Christmas. Christmas. Christmas. What a brilliant time of year. Mulled drinks every which way you turn, almost endless sources of outstanding food and of course, the mighty joy that Christmas songs bring. So we’ve been exploring Bristol in search for the best bars, restaurants and cafes to eat, drink and be merry in during this season. Here’s the outcome: 4 Christmas food and drink hot-spots that are as festive as they are filling, paired with a delicious Christmas song.
These guys are fast becoming the go to place for burgers in Bristol, turning out a vast array of combinations and toppings. For Christmas they’ve gone all out with some great specials: from the classic and traditional turkey burger with cranberry sauce to a rich Blue Brothers burger with ‘Blue Monday’ cheese made by Blur’s Alex James, there’s something new to try for all. It’s Christmas, but not as we know it captain.
Wriggle Recommends: The Blue Brothers burger is a great choice, especially if you pair it with their ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ hard shake – a decadent chocolate shake with 25ml of Parnpero Rum, 25ml Ammaretto and lashings of gingerbread syrup.
Christmas Song Pairing: Bing Crosby – Mele Kalikimaka. This is the perfect accompaniment to their lively and warm atmosphere!
Find Them: Welsh Back, Bristol BS1 4SB
If hibernating in a warm and cosy environment with a beer in one hand and a hearty burger in the other is your ideal Christmas then you’re in for a treat. Nestled up Hope Chapel Hill on the edge of Clifton, the Adam and Eve promises all this and more. Although it’s fairly fresh on the Bristol pub scene, the Adam and Eve is run by the bunch behind Small Bar on King Street so they’ve got it mastered: stocking beers from some awesome local brewers such as Wild Beer Co., Moor beer and Wiper & True alongside mighty food is a winning combination that they’ve certainly tried and tested. They’ve even started brewing and serving their own beers under the name Left Handed Giant that are well worth sampling.
Wriggle Recommends: It’s the season for dark drinks with smoky coffee and chocolate flavours. If that’s up your street, give Arbor’s Chocolata (5.5% – cask) a try. And if you’re peckish, their prime beef burger served with fries and slaw will certainly do the trick!
Christmas Song Pairing: Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry. This might seem like an unusual choice for a cheery Christmas drink, but there’s something about it that reminds us of a pint amongst locals in a small country pub. Agree?
Find Them: 7 Hope Chapel Hill, Bristol BS8 4ND
Now if there’s one thing Christmas is good at, it’s partying and where better to throw down your moves than at the Love Inn. Expect great music from a variety of DJs (fingers crossed they’ll play your favourite Christmas hit) alongside a cocktail of your choice – we’re going to say a margarita right? Oh, they’re even hosting a Jive Turkey special with Slix Disco where music will be served with deep fried Turkey. The dream. Don your best Christmas jumpers, get those dancing shoes on and grab your buddies – IT’S CHRISTMAS!
Wriggle Recommends: When the partying gets too much, fill your boots with their weekend brunch options and Bloody Mary’s – that’ll see you straight!
Christmas Song Pairing: The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping. This song is a favourite amongst all the cool cats and you’ll be sure to find many people at the Love Inn rocking a very similar 80s dress sense!
Find Them: 84 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY
We know, we know – it’s not good to go on about your own event but we can’t help ourselves. This year’s King Street market is sure to pack a serious festive punch. See, smell and taste some of Bristol’s very best street food from world class traders, from Gopal’s Curry Shack to the Little Taqueira (see full listing here). All of King Street’s fine drink establishments will also be serving beers throughout the night to keep the Christmas joy flowing. Is there a better way to marvel in the greatness of Christmas than with street food, beer and great tunes in a 17th-century setting?
Wriggle Recommends: We’re probably going to try and sample everything. Keep an eye on Wriggle for some exclusive offers on the day!
Christmas Song Pairing: Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). A powerful song for a powerful night.