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5 Things I Can’t Wait to Reopen in Bristol

7th April 2021

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One way we’re here for you during your time with us is by providing supportive Mentors who know what it’s like to be at BIMM. Like all our Mentors, Zoe is here to offer a friendly face and help you as you transition into BIMM life. Here, she tells us five places she can’t wait to go to in Bristol, once restrictions are eased. 

Bristol has so much to offer, pandemic or not, and I’ve had a great time exploring new areas of the city that I may have never gone to if I wasn’t going on daily walks. However, there are a few things that I’m really excited to see open again as soon as possible.

1) The Harbourside Street Food Market

One of my favourite ways to spend a Thursday lunchtime is popping down to the centre’s food market, sitting on the waterfall steps devouring a sample of delights, and then taking a nice long stroll around the harbour. It’s recently reopened on a smaller scale, but hopefully, it won’t be long until it’s back to its normal bustling vibe.

These are just some of the food stalls available:

  • Dawson’s Bakery
  • Good Food & Co
  • Los Hermanos Combinados
  • Boigers
  • The Smoked Vegan
  • Gurt Wings
  • Momo Bar
  • Alp Mac

Photo credit: SquareMeal

2) Bristol’s Music Venues

It’s no secret that Bristol’s music venues have been really missed during lockdown as the music community plays such a massive part in the lifestyle here. Our independent music venues have been suffering from a lack of funding recently, so it’ll be great to see them thriving again and to see the brilliant array of bands and musicians that Bristol has to offer when they return.

Some of my favourite music venues are:

  • The Louisiana (City Centre)
  • Crofters’ Rights (Stokes Croft)
  • Mr Wolfs (City Centre)
  • Café Kino (Stokes Croft)
  • Thekla (City Centre)

Photo credit: Bristol Post

3) Independent cafes and restaurants

Bristol has a thriving community of independent businesses, and some of my favourites are the cafes and restaurants dotted around the city. Most have been open for takeaway throughout lockdown, but dining-in definitely provides a different experience. I can’t wait to continue supporting them when they’re open for business properly again.

A few of my favourites are:

  • Mrs Potts Chocolate House

On Park Street, this place is chocolate heaven! Mrs Potts specialises in hot chocolates and all kinds of sweet treats, including cakes, cookies, and brownies – and it all gets drizzled in chocolate!

  • Pinkman’s

On Park Street, Pinkman’s have an array of tasty sandwiches, sourdough pizzas, and hot food, but the hero of Pinkman’s is their infamous sour-doughnut! They have their regular flavours and a guest flavour to match the season.

  • The Crafty Egg

This is a brunch café with a great atmosphere in the centre of Stokes Croft. They’ve recently adapted to be a plant shop too, adding even more to the atmosphere.


In Wapping Wharf, CARGO hosts a wide variety of cafes and restaurants, ranging from fish and chips to tapas and tacos in a series of shipping containers converted into amazing spaces. The takeaway/style-food style approach works really well, and quite a few of Bristol’s newest restaurants actually started at CARGO.

4) Bars in Bristol

Bristol’s bars have a great range between places to chill and hang out with friends after a long day of uni work and places to start a cracking night out! Different bars have different vibes, and there’s something for everyone.

  • The Apple

In Harbourside/City Centre, the Apple provide a huge range of ciders and the novelty experience of hanging out on a boat – very apt for Bristol’s harbourside. The Apple is always popular as it’s good value, a really nice place to catch up with friends, and everyone in the South West loves cider!

  • The Florist

On Park Street, the Florist is known for its very Instagrammable cocktails and walls of flowers. It’s a lovely place for a girl’s night out or some fruity drinks, but definitely on the pricey side!

  • Rev de Cuba

Based in Harbourside (and right next to Spoons!), Rev de Cuba has a bunch of fun cocktails and many classics. The food is also really good, so it’s a great place to start your night before moving onto the various other bars and clubs nearby (just a short walk from Prism and Thekla).

  • Stokes Croft Beer Garden

In the heart of Stokes Croft, this is a great space to hang out with mates. It’s in a great location as Stokes Croft tends to be a student hub. There’s a bunch of venues nearby too, so it’s a great place to grab a drink before a gig. They have a great range of ciders, cocktails, wines and spirits, as well as beers!

5) Bristol’s Festivals and Events

A few of Bristol’s festivals and big events aim to come back this year (I got my ticket for Love Saves The Day, yay!), but there is still plenty that we’re waiting to hear from. Some of the great ones we host here are Bristol Harbour Festival, Bristol’s Balloon Fiesta, Bristol Pride, St Paul’s Carnival, Bristol Sounds, Tokyo World, and so many more!

Bristol’s festivals span the whole city, and so many people get involved. It’s lovely to see the community coming together, so hopefully, it won’t be long until they’re back up and running.

If you’re living in Bristol or coming back to Bristol soon, let’s make sure to support as many of these places as we can so they have a great reopening and Bristol can get its buzz back!

Photo credit: Bristol Harbourside Festival paulbox©

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Loulou Baylis

Loulou is BIMM's Copywriter and joined the Marketing Team in March 2019. Loulou's main passions include music (especially anything to do with Fleetwood Mac), writing, and going on adventures (while trying not to get injured in the process).