Bristol Harbour Festival 2016: up there with the balloon fiesta as one of Bristol’s best and most iconic annual events. While it may not be seen as a foodie or boozie event (maybe a little boozie), there is tons of amazing food and drink on offer. 

Here’s the Foozie rundown of the best places to eat and drink around the city throughout the weekend – for locals and those from afar! 

Olive Shed

The Olive Shed is one of our all time favourite restaurants in Bristol. It is small, has two floors with different menus and is located in one of the best spots in the city; with beautiful views over the harbour.

The Olive Shed has an ever changing Mediterranean menu downstairs with a tapas bar upstairs. The prices reflects the quality of the food, and after a couple of hours here you could easily think you’re on holiday. 

Spoke & Stringer 

Spoke & Stringer has a bike, surfing and clothing shop on one side of the cove and seriously good pintxos and taps restaurant on the other. In the short time they’ve been open, it has become one of the hottest places to eat in Bristol and a firm Foozie favourite. It is a little tucked away, but when you find it you’ll enjoy one of the best views in the city.


Bambalan is one of the newest kids on the block and also one of the most impressive. With its large terrace area overlooking central Bristol and brilliant food and drink menus, it’s a great place to hang out, chill out and people watch ’til your hearts content. If you’re looking for team Foozie this harbour festival, you’re best starting here.

Under the Stars

Under the Stars is one of Bristol’s many ‘bars on a boat’. If you can get a seat on the upper deck during Harbourfest then don’t stand up – don’t move – you’ve got one of the best seats in the city. 

They serve some great tapas and pizza and the cocktails are good. If the sun is out, it’ll be busy. Very busy! 

Pie Minister

A Bristol institution; Pie Minister is as delicious as it is famous. If you’re unfamiliar (then you must be from out of town) Pie Minster make some of the best pies in the country, if not the world! They recently opened their second restaurant (not including St Nicks) in the centre and it’s in the perfect spot harbour festival goers. 

Go for the full whack: pie, mash, mushy pees and loads of gravy. 

The Stable

Pizza and cider is up there with beer and burgers as the best combo EVER! And The Stable marry the two perfectly. Not only that, but they do some great pies and they’re based right in the middle of the buzzing waterfront. 

If you’re looking for quick service, great pizza and a big selection of cider, look no further! 

Pata Negra 

Pata Negra is a unique Spanish tapas and sherry bar at the bottom of Corn Street. They specialise in authentic Spanish tapas and pintxos and have an incredible wine and sherry selection. You’ll often find them whipping up some Paella on the street outside, which we really hope they’ll be doing throughout Harbour Fest. 

The Apple

Bristol’s legendary cider boat, The Apple, takes some beating on a summers day. Take a seat upstairs or downstairs on the boat itself or on one of their many benches on the cobbled footpath. Serving the best ciders from across the land, wherever you perch, you’re in for the win here.

Famous Royal Navy Volunteer

FRNV is a proper pub serving seriously good grub. They’re one of the many pubs in Bristol that now cater for the craft beer movement, but this is one of the best. They recently opened this rooftop garden and it’s quickly becoming one of the hottest spots in Bristol. 

Kongs of King Street

Kongs is one of the coolest bars in Bristol and the newest to the street. They mix videos games, foosball and ping pong with trendy beers and spirits to create a unique venue and atmosphere like nowhere else in Bristol. It’s a lot of fun!

Three Brother Burgers 

The Brothers Burgers has one of the best atmospheres of any casual restaurant we’ve been to. Their burgers are some of the best in the city and they have indoor and outdoor seating options. If you’ve got kids, Three Brother is the-one!


Another one for the kids – or for those of you that are bigs kids at heart: Swoon creates some of the best Gelato in Bristol and have become so popular that they regularly have queues down the road. You’ll see why when you go!