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A gem of a new addition to Bristol’s bar scene

We fancied a night at movies on Thursday so headed into central Bristol to catch T2 Trainspotting, but were left disappointed on realising we’d mucked up the times leaving Fifty Shades Darker our only option.

In no mood for Jamie Dornan getting whipped we headed home for baked camembert and a glass of wine.

But strolling down Corn Street we reached the recently opened Bristol Harbour Hotel. Housed in two former banks it’s a super impressive building so we popped in for a nose.

Despite not being hotel guests we got a very warm welcome from the receptionist who on being asked if there was a bar was genuinely excited to tell us that it had opened just 24 hours before.

She led us through narrow corridors with the smell of fresh paint still in the air to the Gold Bar.

What a glorious place it is!

Separated by the original wooden panels from the building’s banking past, there are four rooms with very classy and extremely comfy chairs and sofas.

It also has a drinks menu to die for and Nina was most excited by the list of 34 different gins! On the waiter’s recommendation she opted for Monkey 37 from that not so well know gin capital, Germany, although it went down very well! I was a little bit boring and sipped on a Pilsner but it hit the spot.

Just like the receptionist, the service from the bar staff was excellent and it really felt like they’ve heavily bought into the brand.

If we had to make a criticism, it could only be a very small one. The heavy club music didn’t quite fit the atmosphere and it was a little loud but that can be easily fixed.

The Gold Bar is an amazing new addition to Bristol’s ever increasing eclectic mix of nightspots and we will certainly be heading back for more.


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