If there’s one thing we’re always on the lookout for, it’s cheap pints in Bristol. But that feels harder and harder by the day to find. We bought a pint that cost us £7 over the weekend and nearly fainted on the spot. Hopefully, we’ll not be in the position again for a while, however, as one man has done the Lord’s Work. Josh Geake has created a ‘budget pub crawl’ around Harbourside.
Like many in Bristol, we plan on spending a lot of time down by the harbour this summer. It’s a beautiful stroll both day and night, so knowing where the best pub pitstops are is a must. And nothing tastes sweeter than a pint that leaves change from a fiver for a packet of crisps. Josh even says he managed to find “a £2 Thatchers and a £2.75 pint of Tribute” on his travels.
There are seven pubs on the budget pub crawl, all “good and friendly.” But highlights of the trip included: The Little Grosvenor near the Bedminster Bridge Roundabout and about for its “charm and happy/chatty locals”; Avon Packet by Vauxhall Bridge for having the “best beer garden”; and The Mardyke for having the cheapest pints.
The other pubs to hit up while wandering around this budget pub crawl are The Orchard Inn on Spike Island (and one of the best cider pubs in Bristol too), Nova Scotia, The Bear and The Myrtle Tree. Although not on this map, you could quite easily pop into Bristol’s legendary cat pun, Bag Of Nails, while on your way around Harbourside. Which also serves some brilliantly cheap pints.
While far from an exhaustive list of Bristol’s cheapest pubs, it’s a lifeline for the next time you are wandering about Harbourside. Many of the pubs on this budget pub crawl sit less than a minute’s walk from some wildly more expensive pubs. So you’ll never get caught out again.
To see Josh Geake’s map of Bristol’s budget pub crawl head here.