Whilst these top 5 lists are not in any particular order, these tasty tapas 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 venue to grab some small plates, then have a scroll…
Address: 7 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6
A long standing Foozie favourite, Bravas has been impressing Bristol (and us!) for a long time whenever we have a hankering for authentic Spanish style Tapas. This fantastic restaurant is buzzing nearly every night of the week; it offers a lively atmosphere, a fantastic drinks selection and most importantly, Tapas inspired straight from the Spanish isles (the team here regularly travel over together for ‘research’ purposes!) You can grab a seat at the bar and sample some dishes and make sure you order from their impressive Gin selection. Be sure to book a table if planning a visit. Most importantly, we’ve said it once and we will say it again – order the deep fried aubergine molasses, or we can’t be friends anymore.
Address: 30 Clare Street, Bristol BS1
If you like fine wines, cocktails, Spanish meats and sherries to match then Pata Negra has got you covered. This spacious and airy restaurant is full of chic and elegant decor, with dim lighting only adding to its charm. Perfect for groups, this is a fantastic spot to come with friends and take your pick from the delectable Tapas menu and sharing plates. Pata Negra also run sherry tastings and pairings for those who love all things Spain and once you are done with dinner you can head on upstairs to their cocktail bar for more drinking and dancing!
Address: 34 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6
Hailed as Bell’s Diner’s ‘boisterous little sister’, Bellita sits a stone’s throw away from one of our other favourites, Bravas. Bellita is a bar and restaurant, and is a great choice for drinks before or after dinner, some small plates or a full blown feast. The tapas menu changes regularly with seasonal produce and all of the wine comes from female makers, none of it goes over the £40 mark either. If you truly want to go all out, speak to the team about ordering in the 1.3kg Galician steak for you and your fellow diners, as it is a thing of beauty!
Poco Tapas Bar
Address: 45 Jamaica Street, Bristol BS2
Foozie founder Thom rates Poco Tapas Bar highly, in fact, it’s one of his favourite places EVER. This modest cafe and restaurant in Stokes Croft not only serves delicious coffee and small brunch plates, but also delicious dishes of Tapas. The team behind Poco are pioneers when it comes to food waste and ethically sourced produce and are paving the way for other restaurants to follow suit. Ever popular Poco is a welcome sight in Stokes Croft, with it’s dim lights beckoning you to come in, get warm and grab a seat. We can never hide our excitement when scanning the Tapas menu which is written on the back wall of the restaurant.
Address: The General Building, Bristol, BS1
Being awarded a coveted Michelin Star is no mean feat, but Paco Tapas gained one afternoon only being open for a short amount of time, very impressive. What else would you expect from the incredibly talented and hard working Sanchez Brothers team? Upon stepping into the decadent Paco, you immediately feel transported to Spain. Head chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias’ father hails from the island, and you can see the influences not only in the stunning menu options but within the restaurant itself; a big open kitchen met with stainless steel worktops, the bar flanked with fine sherries and wines and gorgeous little touches of Spanish decor. The quail is a must try from the menu but the chef’s tasting option allows you to experience everything, which we think has to be done when visiting a restaurant so special.