Bristol owes its success to the Floating Harbour that we all enjoy in the city centre. Stretching from central Bristol down to Hotwells, the harbour was designed in the 1800s to combat the huge tidal changes of the River Avon (up to 13m difference between tides!).
These days the harbour is no longer the bustling trade area it once was, but now hosts a myriad of restaurants, bars, markets, museums and houseboats. The entire harbour can be walked around (or travelled by ferry boat) providing you with incredible insight to the changing use of the area and Bristol's heritage in general.
The Harbourside is a prime location for the views and exciting night time atmosphere which has been taken advantage of by many restaurants and eateries.
Some of the most popular and well established options are Under the StarsUnder The Stars, a moored boat offering pizza tapas and gorgeous views, the Olive Shed The Olive Shed, serving Mediterranean food and great wine and The Pump House The Pump House, serving British fine dining and an enormous gin selection.
A gorgeous cup of coffee or comforting cup of tea is the perfect accompaniment to a day by the water, Serving some fine, locally roasted coffees and cakes is the Watershed cafe, the perfect place to take in the views and maybe catch a film.
Mud Dock cafe The Mud Dock Cafe is a cosy bar with outside decking perfect for summer afternoons by the river. We also have a soft spot for the Arnolfini Cafe The Arnolfini, after a recent refurb you can enjoy your refreshments whilst surrounded by art and culture or take your tea outside and hang your legs over the harbour wall.
You can’t move for great (and perhaps not so great) bar and pubs in the harbourside area. No1 Harbourside No.1 Harboursidei is is well known for its great beer selection, plentiful outdoor seating and affordable eats, with many vegan and veggie options.
For summer vibes you can’t get much better than The Ostrich and The Cottage The Cottage with plenty of outdoor seating and views of the sunset. The Apple The Apple is infamous for it’s incredible cider selection and chilled vibes, somewhere to lose a few hours as you drink the best the West Country has to offer.