The ultimate Bristol cocktail bar crawl begins in Clifton and winds down Park Street to the harbourside and City Centre. Perfect for hen parties, birthdays or ladies' night, pick a starting point and see where the night takes you!
While there are many eateries, pubs and other venues that offer great cocktails in Bristol such as Slug & Lettuce, Cosy Club, Bambalan and Flight Club, we've focused on the cocktails bars whose main trade is cocktails.
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Flipside Cocktail Bar
109 Whiteladies Rd, Redland, Bristol BS8 2PB
Once acclaimed as the best cocktail bar in bristol by bristol 365, Flipside is an easy-vibe bar for those with mixed tastes featuring 20 draught tap craft beers and a classic cocktail menu.
Her Majesty's Secret Service
Whiteladies Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2PH
Describing their menu as a 'celebration of cocktail ancestry ', this menu certainly packs a punch. A refreshing take with some innovative glassware, the twister is a firm favourite.
The Dirty Bird
10 King's Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4AB
A 'dirty, flirty and bright neon pink' cocktail and gin lounge in the heart of Clifton Village.
The Last Word
Lost & Found Bristol
85 Queens Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1QS
Each cocktail bar location is modelled on a female Victorian professor and Bristol centres on astronomer Elizabeth E. Lightfoot. According to the venue, she was a woman 'who sought to find meaning among the stars. As a Professor of Astronomy with a secret interest in fortune telling, she would conduct her research in a hidden room behind an old Tobacconist in the area of Clifton, Bristol. She would also invite her close friends and perform her readings and exhibit her mysterious findings.'
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London Cocktail Club (two locations)
37 Triangle W, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1ER
7-39 Corn Street Bristol, BS1 1HT
Watch out for the swinging lamps! A real party bar, this certainly packs a punch with its eclectic decor described as an ode to Neverland at night and wild atmosphere.
Hyde & Co
The Basement, 2 Upper Byron Place Bristol, BS 1YJ
This prohibition cocktail bar features a speakeasy atmosphere inspired by the cocktail bars of New York City. Upon its opening in 2010, the cocktail bar rose to success from word of mouth alone with no website, social media or marketing and remains a popular haunt today.
The Florist Bar & Restaurant Bristol
69 Park St, Bristol BS1 5PB
A real Instagrammers dream with floral adorned walls and bloom-inspired cocktails.
Gin & Juice
47 Park Street, Bristol BS1 5NL
You'd be forgiven for wanting to sneak home their beautiful glassware, but gin lovers can rejoice with a menu of over 350 gins. The menu is easy to navigate depending to your taste, even if you#re not a gin lover there are plenty of signature cocktails and spirits to enjoy.
Basement, 1 Unity St, Bristol BS1 5HH
Described as a 'den of vice', access to this somewhat secret cocktail bar is by using the telephone outside. Somewhat suited to the speakeasy vibe, the cocktail bar features a four poster mahogany for those looking for ultimate luxury.
Harbourside and City Centre
4 Broad Quay, Bristol BS1 4DA
More suited to the adventurous cocktail drinker, Aluna has an abundance of 'vaccines and potions' that vary in taste and presentation.
4 Broad Quay, Bristol BS1 4DA
Fun fact, I visited this cocktail bar when it first opened and a friend walked into the glass window on the front, not long after a sticker appeared over the area - I like to think it's because of her! Trauma aside (for her anyway), this independent cocktail bar describes its menu as decadent, delicious, and inventive. With its 'seriously stylish setting' its better suited to quiet cocktails or smaller groups.
Revolucion de Cuba
Bordeaux Quay, Bristol BS1 5EP
While it's technically described as a rum bar, the cocktail menu is extensive enough to consider it a cocktail bar and the vines are immaculate.
The Clockwork Rose
16 St Stephen's St, Bristol BS1 1JR
Bristol's first and only Steampunk cocktail bar, designed as a fictional watering hole of the adventurer Captain Sebastian Commodore.
The Brozen Bar
43 St. Nicholas St, Bristol BS1 1TP
The frozen cocktail specialists, combining science and cocktails for an interesting menu including liquid nitrogen.
30 Clare St, Bristol BS1
A sexy and sultry cocktail bar promising magic performers, tarot readings and burlesque.
The Milk Thistle
4 Broad Quay, Bristol BS1 4DA
To gain access to this secret Prohibition bar you really have to know what you're looking for as the only giveaway is the wooden door and plaque hidden in plain site. Stunning architecture, eclectic decor is spread across four floors with a lounge bar, whisky vault and an outdoor terrace.
Blame Gloria Bristol
22 Small St, Bristol BS1 1DW
There's nothing but pure vibes at this underground disco inferno! The team behind Tonight Josephine have bought iconic bottomless brunches, disco dancing and drag entertainment to Bristol's city centre with this new cocktail bar.
Dirty Martini Bristol
47 Corn St, Bristol BS1 1HT
Popular for its neons angel wings, dirty martini has real hen party and girls' night vibes with its signature martinis, bottomless brunches and cool decor.
28 Baldwin St, Bristol BS1 1NG
From the same group as Blame Gloria, this cocktail bar is styled after the promiscuous cougar Empress Josephine Bonaparte, famously known as Napolean’s wife. The instagrammable interiors feature the staple neon sign that’s a common sight at the bar’s other locations, which considering this femme fatale’s debauched life seems rather fitting. So grab your Bande De Filles as Tonight Josephine promises immaculate vibes, a lavish cocktail menu and wild events at its venue on Baldwin Street.
6-8 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UQ
One of the newest cocktail bars to hit the Bristol cocktail bar scene, the library is better suited for quiet drinks or post-dinner cocktails (from their sister restaurant). Described as a 'private secret cocktail lounge' in order to gain access you need to reach under the copper lamp by the door to ring the brass bell and ask about a table, you'll be bussed through to the book shop where you'll be asked to wait until greeted.