England > Gloucestershire > Bristol
jercraigs (409) Toronto, Ontario | October 4, 2015
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
2015-09-21. This place is kind of amazing. Very small pub, with cramped but cozy seating. Friendly bearded owner is busy chasing cats away between serving pints and encouraging patrons to play the games on the tables. The six resident cats are the primary entertainment for me today. Decent number of casks on offer. I didn’t stay long but it is tough to match the character of the pub. Likely not the best beer destination in town, but still a must visit.
Leighton (741) London, England | September 15, 2015
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
A funky little place. Good range of beers on cask, augmented with a rather solid offering in bottle as well. The decor is eclectic, to say the least. They have a cat ranging about, so be aware of that in case you have allergies. The barwoman serving me was rather quiet and unemotional, which is fine, but just stood out in contrast to the other pubs I visited in Bristol. Good value, convenient location.
Definitely worth a pop-in if you’re visiting Bristol.
WingmanWillis (493) , England | August 2, 2015
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited on a Saturday evening in August 2015. It looks a little run down with seating outside on entering were greeted with a sea of kittens and a busy little pub. Beer range was good and well kept. Got the last little table next to the record collection. Nice feel to the place. Barman was really friendly too. It’s a nice old pub and worth the wander out to get to it.
tdtm82 (108) , England | January 5, 2015
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Disclaimer if you don’t like cats or vinyl music you probably shouldn’t come here. I happen to love both. I also happen to love Belgian ales and descent cask beer in good condition. Guess what? It had those. A lovely little spot which I am in debt to Matt and Karen Wickham for informing me about many moons ago. The cats were simply awesome. I also thought the value was very good as well. London pubs could learn a thing or two from this place. Great place. So warming and inviting. A real pub.
Boudicca (986) London, England | December 30, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
A small and cosy bar on the edge of the city centre. It looked as if it had recently had a makeover and is now shabby chic (rather than just shabby, which I’m told it was before). Adding to the homely feel, there was a tabby cat sitting with us and two black kittens asleep in a cardboard box on the bar; also, there are games available (e.g. boxes of Trivial Pursuits cards). They have nine hand pumps with a decent selection of beers and the service was welcoming, despite the lists of rules posted around the place (e.g. “no stupid hats please” and “no ludicrous Xmas jumpers”).
(Visited 16 December 2014).
Beersiveknown (154) , Northern Ireland | July 5, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Friendly but perennially grumpy landlord Luke really knows how to keep beer, though sometimes the choice of beers wouldn’t be mine ;). There’s always something to choose from on the 8 handpumps however and if you don’t fancy cask beer there’s plenty of bottles. Smallish it can soon fill up to stand ing room only on a busy day but when quieter you can easily chat with the locals. Board games boost and vinyl records plus lots of cats makes this one of my favourite places to drink in Bristol.
Scopey (504) Croydon, England | June 11, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
We stopped past here after being slightly underwhelmed by the beer selection at the Three Tuns on our last Bristol visit. Bag O Nails is a very quirky pub located in what appears to be a converted shop. The blackboard boasts craft beer and kittens and weirdly enough delivered well on both accounts. They have a fairly small selection of cask ales, but for me a much more interesting selection of bottles. We spent our timing hitting up the Wiper & True beers and some Arbor backlog. The barman was eccentric and friendly. The thing that makes this place so good is the laid-back cafe-type atmosphere. They have a great selection of vinyl music playing and plenty of cats lazing about the place. Found it difficult to drag ourselves away. Brilliant.
DruncanVeasey (31) NUNEATON, 3rd, England | January 25, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited late afternoon, 18/01/14. Easily missed shopfront exterior like a Dickensian apothecary. Irritatingly informed barkeep who did (eventually) break off from his expatiation on lambic to serve me. Narrow, somewhat pedestrian cask selection (for Bristol) but otherwise pretty much flawless; stack of vinyl in the corner (Elvis, Sabbath, Pogues) for the patrons’ own rotation; retro board games, tasteful selection of Belgians, crepuscular front parlour decor, bountiful house pussy rubbing against your legs and biting your shoelaces. The best pub in Bristol.
StBernadus (2) , | November 24, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
A real find. 4 cats and 5 hand pumps on the bar. vinyl records playing. great selection of Belgian bottles and snacks. Classic decor, warm and characterful. This has a real individual character but for the beer lover it’s a gem. Worth visiting Bristol for this alone.
lambic (99) Newton Abbot, England | April 4, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Small locals pub that seems to have been untouched for years, it still has gas lamps making for a superb atmosphere. Around six cask ales on hand pump usually from local breweries all very well kept on my visit, plus a selection of foreign bottles. Friendly staff, Landlord and cat! No duke box but a record player with a selection of vinyl records.
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