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Hausbar (CLOSED)

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars
4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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



Address: 52 Upper Belgrave Road
Opening hours: Daily 8pm-2am
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