You did it! January is over and it’s time to hop back onto that booze train with a heightened smugness and lowered tolerance. What could possibly go wrong? We can’t guarantee you won’t make a bit of a tit of yourself on your inaugural 2020 night out, but we can at least help guide you to some of the best watering holes our fine city has to offer. See you at the bar!
If you really want to go all out after a month off the sauce then cocktails are the way forward. Luckily for you there’s a decent cocktail bar in every corner of Bristol, you just need to know where to look! We’d be a terrible agency if we didn’t shout out our own clients here, so if you’re in the centre it’s got to be Hyde & Co or The Milk Thistle. Don’t just take our obviously biased word for it though – the Milk Thistle is regularly named as one of the best cocktail bars in the country, and its smaller (but older, and wiser) sister Hyde & Co is hailed as one of Bristol’s great hidden gems.
South of the river you can find delightful cocktails all the way up North Street, from North St Standard’s two for £10 to Albatross Café’s small but solid offering on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Malago also does a delicious negroni which rivals that of Pasta Loco’s – according to Mark Taylor! In North Bristol you can sample some really creative cocktails at Her Majesty’s Secret Service, or head to Gloucester Road to visit their naughty little sister Filthy XIII (be sure to get a hotdog whilst you’re there too). Crying Wolf also has a stellar cocktail menu!
If fancy cocktails aren’t your bag we’ve got a few cracking boozers up our sleeve. Our go-to for a swift pint at lunchtime is The Orchard! They’ve just won the Crumbs Award for Best Pub, and with good reason. The extensive cider offering really does Brizzle proud, and their huge sandwiches will fill you up til dinner without breaking the bank. Speaking of The Bank, the city centre pub comes high on our list of favourite pubs, especially when Bandeoke is on (that’s right, karaoke with a live band!) For a quieter pint with mates The Barley Mow in St Philips is perfect, with its secluded courtyard and friendly, relaxed vibe, and The Canteen on Stokes Croft is our top spot for one of those lazy mid-afternoon beers turned “oh my god it’s midnight already?!” sessions.
Basically, you can’t swing a cat in Bristol without hitting a quality pub or bar, so whatever type of drink you’re after you’ll be sure to find somewhere to break Dry January like an absolute champ!