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Bristol pub and bar guide

Here's a guide to the pubs and bars of Bristol - good or bad, we bring you the most talked about venues and the places you have to visit at least once. We've included a few user reviews, to give you an idea of what to expect when you get there. Or you can follow the links to see full details and all reviews for each pub.

The Cornubia, Bristol

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Address: 142, Temple Street, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 6EN
Phone: 0117 925 4415
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Nearest train stations: Bristol Temple Meads (0.4 miles), Lawrence Hill (1.2 miles), Montpelier (1.2 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

A remarkable little pub which is tucked away and hidden from all the tourists who frequent many of the city centre pubs. Some pubs just have that feeling of ‘rightness’ when you walk in and the Cornubia is right in that category. On entry you are greeted by friendly staff who are more than willing to offer advice on choice of drinks including several real ales. The food on offer is simple pub fare – pies and pasties which are good value and very tasty. The pub offers cosy seating inside where you can watch the turtles in a large tank (very relaxing I thought) or numerous benches outside in an enclosed area at the front. This really is a must visit if you are in Bristol – a cracking little pub. To find it just look for the Fire station – the pub is opposite.
11 Oct 2014 16:50
AVOID AVOID AVOID -Landlord thinks its ok to tell a young lady to get the f**k out of my pub and PUSH her because she walked through the gate of the beer garden with half a tiny sandwich. Any person with respect for women or anyone for that matter would have said "excuse me can you eat that before you come inside the pub ground" not man handle her. If you condone pushing women around then this is the pub for you.
23 Aug 2014 08:42
Like reviews have said very hard to find. Looks very different to the pictures on here as now lined with england bunting and flags. Quite a hard one to describe as sort of a estate feel to it but 100 % an ale pub and you'll see once inside. Fairly small inside and with a good selection of beers. Look out for the tortoise kept as pets in the tank. very random pub but one of the best i visited throughout the day
21 Jul 2014 20:24

The Kings Head, Bristol

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Address: 60 Victoria Street, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 6DE
Phone: 0117 927 7860
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Nearest train stations: Bristol Temple Meads (0.4 miles), Lawrence Hill (1.2 miles), Montpelier (1.3 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Very narrow little pub, doesn't look much from outside (and the net curtains dont make it look as welcoming as it really is. Nice pint of Butcombe Gold sat outside on a sunny day.
20 Jul 2014 17:40
Beautiful little pub with a cosy enclosed seating area at the back, a great landlady and good beer. It perhaps doesn't have as good a beer choice as the Cornubia round the corner, but having two such great pubs only a spit and a gob apart is fantastic.
26 Mar 2014 12:41
A CAMRA heritage pub from c1660. A very narrow pub with a seating area at both ends of the pub at each entrance. The entrance from the Churchyard has the Tramcar seating area and the Victoria Street entrance has a much smaller seating area. Mainly a vertical drinking bar. 4 ales on tap, Skinners-Betty Stoggs £3.60. Good place to go with friendly staff and customers
24 Mar 2014 14:27

The Seven Stars, Bristol

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Address: 1, Thomas Lane Redcliffe, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 6JG
Phone: 0117 982 1207
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Nearest train stations: Bristol Temple Meads (0.5 miles), Montpelier (1.2 miles), Lawrence Hill (1.3 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Absolutely superb range of beers on our last visit, 15 in all, at their Beeriodical which is like a monthly mini beer fest. Loos need sorting.
13 Dec 2014 09:41
Like the Cornubia very hard to find but worth a look. We stopped in here before the train home and was quite lively. A selections of decent beers and a juke box.
21 Jul 2014 20:26
The position of this pub stops this being a through road.
In front of the pub is a narrow path and benches. Inside its small with a pool table and a corner set up for music. A very rough and ready pub.
8 Hand pumps on the bar all in use and you can bring your own takeaways/food in to eat. Tickety Brew-Stout £3.00 .
24 Mar 2014 14:29

The King William, Bristol

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Address: 20 King Street, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 4EF
Phone: 0117 926 8672
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Nearest train stations: Bristol Temple Meads (0.7 miles), Clifton Down (1.2 miles), Redland (1.3 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Lovely pub, but a bored bar person. I quite like Sam Smith's Brewery Bitter, and I love the work they do on interiors, but some of the people they hire need smiling lessons. Very quiet, only 3 or 4 customers including me, and all were hushed, like in church.
23 Sep 2014 23:36
Visited as part of a hectic pub crawl. You better like Sam Smiths, but this place still looks like a pub and you cant always say that in Bristol
22 Mar 2014 19:22
Ale OK - Food awful! For a drink a lovely old fashioned pub but badly let down by badly microwaved food, burnt chips and frozen veg. Not hard to get right? We witnessed food being returned but did not learn from it!! Our mistake. Will not ear there again, their next door neighbour (The Volunteer) was 100 times better.
2 Mar 2014 18:19

The Reckless Engineer, Bristol

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Address: Temple Gate, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 6PL
Phone: 0117 922 0487
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Nearest train stations: Bristol Temple Meads (0.2 miles), Lawrence Hill (1.2 miles), Montpelier (1.5 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

We visited Bristol last weekend and stayed at the HI Express next door. On returning from a gig on the Thekla, we decided to go to this pub - not far to crawl to our hotel! It was brilliant!! A fantastic live band, good ale and wine, friendly punters... ended up dancing with a lady who, like me, had her husband with her but he didn't partake! Lots of bikers, all very friendly. Yes, it's a bit sparse, but I suppose it depends what you want - we like ale and rock, so it ticked those boxes before even chatting to the friendly locals! Great atmosphere - fab night, so much so am roping in my biker chic mate to get the train over one evening just to go here! :)
7 Oct 2014 11:25
After arriving at Temple Meads & finding my hotel I set off for beer. I was aware of this pub from a previous trip to Bristol so I tried it again. Though a bit run down (almost grotty) there was still a nice welcome, and a pint of Butcombe (3.10) was okay. Perhaps not the best advertisement for Bristol for rail arrivals but that could be said for many pubs near stations.
23 Sep 2014 23:01
Suggested as a meeting place after rolling off a train at Temple Mead but there are far better pubs nearby (look up The Cornubia and The Kings Head). It has an estate pub feel about it, a fair bit run down and the first beer we had was cloudy, the second tasteless. The clientele were also far more friendly in the other Bristol pubs we visited. We won't be visiting again I'm afraid.
26 Mar 2014 12:50

The Commercial Rooms, Bristol

Address: 43-45 Corn Street, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 1HT
Phone: 01179 279681
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Nearest train stations: Bristol Temple Meads (0.7 miles), Clifton Down (1 mile), Redland (1.1 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

They need to get their deliveries sorted out. On the last two occasions I visited, my first choices of both meal and drink were out of stock.
5 Oct 2014 19:59
Large, cavernous spoons with a very good range of ales on offer. The day I was in they were off loading ciders from the recent cider festival at £1.79 a pint, naturally your humble narrator indulged himself.

In fact all the three spoons in central Bristol are pretty decent, you can't say that about many other cities in the UK.
16 Sep 2014 15:18
Typical Spoons, large, loud and cheap. Nice building and very busy on a Saturday afternoon. Well kept beers as usual, Great Western-Edwins Ruby Porter, £2.20
24 Mar 2014 14:20

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