Voted Venue’s “Best Bar in Bristol” Grain Barge is a converted 1930’s barge which was bought by the Bristol Beer Factory in early 2007 and restored using reclaimed materials. It was also recently voted #23 in The Independent’s 50 Best bars – Feb 2011 ( and it is easy to see why! Set on the gorgeous harbourside, this unique feeling pub combines bright airy wooden chairs and tables and upturned barrels with a sweeping 270 degree vista of the harbour that encompass views of the SS Great Britain with fantastic beer (the beverage of choice here) from the Bristol Beer Factory itself. I am also told that the live music is great although I didn’t get to see any on my visit.

Brewed less than a mile away in Ashton the beers from the Bristol Beer Factory were impeccable including the Sunrise (golden ale), No.7 (traditional best bitter), Exhibition (dark English ale), Bristol Hefe (German style wheat beer) and my pick of the bunch Southville Hop (hoppy American style ale). Shame I didn’t stay longer to try them all out. The atmosphere was friendly and lively (a couple of stag parties but nothing raucous) and was an exciting place to go drinking. We sat out along the side edge of the boat watching the world go by, chatting and had a fantastic time. I would love to go back to Grain Barge and would recommend it to everyone if you’re in the Bristol area.
Mardyke Wharf, Hotwells Road, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4RU
T: 0117-9299 347

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