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City Guide: Bristol With Love Saves The Day Festival

A locals only look into the dance music haven

Hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day. Summer is literally around the corner, and that means vacations and traveling are starting to begin. If you've got the travel bug, but you're unsure of where to go, perhaps our guests on this new edition of our ever growing City Guide series. As one of the leading festivals in the country, Love Saves The Day hosts some of the best artists on the planet, such as Maribou State, Chase & Status, Bonobo, Peggy Gou, DJ Seinfeld, Subfocus, and countless more. As our guides, they take us around the electronic music mecca of Bristol, for a "locals only" look at the best the city has to offer. 

We all like a good drink, so where are the top spots to head to before a night out?

Bristol has a really strong selection of great pubs & bars, The Bell on Stokes Croft is a personal favorite and always a great spot to catch people straight out of the office on a Friday. The Pipe & Slippers just down the road is also well worth a mention, despite its cozy pub demeanor it had some pretty huge names come down and grace the decks over the years. Their annual New Years Day party is also a highlight in the calendar every year!


Where can you find the best clubs / late night venues in town?

Most people are probably aware of the bigger clubs such as Motion & Lakota, where you can find a wealth of great line-ups across the weekend. Some of the smaller spots in the city such as; The Island (based in an old prison cell unit) and late night pubs-turned-venues The Plough & The Love Inn have all played host to some pretty special nights over the years.

One of Bristol’s longstanding problems when it comes to nightlife has been the lack of many stable, medium-sized clubs – not helped by a number of venue closures and the ongoing threat to existing venues posed by recent property developments. Luckily, promoters in the city have proved adept at finding creative solutions to this problem by utilizing DIY spaces within the city. On any given weekend expect to find events thrown at anywhere from a functioning swingers club, to film studios, to old antique shops and even a basement venue presided over by the Hells Angels.


Brunches are a weekend staple, which spots stand out to you?

The Bristolian is a tucked away gem on Picton Street that always has a vibrant atmosphere and menu to match. They cater to all dietary requirements too; the signature 'Bristolian' breakfast coming in meat, veggie and vegan options. Highly recommended!

The Bristolian

The Bristolian

Best dirty late-night street food option?

‘Dirty burger’ chain ‘Oowee’ has recently taken the city by storm with a cheese covered, carb-overloading menu. Perhaps not the best for before a night out though! ‘The Mayflower’ is a great Chinese spot based right in the centre just off the Bear Pit and it also opens super late most nights, so great for late night dining.


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Where can we shop for records and music memorabilia in Bristol?

Idle Hands is the first stop for most people in the city when it comes to independent record stores, based on City Road just off Stokes Croft. Chris Farrell has done a great job developing both the store and their record label over the years. There are also some great record markets throughout the year that are worth keeping an eye out for!

Idle Hands

Idle Hands

Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?

Take a trip to the Clifton Lido Spa! The heated outdoor pool, spa area, and great food make it an amazing place to unwind on a lazy Sunday. Alternatively, Bristol is home to some of the best roasts you can find, for a hearty Sunday lunch check out The Bank Tavern, The Pump House or the Highbury Vaults.


Something everyone should do when visiting Bristol, but probably hasn’t?

Take a trip to some of the cities local farms! Chew Valley Farm is a short drive away but is a great way to spend a chilled out Sunday to help unwind, especially in Spring when there are baby goats about.


A track that reminds you of moving to Bristol?

What are other great exports that come from Bristol?

Drum & Bass!

A gift you can’t leave Bristol without taking home for friends?

1 word - Cider. If you really want to get to grips with the West Country’s obsession with Cider, head to The Apple – Bristol’s infamous Cider Boat. 

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