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    17 Cocktail Bars You Must Visit In Bristol

    Getting drunk never looked so classy.

    1. The Milk Thistle

    2. Cosy Club

    Twitter: @CosyClubBristol / Via Twitter: @CosyClubBristol

    A grand setting greets you when you arrive at Cosy Club. Traditional portraits mixed with large tropical plants line the huge ballroom-esque bar – a fitting introduction to the relative newcomer. After a long week I once ordered a Sea Breeze here (it’s what Lorne drinks in Angel, don’t judge me) and the bartender looked up the recipe and quick as a flash made me one of the best drinks I’ve ever had.

    You should order: Tell the bartender any classic cocktail you'd like and watch them work their magic.

    3. Amoeba

    4. Flipside Cocktail Club

    Flipside has been a main staple on Whiteladies road due to its irresistible loose-leaf cocktail concoctions and tempting weekday 2-4-1 deals. This deal is amazing because it gets you to step out of your typical cocktail comfort zone by sharing rounds with friends with different booze tastes.

    You should order: The Heisenberg Lemonade – gin, Curaçao, Hooch and a suspicious packet of "blue stuff".

    5. Hyde and Co.

    6. Harvey Nichols Bar

    7. Psychopomp Microdistillery at The Old Bookshop

    8. The Doghouse

    Facebook: TheDoghouseBristol / Via Facebook: TheDoghouseBristol

    Tucked away under the city in the centuries-old tunnels is The Doghouse, a bar that specialises in dancing until 3am and well-crafted cocktails. The Doghouse’s aesthetic isn’t just that of a standard cocktail bar; when you enter into the low-light bar there is a definite feeling of adventure and mischief in the air. Fair warning: if you start you night here, chances are you won’t end up leaving.

    You should order: A Trapped! In A Lovecraft Nightmare – chocolate liqueur, mint liqueur, green chartreuse, bitters and cream.

    9. Red Light

    Twitter: @DeeADavies / Via Twitter: @DeeADavies

    The cocktail bars in Bristol are often known for their gimmicks, but Red Light has a real wow factor, which makes it one of the best places to introduce newcomers to the city. Eponymous red light seeps underneath a graffitied doorway by a seemingly out-of-service telephone – but when you pick up the phone, steps emanate from the doorway and a well-dressed host ushers you to a neon-lit room. An excellent hide-away from the hustle and bustle of Park Street, Red Light is a must.

    You should order: Test out the excellent mixologists, I tell them I like vodka, fruity, sweet drinks served tall and I get a different delicious drink every time.

    10. The Bootlegger

    Twitter: @Brstlbootlegger / Via Twitter: @Brstlbootlegger

    Live music, ambient lighting and laughter emanates from The Bootlegger situated just after The Arches on Gloucester Road. A jazz bar with a prohibition twist the Bootlegger serves over 90 different cocktail combinations with strictly fresh ingredients.

    You should order: Feel like Don Draper and relax with an Old Fashioned.

    11. Browns

    Twitter: @BrownsBristol / Via Twitter: @BrownsBristol

    Browns might be a chain, but the Bristol premises at the top of Park Street are nothing less than unique. Modelled after Doge’s Palace in Venice and once part of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Browns is one of the most striking Bristol bars to unwind in.

    You should order: A British Royal; a twist on a traditional Kir Royal, with vodka, prosecco and rhubarb & rosehip cordial.

    12. Her Majesty’s Secret Service

    Twitter: @HMSS_Cocktails / Via Twitter: @HMSS_Cocktails

    Her Majesty’s Secret Service, much like Red Light, Milk Thistle and Hyde and co. is a difficult place to find unless you know what you’re looking for; in this case, you’d be looking for a phone booth in order to enter the eclectic bar. However, unlike the others who stick to a prohibition era-style décor, HMSS prefers the surreal and you could find your cocktail being served in a Wellington boot, tin can or in a Chinese takeaway box.

    You should order: A Reviver No: 2, which comes served in an urn with Egyptian embalming gin, fortified honey wine, mandarin liqueur and absinthe.

    13. Turtle Bay

    14. The Bristologist

    15. Manos Liquor Bar

    16. Aluna

    17. Hausbar

    Facebook: Hausbar / Via Facebook: 130503606999703

    Ringing the doorbell of a non-descript door under an Indian restaurant to enter a cocktail bar is pretty standard in Bristol. However, Hausbar offers a cool cabaret-style alternative atmosphere with its long thin bar being the perfect place to perch and watch the bartenders do their magic. An excellent place for a quiet mid-week drink, or stay until the wee hours on the weekend.

    You should order: A Last Word, which is a gin sour with maraschino and lemon.

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