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Tour de fork: Bristol thrills 'n' spills tour

Published on January 3, 2018
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Coffee cocktails, underground bars and glitzy hotels tick all the boxes for a boozy weekend in the city

Bristol spa

With a long day of fermented frolicking ahead, we’d recommend easing in with a quality caffeine hit at one of the city’s popular speciality spots. Expertly pulled espresso, gooey slices of homemade brownie and a go on the swing set (yes, really) come as standard at Playground Coffee on St Nicholas Street. And the caffeine-spiked collection of cocktails? An optional extra.

Suitably buzzing, it’s time to line the stomach. Boozy brunching is big business in Bristol: if you’re after a ‘bottomless’ fizz and jacked-up brekkie set-up, head for Brace & Browns on Whiteladies Road.

More trad then trendy? Brave the roof terrace at Bambalan on top of Colston Tower and get stuck into the Bam bacon sarnie and a bloody mary.

Ardent gin drinkers will want to book a session at local juniper juicer Psychopomp. Two hour distilling courses on Saturdays – complete with bespoke bottle of gin to take home – get booked up early, though spots on the weekday gin experiences aren’t as elusive.

There are worse ways to spend an afternoon than propping up a bar at one of Bristol’s tap rooms. Bag a tasting table at Wiper and True on York Street or work your way through Bristol Beer Factory’s sixteen strong ale line-up at the North Street shop. Back in central Bristol, Wild Beer Co has a seasonal bill of South West-brewed beers and ciders – hit up Wapping Wharf neighbours Woky Ko, Squeezed or Pizzarova for between-bar sustenance.

The city’s slickest cocktails await under Unity Street if you can find the entrance to Red Light (hint: look for the graffiti-covered door). All dim lighting and rouged leather, it’s a seriously sexy adult drinking den. If a cocktail crawl is on the cards, a swift totter up Park Street will bring you to original speakeasy, Hyde & Co.

End your tipsy tour with a pre-slumber tipple at The Gold Bar at Bristol Harbour Hotel (pictured) before retiring to one of the ultra-luxe bedrooms. Soothe any sore heads the next morning with a soak in the bank vaultturned- sumptuous spa.

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