To say you’re spoilt for choice for new and varied venues in Bristol is a massive understatement. It seems almost weekly that there are interesting new venues popping up left, right & centre! Here’s my top four new venues to hit the Bristol scene this year.
King St has been something of an institution for Bristol’s beer lovers for years, with established favourites like Small Bar, The Duke, The Beer Emporium and The Apple. Did we really need another one? With King St Brew House as the outcome, it’s a definite yes! Interesting, ever-changing beers on tap (they even have a micro-brewery on site), delicious fresh food, loads of seating inside and out and live sports then this really ticks all the boxes. I’m there at 6pm without fail on a Friday night!
When the team behind The Ox, Milk Thistle and Pata Negra say they’re opening a new 300 cover restaurant with sun trap terraces overlooking the city then you take notice! These guys are good at what they do, and Bambalan is no different (although yet completely different to any of the others). Serving food all day, with breakfast served from 8am, the flavours are fun and fresh, with a real Middle Eastern influence on Mediterranean inspired dishes. The afore-mentioned terrace is a must on a hot sunny day, and the drinks list (featuring local heroes Wild Beer Co and Moor Beer Co) is varied and different!
There are so many stunning independent restaurants in Bristol and I am a big champion of supporting local venues, but when Pho opened earlier this year I just couldn’t ignore it. Serving tasty, quick and affordable Vietnamese food it’s a cracking spot for a casual bite out with friends. With some Vietnamese twists on classic cocktails (the Lemon & Basil Martini is a firm favourite) and a wide range of beers you won’t find elsewhere this is definitely going to be a popular new addition to the Bristol scene.
It’s hard to ignore such an iconic new opening in Bristol from the team behind The Ivy in London. The transformation from a former Natwest bank into this stunning new all day brasserie is nothing short of breath taking and it nestles beautifully into the ever expanding Clifton foodie scene. With food served all day, tables held back for walk-ins so you are not reliant on booking weeks in advance, and skilled bartenders creating cocktail masterpieces, this is going to become a firm favourite.