– Liam Toms (Untappd: liamtoms)
King Street, Bristol is home to a handful of the city’s best beer stops, all within stumbling distance of each other. We started out at King Street Brew House, part of the City Pub Company group, who currently have six ‘Brew House’ venues throughout the UK. They serve their own brew (which scores a solid 3.5 out 5 in my books) as well as guest ales.
Disclaimer, we visited on a Friday night. There was a game on, the pub was absolutely rammed and so was the bar. I find this to always put an unwelcome pressure on ordering a beer, particularly when you can’t see what’s on. The staff were however very patient and the first beer of the night was a good one, even if the only place we could find a seat was outside.
From here we walked up to Brewdog. The original branding on this branch suggests it may have been one of the first bars they opened. It’s no surprise that a progressive city like Bristol were early adopters of the “craft beer revolution”. Brewdog is always a safe bet, regardless what you make of their recent controversy, and this was a good opportunity to try their latest seasonal ‘Hop Fiction’ on tap.
Our next stop was at The Beer Emporium. I’d read an online review that described this bar as having the “biggest selection” in Bristol, so my expectations were high. It fell a fair bit short of delivering on this. In reality it had an OK selection, but the building itself was interesting one. On street level The Beer Emporium is a moderately stocked bottle shop (which we returned to the next day), the bar itself can be found in the basement, complete with low arched ceilings and fancy glasswork.
Our final stop of the evening took us next door to Kongs, a bar which combines two of the best things in the world; good beer and retro arcade games. I didn’t fair too well on my usual game of choice, Pacman. This was most likely due to the beers I’d drunk by this point. The bar also has ping pong tables and a dancefloor (unusual for a craft beer outlet) that picked up as the evening went on.
Where to eat: Three Brothers Burgers
You’ll find this independent burger joint opposite King Street Brew House. They have a wide range of meat and veggie options, plus a craft friendly drinks menu. Like many of Bristol’s coolest places to see, Three Brothers Burgers is housed on a boat and offers views of the river from your table.
- King Street Brew House – Bruiser Black IPA (King Street Brew House)
- Brewdog – Hop Fiction Pale Ale (Brewdog)
- Moor Beer Company – Hoppiness (The Beer Emporium)
- Wiper and True – Kaleidoscope (Kongs)
- The Wild Beer Co – Sleeping Lemons Gose (King Street Brew House)
- Siren Craft Brew – Squealer Berliner Weisse (Brewdog)
- Brouwerij Liefmans – Fruitesse Fruit Beer (The Beer Emporium)
- Lervig – Sour Suzy Berliner Weisse (Kongs)