Cider-drinking Bristol is renowned for its creative culture as well as knowing how to throw a party, which is reflected in the TV show Skins. The West Country city projectile vomits comedians like Justin Lee Collins and Lee Evans, whilst producing rebel artist Banksy. Music heavily contributes to this urban scene with various venues and bands that locals actually care about, and The Wurzels are a prime example of the Bristolian dialect.
Bristol isn’t short of speakeasies with super-sexy Red Light, secret bar Milk Thistle, and Prohibition themed Hyde & Co, all of whom will never let you fall short of a classic ’20s carouse. To reflect Bristol’s alternative nature, many unique bars are scattered across the city including Illusions, which pulls you inside the magician’s cupboard for an evening full of tricks and magic.
Venues: The Fleece music venue has housed some of the best bands including Queens of The Stone Age, Oasis and The White Stripes. If you’re after something a bit more niche, Bierkeller offers more alternative portfolio of bands and burlesque. Head to Tobacco Factory for exhibitions, beer festivals, and a market on Sundays featuring live bands.
Eating: Some lush pub food is offered at The Crown and Cavern Club where rockers come to chow down and choose from a range of guest ales. There’s always a street food party with collective Bristol Eats, who combines music with munch.
Events: Tapping into the local band scene, Brisfest showcases all the Bristol talent for non-profit. Although it has a vibe of a hippy commune, there’s no way Bristolians can resist grabbing a pint and spreading some real love – or an STD.
Shopping: A cider haven is located on Christmas Steps in the Bristol Cider Shop, which stocks a huge selection, all locally-sourced, whereas Grape and Grind is the best place to add to your wine collection.
Grab a vinyl at Rise music or drink in the view from the Clifton Suspension Bridge after a visit to Clifton Village, which is rich with Victorian buildings and bespoke furniture to build your own home bar. Park Street is the main destination to get your vintage fix in a Georgian backdrop.
Reading: Read the magazine Drunken Werewolf for Bristol’s prestige arts and music scene, before sparking conversation with a local.