20 Best Bars in Bristol
Wiper & True Taproom
Discover Bristol's newest brewery taproom, Wiper & True, a stunning venue located near Old Market. The thoughtful design includes an accessible bar, braille menus, gender-neutral toilets, and a strong commitment to sustainability, from solar panels to electric car charging points. Besides enjoying their delicious beers brewed just meters away, you can also indulge in a fantastic selection of natural wines, locally-made spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Hyde & Co
Hidden within a secret bar, Hyde & Co offers a truly clandestine experience. Despite being tucked away off the bustling Clifton Triangle, surrounded by kebab shops, this gem often goes unnoticed by passersby. While cocktails take center stage, this establishment offers more than just mixed drinks. You can also find bottles of Wild Beer and Burrow Hill cider, making the journey from Somerset.
The Milk Thistle
Located next to the White Lion pub, The Milk Thistle conceals four floors of extravagant opulence. If you appreciate wood panelling and taxidermy, you're in for a treat. Each level serves a different purpose, with a ground-floor cocktail bar and various function rooms, including private dining featuring chefs from the sister restaurant, The Ox. For those visiting with friends, don't miss the latest specials on the cocktail menu or the selection of rare whiskies in the hidden vault bar downstairs.
Kitchen + Bar at Bristol Old Vic
Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Kitchen + Bar at Bristol Old Vic, situated in the theater's stripped-back foyer. Join actors and food enthusiasts alike as you sip expertly prepared G&Ts before a performance or relax in one of the themed cabins outside, each representing a past show that graced the stage of this historic theater. Other cultural institutions should take note—this is how you attract a whole new audience.
At Small Bar, cast your eyes above the counter to find a list of IPAs, stouts, blonde beers, and a unique category—'crazy shit.' Prepare for brews that exceed 10 percent ABV, with prices reaching £5 for a half pint. Thankfully, you have the option to savor your chosen unconventional delight in a bespoke one-third glass. The popularity of Small Bar since its opening in 2013 is evident, as it has become a preferred after-work spot for Bristol's chefs, waiters, and baristas—an excellent endorsement. Additionally, indulge in Wing's Diner's renowned food offering, known for serving some of the best fried chicken in Bristol.
Kongs of King Street
Embrace your competitive spirit at Kongs, where vintage arcade games like Street Fighter II and PacMan await. If video games aren't your style, challenge your friends to table football or table tennis, where an errant shot could land behind the bar. Kongs offers an international selection of lagers, including Sierra Nevada from the USA, Affligem from Belgium, and Birra Moretti from Italy. Thatchers Gold and Symonds are among the ciders on tap, ensuring there's something for everyone to enjoy."
The Beer Emporium
Immerse yourself in a beer lover's paradise at The Beer Emporium, where the choices seem endless. Don't be deceived by the small bottle shop on the street level; downstairs, you'll find three vaulted cellars housing more beer than anywhere else in Bristol. Their ever-changing selection features beers from international brewers as well as local favorites like Bristol Beer Factory and Arbor Ales. With 28 keg beers, two casks, and an impressive array of 250 different bottles, you're bound to discover new favorites among the options.
Embrace the motto "Say No to Shit Wine!" at KASK in Bedminster, a place dedicated to promoting natural wine and ensuring a fantastic experience. Their wine list offers a rotating selection of red, white, and orange wines available by the glass or bottle, keeping things exciting and diverse. KASK also organizes regular wine and cheese events, along with a weekly £5 wine tasting, catering to budget-conscious wine enthusiasts.
The Christmas Steps
Nestled at the bottom of the steep and cobbled Christmas Steps, this charming watering hole offers more than meets the eye. Co-owned by independent music magazine Crack, The Christmas Steps combines cutting-edge dance music in the beer garden with a classic pub roast. To taste the essence of Bristol, sample their house ales: Arbor Ales' Crack Hops, an IPA, and Crack Gold, a refreshing golden ale from Twisted Oak. If you plan to visit after work, arrive promptly, as this place quickly fills up with patrons.
Step into a world of style at The Bootlegger, where bartenders don dashing red braces and bourbon flows freely. This unique speakeasy-style bar in Bristol doesn't rely on hidden doorbells or payphones to create its ambiance. The venue features live music, with talented musicians playing double basses that are larger than life, evoking the spirit of 1920s New Orleans. However, The Bootlegger also caters to contemporary tastes with DJs who bring the music policy up to date.
With a recent major refurbishment, the Musée Carnavalet has reopened, showcasing Paris' history in 140 rooms arranged chronologically from pre-Roman Gaul to the twentieth century. The building itself dates back to 1548 and underwent transformation by Mansart in 1660 before becoming a museum in 1866. Thanks to the efforts of the city planner Haussmann, its exquisite interiors were preserved. The original sixteenth-century rooms house magnificent Renaissance art collections, including portraits, furniture, and other artifacts. Best of all, admission to the museum is free.
Highlight: Explore items belonging to Napoleon, such as a cradle gifted to Paris by his nephew Napoleon III, and a replica of author Marcel Proust's cork-lined bedroom.
Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes
The Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes came into existence in 1794 as a solution to the influx of ownerless pets resulting from the decapitation of wealthy citizens. What began as a humane response to a challenging situation has evolved into a collection of diverse animals, sourced through non-violent means. The ménagerie is home to vultures, monkeys, orangutans, ostriches, flamingos, a century-old turtle, a rescued turtle from the sewers, a beautiful red panda, and an assortment of fascinating spiders and snakes. Additionally, there's a petting zoo with farm animals for younger visitors and a Microzoo for observing microscopic species.
Highlight: Play a game of 'spot the oldest tree' in the neighboring botanical gardens, with the black acacia planted in 1636 being particularly noteworthy.
Shopping on the Champs-Élysées
The Champs-Élysées remains the ultimate shopping destination in Paris, despite intense global competition. It is far from an ordinary high street, but rather a world-renowned boulevard known for its exquisite consumer offerings. High-end brands, art installations, DJs, and other innovative elements keep the retail experience fresh and enjoyable. The avenue itself is a marvel—unmistakably Parisian, overwhelming, and vibrant.
Highlight: During Christmas time, the market and fairground at the foot of the Champs-Élysées create a truly magical ambiance.
Aquarium de Paris / Cinéaqua
The Trocadéro area of Paris has been revitalized by the fantastic attraction of the Aquarium de Paris / Cinéaqua, combining an aquarium with a two-screen cinema. Kids will be thrilled by the shark tunnel and the petting pool, where they can fulfill the unexpected dream of stroking friendly sturgeons popping their snouts above the water's surface. The attraction also features a section dedicated to the diverse fish species that manage to survive in the polluted waters of the Seine. While some may find the admission fee a bit pricey, it is undoubtedly a brilliant way to spend a leisurely afternoon.
Highlight: Check the aquarium's online schedule for special kids' shows held daily.
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Housed in a grand 1930s building, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris showcases significant works by Cubist and Fauvist artists, as well as renowned names like Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Georges Rouault, Chaim Soutine, and Kees van Dongen. Although not as widely known as some of Paris' premier venues due to fierce local competition, this museum is an excellent destination. Unfortunately, it made international headlines in May 2010 when five paintings, including a Picasso, were stolen.
Highlight: Take advantage of the museum's free admission, making it one of the few museums in Paris that doesn't charge an entrance fee.
La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
As Europe's largest science museum, La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie attracts five million visitors annually, and for good reason. Its permanent exhibition, Explora, spans the top two floors, offering a comprehensive exploration of life, the universe, and everything in between within a 30,000-square-meter space. Highlights include scale models of satellites like the Ariane space shuttle, planes, and robots, along with interactive experiences that simulate weightlessness. The museum's hothouse garden delves into advancements in agriculture and biotechnology.
Highlight: Visit the Espace Images, where you can experiment with a delayed camera, create 3D images on a computer, and even lend your voice to the Mona Lisa.
Similar to Madame Tussauds but with a touch of kitschiness, Musée Grévin is a perfect attraction for entertaining kids. It offers the same experience of posing with wax figures of famous showbiz stars and personalities like Brad Pitt, George Clooney, the Queen, and Barack Obama. The museum also has a section dedicated to "snapshots of the twentieth-century," reenacting significant historical moments such as Neil Armstrong's moonwalk. A small gallery at the top of a spiral staircase showcases the process of creating waxworks.
Don't miss: The fascinating hall of mirrors created by American artist Krysle Lip.
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Like any major Natural History Museum, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris is a family-friendly destination with impressive collections. The Grande Galerie de l'Evolution features stuffed animals displayed in their various habitats, offering educational insights into the diversity of nature. The museum also highlights endangered species and extinct creatures, emphasizing the importance of conservation. Visitors can explore bony remains of fish, birds, monkeys, dinosaurs, and even humans, creating a captivating experience.
Don't miss: Exploring the Jardin des Plantes complex, where you can find the small Ménagerie zoo, as well as pavilions exhibiting meteorites and crystals in the Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie.
Parc de la Villette
Parc de la Villette is not only home to theaters, concert halls, and museums like the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie but is also a fantastic park in its own right. Built in the 1980s, it offers a range of outdoor activities and attractions. Kids can enjoy giant climbing frames, a burger bar, and a children's art center. The park features a Chinese dragon slide and a suspended path following the Canal de l'Ourcq. Ten themed gardens with evocative names like the Garden of Mirrors, Mists, Acrobatics, and Childhood Frights add to the charm.
Don't miss: The open-air film festival held on the park's lawns during the summer.
Disneyland Paris consists of two parks: Parc Disneyland, which houses the iconic pink castle, and Parc Walt Disney Studios, focused on Disney's films and special effects. Additionally, Disney Entertainment Village offers various dining, drinking, and entertainment options. Europe's premier theme park may seem vast and overwhelming, but it guarantees a fun-filled experience. Divided into themed zones like Fantasyland, Discoveryland, Small World, and Pirates of the Caribbean, there's plenty to explore and keep both kids and adults entertained.
Don't miss: Consider trying Disney Premier Access for a fee, allowing you to bypass queues for popular attractions.