We may not be a serious bunch, but here at Wriggle we’re serious about Bristol. Wriggle is born and bred in Bristol, inspired by its thriving independent food, drink and entertainment scenes. Variety, independence and community are the dominant themes of this undisputed cultural hub of the South West.
Through Wriggle, we hope you'll find a window into Bristol-life through it's blossoming food scene, and discover new favourite places at special prices.
From top-quality relaxed joints like Biblos and Flour & Ash to fine-dining Bristol restaurants like Wilks, Casamia (both Michelin-starred) and Birch, the best restaurants in Bristol are worth shouting about - and the scene is evolving rapidly, with remarkable new establishments popping up all-over the city every week. What’s more, many here aren't just passionate about food as a product; they care where it comes from, how it was produced - and how and by whom it’s served. This is apparent in the success of places like Poco and the Workhouse Kitchen, and the value of the Bristol Food Policy Council.
Led by the lovely people at the Bristol Eats streetfood collective, Bristol's streetfood scene is burgeoning. Top on your list of places to catch should be Gopal's Curry Shack, Bertha's and the little Taqueria. The best places to find them are the regular Harbouside Market (Thursdays and Saturdays), Bearpit Market (Wednesday lunches), Tobacco Factory Market (Saturdays), and the Temple Quay Market (Thursday lunches). Also, look out for the occasional Wriggle King Street Market - where top-quality streetfood meets the best local beers.
Don’t forget the coffee shops in Bristol! Small Street Espresso and Full Court Press have developed mighty reputations as the leaders of the specialty coffee scene, but there are a multitude of beautiful cafes in Bristol to get your coffee fix. Wriggle favourites include the Mockingbird cafe, Playground, Katie and Kim's, Emmeline, Roll for the Soul and Ironworks - amongst many others! The coffee will invariably be provided by a range of world class local coffee roasters - amongst them Extract Coffee, Roasted Rituals, Little & Long and Brian Wogan.
Home to a number of excellent breweries and spirit purveyors, both traditional and grass-roots, you’re never far from a decent drink. In terms of beer, there are a host of Bristol breweries making top-notch craft beer - we're talking the Bristol Beer factory, Moor Beer, Wiper & True, Good Chemistry and Left-Handed Giant. There's no short of quality watering-holes to enjoy them in - with the buzzing King Street the best bet (take your pick between Small Bar, the Beer Emporium, The King Street Brewhouse and the Royal Navy Voluneer). Further afield, check out hidden-gems like the Hillgrove, the Grainbarge and the Barley-Mow.
Whether it’s a thriving music scene or an established art gallery that get you going, you won’t have any difficulty finding fun here. There’s history, there’s theatre, there’s comedy and there’s the street-art of the buzzing Stokes Croft. Are you not entertained? Check out the Old Vic, the M Shed, Tobacco Factory Theatres and Colston Hall. With players like Situations and MAYK driving the scene forwards, it’s an exciting time for the Bristol arts scene.
Bristol is famous for its street art (Banksy anyone?), but this is only a drop in the ocean of Bristol’s art scene. Bristol is the home of the Royal West of England Academy and Wallace & Gromit, as well as cutting edge contemporary art in the Arnolfini. However, what sums up the energy and passion of Bristol art scene is the effort expended by an anonymous artist to abseil down the Avon Gorge in the middle of a winter night to install the ‘Bristoland’ sign – Bristol’s very own cheeky nod to the Hollywood hills.
What’s a city without its residents? Whether true locals or those sucked in by Bristol’s magnetism, the diversity of Bristol’s population is remarkable and the scenes in which they revolve are eclectic. Bristolians enjoy a relaxed pace of life and are always up for a chat – try and find one that doesn’t love it here! From the grandeur of Clifton and the buzz of Stokes Croft, down to the bustle of the Harbourside, the dynamism of Easton and the calm of Southville, there’s somewhere here for everyone.
Green Capital of Europe 2015 sums it up. Historically there’s long been a spirit of independence and a sense of difference here; this is clear in the food, drink and entertainment scenes of today. Bristol is friendly and sustainable, loves local produce, independent businesses and even has its own currency, The Bristol Pound.
Top picture by Gillie Rhodes.