Bristol Food & Drink: October

Bristol Cocktail Week

Following the beery mayhem of Bristol Beer Week, October sees us get all fancy and sophisticated, with the return of the rather snazzy Bristol Cocktail Week.

This month also sees more excellent pop-ups across Bristol’s bars, lots of great tasting events and some exciting Halloween parties, hurrah!

Pull up your warm socks and make yourself a cuppa – here’s what’s in store in October…


Bristol cocktail week

What a week we’ve got to look forward to! This year’s events are more diverse than ever, including a movie drink-along (!), a cocktail safari (!!) and a masked ball (!!!).

Here are my picks for the week:

For a full round-up of events, visit the Bristol Cocktail Week website. You can buy event tickets individually from Foozie, or pick up a wristband for £10 and get £10 off all ticketed events! Wristbands are available from Foozie, Weber & Tring, Amoeba or Red Light.

If you want to do some extra research, you can also check out my tips for Bristol’s Classiest Cocktail Bars.

Pop-ups galore!

First up, Burger Theory will be based at The Old Bookshop in Bedminster for the whole of October, hurrah!

I’m a seriously big fan of their burgers, so follow my lead and head along to try one of their excellent concoctions, whether it’s The Don (a beef, bacon, pepperoni and oregano patty served in a pizza bun), the Asian style shredded lamb, or the Teriyaki Tofu. Yum!

Burger Theory - what could be finer?
Burger Theory – what could be finer?

Japanese maestros Kansai Kitchen will be based at The Hope & Anchor from 5th-10th, serving up goodies such as Okonomiyaki (a huge vegetable pancake), lotus root crisps and Japanese style fried chicken.You can also get your Indian snack fix at The Hillgrove in Kingsdown from 13th-24th, with the return of Gopal’s Curry Shack.

We’ve also got a newbie arriving in town – Durty Gurties Dining Room will be based on Stokes Croft from 28-31st and will be serving seasonally and locally-sourced delights (they’ve even listed the mileage of each menu item!) such as potato bread made with Wiper & True beer, wild rabbit with pickled vegetables, and damson creme brulee, oof! Find out more on their website.

Kansai Kitchen - a little bit of Japan in your local pub.
Kansai Kitchen – a little bit of Japan in your local pub.

Other treats this month

There’s even more to look forward to this month – top of my list is the return of Burger Night at No. 12 Easton on Fri 30th, woop! The burgers here are infamously good (indeed, they even made my list of Bristol’s Best Burgers), so keep an eye to their Twitter for more info nearer the time.

You can have your fill of vegan treats from The Spotless Leopard on October 17th at their Secret Supper Midnight Feast – you’ll get a selection of tea party treats, with the first of three courses being served at 11pm.

Or if you’re feeling more inclined towards boozy events – pop along to The Volunteer Tavern for their epic Beerfest from 8th-12th; they’ll have 30+ beers on offer plus the usual mix of excellent food, music and frivolities.

You could also expand your wine knowledge at Grounded Fishponds on the 8th at their wine tasting event. Or, if you’re feeling flush, get a ticket to the 5 course gin & food pairing event at The Pump House on Wednesday 7th. La di da.

If you’re still stuck for inspiration, here are a few more handy lists:

Dates for the Diary

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