A refurb in Autumn 2016 saw a rebranding of the venue under the new name of Hy Brasil Social Club with a new focus on Afrobeat and Hiphop.
Start The Bus' opening party (with Mr Oizo) in 2008 kick started a refreshing change for bars in Bristol city centre. With an adequate sized backroom for gigs and its regular jumble sales, the venue couldn't be more different from its former incarnation (Wetherspoons).
Perhaps down to some good contacts or because of its sister venue in Bournemouth (whats on at Start the Bus is pretty similar to their Bournemouth listings), Start the Bus seems to have some serious programming power. It's not rare to look at whats on at Start the Bus and find pretty big names with cheap door tax. Some good examples include Flying Lotus (2009, £6), Little Dragon (2009, £4) and Gomez amongst other respectable Bristol gig listings. Considering this and the venue's central location it's not surprising that Start the Bus can get seriously busy.