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The Aviator Bar & Galley Kitchen

Bars and pubs
4 out of 5 stars
The Aviator Bar
© Chris Hoare
aviator bar
© Chris Hoare
aviator bar
© Chris Hoare

Since opening at the tail end of 2013, the diminutive Aviator Bar in Redland has earned a decent reputation for the quality of its’ craft ales and hearty, unfussy food. Certainly, it’s well worth deviating from Whiteladies Road or Gloucester Road to try some of the 13 draught beers they have on offer.

The one-room venue itself is small and intimate, with Bristol Aeroplane Company memorabilia adorning the walls and bar in celebration of the city’s aviation heritage. That The Aviator Bar feels mature and grown up, rather than gimmicky, is testament to the work of its’ beer-loving owners.

Their impeccable craft beer offering – think both ales and lagers, with better-known brands joined by obscure international brews – is particularly attractive. They have their own ‘house beer’, the sweet-but-dry Aviator Wing, as well as a string of craft lagers from the UK and the Czech Republic. For those who aren’t so keen on beer, the wine list is surprisingly impressive for such a small bar. 

Beer enthusiasts are well catered for, with third of a pint and half pint measures also available, allowing the option to taste multiple beers in one session without needing to be carried home at the end.

By: Matt Anniss


Venue name: The Aviator Bar & Galley Kitchen
Address: Chandos Road