Small Bar | Bristol, Gloucestershire
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Small Bar
Excellent based on 15 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

31 King Street
Bristol, Gloucestershire England BS1 4DZ [ print map ]
07709 449708 | twitter

Hours: Mon-Thu 12:00-00:30, Fri & Sat 12:00-01:00, Sun 12:00-00:00

Mayor: downender (6) | Affiliated user(s) here bigbeeruk | Taps: 31 | Bottles: 200

Small Bar

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Beer Available At Small Bar (arranged by most recent)
Left Handed Giant USPA 85, Left Handed Giant Lactose Tolerant , Red Ink 101 IPA , Left Handed Giant Porter , New Bristol Super Deluxe Stout , Mikkeller Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter (Grand Marnier) 93, Redchurch Wild Isolation 82, Mad Umami 70, Tiny Rebel XLPA 95, Gypsy Inc Soft Focus 78, Buxton Raspberry Sour , Tempest Ball Park 48, Cloudwater Citrus Gose 67, Left Handed Giant Pale 81, Arbor / Left Handed Giant Flat White Mpemba 95, Tempest Emanation Pale Ale 86, Buxton / Omnipollo Pomperipossa (Sour Cherry Stout) 86, Siren Fortunaís Gift 87, Weird Beard Heaven And Hell Batch 5 , Siren / Mikkeller / Hill Farmstead Limoncello (Lemon Cello) IPA 91
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15 reviews for Small Bar
 Ambiance  79%
 Service  82%
 Selection  85%
 Food  80%
 Value  67%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  91%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Beersiveknown  (123) , Northern Ireland | May 13, 2015
Excellent bar which is not as small as it seems with seating areas outside, next door and above the bar. My favoured spot are the comfy chairs next to the book exchange/library upstairs. Theyíve just installed a brewkit which Left Hand Giant specials will be brewed on, and there are regularly LHG beers available. Tap selection is good and cleary marked on chalkboard above the bar, split by style. Five thirds may be purchased for £8 (£1 supplement >7%) and youíre given bottle caps to trade-in; so you donít need to order all five at once). Decent selection of bottles too with some one-offs available. Again largely UK stuff. It does offer some food but Iím yet to try it. Similar to the Hanging Bat (unsurprising as Bruce was one of the original creators of that setup) but I prefer it as its a bit more pubby.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub  (616) Banbury, England | April 25, 2015
Apr í15 Rating 88. The pub now has a brew kit up and running brewing Left Handed Giant smaller batches. The beer range is extensive and the staff are excellent. Love it.
Apr í14 rating 80. This has opened since our last visit to Bristol and it is a great addition. Itís not so small, there are 2 distinct areas for drinking and even though there is an attempt to make it look old or shabby chic it still needs wearing in. But there is certainly no argument on the beer front, an excellent range of Breweries and styles. A must visit now, King Street is certainly becoming the place to be.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer  (169) London, England | March 28, 2015
Fantastic place, great selection and atmosphere. Probably my favourite on King St.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
spudd114  (2) , | February 27, 2015
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk  (208) Edinburgh , Scotland | February 11, 2015
What a cracking pub, look for the hidden lounge area up stairs. Good selection of beers, and Deep Fried Pickles and Jalepenos to die for. Worth visiting for them alone
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Boudicca  (949) London, England | January 31, 2015
A really nice, modern place in King Street, with a great beer list (sorted by type) and excellent service. (Visited 16 December 2014).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
tdtm82  (100) , England | January 5, 2015
One of my favourite bars in the West Country period. Too bad I only had one beer when I was here. A great atmosphere. I love the design and the selection is superb. I can get a sour beer here regularly on the menu. This is awesome. I love the keg handles in the toilets as well. I didnít sample the food but will love to come back to do so. Of note they had an incredible rare hard-to-find Struise on keg in the new year. I wish I could have had that on keg. Awesome stuff and a great team. Superb.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Fin  (729) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | January 5, 2015
We (me and Loz) visited here on Saturday 4th January 2015. The beer selection is quite superb, there must be twenty or more taps with everything listed on an easy to read blackboard above and behind the bar, which incidentally is straight in front of you as you enter. We had Sirenís Fortunaís Gift and Weird Beard Heaven & Hell, I think that both of these were only available in 1/3 pint measures as they were rather potent. I guess some people may consider £2.95 a third as very expensive and lets face it I guess it is, however you will probably not be able to drink something this strong any quicker than you could a 3.8% pint of bitter or golden and therefore I guess you need to put a bit of perspective on things, besides there were much weaker beers available. I also like the fact that they list and group beers so for instance if you wanted a sour you could see what was available. Staff were quick to serve you, but not in the least bit pushy, and were friendly, smiling and seemed pretty knowledgeable. Once we got in here, we/I never really wandered about much we sat in a window seat in this main bar area, however there was a room off to the left and from that room I could see a staircase and there were people popping up and down that. The furnishing is that cool and slightly scruffy look so expect to see pallets suspended from a ceiling that act as lighting attachments for those cool bulbs with the fancy filaments, the bar itself had a rustic cabin in the woods look about it. But despite the uncluttered slightly spartan and cool edge to it, it was nonetheless very tidy and very functional. I never had food and didnít peruse the list so cannot comment on what they do. I liked this a lot, Loz even more so I think, the beers were both great, yes it has that Hackney Hipster cool about it and I am not sure how long it will be before people tire of that, but for know it is hitting the right notes and clearly on the crest of a wave.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Beese  (64) Watford, England | November 25, 2014
I think that Small Bar had the best selection of draught beer out of everywhere that I visited in Bristol. A lot of taps that rotated just as I was sat there on a Saturday night. Many locals as well as farther afield and lots of new ticks. The staff were quite knowledgeable and friendly. All beer is served in one or two third measures. I had a very tasty portion of deep fried pickles, which were recommended. Got quite busy into the evening. Would have gone back and tried it again on Monday, but it wasnít open (but usually would be).
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v  (128) Lille, France | November 11, 2014
Visited on Monday 10th November 2014. In the centre of Bristol, the place is in front of the Beer Emporium. This modern place has a good beer selection with special british beer geek on tap as Siren, Kernel and Buxton. The price is ok and the ambiance was soft. Cool place.

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