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Pubs in Bristol

On the hunt for the perfect pint? Find the best pubs in Bristol with our guide to the city's best boozers.

Below Mark Brewer reveals his 'Top 5 Pubs Worth Climbing a Bristolian Hill For'.

The Christmas Steps

The Christmas Steps

About: Having opened over the May Bank Holiday 2014, after undergoing a complete renovation to accentuate the 17th century building’s original bare-stone and high beamed features, the pub boasts a charming synergy between Bristol’s past, present and future. The landlords have experience, both in well-decorated drinking locales, and Bristol’s varied music scene, moonlighting as the creative minds behind Bristol-based The Crack magazine. These ingredients result in an atmospheric experience, bringing together 17th century aesthetic with a range of modern art and music. Whether you’re on your way up or down the hill, take time to stop here.

Price range: ££ - £££

Address: 2 Christmas Steps, Bristol, BS1 5BS

Telephone: 0117 925 3077

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The White Bear

The White Bear

About: Situated a little further down St Michael’s Hill, The White Bear provides a place to eat or drink in comfort. Their seating areas are pleasantly split into themes to suit any mood, ranging from rustic wooden furniture, a selection of more intimate tables, or low leather lounge sofas. Like its namesake, The White Bear can either be a beehive of activity, or else the perfect place to laze on a quiet afternoon, playing from a range of niche board-games. If you happen to find yourself nearby on a Sunday, The White Bear’s great-value Sunday roast is always worth the stop.

Price Range: £ - ££

Address: 133 Saint Michael's Hill, Bristol, BS2 8BS

Telephone: 0117 904 9054

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The Highbury Vaults

The Highbury Vaults

About: The Highbury Vaults - or simply ‘The Vaults’ to the locals - is a quaint, cosy village pub located at the top of St Michael’s Hill, and a favourite haunt of the University’s philosophy faculty. If the oak-panelling and Victorian train set, which occasionally pops in and out of sight as it circuits the pub, doesn’t endear you, then the friendly bar staff and heart-warming food certainly will. They will gladly serve you from a selection of real-ales, and are more than happy to join you in interesting conversation on just about any subject you can think of (and many that you can’t). The range of ciders might be a little narrow for a Bristolian pub, but The Vaults definitely makes up for this in character, company and good food. Definitely try the fish pie.

Price range: £ - ££

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

Telephone: 01179 733203

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The Green Man

The Green Man

About: If you’re looking for a community atmosphere and a range of award-winning real stouts, ales and ciders to cover the bar, The Green Man microbrewery should be your next stop. The grade II listed pub is the fifth in the decade-old Dawkins Brewery Company, and boasts endearing village-style premises right in the heart of Kingsdown. If you’re an ale connoisseur, then their uncompromising ethos of using only the best ingredients, including Marris Otter malt, will furnish you with a drinking experience as welcome as the landlords make you feel. No wonder all five of these microbreweries are acclaimed in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide!

Price range: ££ - £££

Address: 21 Alfred Place, Bristol, BS2 8HD

Telephone: 0117 925 8062

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Small Bar

Small Bar

About: At Small Bar Bristol they have 31 taps in total, pouring the worlds best beers. They ry to ensure that they have a real focus on the best breweries from the South West first and foremost - it’s important that they act as a showcase for the best and freshest beer from their ocality. They also regularly pour beer from the worlds greatest breweries and make it their mission to ensure that their taps are filled with world class beer from near and far.

Price range: ££ - £££

Address: Small Bar, 31 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4DZ                                                                                                  

Telephone: N/A

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Kongs of Kings Street

Kongs of Kings Street

About: Kongs of Kings Street combines beer, food, table tennis, foosball and retro arcade machines to create a unique experience that’s unmatched anywhere in Bristol. Where else can you sink a Sierra Nevada, set the high score on Donkey Kong, stop for some halloumi chips before blade battling in a game of table tennis? This is the perfect man cave for those of you who cant watch the football at home!

Price range: ££ - £££

Address: 13-15, Kings Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF

Telephone: N/A

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Kensington Arms

Kensington Arms

About: Nestled in the heart of Redland, The Kensington Arms – or The Kenny as it’s
more popularly known – has long been a hot spot for South West foodies. They don’t claim to be anything flash and fancy, just a proper British local with amazing new-era food. Hidden away on the corner of Stanley Road there’s a great atmosphere with food that is some of the very best in Bristol!

Price range: ££ - £££

Address: 35-37 Stanley Road, Redland, BS6 6NP

Telephone: 0117 944 6444

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The Cadbury

The Cadbury

About: Nestled away in the marvellous back streets of Montpelier you’ll find this gorgeous pub. 300-year-old Timber-framed Pub Serving Local Craft Ales, Fine Wines And Top Shelf Spirits With A Diverse Soundtrack, Pub Games, An Open Fire And Large Sun Trap Garden. The large beer garden is an escape to sip from the array of beer, ales and 3 boxed ciders that are on tap. They also cook a mean roast to.

Price range: ££ - £££

Address: 68 Richmond Rd, Montpelier, Bristol, BS6 5EW, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 117 924 7874

The Apple

The Apple

About: The Apple brings you the world’s finest range of ciders & perries, along with some truly exceptional beers, wines and spirits, on a beautifully converted Dutch barge in the heart of Bristol’s Old City. Our large sun-drenched quayside terrace and deck bar with breath-taking views of the historic Floating Harbour also offers you the perfect setting to enjoy a menu of sumptuous, wholesome, west-country inspired, locally sourced food.

Price range: ££ - £££

Address: The Apple, Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4SB

Telephone: 0117 925 3500

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The Wellington

The Wellington

About: The Wellington is a much loved pub, well-known for providing a warm welcome, delicious food and great service. Light and airy, the dining area is spacious with modern and quirky decor, our patio and beer garden are perfect for alfresco dining and drinking. There is also a long bar serving a fantastic selection of real ales and craft beer. Located at the top of the iconic Gloucester Road, which has long been seen as the epitome of the city’s independent spirit, with its collection of independent shops and quirky pubs and colourful street art.

Price range: ££ - £££

Address: The Wellington, Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 8UR

Telephone: 0345 2411133 

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The Albion

The Albion

Location: Clifton

About: Renowned for its modern British cuisine, real ales, extensive wine list and sunny courtyard, The Albion is a firm al fresco favourite located at the heart of Clifton village.

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  • Pan fried Sea Bass £15.50
  • Slow Roasted Blade of Beef £16.95
  • Wild Mushroom & Cannelloni Bean Cassoulet £13.50 

Address: Boyce's Avenue, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4AA

Telephone: 0117 973 3522

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