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We were recently contacted by the Smart car team as they are running an interactive treasure hunt in Bristol where they’ll be hiding their new car, the Smart Edition 21, across our fine city and giving us clues via Twitter (look out for #smart21) as well as on this site: http://www.smart21.co.uk and they wanted a bit of a “aint Bristol lush” round up. Essentially we get to talk about all the things we love about this city. To be honest, this isn’t tough for us as we are full on Bristol groupies but here are just some of our top places…
Hyde & Co
The original (and best) Bristol speak easy. Step back into the 20’s and enjoy some of the finest cocktails in Bristol. You are not allowed to stand in this joint and it’s get’s busy so we recommenced booking a table…
Come on over to Easton to enjoy the delights of the Plough. The thing we love most about The Plough? People always want to dance and the music is always playing! If you like ska, reggae, dub and drum & bass this place is for you. They have great DJs and great live bands. Get involved.
Meat and Bread
The name says it’s all- Meat and Bread! The best sandwiches in Bristol. FACT. Now being served from The Three Tuns, one of the nicest pubs in Bristol too, just off College Green.
The Bear Pit
Once just an underpass that smelt like wee, the bear pit is now a hub of awesomeness including an art gallery, fruit and veg shop, ping pong tables, barista van, yummy food treats, pop up musical events and more. Plus it’s about to get even better. Head on over the Bristol Culture to see the plans for the Bear pit (Including SLIDERS).
We’ve written before about our love of Bristol’s wonderful museum, and with very good reason! It’s got dinosaurs, it’s got mummies, it’s got gypsy caravans and a collection of incredibly beautiful pianos, and best of all, it’s got the most impressive collection of taxidermy we’ve ever seen.
Oh – and it’s also free! WINNER!
The beautiful green open space, complete with Mansion, Deer Park, and regular Hot Air Balloon ascents, is without a doubt one of our favourite places in Bristol.
Now that winter’s well and truly upon us, Ashton Court is the perfect setting for a bracing wintry walk – it’s even more impressive if it’s snowing! You can then pop into the Dove Cote pub next door for a mulled cider to warm yourself up! LUSH!
Slap bang in the heart of what’s forever referred to as ‘Bristol’s cultural quarter’ is Hamilton House – a former squat which has been transformed into one of the busiest, buzziest destinations in the city.
Whether you want some deliciously cooked, ethically sourced grub and a pint of local cider from the Canteen or you’re looking to let loose at an expressionist dance class, you can get it all at Ham House.
Presided over on one side by break dancing Jesus, and on the other by Banksy’s Mild, Mild West, Hamilton House is basically about as Brizzle as it gets. (Note from Frankie- don’t forget Turbo Island just across the road)
St Nick’s Market
Any Bristol run down wouldn’t be worth it’s salt if it didn’t mention St Nicks, the undisputed foodie hub of the city centre.
Fancy BBQ? Go to St Nicks. Got a craving for a pie? Go to St Nick’s. Falafel? Italian? Moroccan? Middle Eastern? The list is literally endless and the answer is always the same – GO TO ST NICK’S!
A few years ago the wonderful people behind See No Evil went “Hmm…what shall we do with this ugly, urban concrete pile of crap which is Nelson Street?” The answer was turn it into the most amazing work of art you’ve ever seen, and spend a whole weekend in the summer celebrating it!
Featuring street art from some of the world’s best graffiti artists, a wander down Nelson Street should be top of any culture loving visitor’s list of things to do in Brizzle. In fact, if you’re new to the city and you haven’t spent a full day ambling around spying the amazing art work that adorns the walls of the city from North to South, East to West, then book it in.
If you’re South side make sure you have a nosey round North Street in Bedminster too – the Upfest work is not to be missed.
There are many more fine delights to be had in this city but these are a pretty good start from us, please feel free to leave us comments with your favourite places. If you want to take part in #smart21 just go here: www.smart21.co.uk and follow them on Twitter and look out for the clues to discover where the Edition 21 is hiding. Good luck!