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Hausbar, Clifton, Bristol

Bristol's original speakeasy still mixes up a fine signature cocktail

Beneath an Indian restaurant isn't traditionally the first place you'd head for a great night out, but that's precisely where you'll find one of Bristol's coolest bars. Right at the top of Whiteladies Road opposite the Downs, Hausbar has long been a place to finish a night in style.

The original Bristol speakeasy bar, which you have to ring a doorbell to gain access to, is rather out on a limb – especially with plenty of cocky young upstarts now opening nearer the centre of town. But despite no longer being unique, Hausbar remains a venue for discerning drinkers.

Owner Aurelius Braunbarth grew up in his father’s Michelin-starred restaurant in Germany. On moving to Bristol, he created a bar that could be straight out of 'Cabaret' – just replace the singing, stockings and suspenders with a splendid collection of spirits.

In a dimly lit, long and thin room, the best place to sit is at the bar watching the bartenders at work making Hausbar’s signature mojito or an excellent martini.

By: Betty James


Venue name: Hausbar
Address: 52 Upper Belgrave Road
Opening hours: Daily 8pm-2am
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The bar in which I discovered I liked martinis, which is truly a double-edged sword. The excellent drinks menu offers plenty more interesting options than just the classics, and they're all made by charming staff who are more than happy to help you choose your poison. And even though it's silly, I admit to enjoying the doorbell-ringing.