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Music Venues in Bristol

It’s easy to consider a city’s music scene and conclude that it is the bands and promoters that gives it it’s quality and identity. While to a certain extent this is true, venues are often much more significant. Bristol’s music scene is a great example. What makes Bristol’s venue structure work is a good spread of venue sizes, and this really is the key. Small venues like Mr Wolfs and open mic nights in Bristol provide the opportunity for new bands to get their first gigs. Once a little more established, mid-sized Venues like The Croft provide up and coming Bristol bands with support slots alongside national talent. Further headroom exists in larger venues supporting international artists.





Gig and Live Music Venues in Bristol

As mentioned there are some great venues in Bristol to catch emerging, established and international talent. Gig venues are pretty consistent, however new venues seem to pop up now and again. Notable recent additions to Bristol’s fleet of live music venues include The Old Firestation (aka The Island and The Boneyard Bar) with occasional multi-room gigs and live music at The Canteen on Gloucester Road with bands every night.





Club Venues in Bristol

Club venues in Bristol are much more transient. Every year new clubs seem to be opening and old favourites closing perhaps linked to the rapidly changing trends in dance music and a transient student population. That said, there are a few club stalwarts - most notably Lakota and the small, but excellent Timbuk2 (see whats on at Timbuk2). New (2009/2010) venues in Bristol include Crash Mansion (formerly Bar Latino) and Basement45. Of all the semi-recent club additions Motion is looking the most secure, with nights like Shit The Bed and Run promoting some of Bristol’s most big-budget line-ups for years.



When it comes to new djs looking for sets, things aren’t as easy with club venues as they are for gig venues. Generally, short of making fame as a producer, you’re looking at lots of 10pm, room 2 sets, hardcore networking or promoting your own events. For new promoters, small Bristol venues like Take Five and HushHush can be useful places to start. Summer can provide opportunities to promote clubnights in larger venues while many big promoters await the return of the students.





A to Z of Bristol Venue Listings

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Anson Rooms in Bristol

Anson Rooms

University Of Bristol Students' Union, Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1LN

Bristol University gig venue

Whats on at Anson Rooms
Arnolfini in Bristol

Arnolfini

16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

Bristol primary exhibitions space also hosts music events.

Whats on at Arnolfini
Aro Ling in Bristol

Aro Ling

127 Gloucester Rd, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8AX

Buddhist centre on Gloucester Road

Whats on at Aro Ling
The Arts House in Bristol

The Arts House

108A Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RU

Cafe, bar and gallery on Stokes Croft

Whats on at The Arts House
The Attic Bar in Bristol

The Attic Bar

1-9 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3PL

Music venue attached to the Full Moon pub on Stokes Croft

Whats on at The Attic Bar
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Basement 45 in Bristol

Basement 45

8 Frogmore Street, Bristol BS1 5NA

Underground dance music venue in Bristol's city centre

Whats on at Basement 45
Be.In Bristol in Bristol

Be.In Bristol

59-61, Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2LY

Small bar and live music venue in Clifton.

Whats on at Be.In Bristol
Blue Mountain in Bristol

Blue Mountain

2 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3PR

Renowned underground Bristol club

Whats on at Blue Mountain
Boca Bar in Bristol

Boca Bar

Unit 3.1, Paintworks, Arnos Vale, Bristol BS4 3EH

South Bristol's arts and media cafe

Whats on at Boca Bar
Bristol Bierkeller in Bristol

Bristol Bierkeller

All Saints' Street, Bristol BS1 2LZ

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Whats on at Bristol Bierkeller
Bristol Old Vic in Bristol

Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol BS1 4ED

Recently re-developed theatre in central Bristol

Whats on at Bristol Old Vic
The Bank in Bristol

The Bank

84 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY

Popular bar in the heart of Stokes Croft

Whats on at The Bank
The Be-bop Club in Bristol

The Be-bop Club

The Bear, Hotwell Road, Bristol, BS8 4SF

Live jazz venue behind The Bear in Hotwells

Whats on at The Be-bop Club
The Big Chill Bar in Bristol

The Big Chill Bar

15 Small Street, Bristol BS1 1DE

Busy bar in central Bristol

Whats on at The Big Chill Bar
The Birdcage in Bristol

The Birdcage

28 Clare St, Bristol, BS1 1YE

A new spot to find live music on Corn Street

Whats on at The Birdcage
The Black Swan in Bristol

The Black Swan

438 Stapleton Road, Bristol BS5 6NR

Unique club venue in Easton

Whats on at The Black Swan
The Blue Lagoon in Bristol

The Blue Lagoon

20 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8AE

Popular bar and music venue on Gloucester road

Whats on at The Blue Lagoon
The Brass Pig in Bristol

The Brass Pig

1 Clifton Heights, Triangle West, Bristol, BS8 1EJ

Restaurant and bar in Clifton with live music twice a week.

Whats on at The Brass Pig
The Bristol Fringe in Bristol

The Bristol Fringe

32 Princess Victoria Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4BZ

Bar in Clifton with regular live music.

Whats on at The Bristol Fringe
The Bunker in Bristol

The Bunker

78 Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1QU

Alternative student venue on The Triangle

Whats on at The Bunker
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Colston Hall in Bristol

Colston Hall

13 Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR

Bristol's most famous concert and comedy venue

Whats on at Colston Hall
Cosies in Bristol

Cosies

34 Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8RG

Reggae wine cellar in St.Pauls

Whats on at Cosies
Crash Mansion in Bristol

Crash Mansion

12 St Stephens Street, Bristol BS1 1EL

Intimate city centre club

Whats on at Crash Mansion
The Canteen in Bristol

The Canteen

Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY

Seriously popular Bristol venue with free gigs every night

Whats on at The Canteen
The Colour Inn in Bristol

The Colour Inn

The Colour Inn, Clifton Down, Whiteladies Road, Bristol

Cocktail bar on Whiteladies Road in Clifton.

Whats on at The Colour Inn
The Cooler in Bristol

The Cooler

48 Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JG

Indie and rock venue on Park Street

Whats on at The Cooler
The Coronation Tap in Bristol

The Coronation Tap

8 Sion Place, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4AX

A unique Clifton pub with live music every Tuesday and Sunday

Whats on at The Coronation Tap
The Croft in Bristol

The Croft

117-119 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RW

A decent sized gig venue on Stokes Croft

Whats on at The Croft
The Cube in Bristol

The Cube

Dove Street South, Bristol, BS2 8JD

Independent cinema which also hosts occasional gigs and music

Whats on at The Cube
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Day + Night in Bristol

Day + Night

10 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UQ

Compact club in central Bristol

Whats on at Day + Night
Dojos in Bristol

Dojos

16 Park Row, Bristol BS1 5LJ

Enigmatic city centre club with one of Bristol's latest licenses

Whats on at Dojos
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Exchange in Bristol

Exchange

72 Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0EJ

Forward thinking live music venue in Old Market

Whats on at Exchange
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Fiddlers in Bristol

Fiddlers

Willway Street, Bristol BS3 4BG

Large independent gig venue on the south side of the river

Whats on at Fiddlers
The Fire Engine in Bristol

The Fire Engine

188 Church Road, Redfield, Bristol BS5 9HX

Pub in Redfield which hosts live music

Whats on at The Fire Engine
The Fleece in Bristol

The Fleece

12 St Thomas Street, Bristol, BS1 6JJ

Proper rock venue in Redcliffe

Whats on at The Fleece
The Folk House in Bristol

The Folk House

40a Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JG

Adult education centre on Park Street

Whats on at The Folk House
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The Gallimaufry in Bristol

The Gallimaufry

26 The Promenade, Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8AL

Small bar and restaurant on Gloucester Road with regular live music and Bristol djs.

Whats on at The Gallimaufry
The Golden Guinea in Bristol

The Golden Guinea

19 Guinea Street, Bristol BS1 6SX

Intimate pub venue in Redcliff

Whats on at The Golden Guinea
The Golden Lion in Bristol

The Golden Lion

244 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8NZ

One of Bristol's key live music pubs

Whats on at The Golden Lion
The Grain Barge in Bristol

The Grain Barge

Mardyke Wharf, Hotwells Rd, Hotwells, Bristol BS8 4RU

Unique bar and music venue aboard a boat in Hotwells

Whats on at The Grain Barge
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Hush Hush in Bristol

Hush Hush

233 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6 5QP

Bar and micro club on Bristol's Gloucester Road

Whats on at Hush Hush
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Kingsdown Wine Vaults in Bristol

Kingsdown Wine Vaults

29-31, Kingsdown Parade, Bristol, BS6 5UE

Cosy pub tucked away in Kingsdown.

Whats on at Kingsdown Wine Vaults
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LAB in Bristol

LAB

27 Broad Street, Bristol BS1 2EL

Multi floored live music and club night venue

Whats on at LAB
Lakota in Bristol

Lakota

6 Upper York Street, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS2 8QE

Huge and legendary rave club

Whats on at Lakota
Leftbank in Bristol

Leftbank

128 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6 5RW

A cosy bar on Stokes Croft

Whats on at Leftbank
The Lanes in Bristol

The Lanes

22 Nelson Street, Bristol BS1 2LE

Retro bowling alley meets music venue in Bristol city centre

Whats on at The Lanes
The Louisiana in Bristol

The Louisiana

Bathurst Terrace, Bristol BS1 6UA

Bristol's most important indie venue

Whats on at The Louisiana
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Metropolis in Bristol

Metropolis

135-137 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6 5RR

Comedy and music venue on Stokes Croft

Whats on at Metropolis
Motion in Bristol

Motion

74 Avon Street, St Philips, Bristol BS2 0PX

Bristol's out of town warehouse venue

Whats on at Motion
Mr Wolfs in Bristol

Mr Wolfs

33 St Stephens Street, Bristol BS1 1JX

Thriving small venue in central Bristol.

Whats on at Mr Wolfs
The Mothers Ruin in Bristol

The Mothers Ruin

7-9 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UE

Pub venue near St Nick's market

Whats on at The Mothers Ruin
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No.1 Harbourside in Bristol

No.1 Harbourside

Canons Road, Bristol, Bs1 5UH

Quality bar and cafe right on Bristol harbour

Whats on at No.1 Harbourside
Number 51 in Bristol

Number 51

51 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QP

Popular small venue on Stokes Croft

Whats on at Number 51
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O2 Academy in Bristol

O2 Academy

Frogmore Street, Bristol BS1 5NA

Bristol's largest live music venue

Whats on at O2 Academy
The Old Bookshop in Bristol

The Old Bookshop

65, North Street, Bristol BS3 1ES

Intimate Bristol gig venue in Bedminister

Whats on at The Old Bookshop
The Old Duke in Bristol

The Old Duke

45 King Street, Bristol BS1 4ER

Renowned live music pub in the centre of Bristol with free gigs every night.

Whats on at The Old Duke
The Old Fire Station in Bristol

The Old Fire Station

Silver Street, Bristol BS1 2PY

Home of The Invisible Circus and Carny Ville

Whats on at The Old Fire Station
The Oxford in Bristol

The Oxford

120-122 Oxford Street, Totterdown, Bristol BS3 4RL

Live music pub in Totterdown

Whats on at The Oxford
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Plantation in Bristol

Plantation

223 Cheltenham Road, Cotham, Bristol, BS6 5QP

Caribbean restaurant which hosts live music and djs

Whats on at Plantation
The Prom in Bristol

The Prom

2 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8AL

Reliable gig venue and blues hotspot on Gloucester road

Whats on at The Prom
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Southbank in Bristol

Southbank

31 Dean Lane, Bristol BS3 1DD

A refreshing, modern approach to the community centre

Whats on at Southbank
St George's in Bristol

St George's

Great George Street, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5RR

Classical, jazz and folk concert venue

Whats on at St George's
Start The Bus in Bristol

Start The Bus

7-9 Baldwin Street, Bristol BS1 1RU

Live music bar in Bristol city centre

Whats on at Start The Bus
The Stag And Hounds in Bristol

The Stag And Hounds

74, Old Market Street, BS2 0EJ, Bristol

Lively music venue in Old Market

Whats on at The Stag And Hounds
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The Thunderbolt in Bristol

The Thunderbolt

The Olde Turnpike, 124 Bath Road, Totterdown, Bristol BS4 3ED

Small gig venue in Totterdown

Whats on at The Thunderbolt
The Tobacco Factory in Bristol

The Tobacco Factory

134 Raleigh Road, Bristol BS3 1TF

A modern cafe-bar with regular live music.

Whats on at The Tobacco Factory
The Trinity Centre in Bristol

The Trinity Centre

Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW

Converted church where community centre meets venue

Whats on at The Trinity Centre
The Tunnels in Bristol

The Tunnels

Arches 31-32, Lower Station Approach Road, Temple Meads, Bristol BS1 6QS

Large venue which opened in 2009

Whats on at The Tunnels
Thekla in Bristol

Thekla

The Grove, East Mud Dock, Bristol BS1 4RB

A key gig and club venue aboard a boat

Whats on at Thekla
Timbuk2 in Bristol

Timbuk2

22 Small Street, Bristol BS1 1DW

Established basement night club in the heart of the city

Whats on at Timbuk2
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Warehouse in Bristol

Warehouse

57 Prince Street, Bristol BS1 4QH

Multi-floored city centre night club

Whats on at Warehouse
Weapon of Choice Gallery in Bristol

Weapon of Choice Gallery

8 basement shop, Park St, Bristol BS1 5HR

Independent art gallery on St Michael's Hill

Whats on at Weapon of Choice Gallery


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