My vintage guide to Bristol city

December 9, 2014

Crisp apple cider and bountiful shopping are just a few reasons to visit this West Country City. Bristol makes the world smile with farmer accents and comedians like Justin Lee Collins and Lee Evans, whilst producing notorious graffiti artists like Banksy. Music heavily contributes to its urban scene with various venues and bands receiving great support from the locals. Here’s my vintage guide to Bristol.

Shopping: A quaint place called Cox and Baloney offer up a tea with a slice of vintage. This tea room/vintage shop has it all under a polka dot umbrella. Everything is laid out tidily and the staff are incredibly helpful.

For a less feminine vintage head to Uncle Sam’s with a plethora of American military jackets and crispy leather. Whereas Dutty is claiming the 90s in bristol with garage inspired vintage and customized pieces.

Grab a vinyl record at Rise music to discover new music or gaze at the view from the Clifton Suspension Bridge after a visit to Clifton Village, which is rich with Victorian buildings and bespoke furniture. Park Street is the main destination to get your vintage fix in a Georgian backdrop.
Bristol also has it’s very own Flea Market which is hand to pick up cheap little bargains.

Drinking: Bristol isn’t short of speakeasies with super-sexy Red Light, secret bar Milk Thistle, and Prohibition themed Hyde & Co, all of whom will never let you fall short of a classic ’20s carouse. To reflect Bristol’s alternative nature, many unique bars are scattered across the city including Illusions, which pulls you inside the magician’s cupboard for an evening full of tricks and magic.

Music: If you’re looking for something a bit jazzy, The Old Duke or The Bristol Fringe houses some of the best jazz artists with a fully stocked liquor bar.

Eating: Some lush pub food is offered at The Crown and Cavern Club where rockers come to chow down and choose from a range of guest ales. There’s always a street food party with collective Bristol Eats, who combines music with munch.

Events: Tapping into the local band scene, Brisfest showcases all the Bristol talent for non-profit. Although it has a vibe of a hippy commune, there’s no way Bristolians can resist grabbing a pint and spreading some real love – or an STD.

Reading: Read the magazine Drunken Werewolf for Bristol’s prestige arts and music scene, before sparking conversation with a local.

Where To Stay: A bowling alley, vintage shop and hostel all rolled into one, The Lanes Bristol is a lovely place to stay that offers beds for just £10 a night.