Bristol Venue Guide (Part 2)

In part one of SoBe SPIRIT’s Bristol Venue Guide, Rozzy Unwin took us through some of Bristol’s best bar and restaurants. This week, we take a look at some of Bristol’s finest venues for music and entertainment.

Colston Hall, Bristol’s most famous music and comedy venue, welcomes dozens of national artists all year round, while you’ll find many of the other music venues support smaller and more up and coming acts. Thekla is Bristol’s only music venue and nightclub on a boat and is fully decked out with port holes, rigging and masts. Don’t worry, it doesn’t actually leave the harbour! Gigs range from small local bands to the likes of Mumford & Sons, Jessie J and James Blake who are acts who have already played this year already.

Having celebrated its third birthday earlier this year, Start the Bus is not only a decent bar with a creative and chilled-out vibe by day, by night it transforms into a brilliantly funky bar providing another hub of local music activity for Bristol’s city centre. Sistered with London’s Lock Tavern and Sixty Million Postcards in Bournemouth, Start the Bus is fast becoming one of the trendiest gig venues in Bristol.  On various nights throughout the month, expect to see some of the best up and coming bands and DJs playing here.

Bristolians love to laugh, and naturally the comedy scene at Bristol is hugely vibrant – we can count the likes of Russell Howard, Mark Watson and Justin Lee Collins all of whom are Bristol born and bred. The Comedy Box at the Hen and Chicken Pub in Southville hosts stand-up most evenings, while legendary Open Mike Nights at The Old Duke Pub are equally informal and fun. Several venues combine arts with entertaining: The Arnolfini on the Harbourside boasts a beautiful cafe with delicious homemade treats alongside its constantly changing exhibitions, as does the nearby Watershed Media Centre.

About the author

Rozzy Unwin is an English Literature finalist at Bristol University, currently Arts Editor of the Student Newspaper, co-presenter of a weekly student radio show and extraordinarily fond of all things theatrical.

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