Bristol is well known for putting on amazing events that make the most of the city's incredible spaces. From the sublime to the superb to the surprising, the jewel of the South West has a bountiful supply of offerings.

So, put on your best West-Country accent, don some tie-dye trousers and take a quick jaunt through the Avon-side venues that make Bristol so great.

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1. A Bristol venue for the cinephile: Everyman Bristol


First up, we have The Everyman, a unique private party venue in Bristol.

This restored 1920’s cinema is ideally located on Whiteladies Road and has 3 screening rooms and a stunning artistic bar area.

The screening rooms can accommodate from 85 to 243 guests and are all fully equipped with state of the art sound systems and HD Satellites.

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2. An exclusive Bristol venue: The Lounge, The Square Club


The Lounge, is a private room within the Square Club, one of the finest restaurants in Bristol and a fantastic space for any event.

The Clifton venue is within easy reach of Bristol's excellent transport links and serves up award-winning food alongside artistically pleasing surroundings.

At the risk of making a bad pun, be here or be square.

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3. A quirky Bristol venue: Steinbeck & Shaw


Steinbeck & Shaw is a quirky venue in central Bristol, perfect for a whole company party or workshop Space.

With Shoreditch-inspired street art gracing the walls, the environment at Steinbeck & Shaw encourages creativity.

With a capacity accommodating 396 Guests, the space could be used as a big audience venue. Plus, with a late alcohol license, seamlessly take your guests from day through to the evening, without having to move locations.

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4. A family-friendly Bristol venue: Bristol Aquarium


Bristol Aquarium is available for private hire and can make a truly spectacular setting for a drinks reception, party or celebration that your Guests definitely won’t forget.

You and your Guests can take a stroll, drink in hand, and admire the array of sea creatures on display from colourful clownfish to leopard sharks!

With its tented ceiling and atmospheric ambiance, the unique Bristol Aquarium foyer is also ideal for evening dinners and parties. A great unusual space for venue hire Bristol.

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5. A Bristol venue that's out of this world: Planetarium


The Bristol Planetarium is a great venue to hire for your next big event. Host your own private show with an expert guide to take you and your guests through the cosmos on an adventure you won’t forget.

The Planetarium has a capacity if 98 and comes equipped with 360-degree digital 3D, 4K Ultra High Definition and incredible 7.1 surround sound all at your disposal.

If you’re looking for a space that’s out of this world, then this venue hire Bristol is for you.

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6. A Bristol venue for a great night out: Velocity, PRYZM


Next on our list of the top venue hire in Bristol is PRYZM. With top-of-the-range sound and light technology, plus your very own bar with an alcohol licence, this space is perfect for any event.

The expanse of floor space and built-in booths and areas makes this venue versatile for seating arrangements.

Hire PRYZM for a large event or for a drinks reception, in a space that is built for entertaining.

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7. A Bristol venue for the foodies among you: Racks Bar & Kitchen


Racks Bar & Kitchen is a great venue with modern interiors and a laid-back vibe. The venue is located in the beautiful area of Clifton in Bristol. It is a short distance away from the city centre, with easy travel links and connections.

Hire the Top Table at Racks Bar & Kitchen in Clifton, Bristol, for a great private party venue.

This modern space is packed with cool interiors and a relaxed atmosphere and is just a short distance away from the city centre.

Yet another great option for venue hire Bristol has to offer.

The Top Table is ideal for board room style meetings of up to 12 guests, group lunches for up to 14 guests, creative meeting spaces or team celebrations.

This Space is equipped with HD Screens, free WiFi and a full alcohol license to accommodate all your needs.

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8. Head to this Bristol venue for its cocktails: The Attic, The Milk Thistle


Situated on the top floor of The Milk Thistle, The Attic holds up to 40 guests for a drinks reception or 16 guests for a seated dinner reception.

The Attic comes equipped with a pop-up bar which can be set to serve a short cocktail list.

The space also comes with its own stereo system which is compatible with a laptop or phone so you can play your own personalised playlist all night long.

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9. An inspiring Bristol venue: Platform 14, Engine Shed


Engine Shed is the ultimate Space for offsite team events, awards events, networking, or product launches.

Renowned as a hub for entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders, this is the venue if you are looking to inspire and encourage collaboration.

There are options to add adjoining areas for any additional presentations, exhibitions, or networking areas.

It's a Bristol venue for the brave, the curious and the brilliant.

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10. A versatile Bristol venue: The Passenger Shed, Brunel's Old Station


Brunel’s Old Station is the ideal venue for every kind of Bristol event you could imagine, its innovative namesake epitomises the sheer versatility of this amazing space.

The Grade 1 listed Victorian building is one of the largest private venues in the South West.

Brunel’s original adjoining Passenger Shed is now an atmospheric conference venue which can accommodate up to 650 guests for a seated reception and up to 800 guests with two adjoining rooms.

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Bristol is the urban jewel of South-West England, and the very best venues the city has to offer can be yours to host whatever kind of event you can imagine. At HeadBox we pride ourselves in finding the unusual, the excellent and the beautiful spaces – when it comes to Bristol, we’re spoilt for choice.

Planning a Bristol-based event? Want to invest your special occasion with some Bristolian charm? There is a swathe of party venues, meeting rooms, private dining rooms and more to discover and book today.

Find Bristol’s historic beauty

Bristol is a historic city with no shortage of stunning venues. Lots of the Victorian splendour of the city has been re-invigorated as spaces that you can enjoy. Take The Old Station, for example. This Grade I listed building was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel himself (famed for his nearby Clifton suspension bridge). Though you’d be hard-pressed to get a train, you can host one stunning conference or wedding in the converted station. Now that will get people talking.

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Contemporary Bristol has a reputation for doing things slightly differently (and, if we’re honest, slightly better). The country’s greenest city challenges notions of the urban sprawl, and its plethora of events options doesn’t drop the baton. Where else could you party poolside before tucking into a great meal? Or enjoy a drink in a quirky bar only a stone's throw from a historic marina? For those who want their private event to be unlike anything else, trust HeadBox to bring the best of Bristol.

Getting there, getting everywhere

Planning an event always requires a bit of travel. For those not lucky enough to reside in Bristol, getting there can be an uncertain factor. Luckily the transport links in Bristol are up to scratch: the city boasts its very own airport, while Temple Meads station can get you in and out of Bristol without a headache.

Spheres of influence

Like any city, Bristol is a sum of its parts. Each area has its own unique feel and atmosphere and knowing each can help elevate your Bristol event experience. For picturesque waterside drinks, you can’t go wrong with the Quays, located by the historic old city. Meetings, conferences and networking are best suited to the city centre, where excellent transport links and high-spec facilities will impress any client. Looking for something off the beaten track? Bristol is surrounded by rolling countryside and has many estates and manor houses that could give your wedding a bucolic boost.

Frequently asked questions

For venues in Bristol, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

The Restaurant, Clifton Lido – Sitting on the old viewing gallery overlooking the pool, this venue is an atmospheric choice for any event.

The Lounge, The Square Club – One of the most stylish, and the finest, restaurants in Bristol, and it's clear to see why.

Bristol Planetarium – If you’re looking for a space that’s out of this world, then this Bristol venue is for you.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of hiring a venue in Bristol. Do you want catering? How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, the night or a weekend? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget).

A meeting room, for example, will start around the £50 mark and could go as high as £500, depending on the specifics. For exclusive hire of entire event spaces, you’ll be looking more at budgets of £2000 and upwards.

Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a Bristol venue. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best venues in Bristol and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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