Long before Stokes Croft became the city’s most bohemian locale, The Bell was widely regarded as something of a Bristol institution. Tucked away on Hillgrove Street, just off the main drag of bars, independent stores and kooky cafés, it has long served a multitude of purposes; it’s a laidback meeting place for local artists, DJs and musicians, low-key community pub, and popular weekend pre-club boozer all rolled into one.
Happily for anyone fond of a cheeky pint or three, Bristol is chock-full of historic pubs that have become landmarks in their own right. From King Street’s ever-expanding Beermuda Triangle to classier drinking destinations around smarter Cotham and Clifton, you can rest assured you’ll never be short of places to pause for a quick tipple in this city. Neighbourhood staples are clung to with fervour – after all, we all know there’s nothing like a shared round to make a community come together. Craft beer-making in Bristol has blossomed in recent years, too, with pubs and their loyal customers are supporting nearby brewers like Lost and Grounded, Moor and Left Handed Giant by drinking their creations by the kegful.
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