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October 9, 2023

The 8 unique party venues in Bristol

From award-winning restaurants to nautical delights, Bristol is home to some of the UK’s most unique party venues.

We’ve picked out a selection of our favourite venues that are guaranteed to get your guests talking at your next private party.

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1. The Milk Thistle


The Milk Thistle in the heart of the city centre is one of the finest party venues Bristol has to offer.

The exclusive venue hire is centred around the Lounge which can host up to 60 guests. The venue also includes the 2nd floor Attic and The Vault, with all three available to hire together for larger parties.

The Attic at The Milk Thistle can also be transformed into a private dining room for 16 guests. With a pop-up bar and stereo system, it’s the ideal laid-back dining venue.

2. The Gallery, Racks Bar & Kitchen


Located in the beautiful neighbourhood of Clifton, close to the city centre, Racks Bar & Kitchen is one of the most popular party venues Bristol can provide.

Its Gallery space, in particular, boasts a unique party atmosphere, with exposed brickwork and ornate walls looking out onto the verdant terrace space.

Racks Bar & Kitchen can cater for parties of up to 200 Guests and have a team on hand who will go out of their way to ensure your party is everything you want it to be.

3. Bristol Aquarium


Looking for a Bristol party venue that’s a little bit out of the ordinary? Bristol Aquarium is the place for you.

For a truly immersive experience that offers a spectacular backdrop for your party, the aquarium is an atmospheric space for up to 200 people.

Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a drink in the company of clownfish, leopard sharks and stingrays?

4. The Galley, No.4 Clifton Village


For a more intimate unique party venue hire in Bristol, No.4 Clifton is an ideal choice.

The award-winning restaurant and bar is a stylish space with exposed brick walls, a rustic, natural wood bar and quirky décor. Your group even has the option of experiencing a gin masterclass which is guaranteed to liven up events in a quirky way.

The venue can accommodate a wide range of celebrations with capacity for up to 35 guests. Whatever the celebration, this space remains relaxed with a warm and unusual atmosphere, lending itself to more intimate out-there private celebrations.

5. Thekla


For a quirky party venue hire in Bristol, the Thekla certainly ticks all the right boxes.

The former cargo ship is located in Bristol’s floating harbour, a prime location in the heart of the city and is ideal for large parties of up to 600 people.

The award-winning music venue is certain to be a talking point for your guests as they celebrate aboard a vessel that has welcomed some of the UK’s finest musicians.

6. The Square Club


Renowned for its excellent food and drink offerings, the Square Club has fast become one of Bristol’s most popular unique party venues.

The Terrace is ideal for a summer party with capacity for up to 120 guests. You can tailor your event however you want with a license for live music to help add a personal touch://, and a quirky cocktail bar with a heated terrace. So, whatever your event you’ll be sure to find the perfect space for you here at The Square Club.

The Terrace is ideal for a unique summer party with capacity for up to 120 Guests. You can tailor your event however you want with a license for live music to help add a personal touch

7. SWX Bristol


When it comes to large and unique party venues in Bristol, you can’t get much better than SWX Bristol. Able to accommodate a massive 1,200 people this events venue is the ideal off-beat Christmas celebration venue.

This events space opened in 2015 and comes equipped with a £300,000 state-of-the-art sound, lighting and laser system to really dazzle your guests.

If that’s not enough to impress you then a 12x12m interactive video wall is sure to add something special to your party.

8. The Passenger Shed, Brunel’s Old Station


For unusual party venues in Bristol, The Passenger Shed at Brunel’s Old Station is a superb space. This is a spectacular Grade I listed Victorian building and one of the oldest train stations in the world.

Accommodating up to 800 guests, The Passenger Shed is a blank canvas for you to put your own personal twist on your unique private party and features two adjoining rooms to create a truly different Bristol event space.

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It pays to be different when it comes to partying. There are so many Bristol venues, that it can all start to feel a little sameish. Refresh your event with these unique party venues in Bristol. There's a whole world of quirky and unique venues hidden in the streets of Bristol that you can hire to get your own private freak on.

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