It’s October; the nights are drawing in, the air is fresh on your face and crispy leaves are littering the ground, this means autumn is here and we couldn't be more ready to get comfortable and cosy in some of our favourite Bristol pubs. 

 Dig out your big coats, beanie hats and scarves and head to one of our top picks of watering holes to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon in sitting by the fire, because now snug is the new sexy.

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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Ask any Bristolian for a cosy pub and they will probably point you in the direction of The Lion Tavern in Cliftonwood. This modest, family run hidden gem has a cosy fireplace and a kitchen offering indulgent bar snacks such as scotch eggs and pub classics. The Lion might be off the beaten track but don't let this put you off, as the sense of community and the warm welcome you are greeted with will make you feel part of the fold as soon as you arrive.

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This intimate little boozer is testament that great things come in small packages. The Barley Mow is a conveniently central pub situated not too far from Bristol Temple Meads. Some of you might not even know it is there (and now is your time to rectify that). These guys know a thing or two about beer, so if that is your thing, then you’ll be in hops heaven. The Bristol Beer Factory use this place as their flagship pub, so there are always interesting collaborative brews on tap.

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This 16th Century Pub looks like something out of a Dickens novel, guarding the bottom of the Christmas Steps in all it's stone glad glory, this really is a cosy escape from the bright and busy city center. The pub is split into three levels with a small garden, plenty of thick wooden tables, candles and soft lighting with plenty of window seats to watch the world go by. They, of course, have a lit fire to stare into and and brood whilst clutching a decent pint of ale. Definitely the sort of place to take a load off.

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A welcoming ‘sight for sore eyes’ situated at the top of Saint Michael’s Hill, The Robin Hood is a cosy little boozer that serves a fantastic array of beers. The winning combo of a roaring fire and giant arched windows that let the light stream into the pub make this a fantastic winter pub for some afternoon pints.

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Head on over to Hotwells for a taste of traditional boozing with the long-standing Rose of Denmark offering all the amenities a proper British pub offers. Roaring fire - check, Comfy chesterfields - check, A cracking Sunday Roast - check. This is very much the place you want to go after a stroll around Ashton Court on a Sunday.

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A bit of a hidden gem in Bristol. The Three Tuns is just the other side of College Green on Deanery Road. Stocking a great range of local beers and ciders it's another of those fantastic old pubs that has a proper Bristolian feel to it. Inside, you can expect warm and cosy atmosphere with cushy sofas, and a beautiful fireplace, made even comfier with the friendly and knowledgeable team serving you. Lush.

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A bit of a different option here but one we reckon it's amazing in both winter and summer. Built in 1936 by the Charles Hill shipyard, Grain Barge began life as a transport barge, but is now an iconic floating pub in the Hotwells part of the harbour. With massive glass windows, you can really feel a part of the amazing views it offers while feeling all cosy whilst tucking into a proper local combo of Lovett's pie and Bristol Beer Factory beer.

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Ahhh The Hillgrove. Sat on a hill just behind Stokes Croft, this well-worn and well-loved boozer is the epitome of what a Bristol pub is. Definitely going down the substance over style route, expect a traditional, shabby interior with great beers on tap and always a warm atmosphere inside. A perfect bunker for a Winter evening.

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The Cadbury pub gives us the same wamth and joy as a sumptuous, melting Cadbury Wispa bar. Despite being snuggly tucked up a back street of Montpelier, its whereabouts is well-known across the city. Expect a good soundtrack to be playing as you tuck into their selection of local ales and take in your surroundings.

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Long running local Bristol boozer the Pipe and Slippers may well be famous for their pipe dreams (it’s a cocktail for the smutty amongst you), but it’s cosy and classic pub interior provides the perfect setting for pulling up an armchair by the fire and not moving. The Pipe & Slippers has a real homely feel about the place, which probably explains why it is so popular with locals and tourists who come to the city. With friendly staff to boot, when it's cold outside, a warm welcome will be awaiting you here.

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Published -4th December 2018