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Cities fall in and out of fashion – but Bristol has always resolutely done its own thing. The West Country port town boasts a tight-knit community of independent cafés, shops and records labels, a vibrant street art scene – and one heck of a bar scene, where you can seek out some truly divine creations that make use of Schweppes’s new 1783 range of tonics.
To honour the year that clockmaker-turned-bottler Jacob Schweppe first started bottling his magical, fizzing tonic water, the brand’s mixologists have developed this crisp, fresh, brand-new line of mixing tonics. Each of them will form the perfect basis to a near-infinitesimal numbers of beverages. Actually, to use a musical comparison that we hope the music-lovers of Bristol would appreciate: consider these tonics like the drummer in a band, modestly holding the tune together whilst letting the frontman and guitar players do their thing.
We’ve rounded up four fabulous Bristol pubs, bars and drinking dens that serve up a series of dazzling confections that make use of Schweppes 1783. Spoiler alert: there’s more going on here than just gin.