Get your al fresco on in Bristol…



It’s 5pm, the sun is out, you’ve finished your day’s grind, and you want a drink and a bite to eat while enjoying the best of Bristol’s beautiful views. And let’s face it; Bristol has one of the sexiest skylines and best leg-dangling riversides in all of Blighty, so it’s only right that we should celebrate it.

Here are some of our favourite rooftop and riverside bars and restaurants for your 5pm fix…


One of Bristol’s most renowned and picturesque riverside restaurants, Riverstation has an ever-changing menu and draws influence from across the world.

Riverside is a firm favourite amongst the Fed Up & Drunk team and is undoubtedly one of the loveliest and most relaxing places to enjoy a meal or drink in Bristol on a summer’s day.



Mud Dock
As far as terraces go, Mud Dock comes up trumps. Only a few feet away from Riverstation, the terrace overlooks the Bristol harbour, the legendary Thekla, and boats moored on the embankment.

We love it because it’s as casual as it is cool. Head there for a cuppa in the morning, grab a panini at lunch or go for a meal and some wine in the evening; Mud Dock’s got you covered!

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Beeses Bar & Tea Rooms
Accessible only by ringing a bell to be picked up by a small boat from the other side of the river, Beeses is one of Bristol’s best out-of-town riverside bars and restaurants.

The food is standard pub grub with the usual bar offerings, but the views and atmosphere are what you go for. Not everybody know about it, but those who do, swear by it!



Pitcher & Piano
Pitcher & Piano is one of, if not the longest standing bar/restaurant on Bristol’s busy harbourside. With two floors of riverside views and a large outdoor seating area next to the iconic ‘horn bridge’, Pitcher & Piano is still one of the best spots on the thriving and competitive harbourside.

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Kings Arms
What the Kings Arms lacks in riverside views it more than makes up for in al fresco ambience. The rooftop terrace on the third floor is a hidden gem.

Tip: It’s a great spot to hangout during the balloon fiesta.

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Grain Barge
More on the river than riverside, Grain Barge is one of Bristol’s many bars and restaurants on a boat. It’s run by the same guys that run the Tobacco Factory in Bedminster, but most importantly the same guys from Bristol Beer Factory – so it’s particularly good for craft beer and ale lovers!

Grain Barge has great indoor and outdoor seating areas with different themed foodie nights throughout the week. It’s one of those places I wish I went more often, and have no idea why I don’t. I will!



Olive Shed
Split over two floors, Olive Shed is one of the smallest but most impressive restaurants on the list. It’s as Mediterranean as you’re going to get in Bristol, with the downstairs offering a full three-course Mediterranean menu, while upstairs, you’ll find delicious tapas, accompanied by stunning views of the harbour.

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The Cottage
The Cottage is a proper pub. And when we say proper pub, we mean draught ales, ciders, larger and a menu featuring lasagne, chilli con carne, and bangers and mash. Not that that’s to be frowned on, oh no! These guys do some great comfort food and boast one of the best stretches of river in Bristol.

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Pump House
There’s nothing like a good G‘n’T on a hot summer’s day. And, if you head to the Pump House, you’ll have over 400 different gins to choose from. Yep, 400!

Sat on the side of the river, with lots of outside seating and menu that’s featured on numerous award lists, Pump House is a favourite with many Bristolians.

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The Ostrich
The Ostrich has the largest outdoor seating area in Bristol, which is a pretty awesome accolade. This is a proper pub with lots of locals and always has a good atmosphere. Their fish and chips are particularly good.



Salt & Malt
Brought to you by Josh Eggleton, owner of the legendary Pony and Trap, Eat Drink Bristol Fashion and this year’s ‘Best Ambassador for Bristol Food’ at the Good Food Awards – it’s easy to see why Salt & Malt has already gained such a great reputation.

Salt & Malt is a fish and seafood café situated next to the Chew Valley Lake and has glorious views from their patio seating area.

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