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Al Fresco Drinking in Bristol

Are you looking for the best al fresco drinking spots 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 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....


Aqua Welsh Back

Aqua Welsh Back

Location: Harbourside

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: Monday - Thursday 11am to 10pm, Friday 11am to 10.30pm, Saturday 9am to 10.30pm, Sunday 9am to 10pm.

Address: Welsh Back, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 4RR

Telephone: 0117 915 6060

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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: 8am - 11pm Mon - Sat, 9am - 6pm Sun

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

Telephone: 0117 933 9530

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

Address: 96 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8BN

Telephone: 0117 944 1658

The Albion

The Albion

Location: Clifton

About: Renowned for its sunny courtyard, the trendy Albion focuses on local ales and ciders. Or, if it’s something special you fancy, why not take a tipple from their premium spirits and single malts. The Albion is a firm al fresco favourite all year round offering warming hot cider, zesty summer cocktails and other seasonal drinks.

Serving Times: 11am-11pm

Address: Boyce's Ave, Clifton Village, Bristol BS8 4AA

Telephone: 0117 973 3522

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: 12.00pm -12.00am Mon - Sat, 12.00pm - 10.30pm Sun. Winter opening times vary.

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

Telephone: 0117 925 3500

Novel Wines

Novel Wines

Location: Your garden

About: Novel Wines specialise in delivering luxury wines to your door from the world's finest winemakers. It's that simple. Wine enthusiasts Ben Franks and Gyorgy Zsiga founded the independent online retailer Novel Wines to share wines you haven't tried before. Their range of wine will inspire you to discover your new favourite wine. Take your pick here

Amenities: 100 unique, hand-selected wines at your doorstep! With no need to get ready, simply get the sun lounger out, sit back and relax!

Telephone: 01225 667311

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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: 12pm -12.00am

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

Telephone: 01179733203

Revolution Bristol

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 Absolute Passion and refreshing Strawberry Woo Woo.

Serving Times: Mon – Thurs 11am -01.00am, Fri – Sat 11am – 2am, Sun 12pm – 1am

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

Telephone: 0117 930 4335



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. Winning ‘Best Wine List’ in Bristol’s 2013 Good Food Awards makes it a prime location for wine lovers looking to enjoying a glass with a cool sea breeze.

Serving Times: Mon – Wed 9am – 11pm, Thu – Sat 9am – 12am, Sun 10am – 5pm

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

Telephone: 0117 9144434

The White Lion Bar

The White Lion Bar

Location: Clifton

About: The White Lion bar is part of Clifton's Avon Gorge Hotel and has just about the best view of Bristol posssible. With a huge heated terrace, this takes al fresco drinking to the next level with stunning panoramic views of Clifton Suspension Bridge in all its 26m glory. The White Lion is the perfect place to share a drink,or two, with friends and family.

Serving Times: 11am - 11pm Mon - Sat, 11.30am - 10.30pm Sun

Address: Sion Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4LD

Telephone: 0117 9738 955

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