Bristol’s best boats for al fresco dining and drinking

When the sun rises in Bristol, there’s never a shortage of people looking for the best places to grab a bite to eat and a drink. And the city certainly has no shortage of offers.

From rooftop locations to alfresco dining, there are plenty of places to enjoy a drink in the sun. And being a place that loves its harbor so much, Bristol has a few floating restaurants. Here are the best boats in Bristol to drink and eat.

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grain barge

Hotwell Road, Bristol BS8 4RU

Grain Barge offers great scenic views to enjoy while dining on fresh, local food. They serve a range of dishes from brunch to Sunday lunch. They are also dog friendly, making them perfect for the whole family. They also have a kid-friendly menu!

Under the stars

Under the Stars, Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4Q

Under The Stars is a prime spot, moored in Bristol harbour. It offers a tapas menu as well as pizzas. While the ground floor is reserved for diners with reservations, the upper deck is the perfect place to enjoy a pint or a cocktail while enjoying the scenery.

The Matthew



The Matthew has been a landmark in Bristol Harbor for 25 years

Princes Wharf, Bristol BS1 4RN

The Matthew is part of Bristol’s history, having been sailed by John Cabot in 1497 from Bristol to Newfoundland. And now the reconstruction is open to guests. It’s a hit for Avon Gorge trips, but few know you can enjoy a meal on board the ship. The Matthew often offers “fish and chips excursions” where diners can enjoy a sail and meal on board.

Bristol Gin Ferry Cruise

Town center landing stage

If you are a gin drinker, this is the boat for you. Bristol Ferry Boat offers a dedicated ‘Gin Cruise’ – where you can watch sunsets over the harbors while enjoying a drink. You can circle the quays and enjoy an hour and a half of Bristol’s waterfront. Tickets are priced at £20 and include two drinks, with extras available to purchase.

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