Paradise of Punch: A taster of Bristol Cocktail Week 2016

This week, the crème de la crème of Bristol’s cocktail scene will play host to Bristol Cocktail Week 2016, serving a great shake-up of exclusive venues, mixology master classes, and potent concoctions served by true connoisseurs.

Outside of London, Bristol has an almost unrivalled cocktail scene, a place known for authentic speakeasies behind red telephone boxes and luxurious drinking dens hidden within Clifton’s heights. The week-long events and venues have been separated into five zones across the city, from the Mild West of Gloucester Road to the Severn Seas of South Bristol. All areas are clearly marked out on an illustrative map that can be viewed on the website, or found in all its printed glory in bars across Bristol.

Following the success of last year, and with plenty more well-known names joining in on the action, the Bristol Cocktail Week 2016 is set to excite, astound, and probably leave you a little intoxicated.

Here’s some of the best from an unfaultable line-up of events, sure to have you heading straight to the bar.


The Aperitivo Sessions – Psychopomp Micro-Distillery

145 Saint Michael’s Hill, BS2 8DB

Date: October 19th 2016

Time: Two sittings, 6.30pm-8pm and 8pm-9.30pm

Ticket: £20pp   

Let’s rightly begin with an apéritif. For one evening only, Psychopomp Micro-Distillery will conduct The Aperitivo Sessions, a guided tour to the pre-dinner drink tradition – what should be served, when it should be served, and how it should be made. Guests will be invited to sample each apéritif, leaving with their appetites pleasantly stimulated.

Cocktails crafted for Bristol Cocktail Week 2016

Pump House Gin Dinner – The Pump House

Merchants Rd, Hotwells, BS8 4PZ

Date: October 20th 2016

Time: 7pm-10pm

Ticket: £65pp

The Pump House is an establishment renowned for a fine cabinet of the very best gins. In this special event, head chef Toby Gritten will serve a mouth-watering menu of food, perfectly paired with an array of gin-based cocktails, for the Pump House Gin Dinner. Award-winning Portabello Road Gin, a brand well-known to gin lovers, will make up the alcoholic measure of each drink, providing a refreshing accompaniment to the flavoursome food.

Cocktails crafted for Bristol Cocktail Week 2016

Her Majesty’s Secret Cinema

The Old Fire Station, Silver Street, BS1 2AG

Date: October 20th 2016

Time: 7.30pm-10pm

Ticket: £20pp

Her Majesty’s Secret Service is one of the most exclusive and well-hidden bars in Bristol and boasts some of the very best bartenders in town. For this special event, the HMSS team of mixologists will head down to The Old Fire Station for Her Majesty’s Secret Cinema. For one evening only, guests will be served monstrous drinks throughout a spectacular showing of the original Ghostbuster’s movie. Fancy dress is a must at this sing-a-long screening, while the hard liquor will provide some much-needed Dutch courage at this spooky event.

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Cocktail Mix Tape – The Old Book Shop

The Old Bookshop, 65 North Street, BS3 1ES

Date: October 22nd October

Time: 7pm-mignight

Ticket: £15pp


Celebrate the weekend with a final drink-up and- dance-down at The Old Bookshop in Southville with a Cocktail Mix Tape. This eclectic late-night bar and favourite of local foodies will host the Bristol Cocktail Week closing party this year. Two pop-up cocktail bars, a live funk band and a menu of delicious food will warm up the evening. From 9pm until midnight, DJs will spin hip-hop and rock discs while Bristol’s best bartenders serve cocktails influenced by each music genre.

Missed out on tickets this year? Keep your eyes peeled for new drinks served throughout your favourite venues, specially crafted to celebrate this week of indulgent cocktail consumption. Consult the Bristol Cocktail Week map to identify where to head to, and be sure to try out something unique.

Find many of the venues participating in Bristol Cocktail Week on the Food & Drink Website, or download our award-winning smartphone app.


Alex Everill

Alex Everill

Whenever he goes anywhere new, Alex remembers what he ate above all else. Days are always planned around food with life stuff slotted in between, where possible. He loves a good bowl of ramen or phở, a good cup of coffee, anything Medieval and graphic novel adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays.

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