5 Must-Visit Craft Beer Bars in Bristol

May 26, 2016

With lots of craft breweries popping up across the UK, it’s a good time to be a beer fan. Here are some awesome places to grab an artisanal treat in Bristol.

Bristol is known for its vibrant nightlife and with part of the city centre dubbed as the ‘Beermuda Triangle’, it is fair to say that Bristolians know a thing or two about craft beer. If you fancy yourself quite the beer connoisseur, constantly quizzing bar staff about hop varieties and refusing to step into any bar that only serves mass-produced fizzy stuff, then these bars are bound to have beers that will tickle your tastebuds.

1. Brew Dog - Baldwin Street

Friends having a few beers at a table in a Bristol pub.

With a desirable riverfront location and quirky interiors, this spacious bar is ideal for a large group of friends. Show off your beer knowledge as you peruse the hundreds of craft beers on the menu. If you do feel overwhelmed by the extensive choice then order a flight of beers so you can try a few at a time whilst enjoying the enviable views over the historic waterways. And, if the liquid diet isn’t enough, order a tasty accompaniment of charcuterie and cheese.

2. The Tobacco Factory - Raleigh Road

Pints of beer on a table at a pub in Bristol.

In addition to hosting interesting exhibitions, live music events and a Sunday market, The Tobacco Factory has the added benefit of supplying punters with some tasty local brew. This probably isn’t surprising seeing as one of the UK’s leading craft breweries is just across the road: The Bristol Beer Factory prides itself on brewing traditional beers with a modern twist and it supplies beers to a number of pubs across Bristol.

3. The Beer Emporium - King Street

Lots of opened bottles of beer.

You’ll find this underground, cellar bar in the heart of Bristol’s old town. The Beer Emporium has a relaxed pizza/pasta restaurant in one part of the bar; this late-night venue is open until 2 a.m., ideal for a long overdue catch-up with friends. Just grab a pizza and wash it down with one of your favourite beers chosen from the extensive list of craft beers on the menu. And, if you haven’t got time to try all the beers you desire, then there is a bottle shop on site so you could always buy a few for the road.

4. Small Bar - King Street

Beer pumps behind the bar of a Bristol pub.

Don’t be deceived by the name, Small Bar in Bristol city centre is a bigger deal than you may imagine. It has 31 taps serving excellent beers from all over the world with the main focus of course on local beers from the South West, and it tends to support many of the smaller craft breweries. Small Bar really is the place to be if you want the person serving you behind the bar to know their stuff. Priding themselves on their well-trained, knowledgeable and passionate staff, even beer snobs should leave the bar knowing that little bit more about craft beer.

5. Grain Barge - Hotwell Road

Four pints of beer served onto a table in a Bristol pub.

For a fantastic range of regularly changing craft beers, lagers and ales and a rather unusual spot to enjoy them, take your friends to this historic converted barge with its lovely panoramic views. Hold Bar on the Grain Barge has a busy schedule hosting live music, pop up events and an open-mic night on a Tuesday. If you happen to be there on a Monday, it’s quiz night and you could end up taking home some delicious ale from the nearby Bristol Beer Factory if you win.

Marjun Ziarati Living out her travel fantasies via online scribbles and offline adventuring, Marjun indulges her wanderlust at every opportunity. Her trips involve seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary and sharing tips from the local people she meets along the way.