Bristol is one of Britain’s coolest cities, with a thriving arts scene, rich pickings for foodies, fabulous cocktail bars and some of 2018’s hottest new hotels and attractions.
Cargo at Wapping Wharf – Explore this community of repurposed shipping containers housing excellent indie eateries, bars, ice-creameries and shops. All the world’s cuisines are covered from modern British at BOX-E to fresh Asian at Woky Ko.
Birch – An intimate, unfussy, neighbourhood restaurant on the southern fringes of Bristol with its very own field, where the produce for the daily-changing, seasonal menu is grown.
The Clockwork Rose – Newly opened, Britain’s first steampunk bar is the fictional watering hole of the adventurer Captain Sebastian Commodore. Its cocktail menu is full of salty stories with intriguing names like the ‘Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster’ and ‘Dark Tide’.
Florist – Set to be a favourite among locals and visitors alike when it opens in early 2018, Florist is a new venture from the New World Trading Co, who already run some of the most inviting cocktail bars in the country; it’ll offer cocktails, world beers and a lip-smacking menu.
Artist Residence Bristol – Set to open by summer 2018 in a former boot factory, this will be the fifth hotel in a quirky micro chain of boutique British residences; you’ll find it in the up-and-coming Stokes Croft neighbourhood.
Kyle Blue – Bristol’s ‘luxury hostel boat’ is moored in the heart of the city’s historic harbour, a leisurely stroll from the centre. Climb aboard for private or shared accommodation and don’t miss a photo op sporting your captain’s hat with one hand on the helm!
Being Brunel – This new museum will open in 2018, inviting visitors to step into the mind of the impressively-named engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Channel your inner sailor and head on board the Brunel-designed ss Great Britain for the ‘Go Aloft!’ experience – a chance to climb its rigging!
Banksy – One of Bristol’s most famous characters is also its most elusive; his identity remains a secret. Head on a street art trail and find the graffitist’s famous works on walls all over the city.
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