The Canteen

Seriously popular Bristol venue with free gigs every night.


Thankfully surviving lockdown, the Canteen is still a centre point of the Stokes Croft live music scene: 5 nights a week of the best free* music on the most vibrant street in Bristol (*£5 entry fee after 9:30pm Fri & Sat)

Since it's launch in 2009 The Canteen (part of the Hamilton House Arts Space) has become seriously popular, so much so that it's fair to expect queues on both Friday and Saturday nights. The Canteen is a multifunctional meeting space, it is neither predominantly a restaurant nor a music venue, however arguably succeeds in both of these roles.

With regards to gigs at the Canteen you can find some of Bristol's best bands and entry is always free (see our free live music in Bristol page for more).

The atmosphere (gig wise) can depend on whats on at The Canteen in Bristol, bearing in mind that many patrons will not be there specifically for the live music. That said the quality of musicians booked by the Canteen is seriously high so be sure to check the listings.

What's On At The Canteen

BABIA at The Canteen
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salsa samba jazz
Agile Experiments at The Canteen
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ambient electronic electro
Barrel House Vipers + DJs at The Canteen
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jazz swing
Hélélé + DJs at The Canteen
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afrobeat world
Bank Holiday Ceilidh at The Canteen
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folk festival
The Dharma Burns at The Canteen
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blues-rock new orleans blues blues delta blues folk
Shanghai Shuffle at The Canteen
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folk freak folk jazz swing
Anunnaki Fan Club at The Canteen
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folk gypsy jazz swing
The Soul Strutters + DJs at The Canteen
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disco R&B rock soul funk
Stokes Croft Sub Session Vol. 3 at The Canteen
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dub reggae roots reggae lovers rock ska
Cypher Space at The Canteen
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hip hop underground hip hop old school hip hop rap spoken word
ADJUA at The Canteen
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alternative r&b R&B funk
Dusk Art Rhythm Quartet + DJs at The Canteen
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blues-rock blues soul funk
Marlon Bianco + DJs at The Canteen
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acid jazz contemporary jazz soundtrack synthpop psych
La Gringa Negra at The Canteen
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salsa world folk
Narco Lounge Combo at The Canteen
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contemporary jazz psych jazz
Lyric Lounge at The Canteen
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open mic hip hop
The Bare Souls + DJs at The Canteen
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blues-rock rock classic rock soul funk
Spaceflight Boutique + DJs at The Canteen
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disco soul funk
Blackberry Wood at The Canteen
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world turbo folk gypsy jazz swing
Brass Junkies + DJs at The Canteen
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big band jazz funk soul funk
Monte + DJs at The Canteen
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acid jazz electro synthpop experimental jazz
Mal & Kylie at The Canteen
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experimental pop experimental festival
Kevin Figes Trio at The Canteen
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jazz jazz funk
The Mudd Club at The Canteen
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rock-and-roll rock punk garage rock
Vonj + DJs at The Canteen
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world rock soul funk
Mama Oh No + DJs at The Canteen
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alternative pop art rock psych soul funk

Get a feel for The Canteen

Our recent recommendations for The Canteen

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