The Old Duke

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The Old Duke
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Get your jazz hands ready for a night at this centuries old city-centre live music venue and pub

These days, it’s rare to find a jazz venue that oozes panache the way The Old Duke does. The decor reflects the history of the venue – which dates back to around 1775 – in the form of photos, sketches and paintings of musicians and patrons that adorn every inch of the wall. Outside is equally inviting, the large outdoor drinking area providing ample space for those needing a break from the ever-heaving bar area where the musicians play.

Given its proximity to a wide range of other venues, individuality is a must, and The Old Duke’s live music policy ensures it stands out from the crowd. Bands and artists perform every day of the week, from 8.30pm on Monday to Saturday and from 12.30pm on Sunday, and it also hosts an annual jazz festival.

Jazz is the main dish of the day here, but expect to hear blues and even some folk on any given night. It’s a truly unique spot, and, whether you’re a fan of this sort of music or not, you can't call yourself a music fan in Bristol until you've visited.

By: Sean Kelly


Venue name: The Old Duke
Address: 45
King Street
Transport: Rail: Bristol Temple Meads

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