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Bristol’s best pubs and bars

By martin booth, Wednesday Jul 3, 2019

From a bar with some of the best beers from across the world on tap, to one serving ales brewed only metres away, this year’s EatDrink24/7 guide once again relies on our expert panel’s recommendations to point us in the right direction for a top tipple.

Here are the most recommended pubs and bars from the 2019 guide:

The Elmer’s Arms
53 Old Market Street, BS2 0ER

“A great addition to Old Market, this a retro rockabilly dream. There is live music or DJs on every weekend, local craft beers and specialist spirits. I love popping in on a Friday or Saturday night for a drink and a boogy.”
Monica Patel, Naasto Baasto

“The most welcoming bar ever! Elmer gets really excited about beer and he’s happy to help you choose yours from his great selection. On a weekday, put your record of choice on yourself or pick a tune from the old-school jukebox. On weekends, brilliant vinyl DJs will sort the music.”
Heather Goodford, Bristol Hoppers

“A tiny but characterful pub with loads of brilliant beers and great music with live bands and DJs at weekends.”
Danielle Coombs, Bishopston Preserves

The Gallimaufry
26-28 The Promenade, Gloucester Road, BS7 8AL

“My most recommended place when people ask me for a Bristol tip-off. The small plates in the evening are ridiculous value for money and their Sunday lunches are exemplary. If you are a group eating out, I reckon it’s one of the best places to go but I’ve also done plenty of dining there à deux. Great for any occasion. Lovely, lovely team too.”
Elly Curshen, food writer

“I love this place. The food is great, the staff are lovely and there is always something going on musically that is new and exciting to hear. It’s really good to see somewhere like the Galli encourage and invest in art, music and the community.”
Matt Hampshire, Tare

“Whether you go in for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks, The Galli smashes it on every level. Their small plates are creative and very tasty, the drinks selection is a who’s who of local suppliers, and they have free live music on every evening too. Oh and check out the ceiling when you go too – it’s stunning!
Shonette Laffy, food blogger

“The Galli team approach everything they do with a truly inspiring and uncompromising care and attention. Easily one of my favourite spots to grab a drink. The best venues inspire real and visible pride in the team that work in them. This is one of them and that speaks wonders.”
Ben Pryor, Poco

Small Bar
31 King Street, BS1 4DZ


“I just love all the different beers here.”
George Livesey, Bulrush

“Always an amazing selection of beers and such knowledgeable staff. Somehow, at the end of any night out in Bristol, all roads seem to lead to Small Bar.”
Jake Black, Chomp and Bristol Distilling Co.

“It’s such a cool place to hang out, whether in the afternoon or a busy Friday or Saturday night. With a great beer selection of course.”
Peter Sanchez Iglesias, Casamia and Paco Tapas

“The place to come for a bevy of beers; if you like beer get along to it.”
Steve Ashworth, amateur chef

Wiper & True tap room
2-8 York Street, St Werburgh’s, BS2 9XT


“The Wiper & True tap room is a go-to in the summer months for a Kaleidoscope or two. Word on the street says they’re starting roasts on the last Sunday of every month, too.”
Caragh Jones, huggg

“Everyone should prove to themselves at least once in their lives that they have the skills necessary to organise a piss-up in a brewery. Fortunately that really is as simple as arranging to meet a friend at Wiper & True. As well as sampling the widest range of their incredible beers, they also have a unique tank beer, Phantasmagoria, which they pour direct from the tank and which if you like craft beer, you definitely need to try.”
Ben Pryor, Poco

“This is where you can see it all happening. Their beer is great, especially their collaborations such as the recent Uncle Funka beer with Extract Coffee.”
Anita Atkins, Boston Tea Party

Read more: The 8 best places to eat, drink and shop in Bristol

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