M Shed- While we were there they had a cool exhibition Skeletons: our buried bones where they discovered twelve skeletons, and with each skeleton they had a description of what they could decipher about each person; for example age, sex, cause of death, and how they lived while they were alive. They also had a photo with each body describing where they were found, and what the place is now. The permanent exhibition tells the story of the history of Bristol and its people.
Arnolfini- International arts center with changing exhibitions and a great cafe and shop on site.
Stokes Croft China- This is a perfect store and should be the only place you go to get a souvenir if you happen to want one. We had a slight incident while we were there where a local guy came in and smashed up the store while we were looking around. He had come in with a homemade bomb a few weeks prior; I found out later from the store clerk. It was pretty crazy, but the employees, owners, and police handled it in such an amazing way. They were concerned about the gentleman because he was known as being mentally unstable. They didn’t respond in anger (this includes the cops), but all involved wanted to make sure that he got the correct help. It was a little scary but overall a great experience to see how differently all responded to the situation, as opposed to how they would have responded in the States, which too often is shoot first, ask questions later, Or at the very least to respond with violence no matter who the culprit might be and what his/her mental state might be. I really enjoyed chatting with the owners and the cops. Wow! Things can be different. You could tell that it was a community of people that cared about one another. From their website: Stokes Croft China finances the community work of the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft. We decorate fine English bone china in Stokes Croft, Bristol, using salvaged ceramic transfers from a bygone era. Artists and volunteers work together on radical new designs. In our local studio and factory we create our own designs, and work with commissions and bespoke wholesale orders. We also run friendly, creative workshops for people to make their own unique piece of ware.
The Ox- A vibey steak restaurant in the basement of an old bank vault. All of the food we had here was delicious! We started with ox heart, and then we both had steaks with sides of mushrooms, frites, and a salad. All of it was fantastic! My best meal of the trip.
The Watershed- Sadly all of the food I had here was just so-so, but it is a great place to come just for a drink to look out at the harbor. We came to see if there was a movie playing, but there wasn’t anything on at the time we were there. It seems like a great place to see a movie though, and I would definitely go back.
The Canteen- A bar, restaurant, cafe with an excellent vibe. This spot was the type of place you could hang out at all day. It was just really comfortable, and everything there was wonderful. They played good music, the service was good, and the food was fresh. We came here more than once on our short trip through Bristol.
Cafe Revival- The oldest coffee house in Bristol. It’s housed in a beautiful 18th century building, and it’s a perfect place for a latte.
Hatchet Inn- This is the oldest pub in Bristol and they say they think Blackbeard once went here. He was from Bristol! Who knew? Not me! The pub was super cozy, not very busy while we were there, and they play rock music, which works for the environment and thinking about pirates.
The Bell- The pub’s own website says that it boasts an eclectic clientele. I didn’t find anyone to be especially eclectic, but it was definitely laid-back and friendly. I think the idea is that they like to welcome artists and musicians, which we always feel right at home in places like that. We enjoyed our time here very much.
Yurt Lush- I’ve never had a coffee in a Mongolian yurt before, and we thought it would be fun. We stopped here on our way to catch our train out mostly because I wanted to see the yurt. It was beautiful, and it was a great place to stop while waiting for our train.
Brooks Guesthouse- Well, I can say that this hotel is nice and it has a great location, but we thought it would be fun to rent one of the Airstreamers on the roof, and I 100% advise you Not to do that. How charming we thought. No! Don’t do it! For one thing, Bristol is a land of (demon bird )seagulls. I literally saw not once, but twice a seagull with another dead seagull in it’s mouth. They are cannibals!! One of those times was right by our Airstreamer. It just casually walked by and looked at us like, ‘what are you going to do about it?’ The demon birds would be on the roof of the streamer about 4-6 am scratching and shrieking. It was terrifying and disruptive all at the same time. The Airstreamer was also very small and just overall would never, ever stay in one again at this location. If you love the movie Birds and you want to feel like you are physically in that movie then stay in one of the streamers, but if not, please, just book a regular room.
Banksy- Take a walk around and find your favorite Banksy. The anonymous graffiti artist is from here, and it was fun to spot many of his pieces around the city.
Portishead- A sound like no other band. I love Portishead. It was great to think about their music while exploring Bristol.
Massive Attack- Also a band from Bristol.
Tricky- Of course Tricky!