Bristol's local secrets – hidden gems, tipped off by the locals
© Cube Microplex
Bristolians share their local knowledge of the city's lesser-known treasures.
From local boozers to indie arts spaces, there’s plenty to discover in the cultural hub of the South West. Read on for the hangouts you won't find in the guidebooks.
Pour your heart out at Bristol’s best karaoke night
The Cat & Wheel is a local's local with raucous karaoke sessions every Thursday and Sunday. Follow the rules and don't get kicked out.
Lose yourself at the free silent disco
There’s a free silent disco, usually in either Queen’s Square or outside the MShed museum, every Friday and Saturday night. It’s been going for two-and-a-half years, but still lots of people don’t know about it. I only just found out about it! Thanks to people chipping in a few quid when they turn up for a dance, the organiser has managed to buy more headphones so 45 people can take part at once.
Experience beer heaven at the Moor Beer Taproom
A very recent discovery for me and I’m so glad that I found it. Nestled in an industrial estate in St Philips, this is a real hidden gem; the Moor Taproom is unpretentious and stocks some fabulous Moor Beers. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and I love the outside space. As it's so off the beaten track you and the other patrons feel that you're part of a secret lock in. I recommend the limited edition Claudia - great for sipping in the sunshine.
Catch a film at The Cube Microplex, one of the UK's best independent cinemas
A great little independent cinema and event space. There are always exciting cultural programmes, including screenings of rare films. The chairs may be a little uncomfortable, but the venue's aesthetic charm more than makes up for it.
Soak in the urban views at Nine Tree Hill
One of my favourite places that I like to walk and see is on top of Nine Tree Hill. You may have seen this view on a national Post Office advert, but walking from Kingsdown Parade down Nine Tree Hill has an amazing view of a derelict building with an iconic painting that I always have to stop and take in.
Wave in the New Year at the Pipe and Slippers
A Bristol rite of passage is New Year’s Day at the Pipe. Pretty much everybody who’s grown up in Bristol and starting early - or still somehow standing from the previous night - will most likely be there. Expect an array of local Bristol DJs, dancing on tables and far too many Pipe Dream cocktails!
Limited edition Keys To Your City cans of Red Bull are available in bars, clubs and others venues across the UK. By Shazamming the can of Red Bull, you can get complimentary Red Bull serves in the following Red Bull venues.
Bootlegger | 233 Cheltenham Road, BS6 5QP
Attic & Full Moon | 1 North Street, BS1 3PR
Bambalan | Podium Level, Colston Tower, Colston Street, BS1 4XE
The Apple | Welsh Back, BS1 4SB
Noche Negra | 30 Clare Street, BS1 1YH
By Shazamming the can of Red Bull, you can unlock guestlist or free entry to the following venues.
Motion | 74-78 Avon Street, BS2 0PX
Lakota | 6 Upper York Street, BS2 8QN
The Love Inn | 84 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY
Hell In A Cell | The Old Crown Courts, Silver Street, BS1 2AG