Bristols Best Bars

Bristol Hen Weekends

I chose Bristol for my hen weekend and had such a good time that a second reunion weekend is on the cards. However, it was a bit confusing on the first night. None of us were familiar with the city's nightlife scene and despite doing a bit of research, did end up wandering round a bit. Not so great when you're wearing ridiculously high heels in a city with its fair share of cobbled streets!

Fortunately, we were lucky and just so happened to stumble across Bristol bars that suited our style, music tastes and budget. If I had my Bristol hen weekend all over again, these are the bars I'd want to hit on a big night out.

Goldbrick House
Location: Park Street

My favourite bar in Bristol! I think it's an old Edwardian or Georgian house that's been turned into a bar/club. Anyway, there are three floors decorated in elegant, old school style. Each bar serves champagne and cocktails at surprisingly easy to swallow prices. Goldbrick House ain't cheap, but nor is it extortionate. Climb the stairs and discover different floors and bars. The roof terrace has a fantastic view of Bristol's skyline. Get in there early if you want to bag a table.

Start the Bus
Location: Old City

If you like live music and bars with a trendy, arty look and feel, try Start the Bus. There wasn't a live band on when I went but the DJ was excellent and played enough cool tracks blended with a few cheesier floorfillers to keep a pretty varied crowd happy. It's open until 3am, which is good if you want to stay out past pub closing time but don't fancy the full-on clubbing experience.

Location: Old Fish Market

I wanted to do cocktail making on my Bristol hen weekend, and this is where we did it. I asked for a 6pm session, which was great as by the time we'd finished and scoffed our pizza and wedges buffet (included in the price), the place was just starting to fill up. There are over 30 varieties of vodka on the menu. If you're a fan of prosecco, try the Porn Star Martini, it's highly addictive!

The Apple
Location: Riverside

You're on a Bristol hen weekend, so it would be rude not to give the local ciders a shot! About half of the girls on my hen do were cider fans, so The Apple was a no-brainer as it serves about a squillion ciders from around the world. It's on a converted Dutch canal barge and has amazing views of the river. Definitely one for summer nights.

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Date Posted: Thursday 20th June 2013

Author: Yazmina Wallace

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