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A Guide to Bristol’s Spirit Festivals

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Bristolians! Sick of cider? No chance. Want to try something different anyway? Of course you do. Grab your pens. Grab your diaries. Or if you’re fancy, grab those tablets and smartphones, because we’ve got a super spirited line-up of great big boozy festivals this year that you’d be crazy (or drunk) to miss.

Pizza and Prosecco Festival
There are very few P’s that go together better than pizza and prosecco, which combine to make the purely perfect festival. If you’re up for feasting on cheesy, doughy goodness washed down with crisp, chilled bubbles on a scorching day, keep June 17 free. Only one thing could make this even better – endless choice. With 20 different types of prosecco available (make sure you pay the Tiny Tipple Van a visit) and a range of prosecco cocktails, you’ll never be short of the right fizz to pair with slices from local traders, from Catch Doughboys to The Original Goodfellas. It’s enough to make you sing with joy – but no one wants to hear that after so many proseccos, so there’s live music to enjoy instead.

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Pizza and Prosecco Festival will be at Motion, Bristol BS2 0PX on 17th June. Tickets are £6.
Bristol Rum Festival
You know it’s going to be a great festival when the early bird tickets are already sold out. Quite rightly so, as the private tastings, seminars and workshops are just a couple of ways to explore over 100 of the Caribbean’s finest rums. After you’ve finished chatting with the distillers and getting your fill at the three cocktail bars (including Tiki Cocktail Box), make sure you leave yourself enough time to kick back with some live music and mouth-watering street food.

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Bristol Rum Festival will be at Paintworks Event Space, Bristol BS4 3EH on 9th – 10th September. Tickets are £22.50.
Whisky Bristol Underground
The water of life is flowing beneath the streets of Bristol this September. Connoisseurs and newbies alike can taste over 200 drams from 20 of the top names in whisky, from Woodford Reserve to Tullamore Dew. You can also sample some top quality cigars, while enjoying some music and indulging in some classic food pairings. Plus, there’s a fantastic range of masterclasses for those determined to crack the #WhiskyMystery.

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Whisky Bristol Underground will be at Loco Klub, Bristol BS1 6HQ on 9th September. Tickets start from £39.
Bristol Rum Festival
So you got a little merry at Whisky Bristol Underground and ended up sleeping through Bristol Rum Festival. Have no fear, there’s another one! This time, it’s a rum festival beach party at Brunel’s Old Station. Wake up with a wave of carnival dancers, live reggae, Caribbean food and steel drumming before working your way through the rums of South America, the West Indies and the USA. If you’re worried that you won’t be able to remember it, there’s a free photo booth to make memories and face painting to ensure you look the part all day.

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Bristol Rum Festival will be at Brunel’s Old Station, Bristol BS1 6QH on 23rd September. Tickets are £10.
House of Gin ‘All in Good Spirit’ Festival
If you’re looking to welcome the autumn with Mother’s Ruin, a pre-Halloween gin fest might just be the treat. True gin fans can sample from three bars, showcasing award-winning and small batch gin: the Navy Strength Gin Bar, the House of Gin Bar, and the Genèver, American and Irish Gin Bar. Plus Copperhead and De Borgen are joining forces to create the ultimate negroni at their collaborative cocktail bar. The festival also caters to those who are new to gin or want to try something else – there’s a chance to try premium rum, vodka, whisky, tequila, mezcal, and guest-brewed craft beer and ales.
House of Gin “All in Good Spirit” Festival is at Paintworks Event Space, Bristol BS4 3EH on 27th October. Tickets are £7.50.

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