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If cider is your tipple of choice, then you’ve come to the right place. Surrounded by the orchard-covered countryside of the southwest, Bristol is packed with pubs where you can sample traditional west country cider. A great place to start is the Welsh Back area on the Harbourside, where you’ll find The Apple (Welsh Back), a floating bar with more than 40 ciders to choose from.
Just off the Welsh Back is another area crammed with boozers – King Street, a beautiful cobbled strip lined with microbreweries and historic pubs such as the famous Llandoger Trow (King Street), a 17th-century alehouse where Daniel Defoe is believed to have met the sailor who inspired Robinson Crusoe. King Street also boasts The Old Duke (45 King Street), a cracking jazz venue that’s a hit with the locals and a great place to savour the friendly nightlife in Bristol.
One sure way to find the best Bristol nightlife is to follow the city’s many students. Park Street, Whiteladies Road and Clifton Triangle are a hit with their vivacious pubs, bars and nightclubs, as are Gloucester Road, Bedminster, St Paul’s and Stokes Croft, where you’ll find a more alternative music scene, a few comedy bars and even a magic club!
If live music is more your thing then Bristol has plenty of awesome intimate venues offering laidback acoustic sets, open mic nights and stomp-your-feet gypsy folk groups. For international acts and comedy entertainment in Bristol, meanwhile, check out the O2 Academy (1-2 Frogmore Street).
For Bristol nightlife and entertainment of a more cultured nature, Bristol Hippodrome (St Augustine’s Parade) in the heart of the city is a wonderful venue to watch major West End and Broadway productions, stand-up comedy, opera and ballet. Just round the corner is Colston Hall (Colston Street), another world-renowned venue that hosts live performances from international acts and orchestras.
It’s also well worth watching the thespians tread the boards at Bristol Old Vic (King Street), which has been welcoming audiences to its sumptuous Georgian auditorium for nearly three centuries.