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The Best Bars & Pubs on Gloucester Road, Bristol

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For bar lovers, ale aficionados and pub grub connoisseurs, Gloucester Road in Bristol is the place to be. Every city has an area of town that serves up some fine drinking establishments and Gloucester Road has a little bit of something for everyone.

Where to visit first? That’s a tricky one, if pushed then we’d suggest The Golden Lion. Not big by any means but always a great selection of ales on tap to go alongside a number of gigs for live music lovers. There’s also some extremely impressive street art adorning the exterior should that float your boat.

No round up of Gloucester Road would be complete without a mention of The Gallimaufry. One of the busiest spots in town and for good reason. The owners describe it as a restaurant, bar, live music and arts space which is actually a pretty accurate description. The cocktails are spot on (and very reasonably priced) and there’s a great outside space in sunnier times. By the way, if you’re interested, the word ‘gallimaufry’ means up-cycled things to wear and use around the home.

Now if you owned an ale house on Gloucester Road, what would you call it? Gloucester Road Ale House might not be the most imaginative of pub monikers but it does exactly what it says on the tin with some great ales and ciders on offer all year round. Decent burgers on the menu as well which also happens to be the case down the road at The Flyer which we’d heartily recommend.

If you like your pub stripped back in an industrial style, as seems to be the fashion these days, then The Urban Standard is where you need to be headed. It’s a hipster’s paradise with little known craft beer alongside more established names and they also happen to open at 10am for what is fast becoming a staple amongst young Brits…brunch!

We could go on and on about the area and its eclectic community, but we’d rather you went and explored for yourself. Venues such as Halo, The Cider Press, Tinto Lounge and The Royal Oak are all worthy of a mention, but you’ll have to take our word for that. Or not, you could head down there right now…Gloucester Road, we salute you!