Bristol Food & Drink: September 2017

Bristol Summer

Well as summer begins to limp off into the distance, you could be forgiven for thinking the festivals and frolics would fade with it – but no! September is possibly even boozier than July & August combined.

It’s a great time for celebrating, as Bristol nabbed SEVEN new entries in the Good Food Guide, so pick a few places to raise a toast this month!

Big events

Cocktail close up in a bar setting. Blurred people in the backgr
Credit: Bristol Cocktail Week

I’m ridiculously excited for Bristol Cocktail Week at the end of the month (25th-1st Oct), they’ve scaled back the events this year but the ones they are running look incredible, plus there’s a Bristol Cocktail Week boardgame dotted around various bars for you to play during your cocktail quests!

Take a look at the full listings, but my highlights for the week are:

If bingeing on cocktails isn’t enough for you thrillseekers, how about eating your dinner 100ft in the air? Dinner in the Sky comes to the harbourside from 7-12th and will be hosting breakfasts, lunches, dinner and cocktails from some of Bristol’s best chefs and local businesses (if you can handle heights).

dinner in the sky
Don’t look down at Dinner in the Sky…

The fun doesn’t stop there – on Saturday 9th I’d advise you to join me at Whisky Bristol Underground at Loco Klub next to Temple Meads, where you can sample oodles of whisky from local & international brands, take part in a masterclass, smoke cigars & munch on street food – £39 gets you as much whisky as you want, plus a glass and festival brochure – boom!

Other exciting events to check out this month include the Bristolian Supper from 91 Ways, Cocktails in the City (sixteen pop-up cocktail bars come to The Passenger Shed) and Foozie’s Retro Crisp Pop-Up (I’ll be hoarding the Frazzles & Chipstix).

Oh, and the Rum Bus and Aperol Spritz Bus are back – possibly for their last outings before winter!

Beer mania

craft beer fest
Credit: Bristol Craft Beer Festival

I’ve had to dedicate a whole section to beery events this month – and it’s not even Bristol Beer Week until next month (you can get a sneak peek of what to expect from that at the Rainbow Project 2017 launch on Sat 9th).

One of my favourite beery events takes place from 8-10th Sept – Factoberfest! Tobacco Factory’s annual beer festival will be serving up over 70 craft beers, including special brews from Bristol Beer Factory and other local breweries. There will also be live music, DJs and a street food market from Bristol Eats on the Friday & Saturday.

Just a few days later sees the return of the mega Bristol Craft Beer Festival (15-17th), which will be showcasing over 25 breweries from around the world, as well as several excellent Bristol-based ones too!

The festival will also feature street food stalls, an exciting one-off menu from Eat Drink Bristol Fashion and music from DJs Yoda, Olugbenga (Metronomy) & Jamie MacColl (Bombay Bicycle Club) – this was a great party last year so I’m really looking forward to it! Tickets are £38 and include as much beer as you’d like (be sensible), a tasting glass and a booklet.

There are also the usual tap takeovers (Dugges at Wild Beer on the 6th, Thornbridge at The Three Tuns on the 15th, or Good Chemistry at The Hillgrove on the 29th) and beer tours (check out Bristol Brewery Tours or Bristol Hoppers for their latest availability), phew!

Classes & workshops

Averys dinner
Sample fine wines at the historic Averys Wine Merchants

Learn somat new this month! Here are a few suggestions:


Burger Theory is open for business!

I’m still struggling to keep up with all of the new places opening their doors across the city at the moment, but here are a few new faces for you to pop in to:

  • Jamaica St Stores – a new ethical kitchen on Stokes Croft.
  • West St Kitchen – a relaxed cafe in Old Market with high quality salads & sarnies.
  • The Cotham Arms – a modern micro pub on St Michaels Hill.
  • Wellbourne – already causing a stir with its dishes in Clifton.
  • Burger Theory – finally opened their first restaurant on Baldwin St.
  • Raffyz Lounge – Indian food in a family-run restaurant on Stokes Croft.
  • The Sidings has replaced The Reckless Engineer next to Temple Meads Station.
  • Chicken Shed is gone and replaced with Root – a top notch restaurant prioritising veg over meat.
  • Squeezed – serving seriously delicious burgers & juices in Cargo 2.
  • Hobbs House Bakery – two new shops for these lot on Gloucester Rd and North St.
  • The RWA has a new cafe which is well worth a visit.
  • Holy Cow has replaced Cafe Gusto in the harbour, serving mega milkshakes & waffles.

Did you hear that we’ll soon be getting a Chocolate House on Park St this month? Friska are also opening a new branch a few doors up, yum!

That’s it for this month, do come say hello on Twitter or keep up to date with my latest munching on Instagram, otherwise here are some other guides to tidy you over until next time…

  1. Bristol’s Cosiest Pubs (get ready for a snug autumn)
  2. 12 Tasty Bristol Roast Dinners
  3. Bristol’s Best Date Locations
  4. 9 Awesome Bristol Pizza Joints
  5. Bristol’s Classiest Cocktail Bars

Dates for the diary
(or check the Calendar)


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