Bristol Venues

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.

Gig and live music 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.

Complete List of Bristol Venues

Active Bristol Venues

395
Unit 4, Old Malt House, Little Ann St , Bristol BS2 9EB
Arnolfini
16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
Art Club
12-16 Bond Street, Bristol BS1 3LU
Basement 45
8 Frogmore St, Bristol BS1 5NA
Bookhaus
Unit 4, Rope Walk, Bristol BS1 6ZJ
Bristol Beacon
Trenchard St, Bristol BS1 5AR
Bristol Comedy Den
thebristolcomedyden198 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8NU
Bristol Folk House
40a Park St, Bristol BS1 5JG
Bristol Old Vic
King St, Bristol BS1 4ED
Cafe Kino
108 Stokes Croft
Bristol, Bristol BS1 3RU
Central Warehouse
17-18 Wellington Rd
St Jude's, Bristol BS2 9DA
Centrespace Gallery
6 Leonard Ln, Bristol BS1 1EA
Cloak
182-184 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6 5RB
Clock Factory
63 Union Gate 1st & 2nd Floor, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 2AG
Cosies
34 Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8RG
Crofters Rights
117-119 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RW
Dare to Club
1 Alfred St, Bristol BS2 0RF
Dareshack
Vintry Building, Wine St, Bristol BS1 2BD
El Rincon
298 North Street, Bristol BS3 1JU
Exchange
73 Old Market St, Bristol BS2 0EJ
Four Quarters
32 Park St, Bristol BS1 5JA
Green Works
16 Clothier Road, Bristol BS45PS
Kingsdown Vaults
Kingsdown Parade, Bristol BS6 5UE
L'Étoile Studio
18 West St, Bristol BS2 0BH
Lakota
6 Upper York St, Bristol BS2 8QN
Lost Horizon
1-3 Elton St, Bristol BS2 9EH
Mickey Zoggs
8-9 Surrey St, Bristol BS2 8PS
Moor Beer Co
Days Road, Bristol BS2 0QS
Motion
74-78 Avon St, Bristol BS2 0PX
Mr Wolfs
32 St Nicholas St, Bristol BS1 1TG
Mr Wolfs Rooftop
30 St Nicholas St, Bristol BS1 1TG
No. 51s
5 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QD
No.1 Harbourside
1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5UH
PRSC
14 Hillgrove St, Bristol BS2 8JT
Rough Trade Bristol
3 New Bridewell, Nelson St, Bristol BS1 2QD
Sidney & Eden
198 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8NU
Sparks Bristol
78 Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3DS
Spike Island
133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX
St George's Bristol
Great George St, Bristol BS1 5RR
Strange Brew
10-12 Fairfax St, Bristol BS1 3DB
SWX
15 Nelson Street , Bristol BS1 2JY
Take Five Cafe
72 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY
The Be-bop Club
210 North St, Bristol BS3 1JF
The Bristol Fringe
32 Princess Victoria St, Bristol BS8 4BZ
The Canteen
Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, St Pauls, Bristol BS1 3QY
The Christmas Steps
2 Christmas Steps, Bristol BS1 5BS
The Cider Box Tap Room
Arch 5 Silverthorne Ln, Bristol BS2 0QD
The Crown
10 All Saints Ln, Bristol BS1 1JH
The Cube
Dove St South, Bristol BS2 8NQ
The Fleece
12 St Thomas St, Bristol BS1 6JJ
The Full Moon & Attic Bar
1 North St, St Pauls, Bristol BS1 3PR
The Gallimaufry
26-28 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8AL
The Golden Lion
244 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8NZ
The Grain Barge
Hotwell Rd, Bristol BS8 4RU
The Ill Repute
16 West St, Bristol BS2 0DF
The Island
Nelson St, Bristol BS1 2BE
The Jam Jar
The Old Malt House, Little Ann St, Bristol BS2 9EB
The Lanes
22 Nelson St, Bristol BS1 2LE
The Lantern
Trenchard St, Bristol BS1 5AR
The Loco Klub
Clock Tower Yd, Bristol BS1 6QH
The Louisiana
Bathurst Terrace, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 6UA
The Love Inn
84 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY
The Marble Factory
74-78 Avon St, Bristol BS2 0PX
The Mothers Ruin
7-9 St Nicholas St, Bristol BS1 1UE
The Mount Without
Upper Church Ln, Bristol BS2 8FN
The Old Market Assembly
25 West St, Bristol BS2 0DF
The Plough Inn
223 Easton Rd, Bristol BS5 0EG
The Room Above
133 St Michael's Hill, Bristol BS2 8BS
The Stag And Hounds
74
Old Market Street
, Bristol BS2 0EJ
The Station
Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG
The Thunderbolt
124 Bath Rd, Bristol BS4 3ED
The Tobacco Factory
134 Raleigh Rd, Bristol BS3 2AA
The Trinity Centre
Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW
The Wardrobe Theatre
25 West St, Bristol BS2 0DF
Thekla
The Grove, East Mud Dock, Bristol BS1 4RB
To The Moon
27a Midland Road, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0JT
Unit 15
Unit 15, Premier Business Park, Sussex St, Bristol BS2 0RA
Watershed
1 Canon's Road
Bristol, Bristol BS1 5TX
Zed Alley
Zed Alley, Bristol, Bristol BS1 4UA

Inactive Music Venues

Anson Rooms
University Of Bristol Students' Union
Queen's Road
Clifton
Bristol, Bristol BS8 1LN
Be.In Bristol
59-61
Whiteladies Road
Clifton
Bristol
, Bristol BS8 2LY
Benjamin Perry Scout Hut
, Bristol BS1 6SP
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Boca Bar
Unit 3.1
Paintworks
Arnos Vale
Bristol, Bristol BS1 6JQ
Breaking Bread
The Downs, Stoke Rd, Bristol, Bristol BS9 1FG
Bristol Beacon Foyer
Trenchard St, Bristol BS1 5AR
Circomedia
Portland Square, St Pauls, Bristol BS2 8SJ
Crypt Of St John On The Wall
13 Redcliffe Parade, Broad St, Bristol BS1 2EZ
D–UNIT
Durnford St, Bristol BS3 2AW
DOCUMENT
Pennywell Road
Bristol, Bristol BS5 0TL
Dojos
16 Park Row
Bristol, Bristol BS1 5LJ
Fiddlers
, Bristol BS3 4BG
Friendly Records
59 North St, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES
John Wesley’s New Room
Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3EU
Llandoger Trow
Llandoger Trow, Bristol , Bristol BS1 4ER
O2 Academy
Frogmore St, Bristol BS1 5NA
Plantation
223 Cheltenham Road
Cotham
Bristol
, Bristol BS6 5QP
Propyard
39-46 Feeder Rd, Bristol BS2 0SE
Queens Head Easton
171 Easton Rd, Bristol BS5 0ES
Redgrave Theatre
Percival Rd, Bristol BS8 3LE
Seamus O'Donnell's
13 St Nicholas St, Bristol BS1 1UE
Small Bar
31 King St, Bristol BS1 4DZ
SouthBank
Dean Lane, Southville, , Bristol BS3 1DB
St Werburghs Community Centre
Horley Road
Bristol, Bristol BS2 9TJ
The Black Swan
438 Stapleton Rd, Bristol BS5 6NR
The Blue Lagoon
18-20 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8AE
The Brass Pig
1 Clifton Heights
Triangle West
Bristol
, Bristol BS8 1EJ
The Chelsea Inn
60-62 Chelsea Rd, Bristol BS5 6AU
The Coronation Tap
8 Sion Pl, Bristol BS8 4AX
The Coroner's Court
6 Upper York St, Bristol BS2 8QN
The Elmgrove Centre
Elmgrove Rd, Redland, Bristol BS6 6AH
The Fire Engine
188 Church Rd, Bristol BS5 9HX
The Golden Guinea
19 Guinea St, Bristol BS1 6SX
The Hare on the Hill
41 Thomas St N, Bristol BS2 8LX
The Hen & Chicken
210 North St, Bristol BS3 1JF
The Old Bookshop
65 North St, Bristol BS3 1ES
The Old Crown Courts
The Island
Nelson Street
Bristol, Bristol BS1 2LE
The Old Duke
45 King St, Bristol BS1 4ER
The Old England Pub
Bath Buildings, Bristol BS6 5PT
The Oxford
122 Oxford St, Bristol BS3 4RL
The Steam Crane
4-6 North St, Bristol BS3 1HT
The White Bear
High Kingsdown
133 St Michael's Hill
Bristol, Bristol BS2 8BS
The White Rabbit
33 Gordon Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1AW
Timbuk2
22 Small Street
Bristol, Bristol BS1 1DW

Closed-down Venues in Bristol

Analog
78 Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, Bristol BS8 1QU
Blue Mountain
2 Stokes Croft
Bristol, Bristol BS1 3PR
BRISCO
16 West Street, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0DF
Bristol Bierkeller
All Saints' Street
Bristol, Bristol BS1 2LZ
Crash Mansion
12 St Stephens Street
Bristol, Bristol BS1 1EL
Day + Night
105 Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1LN
Hush Hush
233 Cheltenham Road
Bristol, Bristol BS6 5QP
Hy Brasil Music Club
7-9 Baldwin Street
Bristol, Bristol BS1 1RU
Jack Of Diamonds
46 West St , Bristol BS2 0BH
LAB
27 Broad Street
Bristol, Bristol BS1 2EL
LEFTBANK
128 Cheltenham Road
Bristol, Bristol BS6 5RW
Metropolis
135-137 Cheltenham Road
Bristol, Bristol BS6 5RR
Roll For The Soul
2 Quay Street
Bristol, Bristol BS1 2JL
Small Horse Inn
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The Arts House
108A Stokes Croft
Bristol, Bristol BS1 3RU
The Bank
84 Stokes Croft
Bristol
, Bristol BS1 3QY
The Big Chill Bar
15 Small Street
Bristol, Bristol BS1 1DE
The Birdcage
28 Clare St
Bristol
, Bristol BS1 1YE
The Brunswick Club
15-16 York St
Brunswick Square, Bristol BS2 8NX
The Bunker
78 Queen's Road
Clifton
Bristol, Bristol BS8 1QU
The Cloak and Dagger
184 Cheltenham Rd, Bristol BS6 5RB
The Colour Inn
The Colour Inn
Clifton Down
Whiteladies Road
Bristol, Bristol
The Cooler
48 Park Street
Bristol, Bristol BS1 5JG
The Croft
117-119 Stokes Croft
Bristol, Bristol BS1 3RW
The Doghouse
Crusader House
12 Saint Stephen's Street
Bristol, Bristol BS1 1EL
The Moon Club
6 Upper York Street
Stokes Croft
Bristol, Bristol BS2 8QE
The Prom
2 Gloucester Road
Bishopston
Bristol, Bristol BS7 8AL
The Surrey Vaults
8 Surrey St, Avon, Bristol, Bristol BS2 8PS
The Tunnels
Arches 31-32
Lower Station Approach Road
Temple Meads
Bristol, Bristol BS1 6QS
Warehouse
57 Prince Street
Bristol, Bristol BS1 4QH
Weapon of Choice Gallery
8 basement shop
Park St
Bristol, Bristol BS1 5HR
Wilder Studios
27-29 Wilder St
Stokes Croft
Bristol, Bristol BS2 8QA