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October 9, 2023

Our favourite 10 cocktail bars in Bristol

Do you dream of metal shakers, garish-coloured spirits, a deluge of concoctions in increasingly absurd glassware? Of course you do!

Well, you're in luck. Bristol has mastered the mystical arts of mixology, and the Avon-side streets are packed with a heady mix of amazing cocktail bars. You just have to know where to look. Oh, by the way: we know where to look.

So, grab your proverbial hat and let us take you on a wobbly journey through the best cocktail bars in Bristol.

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1. A Bristolian cocktail bar in the heart of the city: JAVA


Wedged between Brandon Hill and the City Centre Landing, Java cocktail lounge is part of the city’s rising tide of thoughtful drinking spots. Inside partly resembles a manor house that has gotten lost at the Chelsea Flower Show: oak furniture and crystal chandeliers have been decked out in foliage and clean glass surfaces.

Drinks, of course, figure as the star of the show. In Java’s case, you can expect balanced martinis and refreshing highballs alongside a roster of creative signature cocktails. The Bartenders know what they’re doing – attesting to this is their Salted Caramel Espresso Martini, a grown-up take on a stone-cold classic.

Private hire can be satiated through their 65-capacity cocktail lounge.

2. Let your inner child run wild: The Cocktail Club


Located in the heart of Bristol on The Triangle, The Cocktail Club is an ode to Neverland where the energetic atmosphere and flashing lights allow your inner child to run free for the night.

A haven for mischief and mixology, the skilled bartenders expertly craft the vast menu of wacky tipples – from the Bullfrog to the Beverly Hills – there’s a delicious drink for everyone.

Only the coolest of cocktail bars can pull off loud and proud rare bird adorned walls and opulent décor, which is why The Cocktail Club has certainly made a name for itself as one of the best and quirkiest cocktail bars in Bristol. Whether it’s a birthday celebration or a work event, The Cocktail Club has the perfect night for you.

3. Deconstrcut the word cocktail in Bristol: Cock & Tail


Bristol's harbourside has undergone massive transformations and is now home to a wealth of fantastic bars and restaurants, one of which is a cool, independent cocktail bar – the Cock & Tail. As may be inferred by the name, cocktails are a speciality of the Cock & Tail, their menu covering all the classics, but their talented mixologists are happy to oblige if you fancy something that isn’t on the list.

The venue welcomes guests with a renegade attitude and cool vibe mixed with industrial chic interior design and thought-provoking artwork. There is space here to socialise with a chilled drink, but also to dance with amazing local DJs from 9 pm.

This quirky, yet cool, cocktail bar is a hidden gem of Bristol, so make sure you experience it for yourself.

4. For a cool night - literally: Brozen Bar


Bristol’s Brozen Bar is another brilliant venue offering a great atmosphere and a refreshingly unique experience that is different from your typical cocktail bar, combining the best of both worlds; ice cream and cocktails.

Located near the city centre, and with excellent transport links, Brozen Bar is a welcoming venue with friendly mixologists offering a cool experience and smokey aesthetics. Specialising in delicious frozen classic cocktails and amazing alcoholic ice creams, this is the best cocktail bar to visit and kick-back with a glass of happiness on a hot summer’s evening.

What’s more, their frozen cocktail experience is perfect for hosting any celebration or work event. Expect to see plenty of liquid nitrogen.

5. Fulfil your floral fantasies: The Florist


The Florist is situated on Bristol’s iconic Park Street, and the venue makes use of its Victorian heritage. High ceilings, wood panelling and an original orangery roof, combined with modern floral décor and plush pink seating, makes it easily one of the most Instagrammable cocktail bars in Bristol.

You’ve probably guessed it – the aesthetic and prettily presented cocktail offering is also inspired by all things sweet, floral, and botanical, with an extensive menu separated into English Summer Garden, Ikebana, and Modern sections. The Florist also offers an array of artisan gins and an extensive beer list – perfect for all tastes.

With large rooms, regular DJ nights and flower-based entertainment experiences, plus a lively vibe, The Florist is a perfect venue for large groups of post-work socials.

6. Bristol's steampunk cocktail bar: The Clockwork Rose


The Clockwork Rose is the fictional drinkery of the adventurer Captain Sebastian Commodore. When Captain Commodore would return to England, he and the crew of The Nautimore would gather at The Clockwork Rose to tell the tales of their travels.

To help remember the tales, skilled mixologists at The Clockwork Rose have expertly transformed each account into delicious, handcrafted cocktails for you to enjoy in Bristol’s only steam-punk-inspired cocktail bar. The Clockwork Rose matches alcohol-based alchemy and quirk with great ambience and cosy atmosphere, ensuring a memorable evening.

The fantasy-focussed cocktail bar is located near Bristol City Centre and is also available for private hire and tasting masterclasses, making it the perfect venue for celebrations, socialising, or post-work drinks.

7. A Bristol cocktail bar to bring you back to prohibition: The Bootlegger


With brilliant cocktails, bartenders, and atmosphere, The Bootlegger is one of our top picks for cool cocktail bars in Bristol. This popular prohibition-inspired speakeasy has over 90 cocktail concoctions for you to enjoy. All cocktails are made with locally sourced fruits and botanicals, ranging from signature classic drinks to cool creations influenced by the Prohibition era. Happy Hour cocktails are available every day.

Located on lively Cheltenham Road, the cocktail bar encapsulates the same energy felt on the 5th December 1933, when Prohibition ended. Decked out with exposed brickwork, vintage lights, and deep-buttoned leather sofas matched with live music and in-house swinging DJs, The Bootlegger is a fantastic retro-style cocktail bar and well worth a visit.

8. A vodka specific cocktail bar: Revolution Bristol


So this one probably depends on your relationship with that mother of all spirits, Vodka. Bristol's Revolution bar makes no qualms about bringing the vodka hard to pretty much every drink it rustles up.

Ingrained in Bristol's old Fish Market building over on St Nicholas Street, this cocktail bar is an expansive, brightly lit space that is cavernous enough to facilitate even the most wild of vodka-induced dancing.

The cocktails you'll want to try predictably fall into the 'notorious Russain spirit' category with crowd favourites being the Salted Caramel Colada, Stud Puffin and oh-so-new money Millionaire Martini (coming in at a reasonable £9.75).

It's not going to win any awards, but if you want to drink lots of vodka in very sweet cocktails, you could do a lot worse.

9. Bristol’s hidden gem of a cocktail bar: Hyde & Co


Another speakeasy-style cocktail bar, hidden in plain sight on The Triangle, Hyde & Co has a cool, eclectic buzz and the doorbell entry further adds to the low-lit gentlemen’s club vibe.

Hyde & Co offer an impressive and innovative range of cocktails – from light and delicate to spirit-forward and robust flavour creations. Their current cocktail collection plays homage to Bristol’s infamous drinking dens, both past and present, all carefully crafted, complex flavours, masterfully balanced by talented mixologists.

A smaller venue, but full to the brim with character and atmosphere, Hyde & Co is the perfect secret hideout for a date or more intimate social gatherings.

10. A cocktail bar with over 100 cocktails: Be At One Bristol


Be At One Bar is a ubiquitous site across many of the UK's cities. Specialising in getting a lot of drinks made very quickly, it's rapidly become a reliable spot to enjoy happy hours, extravagant displays of mixology and a frankly absurd range of gaudy drinks.

We won't name them all here (we quite literally do not have enough time) but you can order everything from June Bugs and Lychee Martinis to a frozen Irish Disco Biscuit.

Be At One Bristol caters to birthday parties, and can be found in Clifton on Queens Road.

More of the best cocktail bars in Bristol

What's your cocktail of choice? Shaken or stirred, over ice or neat? Whatever tipple you fancy, check out our top selection of the best cocktail bars Bristol has to offer. From rooftop bars to underground venues, hidden speakeasies to famous cocktail bars with the best mixologists - hire out your own room, or even the entire venue, without any hassle. Order your favourite classic cocktail or try out some tasty mocktails at one of these Bristol venues near you. Book one of these Bristol cocktail bars for your next event for a guaranteed good time. Cheers.

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How to hire a cocktail bar in Bristol

Hiring a cocktail bar in Bristol can be a great way to add a unique and fun touch to any event. Whether you are planning a birthday party, corporate event, or a wedding, a cocktail bar can offer a great way to entertain your guests. Here is a guide to help you find the perfect cocktail bar for your event in Bristol.

  1. Research Your Options: There are several cocktail bars in Bristol that offer a wide range of services and packages. Take the time to research the different bars to make sure that you select the one that best meets your needs. Consider the type of drinks they offer, their price range, and the atmosphere. You should also take the time to read reviews from past customers to get a better understanding of the quality of service and drinks that the bar offers.

  2. Consider Your Budget: Before you make any decisions, it is important to consider your budget. Different bars offer different packages and pricing, so it is important to have an idea of what you are willing to spend before you start looking around.

  3. Talk to the Bar Manager: Once you have narrowed down your options, it is a good idea to talk to the bar manager or owner directly. This is a great way to get a better understanding of what they can offer and to get an idea of their customer service. You can also ask any questions that you may have about the packages or services that they offer.

  4. Book Early: Once you have decided on a bar, it is important to book early. Bars can often get booked up quickly, especially during peak times, so it is best to book in advance to make sure that you get the date and package that you want.

Following these steps can help you find the perfect cocktail bar in Bristol for your event. With the right research, you can find a bar that meets your needs and budget, and that will provide a great atmosphere for your guests.

Frequently asked questions

For cocktail bars in Bristol, you're spoilt for choice. Here's an extra special one that we vouch for:

The Cocktail Club – A cool cocktail bar with quirky decor and cocktails to match.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a cocktail bar or a private space in a cocktail bar. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). 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 cocktail bar. 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 cocktail bars in Bristol and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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