It might be raining as we write this, but sunnier days lie ahead in Bristol. And when golden rays eventually arrive, we pretty much expect to see everyone flocking to local parks, beer gardens and rooftop bars. But if you want to avoid the crowds and discover a hidden gem this summer in Bristol, you’ve got to head to Beeses Bar in Brislington.
Only open from April to the end of October each year, the riverside pub is built for embracing summer vibes and is one of the best places to soak up the sunshine. Located on the River Avon, on the edge of Eastwood Farm nature reserve, its tranquil setting is what summers were made for. Surround yourself with ancient trees and wildflowers, as birds gently wade through the water close by. It’s ideal for relaxing in the sun with a few pints, and close family and friends.
By and large, Beeses Bar is only open on weekends and bank holidays. But the setting is available for hire on Wednesdays and Thursdays (unsurprisingly, it’s highly sought after as a wedding venue). The best day to head down, in our opinion, is on Fridays when you’ll find live music playing every night, or casual Sundays for a cracking roast dinner, too.
Thanks to a slightly awkward location, this hidden gem still remains one of Bristol’s best-kept secrets, however – a title it more than happily gives itself – but it also takes some planning to visit…
How do you get to Beeses Bar?
Because Beeses Bar is slightly off the beaten track, some of the best ways to get there are by using taxis, bikes, or public transport. Taxis will ordinarily drop you at Wyndham Crescent. About 20 yards down on the left, you’ll find a lane marked “To Conham Ferry”, where Beeses is located at the bottom. You can also grab the number 1 bus from Bristol city centre. Stop across the road from the Good Intent pub and walk downhill from there until you see the lane going through the park.
The best way to get to Beeses Bar, however, is by ferry! So rekindle your pirate roots and take to the seven seas River Avon as you head to the pub this summer. Both the Bristol Ferry and the Bristol Packet offer trips along the river, making their final destination at this hidden gem of a riverside bar!
To learn more about Beeses Bar head here.