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Al Fresco Drinking in Bristol

Are you looking for the best Al fresco drinking spots in Bristol? Well not to worry cause here is our guide to the best places to grab a drink in the sunshine in Bristol!

When the sun is out, there isn't much better than a chilled glass in one of Bristol’s trendy bar terraces or friendly beer gardens in Brristol. In fact, al fresco drinking in Bristol presents you with many different opportunities. TGtB have been on the case, and here are some of our favourite spots....

 

Greenhouse

Greenhouse

Location: College Green

About: Summer is finally here and what better way to enjoy it than with a refreshing drink in the warm sunshine. Al fresco drinking is one of the best things about summertime, and there's no better place to do it than at Greenhouse Bristol. This hidden gem is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax with your favourite beverage.

The ambiance at Greenhouse Bristol is unmatched. You can sit back, relax and take in the stunning views while sipping on your favourite cocktail or beer. The staff are incredibly friendly and attentive, making sure you have everything you need to make your experience a memorable one.

Al Fresco Rating: 5/5

Address: 37 College Green, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS1 5SP

Telephone: 0117 927 6426

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Aqua Welsh Back

Aqua Welsh Back

Location: Welshback

About: For us, Aqua Welsh Back provides Bristol’s finest waterside drinking and dining destination. Set in the lively Harbourside, Aqua offers a heated riverside piazza where you can enjoy delicious al fresco cocktails, fine wines and refreshing cold beers until late into the evening. What’s more, between noon and 7pm every day, there's 2-for-1 bellinis!

Serving Times: Weekdays 8:30am to 10:00pm, Weekends 9:00am - 10:30pm

Address: Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4RR

Telephone: 01179 156 060

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The Lido Poolside Bar

The Lido Poolside Bar

Location: Clifton

About: The stylish Lido is famous for its culinary delights; however it also boasts an atmospheric poolside bar. Nestled in the heart of Clifton, it is a heaven away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s the place to go for a relaxing drink and is especially alluring after night fall. Whether it’s a chai latte or a Lido Ale, there is a little something to tempt everyone. 

Serving Times: 

  • 12pm to 3.30pm / 6pm to 9.30pm (Monday to Saturday).
  • On Sundays the poolside bar menu will be available from 12pm to 5pm, between 5th May to 29th September 2024 the bar will be open late and serving the tapas menu and drinks with last orders at 8pm.

Address: Oakfield Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2BJ

Telephone: 0117 332 397

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The Flyer Bristol

The Flyer Bristol

Location: Bishopston

About:  The Bristol Flyer is a friendly pub on the Gloucester Road serving up an aray of specialist drinks. Sit back and relax in their welcoming beer garden whilst you sip the delights of their English potato vodka, or a kick back in the sunshine with a fruity Belgium beer.

Serving Times: 11am - 11pm Monday - Wednesday, 11am - 11:30pm Thursday, 11am - Midnight Friday - Saturday, 11am - 10pm Sunday

Address: 96 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8BN

Telephone: 0117 944 1658

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The Apple Cider Boat

The Apple Cider Boat

Location: Bristol Harbour

About: If you love cider, and something a little different, then The Apple Cider Boat is for you. Situated in the heart of Bristol’s Old City, The Apple's beautifully converted Dutch barge serves up some of the world’s finest ciders and perries on their quirky deck bar. The venue also boasts a large sun-drenched terrace which is the perfect setting to sick back, relax and enjoy a summer evening.

Serving Times: Monday - Wednesday: 4:30pm to Midnight, Thursday - Saturday: Midday to Midnight, Sunday: Midday to 10:30pm

Address: The Apple Cider Co. Ltd, Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SB

Telephone: 0117 925 3500

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Highbury Vaults

Highbury Vaults

Location: Highbury Vaults

About: Located close the Bristol University, the traditional Highbury Vaults is a local favourite. The 18th century pub has a lovely walled garden, a vast seating area and an abundance of greenery. It is the perfect setting to enjoy some of England’s best traditional ales.

Serving Times: Monday - Saturday 11.00am - 11.00pm, Sunday 12.00pm - 10.00pm

Address: 164 St Michael's Hill, Bristol BS2 8DE

Telephone: 01179733203

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Revolution Bristol

Location: The Old Fish Market  

About:  Bristol Revolution’s trendy terrace overlooks the impressive surroundings of the Old Fish Markets. Famed for its cocktails, it’s the perfect place for an al fresco pitcher. Top of our list is their tangy Sugar Lips Spritz and refreshing Strawberry Woo Woo.

Serving Times: Monday - Wednesday 4:00pm - 12:00am, Thursday 4:00pm - 2:00am, Friday - Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Address: Old Fish Market, St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1UA

Telephone: 0117 930 4335

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Riverstation

Riverstation

Location: Harbourside

About:  Riverstation is one of Bristol’s best waterfront bars, with two al fresco terraces overlooking the harbour this bar definitely has a view to remember. This is a prime location for wine lovers looking to enjoying a glass with a cool sea breeze.

Serving Times: Monday - Friday 11am - 11pm, Saturday 10am - 11pm, Sunday 10am - 8pm

Address: Riverstation, The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB

Telephone: 0117 9144434

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The White Lion

Location: Clifton

About: The White Lion pub has been around since 1806 so they have great drinks down to a T. With a quaint outdoor seated table areas with a handy shade from the summer sun, this is a fun and relaxed take on al fresco drinking. The White Lion is the perfect place to share a drink,or two, with friends and family.

Serving Times: Monday - Thursday 12:00 - 23:00, Friday 12:00 - 23:30, Saturday - Sunday

Address: Quay Head, Colston Ave, Bristol BS1 1EB

Telephone: +44 117 927 7744

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ARNOLFINI CAFE BAR

ARNOLFINI CAFE BAR

Location: Harbourside

About: Arnolfini Café Bar is a centre for contemporary arts based on Bristol’s harbourside in the heart of the city. Arnolfini is the perfect partner for Bristol Beer Factory. Arnolfini Café Bar's outside bar served a cider or beer in the sun.


Serving Times: Sun-Wed: 9am–8pm ,Thu - Sat: 9am–11pm


Address: 16 Narrow Quay BS1 4QA Bristol

Telephone:0117 440 9741

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Alfresco Cucina Italiana Cleeve

Alfresco Cucina Italiana Cleeve

Location: Cleeve

About:  A lovely restaurant located in Cleeve, nr Bristol. Alfresco Cucina Italiana provide traditionally made Italian food using fresh and authentic Italian ingredients, enjoy all the warmth of real Italian home cooking with family or friends.

The restaurant takes pride in creating authentic flavours which respect the traditions of Italian cuisine.With carefully chosen wines and Champagnes from Italy's leading producers, plus a full selection of beers, spirits, ciders and soft drinks, to compliment your meal.

Serving Times: Mon - Sat 12-3pm - 5.30-11pm Sunday 12pm-10pm

Address: 64 Main Road Cleeve Bristol BS49 4PF

Telephone: 01934 838 811

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All Fresco Cucina Italiana

All Fresco Cucina Italiana

Location: Westbury-on-Trym

About:  Alfresco Westbury-on-Trym provides traditionally made Italian food using fresh and authentic Italian ingredients. They are pride in creating authentic flavours which respect the traditions of Italian cuisine.Great Choice of wines and Champagnes from Italy's leading producers, plus a full selection of beers, spirits, ciders and soft drinks, to compliment your meal.

Serving Times: 12pm-12am Mon - Saturday, 12pm - 11pm Sunday

Address: 124 Stoke Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3RJ

Telephone: 0117 944 1658

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