Summer! Sunshine! Beer Gardens! Festivals! Harbourside drinks! It’s all going on and more this month, so hopefully the good weather will stick around to make this month even more fun.

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Main events

July is chocca with big festivals across Bristol, from St Pauls Carnival to the mighty Bristol Harbour Festival (19-21 July) and Bristol Pride (1st-14th July, with Pride Day taking place on Sat 13th) – so you’re never far from a party!

August also has its fair share, with the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta from 8-11th August, as well as Redfest in St George on 3rd August, and Valley Fest just outside Bristol on Chew Valley Lake from 2nd-4th August. Start planning your weekends now!

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Other local festivals include the Brandon Hill Summer Festival from 11-14th July, Smoke Fest at Tobacco Factory on Sat 13th and the Arrogant Sour Fest at Moor Beer from 12-14th.

Some of Bristol’s favourite restaurants and cafes will also be serving up green-coloured dishes during the summer holidays in support of FareShare South West’s #ActiveAteBristol campaign. A percentage of the money made from selling these dishes will be donated directly to the #ActiveAteBristol campaign, which this year aims to provide over 40,000 meals to children at holiday clubs and projects across the city.

Here’s where you can enjoy a ‘green’ inspired treats from July 19th – 1st September 2019: Hobbs House Bakery, Mud Dock, TinCan Coffee, No.12 Easton, Yurt Lush, Pearly King Cakes, B-Block in Keynsham, BOX-E and Hart’s Bakery (who are doing a pop-up green lunch event on Mon 29th July), with fundraising also taking place on the Wriggle app & website.

Some very exciting news – Pata Negra are offering 30% off ALL of their menu from 12-7pm, Monday to Friday until the end of July. That’s on tapas, bocadillos and desserts – get involved! Booking essential: https://patanegrabristol.com/

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Dinners

Here are some special meals to book yourself in for this month:

  • Art Battle & Sushi dinner (Sat 13th, £15) – a live painting competition, followed by a meal of 12 pieces of sushi.
  • New Bristol Brewery supper club at Riverstation (Thu 18th, £25) – a ferry trip to the restaurant, followed by a meal paired with NBB beers.
  • Steak & Lobster Night at The Pony & Trap (Thu 18th) – choose from a selection of dishes on the Steak & Lobster menu when you book, then pick your starter and dessert on the day.
  • How to eat a crab with Josh Eggleton at The Kensington Arms (Thur 25th, £40) – a three course dinner, including a crab picking demo and a glass of wine. Call or email the pub to book.
  • 91 Ways: Vietnamese Supper Club (Fri 26th, £30) – A three course Vietnamese feast cooked by Trung Trinh.
  • Season & Taste takeover at Good Chemistry brewery (Sat 27th) – the team behind Masa + Mezcal will be serving their tasty tacos to go with their collaboration beer from Good Chemistry.
  • #31daysofgermanriesling tasting dinner at Box-E (Wed 31st, £80) – 4 courses, snack & 5 wines. Sittings at 6pm or 8.30pm. Email hello@boxebristol.com to book.

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Workshops & tastings

Try something new, learn some new facts to impress your buddies:

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New places

Some new places to visit…

  • The stunning Left Handed Giant brewpub is now open in Finzels Reach.
  • Coconut Chilli are currently running a pop-up on Whiteladies Rd.
  • The pretty Foliage Cafe is now open on Regent St in Clifton.
  • The Old Library Cafe is now open in Long Ashton.
  • Find the dinky Secret Larder in a garage in Easton.
  • Get a taste of Hungarian food at Budapest Cafe in Clifton.
  • My Burrito is now open on Cathedral Walk near Friska and Steak of the Art
  • Taco Barra has taken up a stall in the Glass Arcade at St Nicholas Market.
  • Chef Freddy Bird has opened his own bistro, little french, in Westbury-on-Trym.
  • Pionka’s Chocolate is doing some damn fine chocolate treats on Stokes Croft.
  • Secret Cafe is now tucked away next to St Stephens Church.
  • The Star & Garter in St Pauls reopened with Dave Chapelle & Dynamo in attendance!

And coming soon, Bianchis from the team behind Pasta Loco is opening in what was formerly Bells Diner in Montpelier, Snobbys wine bar will be opening within the next few weeks on Chandos Road, and apparently there’s a gin & juice bar coming to Park St.

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That’s it for this month! If you want something else to read, check out these guides for Bristol’s Best Pub Gardens, Food & Drink Experiences or the Best Brunches in Bristol.

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