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By matt king, Thursday Feb 20, 2020

We’re a Bristol-based independent company established in 2005 with Bocabar
Paintworks (BS4), followed by Bocabar Glastonbury in 2013 and most recently Bocabar
Finzels Reach (BS1) in 2019.

All three Bocabars are much loved and owned by Mel and Paul Eavis and run together with a small management team on each site. Each Bocabar is unique, shaped by the needs of customers from each of the different neighbourhoods.

Our managers and head chefs are encouraged to do all they can to source ethically, to reduce our environmental footprint, to develop seasonal bar and kitchen menus and to encourage a healthy work environment for our 80+ staff currently in the team.

We aim to bring out the best and the hidden talents of our staff, and to provide a stepping stone for their future development and career prospects. We are very proud to be a part of BS247’S initiative to get business to give back more to the community.

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Now in its 16 th year, Bocabar Paintworks is a local community and family favourite in the heart of Brislington and Totterdown. As soon as you walk in, you’re hit by the buzz of people enjoying themselves in an enormous open space with local art exhibitions on the walls and eclectic artefacts to buy.

Chesterfield sofas fill out the retro lounge and there’s also a relaxed dining area for those who prefer table service. Breakfasts, deli, lunch specials and over 30 sharing pizzas are the core menu with a Saturday brunch menu and cracking Sunday Roasts an absolute weekender’s dream.

Monthly cocktail and gin specials are the key things to look out for on the bar, amongst the local beers and ciders. Awards include Bristol Eating Better Gold 2018 & 2019, Taste of the West Gold 2019, Bristol Life Best Bar Finalist 2019, Crumbs Magazine Best Casual Diner Dining Finalist 2019.




© Jess Connett 2017


Nestled on the floating harbour in the old city, Bocabar Finzels Reach sits in one of the old Courage fermentation buildings with a large festoon lit outdoor terrace.

A wonderful work/local/social food and drink bubble for office workers, local city centre residents and visitors to Bristol, open seven days a week. Enjoy breakfasts, small and main plates for both lunch and dinner alongside the much loved Boca pizzas.

Rustic wooden high tables and stools set the scene for some luscious cocktails, local beers and ciders. Sundays welcome in the Sunday roast family vibe and afternoon chilling in the Boca-style chesterfield lounging area, followed by a walk down by the harbourside.





Why not head over the Mendips to visit Bocabar Glastonbury? Situated in the heart of the Red Brick Community Building, situated on the glorious Somerset Levels, Bocabar Glastonbury is a bustling hub for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a gorgeous garden terrace for sunnier days and evenings.

Being so rural and close to the small farms and growers, menus focus on these local producers. Head chef, Matt Brooks, selects the best seasonal ingredients to write his bi-monthly menus so expect to find Mike’s spotted pig from Cossington on the menu and Root Connections’ veg starring as small plates. Choosing from the extensive G&T and cocktail menus may be testing so there’s always the easy option of some decent local pints!

On weekends, party the evening away at one of our live music or DJ events (which help raise funds for the Red Brick Building community project). Awarded Muddy Stilettoes Best Bar in 2019, Taste of the West Gold 2108/19.



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