Christmas at the Spiegeltent
White Mink, The Puppini Sisters, Queen Bee, the London Community Gospel Choir and the annual masquerade ball have all been confirmed for this year’s return of Bristol’s most unique party venue – a luxurious venue constructed from rich mahogany, dappled mirrors and stained glass with an incredible draped ceiling, circular dance floor and boothed seating. Christmas parties at the Spiegeltent include a three-course festive dinner, live acts, a live band, a DJ until late and a special photo area for a souvenir snap.
Spiegeltent, Waterfront Square, Harbourside, BS1 5LL
0117 287 2484
Bristol Harbour Hotel
The Sansovino Hall is undoubtedly one of the best party venues in town. At the Bristol Harbour Hotel’s Christmas parties, guests will enjoy an arrival glass of bubbles, three courses with half a bottle of wine per person, festive novelties to set the scene and dancing until midnight as the resident DJ takes to the decks. If you don’t feel like going home, let your hair down and dance late into the night, knowing that you only have to walk a few steps before sinking into bed for a good night’s sleep. Not only that, you will wake up to a full English breakfast and have full use of the hotel’s luxury spa facilities.
Bristol Harbour Hotel, 55 Corn Street, BS1 1HT
0117 203 4445
Offering a truly unique venue for your Christmas party, the Concorde Gallery seats up to 500 guests for a three-course meal under the wings of the supersonic passenger jet or a drinks reception on the balcony. Top off your occasion with an exclusive private viewing of Concorde and the Aerospace Bristol exhibition. Your guests will be treated to a fascinating story of ingenious design, engineering innovation and remarkable social history, from the first flights through to the modern day.
Aerospace Bristol, Hayes Way, Patchway, BS34 5BZ
0117 9315 315
We The Curious
Do something different this Christmas and book your party in the We The Curious Winter Wonder Lab. Start the evening with a glass of fizz and unleash your inner scientist with exclusive use of the science centre’s fun and interactive exhibits. Guests then make their way to the top floor private party space for a delicious festive feast. The Winter Wonder Lab bar will be the perfect place to enjoy a drink or two before showing off your best robotics on the dancefloor. Make the most of our rooftop terrace, while enjoying landscape views and twinkling city lights.
We The Curious, Anchor Road, BS1 5LL
0117 915 8000
Celebrate your Christmas party Calypso-style with a wide range of cocktails and a Caribbean-inspired Christmas menu. Try the jerky turkey with traditional trimmings or the Christmas peppered beef brisket. With reggae in the background and in a relaxed atmosphere, Calypso Kitchen is an ideal restaurant for large parties during the festive season.
Calypso Kitchen, Gaol Ferry Steps, Wapping Wharf, BS1 6WE
0117 329 1314
Although very much a bar (rather than pub), the food will be a key element at the new Rosa tapas bar, like with all of its sister Zazu’s Kitchen pubs. The kitchen team will be headed by Tim Denny, formerly at The Star & Dove; with his deputy Nathan Kelly most recently pastry chef at the Pony & Trap. The idea is to retain the best of the lunch offering from the former Townhouse while introducing ‘world tapas’ – a variety of small-plate-style dishes from around the world which are mainly designed for sharing but which can also be enjoyed as a two- or three-course lunch or dinner. Christmas menus will be both traditional and alternative, with two private dining spaces upstairs for groups from eight to 30 people.
Rosa, 85 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, BS8 2NT
Ashton Gate Stadium
You don’t need to be a sports fan to book your Christmas party at Ashton Gate Stadium. Head to the 850-capacity Lansdown Suite, enjoy your party in the Heineken Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony overlooking the pitch, the Sports Bar with a seven-metre long bar to get the party started as well as the largest indoor pub screen in the country, or enjoy a festive lunch with a chance to go behind the scenes with an exclusive tour of the stadium.
Ashton Gate Stadium, Ashton Road, Bristol, BS3 2EJ
0117 963 0680
Celebrate your Christmas party in the heart of Santa’s workshop. As you enter the workshop you will be greeted by Santa’s helpers who will start your evening off with a sparkling arrival drink and then lead you through into the magical world of candy canes and nutcrackers ready for your Christmas feast. Party spaces include the M Shed’s events suite with panoramic views of the harbour from the rooftop terrace, or in the M Café or Studio.
M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BS1 4RN
0117 927 3086
Treat your guests to a day filled with fabulous food and great memories with a unique lunch experience. The two-course lunch will warm you up in time for your afternoon stroll around Bristol Zoo, with a reception drink on arrival, two-course festive lunch with coffee and Christmas cookies, a stocking on each table stuffed with Christmas novelties including animal masks, and a zoo quiz. Or book the evening package with a glass of bubbles on arrival followed by a three-course meal and DJ.
Bristol Zoo, Clifton Down, BS8 3HA.
0117 428 5300
The Watershed’s movie-mad award-winning events team are here to help you put on an A-list night to remember. You and your guests can enjoy a suite of three decorated rooms including a cloakroom/chill out area, private bar and dining space, and – of course – a dancefloor. Pick your film theme and the Watershed team will source props and decorations to help bring your vision to life. The package includes two complimentary glasses of Prosecco on arrival per guests, a festive buffet and – since a film-themed party is not complete without a sweet touch – a pop-up snack bar with pick’n’mix sweets and popcorn.
Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, BS1 5TX
0117 927 2082
SS Great Britain
Host a Christmas party with a difference on the SS Great Britain and enjoy great food and entertainment at Bristol’s most historic venue. From small lunches to exclusive hire of the ship, the SS Great Britain team can cater for large companies or smaller firms as well as friends and family groups. All guests are welcome to explore the ship or the steward can provide tours. Events coordinators can recommend a range of entertainment options including a lively DJ or elegant band, with packages including a four-course Victorian dining experience and even a murder mystery.
SS Great Britain, Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, BS1 6TY
0117 926 0680
With ample chesterfield sofas and coffee tables, the lounge bar is ideal for group bookings up to 50 people, with a 30-foot bar with a range of craft beers, ciders, wines and cocktails. Enjoy casual dining with more than 30 different pizzas available, or a canapes/ buffet menu. Alternatively, the dining room has a capacity of up to 70 for a Christmas lunch or dinner. Enjoy a locally-sourced two- or three-course Christmas menus, with DJs on Fridays and Saturday nights.
Boca Bar, Paintworks, Bath Road, BS4 3EH
0117 972 8838
Taste of Napoli
This family-run Neapolitan restaurant serves authentic, handmade food, using traditional methods and ingredients, and specially imported Italian wines and liqueurs. their upstairs room can house a party of up to 20, or they can also bring the party to you by catering for any social event.
Taste of Napoli, 32 The Horsefair, Broadmead, BS1 3JA
Just tucked off the hustle and bustle of the Gloucester road is grace- an award winning pub with a small plates menu. this Christmas there’ll be mulled cider (and other hot tipples) in the garden bar, and a feasting menu of small hot plates that makes a perfect alternative to traditional Christmas fare.
The Grace, 197 Gloucester Road, BS7 8BG