Whilst these top 5 lists are not in any particular order, these cocktail bars are some firm favourites of Foozie and we think them deserving of a shout out! If you are looking for inspiration for your next night out, then have a scroll…
233 Cheltenham Rd, Bristol BS6 5QP
Not only is The Bootlegger one of Bristol’s bets cocktail’s bar, but it is one of the best bars – full stop! The Bootlegger has live blues, swing and jazz bands every week and packs more punch into a little space than almost anywhere else in the city. The cocktail menu is vast but unintimidating, the atmosphere is unparalleled and they set the benchmark when it comes to fun.
Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Address: Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8
As soon as you enter this tucked away cocktail bar and find yourself in a phone box you can already tell your evening is going to be one of a kind. HMSS serve some of the most creative and quirky cocktails in the city which never fail to impress! Easily the most instagrammable drinks you can order, each one is served with flair and are unlike anything else you will have encountered before. The bar is also lively, upbeat and playful (they have mini Jenna on the bar) and the team are all friendly and wonderful – perfect for a fun night out.
Address: 1 Unity Street, Bristol BS1
This central Bristol cocktail bar is very well hidden so you’ve got to look out for the telephone. Once inside, you are met with a blazing neon sign which flashes ‘sex’, so as you can tell, it’s not your average watering hole. However it does feel secret and very special. Red Light has plush leather seating, dim lighting and is surprisingly spacious from what you would expect from the outside. The cocktails are a labour of love from the talented mixologists team that work here and they are always happy to experiment. This is a fantastic spot for drinks whether it is before dinner or a night out, or late night – tucked away from the bustling Bristol centre.
The Milk Thistle
Address: Quay Head House, Bristol BS1
Probably the most decadent and elegant cocktail bar of all, is The Milk Thistle. This ‘secret’ venue is not where you would expect – right in the centre but away from prying eyes. From the team behind Hyde & Co., this space is a bigger, more wonderful version of a prohibition bar. Set across three floors, with lots of lavish furnishings, this is a wonderful treat for those who love cocktails in plush settings. The Milk Thistle also host fantastic Gin and Rum clubs, alongside some really exciting event.
Flipside Cocktail Club
Address: 109 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol
Flipside is a great spot for fantastic drinks and a pumping party playlist. This bar is the place to be pre-dinner, after dinner or with a group of friends looking for a good time. If it’s great music and creative cocktails you are looking for, then Flipside provides that and then some. The team of dedicated bartenders are all extremely knowledgable, with owner Andy often running fun masterclasses and workshops too. Flipside is the place to party.