Bristol has some amazing places to eat and drink, but sometimes we all want something a bit different; something a little quirky. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite bars, restaurants and cafes with a difference to help you get your quirk on!
Kongs is a seriously cool bar on King Street. Not only do they have arcade games, ping pong and a foosball table, but they have great DJ’s most weekends and a brilliant craft beer selection. Hungry? Try one of their ‘Jaffles’: a ‘Kongs style’ toasted sandwich. They’re amazing!
Spoke & Stringer
Need a wetsuit AND some great tapas? Who doesn’t! Head down to Spoke & Stringer and they’ll sort out all of your surfing or cycling needs, plus serve you some of the best pintxos in Bristol.
Historical Dining Rooms
Step back in time and enjoy an evening at The Historical Dining Rooms. Based above The Star & Dove in Bedminster, you’ll be treated to dishes from as far back as the 16th century. There are no gimmicks here, chefs Leigh Pascoe, Tim Denny and Matt Duggan spent years working on the project and with the quality and style of the food, it’s easy to see.
One of the smallest yet loveliest restaurants in Bristol: The Runcible Spoon is a hidden gem in one of Bristol’s urban hotspots, Stokes Croft. Just a few steps up Nine Tree Hill, you’ll wonder how you ever missed it. They have a little bar area upstairs and a small bistro restaurant downstairs. They do one of the best Sunday lunches around.
The Old Bookshop
The Old Bookshop is fast becoming one of the most interesting places to eat in Bristol – and they don’t even have a chef! They rent their kitchen to Bristol’s best pop-ups, who hold month long residencies. The result being an ever changing menu and experience. The venue itself is totally wacky, with good and bad taxidermy, trumpet lighting and the best smoking area around. Shouts also go to the coolest landlord, great staff and an amazing Sunday lunch.
Assilah is a Maroccan Bistro on Wells Road, Totterdown. The decor is everything you’d expect and more from a Maroccan restaurant and the menu and food has been highly rated since the day they opened. Assilah trivia: Joss Stone filmed some of her recent music video here.
Sky Kong Kong
In terms of decor, this is as quirky as it gets in Bristol. Situated in Haymarket, Sky Kong Kong is run by one of the most talented chefs in the city, Wizzy. Wizzy’s Asian-Fusion menu changes daily and dishes are as beautiful to look at as they are to eat.
Fancy dinner in a Mongolian Yurt? Course you do! Yurt Lush is the permanent home for Bristol’s annual Eat Drink Bristol Fashion festival. And with a menu created by Michelin starred chef and local food hero, Josh Eggleton and Head Chef Aidan Dunford, it’s food credentials speak for themselves.
OK, so you may have been to Falafel King on Cotham Hill, but if you didn’t go downstairs, you may have missed something, The restaurant downstairs is like stepping into a different world. It’s kitted out in full Middle Eastern decor and their shisha garden is full of bean bags and cushions so can you lie out, smoke some shisha and drink some delicious tea.
St Nic’s market is Bristol’s lunch time foodie hot-spot, and just a few steps in is Ahh Toots. Serving a range of amazing sandwiches, quiches, cakes and pastries in their lovely little cove, it’s a really cool place to sit for an hour and enjoy the hustle ‘n bustle.
Got kids? Or are you just a big kid at heart? Then head to Atomic Burger; a comic book and cartoon themed burger bar. The whole menu is based on comic book, cartoon or movie heroes and the decor is the same. Tip: try the bacon milkshake.
Steak of the Art
Designed entirely by one artist, Steak of the Art is a work of art itself. From the huge bar that’s lit in bright blue and green, to the Alice in Wonderland booth and the custom flooring, this is one of the most striking restaurants around.
‘The Galli’ has one of the best people watching spots and outdoor seating areas, but inside is even quirkier than the bohemian fashionistas walking passed. There’s toy doll clocks on the walls, bad taxidermy and some really awesome art. Their food is some of the best on Gloucester Road and it’s always beautifully presented.
No Man’s Grace
No Man’s Grace pay homage to the pudding by introducing a dessert bar to Bristol. But these are no normal waffle and ice-cream desserts, oh no! Think ‘malted panna cotta with blueberry donuts and poached pear’ -oh YES! It’s not all about the sweet tooth though, No Man’s Grace also has a great small plate menu with brilliant wine list.
Cox & Baloney Vintage Boutique
Afternoon tea, cocktails in tea-pots and vintage fashion – it’s all here! Cox & Baloney is a really lovely boutique on Cheltenham Road and their passion is evident in everything they do. You’ll have lots of fun here.
Under the Stars
Bristol isn’t short of bars and restaurants on boats, but Under the Stars isn’t a boat, it’s a ship. It’s a ship with great tapas, brilliant cocktails, movie nights and live music. Aaaarrggh!