0117 972 8838
Opening Times
Monday - Thursday10am - 11pm
Friday - Saturday10am - 1am
Sunday10am - 10.30pm

PizzaSouth AmericanCasual DiningRestaurants

Why we love it

Bocabar has brought a much-needed retreat to the busy hub of Paintworks. Have taken residency in a large warehouse, owners Mel and Paul have stamped a signature style across the huge space. From the vibrant, soft textiles to the squishy leather sofas that fill the floor – sinking your behind into a cosy corner feels like coming home to the house of your dreams. Bocabar has encapsulated the character of Bristol’s creative community and become a favourite of cultured types. This place also gets a gold star for playing babysitter with aplomb, a huge child-friendly space for toddlers to lollop about in.

The handcrafted pizzas fly out of the oven from midday till late, enjoyed by well-heeled mothers meeting for lunch and the evening crowds lining their stomachs. These are real-big pizza pies, brimming with seasonal ingredients or classic combos and toppings such as stringy mozzarella, fat juicy artichokes, and tender Somerset ham. The rest of the menu is a real ode to Ottolenghi, and therefore completely unfaultable.

Weekends see the lights lower and the energy turned up a notch. Weekly events include live jazz performances on Saturdays, and DJs on Fridays to shake off the week to. The exhibitions are well worth checking out, and showcase some serious talent.

Wriggle Highlights

  • The suntrap outdoor terrace
  • Sizzling Bocanova pizza with spicy pepperoni and jalapeño peppers
  • The brilliant range of bottled beer is a craft-lovers dream

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12 Jun
For years, pizza has been a carnivorous creation, and cheese has been a staple ingredient. Bristol's vegetarians and vegans need not fear, for we have combed the city for the best vegan and veggie pies there are to sample. If they're baking something more exciting than a margarita, we've got it.