The Student Guide: 8 Best Cocktail Bars In Bristol You Need To Try

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With restrictions finally easing, why don’t you get yourself ready and indulge in some of the best cocktail bars in Bristol?

It comes as no surprise that Bristol is the prime location for cocktail bars – it’s literally renowned for having one of the most vibrant nightlifes in the UK…

Maybe you’re studying here for uni, or just visiting your pals for the weekend? If so, cocktails are the best way to socialise with those you love outside of your student accommodation!

So, what are you waiting for? Call your pals and tell them you’re going out tonight ‘cos this list is about to get juicyyyyyy.

1. London Cocktail Club

37 Triangle W, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1ER

cocktail bars in bristol for students

Contrary to the name, this cocktail club is in fact not in London. Though it does have venues all over the capital city, they’ve blessed you with a bar right in Bristol city centre!

Boasting eclectic decor, feel-good music and succulent cocktails, this bar in Bristol is a must-visit when you’re here for uni.

Honestly, what more could you want than to enter a Neverland haven for Peter Pan’s after party? And yes, that is exactly how they describe it.

Oh wait, you thought it couldn’t get any better? Well, you’re wrong – the London Cocktail Club even has a happy hour till 7pm EVERYDAY. Every, bloomin, day…jeeeeese we want to go now!

2. Riverstation

The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB

pornstar martinis with friends outside by bristol river

Riverstation is a stylish cocktail lounge, located on Bristol’s iconic harbourside

Offering a stunning terrace and balcony with unrivalled views over the river, it’s no wonder locals, tourists and students flock here in the summer months!

Why not enjoy a delicious, yet classic Aperol Spritz? Or, maybe you’d prefer to get a coffee rush from their Espresso Martinis

There’s a cocktail for everyone here, so you’re bound to find one you’ll fall in love with!

3. Pitcher and Piano

Canon’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5UH

four cocktails with garnishes for student to enjoy

The ultimate spot for an appetizing cocktail along the riverfront! (Is it just us or does Bristol seem to have the most charming locations for all it’s cocktail bars?)

Whether it’s bubbles and brunch or after uni drinks, Pitcher and Piano is the place to be. 

It offers a huge selection of delicious classic cocktails such as the Passion Fruit Margarita, Peach Old-Fashioned and the iconic Pina Colada.

But, if you’re feeling fancy, you can delve into their house cocktails made especially for their bar. 

A favourite for many is Tennessee Passion; a Jack Daniels based drink with passion fruit purée, ginger beer and lemon juice!

4. Love Inn

Avon, 84 Stokes Croft, St Paul’s, Bristol BS1 3QY

cocktail bars in bristol with delicious drinks

Find Love Inn this quaint cocktail venue in Bristol…see what we did there? Yes, we’re cringing just as much as you don’t worry.

Inn all seriousness (it’s going to be a long blog…) we are obsessed with this small bar and if you’re a cocktail lover, you will be too.

It hosts regular live music nights, DJ sets and events for you to enjoy. Our personal favourite has to be the Drag Queen bingo, or maybe the Breaking Bread comedy club

Offering unique drinks, why not opt for The Raspberry Rip Off, consisting of Absolut Vanilla Vodka, Chambord, lemon juice, and sugar topped with ginger ale? We wouldn’t blame you.

5. Loose Cannon

Unit 1b, 8 Millennium Promenade, Bristol BS1 5SZ

delicious range of cocktails in Bristol

Loose Cannon is a seriously stylish setting in which to enjoy some high-quality cocktails! You’re not going to want to miss out when visiting here for term time. 

We’ve honestly never seen a menu like it – how you’re ever going to decide on a drink here is beyond us! 

What makes it extra special is that its staff members are experts in all things cocktails. Think crazy garnishes, wild ingredients and even classic drinks that might not be on the menu…they’ll know. 

A firm favourite from many is the Unicorn Tears and the Sugar Tax, so if you’re ever here for a night with friends, make sure to get one of them!

6. Flipside

109 Whiteladies Rd, Redland, Bristol BS8 2PB

cool cocktails in Bristol bar

For some of the best drinks in Bristol, you need to visit Flipside. 

Nestled next to Clifton Down train station, this hidden gem is a guaranteed good night for you and your pals. 

It’s décor reminds us of an old-style speakeasy, with reclaimed furniture and comfortable seating. 

It offers an exciting range of cocktails for you to choose from which, in the summer months, you can enjoy from the comfort of their sheltered terrace area!

We suggest getting the Brizz Fizz, a delightful combination of Absolut vodka, elderflower liqueur & cordial with a lime topped with prosecco! 

Or, if you’re in the mood for something a little different, why not get the June Bug? A Koko Kanu rum with midori, banana liqueur, pineapple and lemon…our taste buds are watering!

7. The Milk Thistle

Quay Head House, Colston Ave, Bristol BS1 1EB

girls drinking after university

We know that saving the best till the last is unfair but we’ve deffo done it on this occasion. 

The Milk Thistle is one of the best cocktail bars in Bristol and there’s no doubt about it!

Spread across four floors and offering a huge range of quirky cocktails, you’re bound to have an exceptional night out here with your besties.

Obvs, it would be brilliant to know you’re guaranteed a seat, but this busy bar is usually booked up so we’d recommend calling and getting a space saved for you!

8. The Florist

69 Park St, Bristol BS1 5PB

the florist in bristol to visit as a student

Now this is an instagrammable cocktail bar you NEED to visit. If you haven’t heard of the florist, then get to know!

The Florist believes in the fundamental principles of floristry, to charm each of the senses. So expect deliciously fragrant drinks and tasty food, you won’t be disappointed!

One of our faves has to be the Raspberry Rose Sour, a mixture of Lanique Spirit of Rose, prickly pear liqueur, cranberry juice, geranium syrup and candy floss.

Other cocktails loved by all include the Ginny Hendricks and Electric Daiquiri.

We hope you enjoyed this exceptional range of cocktail bars in Bristol and if you haven’t booked anything yet…what are you waiting for? Obviously this has been alcohol central and that’s not up everyone’s street. So, to make sure you’re not missing out, why not make some mocktails at home with your friends? We have 10 easy recipes which you can use for the next time you invite your pals over. You’re in for a treat – we promise!