Gloucester Road joining into Stokes Croft runs North of Bristol’s City center, and currently has the longest stretch of independent shops in the country. It also has a variety of pubs and bars to experience, explorers are welcome to join us on our tour.
1. The Wellington: With a seasonal and locally sourced menu, there are some great dishes to try out (No one likes drinking on an empty stomach) It’s a great place to try a resident Bath Ales on tap, or maybe have a Classic ‘Gem’-ale batted fish. They even have 8 lovely bedrooms available if you wish to end the night early.
4. The Lazy Dog: With a huge beer garden, there will hopefully be a chance to catch some rays, and top up your vitamin D, while sipping a Bristol Beer Factory Le Soleil.
6. The Sportsman: The deceiving large corner stone pub houses 11 full size 8-ball tables inside. Bring your cues and form an orderly queue
8. The Golden Lion: Renowned music venue, offering live music 4 times a week, for free! Generous givers to the “hat” ensures the musicians can eat, and will keep coming back.
11. The Cider Press: With 32 ciders to choose from, and apples are your preference, there is a flavour to suit every taste. But, have no fear, there is also a wide range of craft beers and a selection of gins, accompanied by fever-free tonics available.
14. The Hobgoblin: Welcome to the half way point. Apart from the obvious Hobgoblin on draft, they are known for their monstrous burgers. For those nutty about nuts, the popular ‘Wrong’ burger contains, a 6oz beef patty, in a toasted brioche bun, smoked streaky bacon, crunchy peanut butter, lettuce, red onion and chipotle mayo.
15. The Gallimaufry: A new collaboration with Good Chemistry Brewing invites a new Vegan, citrus, orangey beer, a Galli Pale Ale on tap, named ‘In Our Nature’. If you get close enough, you’ll notice the pump clips are hand painted (by Hannah Sunny Whaler, and Dave Bain)
18. The Prince of Wales: A local pub sourcing its food, ale and cider from local traders. Including; Bristol Beer Factory, New Bristol Brewery, Dawkins Ales, and Bath Ales, their reputation speaks for its self. With a looming fear of loosing its lease and being turned into a chain establishment, you may not have long to check it out.
21. The Social: In the heart of Stokes Croft, The Social offer some “Winter Warmers” during the colder months. Hopefully it’s cold enough to sample their mulled wine, cider or hot spiced rum! Or the lethal “Anti-Social” house cocktail, for those who don’t like hot drinks.
23. The Crofters Rights: Specializing in cask ales, kegged beers and ciders from local and international brewers which are regularly updated. The back room hosts everything from punk gigs, experimental noise to story telling.
25. The Canteen Bar: Offers live music every night of the week for free! Covering a wide range of genres, including a 25 piece samba band to a hip-hop orchestra. There will definitely be something playing that you can have a dance to. Housed within Hamilton House, a community space filled with hot desks, art studios, dance studios and exhibition spaces. With a risk of being turned into flats in the not to distant future, you should step in and have a look while you still have the chance.
Last but not least:
28.The Full Moon and Attic Bar: The owners of the largest pub courtyard in town, you’ll see everyone cozied outside enjoying a pint. Inside there is a wood-fired pizza oven, a late night noodle bar and a Photo booth. You can snap a little memento to remember this most epic pub crawl. Outside painted by @Cheba