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The Gallimaufry

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  1. The Gallimaufry
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Arty bar serving local beer. Call it the Galli – everyone else does

A hodgepodge, a jumble, a confused medley – all apt terms to describe this Bishopston bar which, since opening in 2012, has swiftly become one of the go-to spots in an area of town not short on options for drinkers.

This is a bar with a quirky and artistic vibe, well-suited to the ever-eclectic Gloucester Road. Keeping it independent and local, as is the way around here, you’ll always find at least two beers from Bristol breweries on offer, as well as regularly changing options from further afield.

Walls feature specially commissioned pieces from artists including Josh Owen, Dave Bain and Mr Mead. Then there are the hand-crafted sculptures by Lucie Smailes around the bar – look out for dolls' lamps and the devil’s violin. A particular claim to fame for the Galli is that it was home to a regular residency by former Bristol student George Ezra, who now plays slightly larger venues than this.

Written by Betty James


26-28 The Promenade
Gloucester Road
Opening hours:
Sun-Thu 11am-midnight; Fri 11am-1am; Sat 10am-1am
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