Top 50 Cocktail Bars


The Milk Thistle

Bristol, Somerset

Hidden in plain sight, The Milk Thistle in Bristol is a prohibition-style cocktail bar that exudes style and sophistication.

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Milk Thistle is set over four floors in one of Bristol’s finest historic buildings in the old city and is a delight to drink in.

Featuring eclectic décor and outstanding cocktails, it is a place to visit. The four areas in the bar include the hidden vault, a decadent lounge bar and the Attic, which is a dining room and bar available for private parties.

Self-described as the “big little sister of Hyde & Co”, Milk Thistle opens Monday to Saturday from around 5pm until late (from 6pm on a Saturday).

Cocktail prices are reasonable and include classics as well as house specialities. for the house made Single serves of spirits range from £5 and upwards depending on the rarity of the liquid.

Cocktails of the past have included the Bristol tea, which has been described as “everything a Bristol bartender loves in a glass”, an old-fashioned style drink with a Bristolian twist. Also on past menus was “a Scottish camping experience disguised as a cocktail” utilising Horlicks for pure authenticity, called The Narrow Quay.

With a relaxed atmosphere, where the team does the walking for you, they always they recommend you book to avoid disappointment.

There is also the opportunity to book onto cocktail masterclasses with anywhere between 8 and 30 friends, with bartenders working closely with you to create a bespoke drink of your own.

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