Cool Places to Drink in Old Market Quarter

Old Market is currently undergoing a transformation and quickly becoming one of Bristol's most popular areas to eat, drink and experience the best of what the city has to offer...

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Old Market is currently undergoing a transformation and quickly becoming one of Bristol’s most popular areas to eat, drink and experience the best of what the city has to offer…

We’re fortunate enough to have a plethora of design forward serviced apartments in Old Market neighbourhood. In the coming 18 months were also launching an aparthotel in the Grade II listed Shepherd’s Hall

The high street is forever reinventing itself and with that comes an abundance of new bars, pubs and venues to catch a craft ale, a batch gin or even a local lager.

Here’s our A to Z of the top places to grab a beverage when visiting the area.

A pub with pride...

Old Market Tavern

A friendly local tavern which is hugely popular with the locals. It is LGBT friendly and has a quiet suntrap of a beer garden.


The prices are very reasonable and if you’re vegan they have quite a substantial food offering.


From al desko to al fresco

The Punchbowl

A few doors down from the Old Market Tavern is The Punchbowl. It’s slightly more gastro on the pub spectrum and has a classy but not so sunny rear terrace.


Prices are fair and they also have a rather nice selection of cocktails should you want something less draftee.


Fulfils your roof terrace goals...

Old Market Assembly

With it’s own cinema room, stage and gin bar, the Old Market Assembly is where it tends to all be happening in Old Market.


Open 7 days a week, often with some kind of themed night also on offer, this is a jewel in Old Markets crown. Not to mention it has a large sun terrace on the roof which is a glorious place to be on a warm summers day.


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Popular with the locals

The Elmer Arms

An interesting place to say the least, but particularly popular with the local post-work crowd.


It is the closed place to get a drink when staying at Arabica House and there’s often a small crowd outside of the road ready to welcome you to join in the 5pm onward festivities.


Our neighbours...

The Longbar

Soon to be our neighbours at our new aparthotel at Shepherd’s Hall, The Longbar is a Grade II listed pub and if you prefer an older more mature crowd then this place would certainly be right up your street.


Arty farty

The Ill Repute

If you see yourself as a fan of the more creative industries, then the Il Repute is filled with likeminded individuals which also love a good selection of beers spirits and local beers.


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The arty farty after party

To The Moon

…and if you’re thinking the Il Repute might be your cup of tea then once you’ve drank the bar dry, you can stumble around the corner to To The Moon. Another chilled, playful drinkerie which will take you into the early hours.


There’s also often a dance available here too should you want to let your hair down.


Gays & beer gardens

Old Castle Green

The ‘OCG’ as the locals know it, is a traditional pub (with references to the Queen Vic or Rover Returns) which has a friendly atmosphere as well as  a rather large behind.


By behind, we of course mean beer garden which on a warm summers evening can be quite the buzz. It is also LGBT friendly.


Fire & ice

The Phoenix

Know for a real good buzz most nights of the week, The Phoenix has all your favourite plus a great selection of local ales, lagers and everything else that you’d expect from a awesome pub.


The service is always on form and the staff are always friendly and bubbly. They also regularly host some themed nights which are always a laugh if you’re into that kind thing.


Liberal leisure

The Volunteer Tavern

Particularly popular with the local designers, architects, as well as residents of Old Market, ‘The Volley’ is mostly outdoors but undercover and was the first pub in Bristol to pay the national living wage as oppose to minimum wage.


It has a friendly crowd and is always a struggle to get a table, which arguably means the place speaks for itself.


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