Looking to make the most out of exploring Bristol? Why not plan a night of food with friends, drinks with your nearest and dearest, or entertainment with colleagues. Bristol has so much to offer so we’ve rounded up a selection of great places to visit on route, with the recommended trail starting at Halo at Broadmead and ending at Swing Song on College Green.
Harvey Nichols, Quakers Friar
Start your trail in Broadmead to see Halo before dining in style. Enjoy three courses for £28 per person served with a St-Germain Spritz between 12pm-3pm or 6pm-10pm at the Harvey Nichols Second Floor Restaurant & Bar.
The Real Greek, Cabot Circus
Then stroll across to Cabot Circus to check out Trumpet Flowers. Why not treat yourself to Greek Fish & Chip Fridays at The Real Greek for £8.75!
241 Cocktails at TGI Fridays, Cabot Circus
Whilst at Cabot Circus, enjoy 241 cocktails at TGI Fridays; all day, everyday! So, whether you are a Classic Negroni or a Bubblegum Daiquiri lover, their new 2-for-1 cocktail offer means that you and a friend can indulge yourselves at half the price, after playing with Trumpet Flowers.
TGI Fridays is open until 10.30pm on Sundays – Thursdays and 11.30pm Friday and Saturday
St Nicholas Market
Bristol’s famous outdoor and indoor St Nicks Market will be open late until 9pm on Saturday 4 February and Saturday 11 February. Grab yourself a hot meal and browse independent stalls with friends whilst walking between Trumpet Flowers and Beam!
Bristol Firecracker at The Harbour Hotel
Pop into The Harbour Hotel’s Gold bar for a Bristol Firecracker, a take on the Tequila Sunrise with its bright striations of colour for £10. Then get ready to Scream The House Down:Bristol.
Try the Left Handed Giant BLF Beer
Head into the Left Handed Giant Brewpub to admire Beam on Castle Bridge and try the Bristol Light Festival special ‘Bright Beams‘ this February. The Left Handed Giant Brewpub is open until 12am weekdays and 1am over the weekend.
Enjoy Pizza and a Pint at Hilton Garden Inn
Pop in for a pizza and a pint for just £12 per person on your way round Bristol Light Festival. Located next to Continuum, admire the installation whilst enjoying a bite to eat.
Try the Trailblazer Cocktail at Bocabar, Finzels Reach
Head to Bocabar after exploring Beam on Castle Bridge to try their Trailblazer cocktail, complete with whiskey, apple juice, cinnamon syrup and soda.
Food and Drink at Finzels Reach
Before your stroll to Continuum and Ophelia, explore the tucked away gems of Finzels Reach such as delicious food and drink at Bocabar, an extensive selection of cheese and wine from around the world at Le Vignoble, or cocktails overlooking the harbour at The Wellhead bar.
Try Laser Juice at Hey Dude
Through the festival find discounted Laser Juice pints for £4 from 5-8pm Laser Juice from Bristol Beer Factory at Hey Dude bar, King Street. Laser Juice is a session IPA for all, supercharged with new-wave hop energy. Taking you from the New Mexico mountains with Sabro’s iconic tangarine & orange to Cryo Pop’s tropical blend hop glory. Sip on a refreshing pint of Laser juice before heading to Alright My Luvver on Queens Square.
Hey Dude is open until 11pm on weekdays and 1am on weekends.
Prosecco and Light Themed Art at Bar + Block
Come and view light themed paintings by local Bristol artist, Benji Jackson and enjoy a glass of prosecco on the house at Bar + Block, King Street.
Enjoy 241 cocktails and Latin American food overlooking Bristol’s iconic millennium square, just a stones throw away from our mythical Sirens.
Las Iguanas are open until 10pm on weekdays and 12am on weekends.
Try the Lumen Cocktail at St George's
Try a Bristol Light Festival special at St George’s Cafe Bar following your musical creations on Swing Song, College Green.
A truly dazzling concoction, the Lumen cocktail is mango gin and sparkling raspberry lemonade over ice, topped off with a scintillating mystery ingredient finish that makes it literally glow in the dark! All for just £7.95.
Don’t want the night to end? We’ve got plenty more suggestions for you!
Watch A Show At The Theatre
End the night with a play, including Bristol Hippodrome’s Tina Turner Tribute play on Sunday 5 February at 7.30pm or Bristol Old Vic’s Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead throughout the entirety of Bristol Light Festival, with viewings at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Live Music and Comedy in The Old City
After visiting Let Us Shine on King Street, end your evening jazz and blues bar The Old Duke offering live music every night. Fancy a boogie with fire breathers and stilt walkers? On Fridays head to Revolution’s Bring On The Night for live music, or if you’re in the moof for a good laugh head to Mr Wolfs, for their comedy night with 241 cocktails each Sunday.
If you’re looking to make a whole day out of the festival, why not start with a glitter fuelled brunch at Blame Gloria or a Harry Styles themed brunch at Tonight Josephine. Whatever you’re into, there is something for everyone!
Let's Dance at PRYZM
For those looking to put those dancing shoes to good use, PRYZM Bristol has got you covered. Reach for the lasers at FIX Fridays: Laser Rave on Friday 10 February or on Saturday 11 Feb, LYFECODE Saturdays: All of the Lights will fill three rooms with music.
Valentine's Party At The Fleece
Looking to celebrate Valentine’s weekend with friends or someone special? Why not incorporate Bristol Light Festival into your plans!
Enjoy Propaganda Bristol – Valentine’s Party at The Fleece on Saturday 11 February after visiting the nearby Ophelia and Continuum.
However you choose to spend your Bristol Light Festival visit, we hope you enjoy the installations and all that Bristol has to offer. Don’t forget to tag #BristolLightFestival in any photos you share!