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The Louisiana, Bristol Central, Bristol

Wapping Road
Bristol
BS1 4RH
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Louisiana

A good sized pub and although only a short stroll from the centre and waterfront, it’s sufficiently off the beaten track that it doesn’t get much in the way of passing trade, and it was quite quiet on our visit even though it was the Thursday just before Christmas. Music is a major draw here though and it is no doubt the punters going to gigs that sustain it.

Appropriately given it’s name, it has something of a New Orleans look to the outside, and is an unusual shape being curved at one end. Downstairs it’s all one open plan room, although with a raised area at one end segregating it slightly. Flooring is a mixture of wood strip and carpet and a number of posters of bands were on the walls, presumably ones that have played here previously, and in many cases I’m sure, before they were quite so famous. Kasabian, The Vaccines, Florence and the Machine and Amy Winehouse are a few examples. The walls are predominantly pale green paintwork, with darker green on the timberwork and deep red on some of the wood panelling. A couple of plasma screens were dotted around, but these were not in use on our visit.

Beers on tap were Butcombe and Gem, whilst ciders were well represented with Thatcher’s Gold, Stowford Press and Orchard Pig Reveller.

On 23rd December 2016 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about Louisiana

I didn’t get this place at first when we visited. Seemed a strange non- pub like set up to me, being a one room pub with the bar tucked up one end an open expanse in the middle and then some seating down the far end. That was until I saw some posters on the walls and had it confirmed by the barman that this is actually a music venue with a music room and stage above the bar area.
Now that I’m home and googled it, this is a key venue on the Bristol music scene for unknown bands and they have had several people play here who then went on to be big (The Killers and Keane for example).
I’m sure this is a great venue when there’s a band on but not sure I’d bother when there isn’t, as there wasn’t much atmosphere considering we visited on a Saturday night. And for the record there is one real ale pump dispensing Fullers London Pride.

On 5th September 2010 - rating: 5
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Quinno _ left this review about Louisiana

Formerly the Bathurst Tavern, this is a great gig venue for small unsigned bands. The pub is located by the harbour side and the exterior has an attractive Deep American South-style iron balcony. The interior is quite large, with a stripped wooden floor. There’s a nice atmosphere when it’s busy (which is irregular unless a gig is on upstairs or at weekends) and was a great pre-Thekla Purple Heart meet-up venue back in the day after moving on up from the Watershed. Unlike 1996, it now has a token handpull (Pride) in decent nick. Many happy memories for me here, shame it’s often so quiet.

On 5th January 2007 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Bedminster, 0.84 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Bristol Temple Meads, 0.91 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Parson Street, 1.31 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Louisiana, Bristol
23rd Dec 2016, 16:03
Review submitted by Blackthorn _ amended by Blackthorn _
 
10th Apr 2016, 22:44
Pub map correction submitted by Jonathan Wilde approved

Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • Accommodation : No last updated 22 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 22 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 22 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Street seating - last updated 22 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 22 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Car Park : No last updated 22 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Darts : No last updated 22 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 05 September 2010 by moby duck
  • Pinball : No last updated 22 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 22 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 05 September 2010 by moby duck
  • Real Cider : No last updated 22 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 22 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes - BT wifi - last updated 22 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 2pm | 5:30pm - 11pm
Monday5:30pm - 11pm
Tuesday5:30pm - 11pm
Wednesday5:30pm - 11pm
Thursday5:30pm - 11pm
Friday5:30pm - 11pm
Saturday5:30pm - 11pm
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