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The Old Bookshop

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars South Of The River
5 out of 5 stars
The Old Bookshop 2, Bristol
Sal Maxuda

Self-styled bar full of upcycled fittings and taxidermy, with a small stage for live music

Lock your bicycle to the anchor outside, order a drink underneath the trombones, trumpets and tubas fashioned into a light and take a seat next to the time machine.

The Old Bookshop is nothing ordinary and features enough taxidermied animals to populate Farthing Wood. There's even a bar within a bar, after the Old Bookshop expanded a couple of years back into the former beauty salon next door.

An open-minded music policy has seen appearances from the likes of Bristol jazz chanteuse Beth Rowley and bands with more members than you'd think could possibly fit onto the tiny stage. Even the St Paul's Wassailers – a group who sing old folk songs (think The Pogues meet the church choir), dressed in steampunk gear.  

Also look out for the spectacular art by German artist Sokar Uno on the side of the bar, commissioned to go alongside a recent exhibition at the Upfest gallery just down the road.

By: Betty James


Venue name: The Old Bookshop
Address: 65 North Street
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 5-11pm; Thu-Sat 10.30am-11pm; Sun noon-11pm
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