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The Drapers Arms, Horfield, Bristol

Pub added by Jonathan Wilde
447 Gloucester Road

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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Drapers Arms

Bristol’s original micro-pub and still going strong based on a recent Saturday afternoon visit, it is as it’s name suggests, housed in a former drapers shop but they do seem to have made a little more effort here than many micro-pubs to make it in to a comfortable and welcoming environment rather than feeling as though you’ve walked in to some temporary or pop-up establishment as is often the case.

Internally it’s all one open plan room with sanded wooden boards on the floor and dark green paintwork on the walls. Seating looks to have been designed to encourage conversation with a long counter running almost the whole length of the pub and stools either side being an unusual feature. Elsewhere the seating consisted of padded wooden benches around the walls as well as conventional chairs. Two shelves around the top of the walls housed a collection of old beer bottles as well as various knick-knacks such as model ships, toby jugs, teapots and jars. A few pictures were dotted around the wall including old photos of the locale, watercolours and some old brewery mirrors. Strings of hops were hung above the bar counter. The bar counter too was unusual, being more of a low desk than your normal counter with no pumps or anything else on it, other than a couple of towels and an odd ham roll or two. Drinks were all dispensed from barrels racked up behind the bar, and then the glass brought to the counter.

Beers on tap were all listed on a board next to the bar, and on this occasion were Ashley Down Red Stoat, BBF Dakota, Downton Quadhop, Arbor Boomtown, Moor Confidence and XT1 Blonde. Prices were a reasonable £3.50 per pint of £12 for a four pint jug. Ciders meanwhile were all Wilkins Farm cider in dry, medium or sweet varieties.

On 27th April 2017 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Drapers Arms

Six ales on stillage and a choice of two ciders. Their policy here is that they always hand you a sample of their beer before they serve. We went for the Combined Brewery Stunner and the Cotleigh Brewery Cotleigh 25, both were in excellent condition.
Features here include a large central island for vertical drinking and socializing. The bar is out of a church, which was used for resting coffins on. Small mattresses suspended from the ceilings to keep noise levels down and lots of hops were also hanging from the ceiling. Another important feature was the stack of freshly made cobs on the bar at £1.50 each, so I went for the cheese and onion which was delicious!

On 13th October 2016 - rating: 8
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Drapers Arms

The Drapers Arms is a micro pub that is set in a row of shops.
Once inside there is a small square shaped room with the bar to the rear,there are barrels behind the bar which dispense the beers,the seating is wood bench seating,plus a drinking shelf.
I had a drink of Ashley Down Sideways which was a very nice and well kept beer,the other beers noted were Yeovil Glory plus some other that i could not read my notes of.
The pub was very busy on my late Saturday afternoon visit.
I quite liked the vibe in here.

Pub visited 2/4/2016

On 15th May 2016 - rating: 8
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Jonathan Wilde left this review about The Drapers Arms

A new opening today as Bristol's first micropub. Run by people behind Ashley Down Brewery this is a converted shop which has been tastefully converted. All beer is dispensed from barrels about 8 with a couple of boxed ciders, Prosecco and some cordials being the sole choice of beverage.

After tonight's visit it was obviously full of a lot of CAMRA members so will be good to see how it fairs once the glitter from the opening night washes off, there was a table of over exuberant people that could want to be classed as hipsters or from a middle aged person "annoying clientele" who I was sat by but hopefully after the high jinx of an opening night they may be less annoying if I encounter them again. From the comments it seems they may become squatters/regulars...

I personally liked the vibe albeit apart from some nearby excitement and after my only other visit to a micropub in Pewsey it could be a local haunt for me given I live a few hundred metres away from it, despite being a lager drinker which isn't served here.

Decor wise on entry a large stand up island accommodates drinkers with the main bar being more of a table covered in bar towels with two racks of barrels behind. The remaining furniture is a mixture of customized benches around the edges and tables and an eclectic selection of seats/stools with some inventive solutions of placing standard lights through tables in the corners of the left hand side once inside.

Seating and standing is intimate and there was no problem with joining others or other joining me as people came and went while I read my copy of Pint's West I assume dropped off last night for a private pre opening event that was ongoing when I was walking home past it from another local pub.

Glasses mostly seemed to be branded from various breweries and beer festivals which is a nice touch and some high level shelving accommodated a lot of bottled beers.

On 5th December 2015 - rating: 8
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