Where to watch rugby in Bristol

watch rugby in bristol
watch rugby in bristol

Where to watch rugby in Bristol

It’s that time of year when we can all tuck into another fantastic feast of rugby action, with each of the home nations in action.  Welcome to our up-to-date guide on where to watch rugby in Bristol.

What better time to get out of the house and join your mates to enjoy that big match atmosphere from the comfort of the pub.

We've hand picked  the finest places where to watch rugby in Bristol, our favourite pubs that will each be showing all of the games.

8 great venues to watch rugby in Bristol

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Racks, St Paul's Road

Ideally situated in lively North Bristol, Racks is the obvious choice for larger groups looking for some where to watch rugby in Bristol.  With 12 different screens and a range of tasty beers on tap (and served by the bottle), you’re bound to beat those winter blues as your team takes to the pitch.

And if you buy a ticket for only a tenner, they’ll guarantee a great view of the game, a steak sandwich with chips and – most essentially – a bottle of beer.  Just make sure you tip up an hour before kick off. (They also offer free venue hire, making it a must for anyone planning a Bristol stag weekend).

Alter Ego, Whiteladies Road

Cocktails and sport aren’t a combination you find in just any bar, and may not be first choice where to watch rugby in Bristol, but fear not; Alter Ego is ready and waiting to sate the tastes of any spirit-loving sport enthusiast.  Split over three levels, Alter Ego is located at the heart of the bustling, cosmopolitan area of Whiteladies Road.

The venue offers a huge selection of cocktails (and even master class lessons, for those looking to perfect their sprit mixing skills), with over 15 ultra HD screens to enjoy the match with your mates.

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Jersey Lilly, Whiteladies Road

Known for its fantastic selection of fine ales and scrumptious ciders, The Jersey Lilly has a lovable pub atmosphere, with a modern twist.  With fresh pub grub served daily, it’s a sophisticated yet relaxed place to watch rugby in Bristol – or indeed, any day!

So named after Lily Langtry, a Victorian actress and racehorse breeder, the venue’s history is prevalent throughout the tastefully decorated interior, with black and white pictures of the lady herself.  If beer or cider isn’t your rugby-fuelled tipple, don’t worry; their ever-evolving selection of gins or indulgent cocktails will certainly wet the whistle of even the most particular drinkers.

Cider Press, Gloucester Road

Obviously named after its vast array of apple-based beverages, Cider Press will sate the appetite of any cider lover!  The drinks menu includes 32 of the finest ciders on offer, from traditional scrumpy to fruitier blends – some more lethal than others, but all devilishly delicious.

If you’re not a cider lover, don’t let the name put you off; there’s a huge choice of cocktails and gins on offer. And of course, no match day merriment is complete without a sobering snack on the side.  Their tasty selection of tapas, pizzas, burgers and quality pub classics, as well as a lively ambiance makes it a prime location to watch rugby in Bristol – on your own, or with a crowd.

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White Lion at The Avon Gorge Hotel

Rugby with a view you say?  That and more is covered at The White Lion, the pub attached to the iconic Avon Gorge Hotel. Fully refurbished in 2017, this is a great venue to watch big screen rugby on their long tables, which are perfect for groups of all sizes.

The pub also has one of the largest outdoor terraces in the South West, with unrivalled views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

There is a good selection of beers and ciders on tap, as well as pizzas and “Big Plates” featuring on their bar menu.

Horts

In incredible array of award-winning ales and European largers await those who choose to here to watch rugby in Bristol,  in this friendly, contemporary pub. Horts on Broad Street is a fantastic option for larger groups, with lots of space and comfy seating.

Huge projector screens bring the game to life – even more so with the lively match day atmosphere.  And with a delicious selection of pub grub at great prices, Horts is an obvious choice for an exciting afternoon out.

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Walkabout

This well-loved Aussie sports bar which doubles up as a nightclub is a popular choice for younger, passionate crowds.  Walkabout on Corn street is centrally located and boasts two cinema-sized screens, so you’re guaranteed to catch every pass and punch.

And once the match is over, the party continues well into the night with lively music, dancing and good-old fashioned debauchery from down under!

Clifton Wine Bar

Tucked away in the heart of Clifton village, this hidden gem is an intimate and stylish venue in which to enjoy the rugby.  With seven screens, an impressive selection of draft ales and beers, this is one for the fancier rugby fanatic.

The smaller lounging areas are adorned with comfy sofas and screens, so you can grab and corner and enjoy the game with friends and family.  Their food menu is equally as comforting, with a mouthwatering selection of pies on offer – the perfect accompaniment to a pint…or two.

Spooky Bristol, Bristol Halloween Party Guide

Bristol Halloween Party Guide
Bristol Halloween Party Guide

Bristol Halloween Party Guide

If you’re heading out in to the frightening darkness of Bristol this Weekend on a stag do, hen weekend, or just for fun, then make sure you make the most of it!  There is so much in the way of spooky shenanigans up for grabs on this Bristol Halloween, we want to let you know the good bits on offer.  Read on, if you dare!

Bristol Halloween Party Guide
Lakota’s Haunted House - Bristol Halloween Special

You can always count on Lakota to put on a great party and this Halloween in Bristol is no different!

Head down to this legendary nightclub venue in Stoke’s Croft for their biggest production to date! There will be 50 artists across six rooms pumping out every sound imaginable including some properly dirty basslines, disco and club classics, house and, of course, plenty of drum & bass!

Aside from the great line up of DJs the place will be crawling with ghostly performers to really take this party to the next level! Check out the hellish courtyard with its massive bonfire and devilish fire breathers!

Where & When : Friday 26th October 2018 – 22:00 – 6:00 – Lakota

Bristol Halloween Party Guide

Bristol Halloween Zombie Walk

Meet at Fairbarn Steam Crane, just down for Wapping Warf in your most terrifying zombie attire to take part in this epic zombie walk.

Now in its eleventh year, the organisers are ever keen to make their events bigger and better!  This year has a pirate / sailor theme on top of the zombie one so go crazy with your outfits and make up!

Drag your heels around the city centre on a carefully planned route (no steps!) and scare the crap out of the tourists!  Once they have their fill of brains, the whole pack will be heading to for a drink or several to party like only the living dead can so make sure to stay on until dawn!

Where & When : Saturday 27th October 2018 – 14:00 – Fairbarn Steam Crane

The Hatchet Bristol Halloween Party Week

If you really want to freak yourselves out, head over to the Hatchet Inn for the authentic Bristol Halloween experience. The pub dates from 1606, is reportedly haunted and it is also rumoured that underneath all the paint, the front door is made from human skin.. need we say more!?

This year The Hatchet are putting on a whole Halloween Week! Festivities kick off on Friday 26th October with an 80s Halloween Party hosted by Witch and the Wolf (think lots of synthwave), followed by their usual annual Halloween Party the on Saturday when there will be prizes for the best fancy dress and DJ Durs (Danger Zone) will be on the decks all night with bass loud enough to wake any undead in the building!

There is also a film screening of Night of the Living Dead on Hallows Eve itself and a Halloween Horror Quiz on 1st November so plenty to get stuck into!

Where & When :  Friday 26th October – Saturday 3rd November 2018 – The Hatchet Inn

Bristol Halloween Party Guide
Invisible Circus - Necropolis City of the Dead

One of the coolest venues in town, The Loco Klub is a collaboration between Artspace Lifespace and Invisible Circus who are putting on this stonking Halloween show!

Journey down to the underworld beneath the Passenger Shed, next to Bristol Temple Meads, to party amongst the railway arches in these amazing tunnels!

Sure to be a brilliant event, the Invisible Circus will be pulling out all the stops with their amazing performers, at the Halloween Ball you’re sure for a great, fully immersive experience.

There will also be a freaky photo booth, live music from Little Thief, DJs cocktails, ghostly installations. The dress code is Dead Divas and Gawdy Ghosts of the good old days!

Where & When :  Friday 26th & Saturday 27th October 2018 – 20:00 – 03:00 – The Loco Klub

Bristol Halloween Party Guide
Bristol Horror Halloween Quiz

For something a bit more intellectual.. (well about as intellectual as we get!) check out The Old Bookshop’s special Halloween Pub Quiz!

Test out your knowledge of all things spooky for the chance to win the top prize! Brush up on your scary movies, lyrics to Thriller and names of serial killers and make sure to come up with a great, Halloween themed team name too!

Just don’t forget that using a Ouija board is just as much of a cheating offence as using your smart phone!

Where & When : Monday 29th October 2018 – 19:30 – 22:30, The Old Bookshop

Horror in the Caves

Get in the mood for Halloween a week early with this hair-raising spook fest put on by Bristol Film Festival!

Head deep down underground this Bristol halloween, beneath the city to the Redcliffe Caves.  Once home to wily smugglers and dastardly pirates and later, used as shelter from the perilous bombs of the Second World War, these cave walls certainly hold a lot of mysteries!

Cult vampire film The Lost Boys kicks off the run, followed by the 2015 supernatural thriller The Witch. Watch out this one will haunt your nightmares for weeks after!

You can then choose from a wide array of macabre movies, including sci fi classic Alien and sequel Aliens… Was that noise behind you from the surround sound or from the depths of the dark tunnels…?

Where & When : Friday 26th October– Sunday 28th October 2018 – Redcliffe Caves

Haunted and Hidden Bristol Walking Tour

Ever wanted to learn more about your Bristol’s creepy past? Join this award winning 75 minute walk to discover the dark histories and grim secrets lurking around every corner!

Find out which city centre pubs are haunted, (not what you expect!), visit film and tv locations and hear spine chilling tales that will make you look at the city in a whole different way next time you’re stumbling home from the pub in the dark!

Make sure you book in advance for this spooky night time walk, after all, where else are you going to hear the story about Clifton’s ghostly Dwarf Highwayman?

Where & When : Friday 26th October 2018 – 20:00 – Bristol Cathedral, College Green

Is Bristol the best city in the UK?

bristol best uk city
bristol best uk city

Bristol : The best city in the UK: why the surprise?

In March, Bristol was awarded first place in the Sunday Times ‘Best place to live 2017’ Guide. And now the announcement is ‘old news’, I feel safe to vocalise my surprise at, well, the surprise.

Seven years ago, before I moved to the city, I may have been among those raising an eyebrow over Bristol’s new accolade. I’ve lived in several of the country’s bustling cosmopolitan hubs, as well as some of the more rural spots, and wasn’t that impressed with either end of the spectrum.

But having spent some time getting to know Bristol and all it has to offer, it’s no wonder to me that it keeps coming up trumps. And in my humble opinion, here are the reasons why.

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The history of Bristol

Bristol is steeped in history, much of which is still tangible to this day. From the 12th Century Temple Church, to the SS Great Britain and even the labyrinth of caves in Redcliffe, Bristol’s past fuses seamlessly with its modern-day vibe.

The city can even boast an array of famous former occupants, such as the notorious Edward Teach (otherwise known as Blackbeard), Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and even the elusive street artist Banksy.

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Bristol's food scene

From the North to the South of the river, Bristol is home to hundreds of award-winning restaurants and cafes to sate all appetites. Every meal is more-than catered for ten times over; try a healthy breakfast of smashed avocados and poached egg at Primrose Café, or a less-healthy all-you-can-drink Prosecco brunch at Brace & Browns.

If you’ve time for lunch, you could do much worse than the Burger Joint in Bedminster, before a first-rate dinner at the Pony and Trap. (It’s a few miles out of Bristol, but the food is first-rate and the scenic views of the Somerset countryside are stunning).

Even the much-loved chains you expect to encounter in a city are situated on water fronts or in beautiful period buildings. If you can handle a cocktail or two, the covert, speak-easy themed Milk Thistle has some of the best mixes in the city – a city, by the way, famed for its love of gin.

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Activities available in Bristol

There are so many Bristol activities, no audience is excluded and there’s literally something for every event. Water babies can take to the river for a cruise on the Avon, or even try their hand at paddle boarding.

Young families can spend a day at @Bristol, guaranteed to educate all and keep the kids entertained for hours. Those looking for a romantic evening can wander through the quaint, picturesque streets of Clifton before an intimate meal at one of the many restaurants (or enjoy a cocktail or two by candlelight).

Large groups can make the most of Bristol’s extensive range of bars and clubs, but it doesn’t have to end there: Groups of grown-ups (stags and hens included) wanting a west-country themed day out need look no further than West Country Games. Welly throwing, Drunk Pub Skittles and Pitchfork Duels are only a few of the crazy games that are guaranteed to bring people together and create memories that’ll last a lifetime.

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Location, location, location

In short, what isn’t on Bristol’s doorstep? The city is well situated to offer some of the best of Britain. Take a short (less then two hours) drive south and you’re in Devon, home to seaside towns such as Sidmouth and Lime Regis, perfect boltholes for romantic weekends away, or a wonderful family day out.

London is easy to reach by car or train – the latter only taking about an hour and a half. If you’re looking to go further afield, Bristol airport charters flights to Edinburgh, the continent and even as the USA.

There are so many reasons why Bristol is an incredible place to live. Furthermore, future plans to improve Bristol will only fuel the love for the city, which residents – and visitors alike – find hard to contend.