England > Gloucestershire > Bristol - Hotwells
Beersiveknown (71) , 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 wouldnít be mine ;). Thereís always something to choose from on the 8 handpumps however and if you donít fancy cask beer thereís 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 (388) 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 (27) NUNEATON, Top 13, 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 patronsí 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 itís a gem. Worth visiting Bristol for this alone.
lambic (75) 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.
Fin (538) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | January 1, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
We went here on Saturday 29th December 2012, on our way back to the Baltic Wharf Campsite via this pub and The Grain Barge. Beer choice was ok with Dark Star Smoked Porter amongst those on offer, but the beer Loz had (never heard of brewery) wasnít in good form, to be fair she asked for a taster which the barman reluctantly gave her, so she should have known straight away that it wasnít up too much, however bizarrely she still ordered one then after about two sips left it, I was all for taking it back and donít doubt it would have been changed no problem but the place got busy and we were heading off after this one anyway. I guess on a different day with a different crowd I might quite enjoy this pub, it was small but comfortable, the music was all vinyl and an interesting selection and the bottled beer selection with Rochefort 10 I understand seemed good, maybe I just wasnít in the mood today but I came away sort of not bothered and yet I know that this should be the sort of pub that I would like.
downender (296) Bristol, England | October 7, 2012| Updated June 27, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A genuine free house just beyond Bristol city centre. Reopened in December 2011 after being shut for over a year. Emphasis is on quality ales, with the likes of Arbor, Ascot, Cheddar, Devilfish, Ashley Down, Redemption and Wye Valley making appearances so far. The cider is from Ashridge and the music is vinyl. Food is limited to snacks and lagers to the bottled variety only. A good pub and makes for a part of an excellent crawl with the Three Tuns and Grain Barge nearby.
mabel (211) Toronto, Ontario | August 10, 2008
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited on a quiet Sunday evening in September 2007. Typical feel for a bar in town, very small and local with big old long wooden benches, interesting old drawings on the walls and a fireplace tucked in the corner while radio music was playing in the background. We didnít try the food but the beer selection was interesting with taps like Clusters and Archers and Hopback. Service was quick and not particularly jovial. Overall, jolly good fun.
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