As summer slips away and we ease into autumn, I for one am hoping for a sunny September so that we can still enjoy pub gardens and G&Ts for a while longer before settling into fluffy socks and stout season.
From tequila tap rooms to food festivals and some exciting new places to visit, there’s a lot you’ll want to drink and eat this month….
A few food festivals and parties come to the city this month – Foodies Festival and Bristol Wing Fest on the weekend of 11th-12th September, Cotham Hill’s Street Party on Sunday 12th and Beeses Beer & Cider Fest on 17th & 18th.
Nearby in Bath you can also attend a range of events for The Great Bath Feast from 24th – 26th September, including chef demos, street performances and a big food market.
Jose Cuervo are opening a Tequila Tap Room on Stokes Croft for one weekend this month. Head along from 17th-19th for cocktails, tequila tasting masterclasses, table games and music.
If you’re already casting your mind forward to Christmas (or birthdays, or other special occasions), Steam Bristol now have static vintage buses that you can rent for special occasions, or you could check out my guide to fun Bristol Food Experiences on Yuup – there are some great ideas in there, from foraging walks to wine tasting and food tours. Or if you fancy a day out of Bristol you could book a private booze tasting at Independent Spirit of Bath, who are accepting groups of 8 to 18 people.
Dinners and special events
Nab a ticket or two to one of these tasty events…
- Sun 5th – Circumstance Distillery’s 3rd Birthday
- Thu 9th – Oysters and Champagne at The Milk Thistle
- Thu 9th – Dumplings and Wine Night at Cave Bristol
- Fri 10th – Sun 12th – Foodies Festival
- Fri 10th – September Supper Club at West Street Kitchen, £30
- Sat 11th – Sun 12th – Bristol Wing Fest
- Sat 11th – Oysters and Wine at Cave Bristol
- Sun 12th – Cotham Hill Street Party
- Thu 16th – Gin Cruise with Bristol Ferry, £20 (inc. two drinks)
- Thu 16th – French Food and Wine at Cave Bristol
- Fri 17th – Sun 19th – Jose Cuervo Tequila Tap Room
- Fri 17th – Sat 18th – Beeses Beer and Cider Fest, £20
- Sat 18th – Oktoberfest at Lost & Grounded, £5
- Sat 18th – Sun 18th – Beer Festival at Dawkins Brewery
- Tue22nd – Pizza and beer pairing at Bristol Spirit, £35
- Tue22nd – Rum Club at Nadu, £20
- Thu 23rd – Gin Cruise with Bristol Ferry, £20 (inc. two drinks)
- Thu 23rd – Macallan Whisky Dinner at Harvey Nichols, £85
- Fri 24th – Sun 26th – The Great Bath Feast
- Sun 26th – Hip Hop Bottomless Brunch at Four Wise Monkeys
Classes, Tours and Tastings
Learn something new this month!
- Sat 4th – Local Bristol food tour with Josh Eggleton, £140
- Tue 7th – Explore Bordeaux, Rhone and South of France wine tasting, £30
- Tue 7th – Orange Wine and Cheese Night with Two Belly & Native Vine at Bristol Beacon
- Thu 9th – Tour Bourdeaux by the Glass at The Ivy Clifton Brasserie, £150
- Fri 10th – Beer and Cheese Tasting at Two Belly, £45 for two
- Fri 10th – Friday Pieday at Art Club Market, 3 courses for £20
- Sat 11th – Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting, £35
- Sat 11th – Introduction to Wine with Lunch, £90
- Sun 12th – Make a Northern Italian pasta dish, £120 for two
- Sun 12th – Introduction to Biodynamic Winegrowing at Limeburn Hill Vineyard, £70
- Tue 14th – Explore Burgundy and Loire wine tasting, £30
- Wed 15th – Chew Valley Gin Tasting, £30
- Fri 17th – Cheese and Wine Matching Evening, £35
- Fri 17th – Sausage making at Ruby and White, £60
- Fri 17th & Sat 18th – Explore the Old City’s Best Pubs with Bristol Hoppers
- Sun 19th – Bread Masterclass at Little Kitchen, £65
- Tue 21st – Discover Italy wine tasting, £30
- Tue 21st – French Classics wine tasting at Cave Bristol
- Wed 22nd – Chew Valley Gin Tasting, £30
- Wed 22nd – Fri 24th – Introduction to Foraging Wild & Medicinal Foods, £40
- Fri 24th – Macaron Masterclass at Little Kitchen, £50
- Fri 24th – Beer and Cheese Tasting at Two Belly, £45 for two
- Sat 25th – Introduction to Sushi at Little Kitchen, £50
- Sat 25th – Foraging for Berry Cordials, Chutneys and Syrups, £40
- Sat 25 & Sun 26th – Introduction to Bread Making and Sourdough,£80
- Tue 28th – Explore Spain and Portugal wine tasting, £30
- Wed 29th – Avery’s Virtual Wine Tasting, £60 (inc. four bottles)
New places to visit
Some recently-opened places to add to your list – or let me know what you think if you’ve been in!
- Art Club Market is a new indoor market on Bond Street housing several independent businesses, including Mr Lahey’s Juice Bar and Coffee & Vinyl. The venue will also host food and music events.
- Haveli The Yard, a new flashy Indian restaurant opposite the BRI
- Great Bunnies, a Hong Kong bakery on Perry Rd
- Vaulted Chambers Cafe, a new cafe based in the castle ruins in Castle Park
- Whipped, ice cream and shakes in Clifton Village
- The Library, a hidden(-ish) cocktail lounge on St Nicholas Street
- The Cider Box, a cider shop also selling pints of cider and cider slushies to take away in Wapping Wharf
- The Old Bookshop has reopened on North Street in Bedminster under new management, with a bright new interior, Hummusapiens doing the food and an extensive selection of German, Belgian and European beers (plus a lot of other drink options)
- Flour House, a bakery and cafe on Park Row
- The Architect, a chic new bar with waterfront seating on Narrow Quay
- The Priory, an historic pub recently revamped in Portbury
- DonDon, a new donburi and bento takeaway on Queens Rd
- Also I’m late to mentioning this as they’ve been trading for a few months, but you can now find Roam Wild Coffee in Cotham Gardens, and they’re doing hot biscoff and biscoff lattes for autumn!
Opening soon is Double Barrel Bar on 8th September in the former Chomp restaurant (which has now relocated to a trailer at the Bristol Distilling Co. tap room in Bedminster) – a craft Americana bar, with quality cocktails, local products and an extensive Whiskey selection, they’re also doing special offers on selected cocktails, throughout September.
Keep an eye out for Ji The Chicken Shop (serving Taiwanese street food and some damn fine fried chicken if reviews in Cardiff are anything to do by), and The Choux Box Patisserie opening in CARGO Wapping Wharf on 17 September.
Bridewell Beer Garden will reopen in October in time for Oktoberfest celebrations, with the German Christmas Market returning to Broadmead at the start of November – keeners!
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