The landscape of Bristol

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With its historic harborside location, iconic suspension bridge, and vibrant culture, Bristol is a city ripe for discovery. Beyond its cobbled streets and grand Georgian squares lies a buzzing, modern metropolis.

The city boasts no shortage of captivating attractions, like Brunel’s SS Great Britain, and also has a thriving arts scene that gave birth to Banksy. As you explore Bristol, you’ll also find a range of distinctive Greene King pubs where you can soak up the scenery and atmosphere over a perfectly poured pint and tasty pub grub.

From Victorian follies to contemporary bars putting a modern stamp on pub culture, Bristol’s Greene King pubs each have their own personality. Sip ale waterside or try locally-sourced dining in a majestic Victorian building. Relax with a craft beer in a chic, modern setting or enjoy a classic neighbourhood haunt and mix with friendly Bristolians.

Best pubs in Bristol

Bristol is home to a phenomenal selection of Greene King pubs to suit any taste or occasion. From stalwart neighbourhood haunts to striking heritage venues, Bristol has it all. Here are just some of our favourites:

Find your local Bristol pub

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Relax in a Georgian riverside inn

The Shakespeare has been serving thirsty locals since 1777 within a Grade II listed Georgian mansion on Prince Street. Designed by architect John Strachan in 1722, this building first housed merchants before becoming a dockside inn for shipyard workers.

Today, the heritage building offers visitors the chance to step back in time over a refreshing ale in the beer garden or a hearty meal inside the traditional bar. As Bristol's longest operating alehouse, The Shakespeare provides an authentic taste of the city's rich history in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. It’s a dog-friendly pub too, and four-legged companions can expect a water bowl, along with plenty of treats and attention.


Victorian splendour in chic Clifton village

On the edge of the city centre in Clifton, The Channings Hotel pairs period features with boutique hotel comforts. As the name suggests, this striking 19th century townhouse is a hotel as well as a pub and restaurant, and it’s popular among locals for its wide drinks selection and seasonal, locally sourced dishes.

Sports fans are well-catered for, as the pub has plenty of TVs showing the big games on TNT Sports. Another pooch-friendly pub, The Channings’ Clifton Village location among unique cafes, shops and the iconic suspension bridge makes The Channings Hotel a true Bristol gem.

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A grand folly for flame-grilled feasts

The 18th century folly architecture of The Castle provides a pretty one-of-a-kind setting for indulging in tasty pub classics. While the building has a Grade I listed status and was built for local factory owner William Reeve in 1745, The Castle is now a favourite among Brislington locals for family meals and casual afternoons with friends. Sink into a sumptuous booth and savour our delicious steaks and chargrilled burgers paired with real ales.


Classic pub charm with modern twists

The Bay Horse has been a local gathering place since the late 19th century, albeit with a few upgrades along the way. Featuring a stunning new gin display and gleaming copper beer taps, the pub interior combines classic touches with contemporary comfort.

The emerald green walls and cosy furnishings make settling in with a pint and tasty gastro bites an-ever-tempting option. Located opposite St. James' Park and close to central offices and the universities, Bay Horse provides a conveniently located spot for grabbing lunch during shopping, meeting mates after work, or gathering after class or lectures.

More about Bristol

Beyond its postcard-worthy scenery, Bristol is a diverse, energetic modern city packed with plenty for visitors to see and do.

Budding historians can climb aboard Brunel's groundbreaking steamship the SS Great Britain or learn more about the city’s past at M Shed Museum. The Georgian House Museum provides a window into aristocratic life in the 18th century.

Bristol nurtured the street art of Banksy and continues to push artistic boundaries with exhibiting spaces like Arnolfini Gallery, The Cube Microplex, and Watershed media centre. Music fans can follow in the footsteps of bands like Massive Attack and Portishead, or find fresh talent at venues like The Fleece and Exchange.

The city also boasts a standout food scene, from the stalls of St Nicholas Market to Michelin-starred dining. Feel at home with classic fish and chips or sample new flavours from around the world.
Green spaces like the checkerboard terraces of Queen Square and verdant Brandon Hill Nature Park offer peaceful retreats from the bustle of the city. Beyond Bristol, the scenic Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels beckon outdoor adventurers to explore the rural side of the West Country.

With striking contrasts between old and new, Bristol rewards those who take the time to uncover its many layers. Soak up the energy of this buzzing harbourside city with a visit to Greene King's distinctive Bristol pubs.

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