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Neighbourhood Guide: Old Market

Old Market is gradually redefining itself as one of Bristol's most up-and-coming suburbs. Here's our complete local guide to Old Market...

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Voted coolest place to live in 2018 by The Sunday Times – who wouldn’t want to become a part of the neighbourhood at one of our serviced apartments in Old Market, Bristol?

Old Market has long been a celebrated part of Bristol. We have several serviced apartments in Old Market and we’re also launching an aparthotel in the Grade II listed Shepherd’s Hall in late 2022.

Located a short walk from Cabot Circus Shopping Centre, Broadmead, The Old City and Temple Meads Train Station, it’s in the heart of the West of Bristol. The area has for many years had strong connections to the LGBT community with most places being LGBTQI friendly should this be a requirement.

Here’s a summary of all the places you should have on your list if you’re planning to call Old Market ‘home’ for a few nights, weeks or months at one of our serviced apartments.

Places to get social...

Local Hangouts

Surrounding our serviced apartments in Old Market, you’ll find a handful of some of Bristol top spaces to hang out. These being…

 

  • Castle Park – a great place to relax on a warm day which regularly hosts gatherings, events and is surrounded by all thing you’d want on a day out in the city
  • Old Market Assembly – a Grade II listed venue with good food, events & drinks
  • The Exchange – a popular music venue with live gigs most days of the week

Beverages are mandatory...

Cool Places to Drink

If you like a drink, there’s certainly is a place for you in Old Market…

  • Old Market Tavern – popular with the friendly post-work crowd
  • The Punchbowl – a classy al fresco drinking spot
  • Old Market Assembly – has a great roof terrace during the summer
  • The Elmer Arms – popular with the locals
  • The Longbar – another popular pub with the locals in a Grade II listed building
  • The Ill Repute – an arty crowd
  • To The Moon – also popular with the arty crowd
  • Old Castle Green – a gay pub & micro gin distillery
  • The Phoenix – great beer garden
  • The Volunteer Tavern – great choice of local beers

To fill a gap good...

Top Places to Eat

Depending on how long you are staying, there certainly are enough neighbourhood gaffs that will fill a spot.

 

  • Chido Wey – serious good Mexican food (must try)
  • The Punchbowl – typical gastro pub done well
  • Old Market Assembly – stone-baked pizzas
  • The Longbar
  • West Street Kitchen
  • The Phoenix – trendy gastropub
  • The Volunteer Tavern – host some cool pop-up restaurants from time to time

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For On The Go...

Snack Shacks

If you’re on the move or fancy a takeaway, these are the ones you MUST try…

 

  • Assembly Bakery – a traditional bakery with damn good sausage rolls
  • Bakehouse – the nicest bakery you’ll ever find on a trading estate
  • Bagelicious – perfect for a fly-by lunch
  • Jafra – a Palestinian inspired kitchen
  • 25A Old Market – a café with a difference

If you like a dance...

Popular Boggie Spots

Old Market has a long history for alternative nightlife. While lots has changed, it’s still a popular destination for those looking to let their hair down…

 

  • BBB (Bristol Bear Bar) – the last remaining gay bar on the strip
  • Dare To Club – for those who like to rave
  • Propyard – one of the newest additions to the area
  • The Exchange – live music all week long
  • Motion – one of the worlds biggest nightclubs

Beautify yourself...

Hair & Beauty

There aren’t masses of places to get yourself groomed in Old Market, but was it does have is very proper and certainly puts a smile on your face (or nails)…

 

  • Glitch Hairdressers & Café – arty hairdressers
  • Bangs – a small but very busy salon with a lovely owner
  • Minimal Barbering – best barbers in Old Market
  • The Gossip Nail Bar – make those nails talk

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