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Bar Essential, Bristol - pub details

Address: 46-48, Queen Charlotte Street, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 4HE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 4308) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bristol Temple Meads (0.6 miles), Clifton Down (1.2 miles), Redland (1.3 miles)

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A recent addition to the Bristol pub scene, this is now known as the Bavarian Beerhouse although venue has been various other establishments over the years including Azucar and Bar Essential, and generally seems to be closed as much as it is open. The new venture is apparently the third in a chain with the other two being in London.

First impressions were that it was slightly tacky. All the waitresses are dressed in typical German dress and the seating was long communal benches. A montage of photographs covered the back wall although we didn’t stay long enough to inspect these. Apparently you are not allowed to order at the bar but have to wait for table service. A drinks menu is helpfully provided on the tables.

As might be expected, there were no real ales on tap with all the “beer” options being German. The only one that I recognised was Löwenbräu, but then I’m no expert. Other choices included various different Krombachers and Erdingers along with a couple of others. When they first opened these were all priced at £3.90 for a half which seemed quite frankly ridiculous. Now though the menu has been covered in little stickers pricing them at £2.90. On the other hand, pints are £3.80 which doesn’t exactly encourage sensible drinking. Besides that Schnaps and Shots featured prominently on the menu with options such as Kleiner Feigling, Porno Brause and Flügerl. Jägermeister is available on tap and is apparently cooled to -15°C. Quite why that’s a good thing I’m not sure.

The final straw for us though was that the solitary cider, Possmann Apfelwein (which the menu helpfully describes as being made with apples) had run out. At this point, we departed and went elsewhere.
Blackthorn - 4 Oct 2013 16:13
Large, modern pub in city centre. Ok but nicer places nearby. Used to have free comedy on Thursdays.
Vindaloo - 14 Sep 2003 08:51

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