The city of Bristol has so much to offer.
Whether you spend your days exploring Clifton, enjoying the history of the SS Great Britain or exploring the city’s parks and nearby nature, you’ll never be bored in this South Western metropolis.
And that includes at nighttime too! There are plenty of activities in the evenings and late nights.
Here’s my pick of the best of them!
Things to do in Bristol at night
Haunted and Hidden Bristol Walking Tour
Venture into the enigmatic alleys of Bristol after dark with the Haunted and Hidden Bristol Walking Tour.
This tour, renowned for capturing the 2023 Trip Advisor ‘Travellers’ Choice’ and topping GWR FM’s ‘Top 20 Things to do in Bristol’ list, offers a rich blend of Bristol’s most chilling history, infused with TV and film trivia, all presented with a dash of humour by the charismatic host, John.
Delve into chilling tales of Clifton’s ghostly Dwarf Highwayman, peek at Bristol’s infamous Haunted Cinema, or uncover the legend of a 16th-century haunted house!
Night out on King Street
Did you know: modern Bristol still has the same layout as the old Medieval city?
King Street is at the centre of this; it’s a cobblestone street with historic pubs on either side, and is one of the best places for a night out in Bristol!
King Street Brew House is a popular favourite, with a large beer garden where it serves up its own microbrews.
I love Kongs of King Street, which has table games.
There’s also the Llandogner Trow, dating back to 1664, which is where Daniel Defoe met Alexander Selkirk – a Scottish privateer who inspired Defoe to write Robinson Crusoe!
At the end of the street, you’ll find The Apple, a cider boat (could it be any more Bristolian?).
Theatre enthusiast? Head to Bristol Hippodrome!
From its opulent interior to its grand exterior, every detail of this venue screams splendour.
Since its doors first opened, the Hippodrome has played host to a myriad of West End shows – I once saw Dirty Dancing here!
Dine at Cargo at Wapping Wharf
We all know that eating is one of the best things to do in Bristol, but where’s the best place to enjoy its diverse food scene?
Amidst Bristol’s harbourside, Wapping Wharf’s Cargo brings an inventive dining concept to life.
Think trendy eateries with a twist: shipping containers revamped into bustling foodie havens.
There are a few restaurants here, each with a different theme.
From spicy Asian tapas-style dishes at Seven Lucky Gods to traditional Mexican tacos at Cargo Cantina to gyros at The Athenian, the diversity is impressive!
Situated by Bristol’s iconic harbourside, Watershed Cinema champions a diverse selection of films, from groundbreaking international flicks to homegrown indie gems.
There’s usually a variety of movies playing throughout the year!
Test your luck at a Bristol Casino
Dive into the buzz of Bristol’s casino scene at Grosvenor Casino Bristol on Anchor Road.
With a spread of table games, from poker to blackjack, it’s a favourite haunt for locals.
Another big player on the scene is Rainbow Casino Bristol in Millennium Square, which offers a
modern gaming experience with its array of slot machines and game tables.
And for those looking for an intimate casino, Genting Casino Bristol, located in Portwall Lane is lnown for its friendly staff and diverse game offerings.
Of course, all gambling (from these Bristol Casinos to playing the lottery online with Lottoland) carries a risk.
It’s important to gamble responsibly, and only bet what you can afford to lose.
Drink at Bristol’s best cocktail bars
Bristol also boasts some of the finest cocktail bars in the UK.
These venues serve up an array of inventive concoctions that showcase the city’s flair for mixology!
The Milk Thistle on Colston Avenue is among Bristol’s most iconic bars. Step inside the historic building to discover a world of vintage glamour, where prohibition-era cocktails are crafted with precision.
On King Street, you’ll stumble upon The Clockwork Rose, a steampunk-inspired cocktail bar.
Her Majesty’s Secret Service (HMSS), on Whiteladies Road, offers an espionage twist to your cocktail nights!
For those after a view, Bambalan on Colston Street is a must-visit.
Overlooking the heart of the city, their terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy refreshing cocktails, especially during the summer months.
Bristol Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf
Located at Cabot Circus, Jungle Rumble is a rainforest-themed miniature golf course.
With two distinct 18-hole courses, players can test their putting skills while immersed in a rainforest setting, complete with cascading waterfalls and echoing jungle drums.
The Glow in the Dark course is particularly popular in the evening!
Are you ready to visit Bristol?
Whether you’re enjoying a long summer evening in Bristol or are looking for things to do in the winter when the sun sets early, this blog post should have helped you plan your evenings there – whether you’re in the city for just a weekend or are living there!