With an abundance of great suppliers and producers in and around Bristol, it's little wonder that we also have some amazing tasting events in the city every month. We've slurped, swilled and quaffed our way around all the finest spirit, beer and wine tasting events in Bristol to create this definitive must-visit list – it's a hard job, but somebody's got to dot it. Whether you fancy a brewery tour at one of Bristol's many epic microbreweries, a gin tasting in a hidden speakeasy, or simply a delicious wine tasting in the city's historic wine cellar, we've got you covered.
If you're more of a bottomless prosecco fan, check out our bottomless prosecco list here.
This 6 weeks course is ideal for those who really want to get the most out of each drop. Learn about wine making techniques, food and wine matching, and how to taste like a pro. Each week will be a tutored, seated tasting. You'll be tasting 6 wines and discuss the journey from vine to wine to help you better understand the complexity in each glass.
Come and join Bristol's premier liquid nitrogen frozen-cocktail creators – Brozen – on the 23rd of Jan at 7pm for their first event night of the year – Gosling's Rum Extravaganza – co-hosted by Emily Gosling. This is most definitely for the rum lovers!
Enjoy sophisticated sipping in a steampunk setting. Join the Rum Club and come along for the first rum tasting of the year, featuring Ron Abuelo Rum! This month, Rob Abuelo's Brand Manager, Rowan Kirk will lead the tasting. This offer includes a welcome drink, the main tasting and the Clockwork Rose's signature finale cocktail pairing.
On Thursday 24th January, Hyde & Co will play host to a tutored tasting of the Bruichladdich’s Port Charlotte whisky range, showcased both neat and mixed into three specially created cocktails. Each spirit will then be paired with tasters of some of the best local produce our region has to offer, including local cheese, charcuterie and chocolate.
Start the new year with an exploration into new and exciting wines, with a seated, tutored tasting at the Avery Wine Cellars. Eight delicious wines from around the world, featuring lesser-known varieties and regions. A wine expert will walk you through the tasting, and will ensure the tasting is an amazing experience regardless of your wine knowledge. Whether you're a beginner with a thirst for knowledge, or an expert in your own right, looking for the next addition to your cellar, this will be a memorable evening out.
Beat the Winter blues with this taste-filled night out in the Grain Barge's Hold Bar. Hosted by Solvay Society – an exciting brewery based on the London Essex border, who create modern beers abstracted from classic Belgian styles – and paired with amazing cheeses from Two Belly Bristol – a brilliant cheese and beer shop on Whiteladies Road – this tasting evening will be a night of delightful degustation guaranteed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside.
Refine your pallet with a guided tour of the classic wines of Europe. You'll be tasting classic areas like Bordeaux, Chianti, Rioja and the Mosel and highlighting why so many of these regions have the fantastic reputation and history that they do. Expect elegance, quality and complexity from these world famous appellations.
Champagne is recognised across the world as a celebratory drink and our sparkling tasting will be no less bubbly as you'll explore all things fizz. With Prosecco on the rise see if English sparkling or one of our other sparklers can knock Champagne from its top spot and see which bubbles you will be drinking at your next party.
Every Friday & Saturday: Local Gin Tasting @ The Rummer | £25
Hidden away down a picturesque back street in Bristol's Georgian-era arcade is the Rummer Hotel. Whilst its main trade is the excellent hotel and bar, underneath this gorgeous building lies a secret micro-distillery that makes Bristol Dry Gin. Well, it's not a secret any more, since David and his team now host epic gin tasting events every Friday and Saturday, where you get to sample not only their very own gin, made a few metres away from your seat, but also gins from four other local Bristol gin producers. A proper taste of Bristol indeed.
One of Bristol's best-loved brewers, Wiper and True invite you down to see where the magic happens in their St Werburghs' brewery. You'll get to see the end to end brewing process which has gained the guys such a large reputation, hear about the W & T history, sample an exclusive beer that they only serve on site in the brewery, and enjoy a drink or too in the taproom. Be rude not to grab a few more for the road as well.
Hidden down a side street in Stokes Croft is the unassuming Croft Ales Brewery who are serving up some tasty, tasty beers for thirsty Bristolians. As well as being a buzzing bar at the weekend, they also offer a really good tour of their facilities with the added bonus of being able to polish off four of their concoctions afterwards. Lush.
Brew brains rejoice! This is a fun and informal tour where you'll discover the ins and outs of a working brewery– and also meet fellow beer enthusiasts from the city. The tour takes about thirty minutes, and afterwards you'll get to enjoy some properly tasty drinks - three 1/3 pints – fresh from the tank! Staying open til late, the taproom is the perfect place to chill and sip a few bevvies that aren't available anywhere else in the world. The Moor Beer Company are UK pioneers of unfined beers, meaning that all their beer has been vegan friendly for over a decade - impressive!
What could be more decadent and easier on the beauty sleep than a bottomless two-course lunch?! Sitting and admiring the view over Bristol from the inside of Zerodegrees, you will be enjoying bottomless prosecco along two courses of mighty fine food. The Prosecco itself is from Doc Belstar, Conti Neri, Italy, with hints of pears and white peaches on the palette.
Bristol Wine School | £30 - £150
Bristol Wine School offer a huge variety of grape-based events to help you further your wine knowledge. From tasting sessions, to food & wine pairings, all the way up to 4 week courses, there's something here to match your ambition.
Clifton Wine School | £22.50 - £325
Clifton Wine School will take you on a tour around the wine world, with plenty of events focused on specific regions of wine excellence. They also offer regular food pairing events and wine courses that last up to 8 weeks. Your journey to being a master sommelier starts here.
English Wine Tasting Cycling Tour | £40
For something a little different, why not focus your attention on the great wine that's grown and produced around England? Sample award-winning English wines whilst enjoying picturesque backdrops of Bristol and Somerset. Did we mention you'll be on your bike? Don't worry, Bristol has one of the most extensive car-free cycle networks in the country so you'll be plodding along flat cycle paths with beautiful scenery. Can't get better than that.