Wild Beer at Wapping Wharf – 6-8 Gaol Ferry Steps, Bristol, BS1 6WE
Situated across the water from the city centre, Wild Beer at Wapping Wharf is a flagship bar for the brewery based nearby in Shepton Mallet. Here you’ll find 22 draft beers, the majority of which are Wild Beer Co’s own. The brewery are fast becoming known for having perhaps the most interesting line up in the UK, with a huge range of seasonal and small batch brews, focusing on lesser explored styles such as sour and barrel aged beers. The bar’s restaurant offers a menu that Wild Beer Co promise will “change regularly with seasons”, matching the ever evolving craftsmanship demonstrated in their brewing.
Kongs – 13-15 King St, Bristol, BS1 4EF
Bristol is home to one of three bars in the growing chain of Kongs barcades. A multi-purpose venue, Kongs offers an extensive range of beer, a restaurant area featuring pop-up vendors, a dance floor comparable to a small nightclub, a dedicated ping pong area and the star attraction.. a selection of retro arcade machines. It’s a mix that’s clearly proving successful for the group, but does mean there are better times than others to visit, depending on what you’re looking to get out of it. Whilst it’s novel to have a club night with good beer, if your focus is on the beer, or even the games, it’s best to visit before 10pm at the weekend.
Small Bar – 31 King St, Bristol, BS1 4DZ
Don’t be fooled by the name Small Bar, this quintessential stop on Kings Street since 2013, is far from tiny with a total of 31 taps and their in-house fried chicken restaurant, Wings Diner (with vegetarian/vegan friendly options available). Small Bar is consistent in it’s offering of a wide range of styles from the UK’s finest brewers. Everything currently on tap is clearly listed by category, above the bar. Word of warning, Small Bar is card only.
The Strawberry Thief – 26 Broad St, Bristol BS1 2HG
The Strawberry Thief in Bristol city centre is a Belgian specialist bar, boasting over 50 beers including wit beers, sours, fruits, fruit lambics, darks, triples and quads. The venue certainly stands out amongst other bars in the city, with it’s unforgettable decor and table service offered as standard. For those less interested in Belgian beers, The Strawberry Thief’s menu does extend to a more general craft offering, with local beers from the likes of Lost and Grounded, Arbor Ales and Wiper and True.
The Grain Barge – Hotwell Rd, Bristol BS8 4RU
The Grain Barge is a bar and restuarant aboard a 1930’s boat, docked at Hotwells on Bristol Harbour. Many of the beers available are from the nearby Bristol Beer Factory, with a rotating selection from other breweries. The barge, which started life carrying barley and wheat from Bristol to Cardiff, offers a variety of seating options, both indoor and “up on deck” to enjoy panoramic views of the harbour and Brunel’s iconic SS Great Britain ship housed across the water.