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Bristol’s Top 5 New Year Celebrations

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There ain't no party like a Bristolian party – so don't miss out on these festive fiestas, from open air pool-dipping to fireside cocktail-sipping!

For Party Animals – Prehistoric Pop Party at Thekla

The Thekla is Bristol’s only music venue and nightclub on a boat! Celebrate the passage of time by travelling back to a land of prehistoric creatures, mythical plants and primitive mankind where they play everything from toe-tapping live Americana to the downright dirtiest dubstep this side of London.

This New Year, Thekla has been overrun with a mystical jungle, filled with giant predators, warring tribes and huge man-eating plants. Fancy dress is highly encouraged, think: Dinosaur, Jesus, Ape, Cave-person, Mythical Creature or Explorer.

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Find Thekla at The Grove, East Mud Dock, Bristol BS1 4RB

For Foodies Who Love a Fiesta

Celebrate in style at The Cuban Bristol with their New Year's Eve Black & White Party.

After a traditional Cuban welcome with the Cuban dancers, get yourself sat down for a delicious three-course meal, complemented by a live Latino band. Guests can expect to be dazzled by a spectacular magician, and Salsa and Cuban dancers. The Cuban is sure to amaze and entertain you.

Tickets are £52 and include bubbly, meal, entertainment from dancers, fire breathers, stilt walkers, magicians… ¡Qué bueno!

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The Cuban is located at Unit 2, Building 11, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5SZ

For Big and Little Dippers

Wash away the cares of 2018 with a dip in the – mercifully heated – outdoor pool at Portishead!

Tickets available for one-hour time slots between 10am – 2pm on New Year’s Eve and – if you’re feeling up to it – on New Year’s Day.

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Portishead Open Air Pool is on Esplanade road, Portishead, Portishead BS20 9HD

You can book tickets here.

For Cocktail-Sippers

Milk Thistle will be serving festive “cheers” with their exceptional cocktails, in one of the most beautiful bars in the city.

Join them for pre-dinner cocktails from 6-8pm, to get your night started right, or midnight cocktails from 9pm until late (or early, depending how you look at things).

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Email info@milkthistlebristol.com or call 0117 929 4429 to reserve a table.

Milk Thistle is at Quay Head House, Colston Avenue, Bristol BS1 1EB

For True Brizzle Cider-Swillers

Celebrate the coming of 2019 in true south-western style in the company of an impressive bespoke cider and craft beer range.

The music ain’t bad either, with gypsy folk and Bristol-based brassy bad-asses, Horning Glory keeping you grooving until the early hours.

Worth noting: anyone wanting to dine needs to call the restaurant and book a space between 7-9pm.

The Big Cider Festival takes place on Canon's Road, BS1 5UH and you can book tickets here.