Teaming up with Crafty Devil Brewery (based in Cardiff), we've brewed a lovely Christmassy Porter and called it "Chocwork Orange". Bursting with smooth chocolate, juicy orange and all round Christmas vibes, we are offering 10 free pints in each pub pouring the beer! Simply pick the venue below that's nearest to you and book your free beer! Merry Christmas

The Three Tuns - College Green

You’d be excused if you didn’t think there was anywhere worth stopping at when you head down Deanery Road. Leading just off College Green, past the Cathedral, the college and the tired Newsagents, you will trip over the A Board if you don’t have your wits about you. The Tuns has wide range of beers and ciders either on tap, bottle or box and a back bar stocked with some surprisingly good spirits. The garden is covered, heated and connected to speakers which is a draw in the cold, winter months whilst inside is warm and cosy with sofas, tables and a beautiful fireplace. Always good for a roast or for trying a new pop up should you start getting hungry.

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Small Bar - King Street

The Wriggle team Wregular. The best selection of regional craft beer in Bristol (including from their own Left Handed Giant brewery) via a bar team who are passionate, approachable and engaging. Expect ⅔ pint tankards, allowing you to sample more beers in a single session. But they generously recognise that not everyone is into beer, offering a selection of lagers, wines and ciders – all as carefully chosen as their headline ales.

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The Golden Guinea - Redcliffe

You might have come across The Golden Guinea a while back, when we featured it in our article, '16 Hidden Bristol Pubs that Locals Love' - and we still love it now. There is so much to say about this place - it's hard to summarise it all. How about their astonishingly good range of cask, keg, and bottled beers, ales and lagers, which are pretty much all local, and change almost daily? When Wriggle developed their own beer with Crafty Devil from Cardiff, The Golden Guinea proudly featured us (not that we're biased or anything), and all of the noteworthy Bristol are also regularly members of the lineup here. They also have their own - delicious - beer, the Guinea Pils, and have a cracking range of salty snacks to accompany your pint.

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The Steam Crane - North Street

The Steam Crane Alehouse and Kitchen is named after the Bristol historic Fairbairn Steam Crane, which is the world’s only surviving example. The building has a great history, with illustrious stories of courthouses, hangings and tigers. Now under the wing of Stephen Wallace, the Steam Crane has enjoyed an impressive renovation – of both the space, but also the alcohol lists and the seasonal menus. Be prepared for eye-catching​ interior design, carefully chosen art on the walls and more than a few candles and chandeliers – where steampunk meets faded grandeur.

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The Beer Emporium - King Street

As a corner of King Street's famous Beermuda Triangle, this is a place that is serious about good beer. Here you'll find 24 draught lines and a constantly-changing and wide selection of bottles (available to drink-in or take-away from their bottle shop). It's an underground bar with impressive vaulted-ceilings – making it an excellent source of escapism from cold evenings. In Summer, grab some beers and take them up and outside to their street-side pavements, or join the throng of drinkers from Small Bar and the Volley standing on the cobbled street. Pepenero is also in residence providing top-notch pizzas from the kitchen – the perfect counter-balance to a few hours of drinking beer.

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The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer - King Street

King Street is well known for being a cracking spot to gather with friends. Whether it is for after work drinks, a Saturday session on the cobbles or a night market, it always has a nice buzzing atmosphere. Congregating outside one of the many bars seems to be a favourite pastime for many of us, however if you are craving some warmth now that the weather has taken a turn, the affectionately named 'Volley' offers a cosy respite. Pull up a chair next to the roaring log fire and take your pick from the vast range of UK craft brews they have on tap, or one of the many hand chosen spirits (mainly Gin, and good ones). Word on the street is that they do a cracking Sunday roast dinner as well, so get your peak autumn on now.

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Playground Coffee House - Center

This is going to sound ridiculous. Playground is a speciality coffee shop (Berlin’s Barn Roastery are the permanent fixture), board game library (available to play for free), indoor swing-equipped (seriously), loose leaf tea emporium (tons of ‘em) and artisanal bakery (thanks to Lily). Our dear friends, soon-to-be-wed Fabian and Lily, have created something of a coffee-break wet dream – where you’ll never be short of the finest entertainment or sustenance – and you’re guaranteed to be made to feel at home. Seriously good coffee too; up there with Bristol’s best.

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The Hare on the Hill

Behind the imposing flats on Dove Street sits The Hare on the Hill. After scaling Nine Tree Hill to get to their front door, you will be gasping for something cold and wet to drink and luckily The Hare is full of that. Firmly beating to the sound of their own drum, The Hare runs a cracking beer selection including 6 taps, 5 hand pulls and more bottled beer than you could possibly drink in one session. When it comes to opening times, they don’t until 5pm most days and not at all on Mondays. Their kitchen is being looked after by Wriggle Friends, BEATS with rotating pop ups to keep diners on their toes. The website is updated frequently to showcase who’s cooking what and the latest beers on to wash it all down with. Look out for open mic Wednesdays, pub quiz on Thursdays and a cracking Sunday Roast.

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Tobacco Factory - North Street (THURS)

The humble Tobacco Factory Theatre is a magical destination on North Street, that dips its toe into the waters of every good thing imaginable: music, arts, delicious food, and fabulous drinks. There's a choice of two eateries: the ever-popular Bristol-based independent chain, Thali Café, and Tobacco Factory's own Café Bar. The Café Bar serves up lovingly made British and European classics, produced using only the finest locally sourced produce. The Thali Café provides a hearty supper, consisting of a range of stunning, traditional Indian small plates, served up on a silver platter, or 'thali'.

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Published -19th December 2017