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The Birkett Tap, Bristol Central, Bristol

16-24 Baldwin Street
Bristol
BS1 1SE
Phone: 01179458891
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Quinno _ left this review about The Birkett Tap

Named after the architect who designed the building, this is a large modern bar with modish decor set over a couple of levels with upper and lower bar areas. Four pumps with three ales on; Sharps Doom Bar, St Austell Proper Job (flat via an overworked aspirator, my guess) and Electric Bear. 10 craft keg taps. I also tried the Electric Bear Napoleon Complex (after asking which was the darkest- it was darkest in the sense that the man with a single hair follicle on his head is less bald than Duncan Goodhew) which was flat and tasted like scrumpy. Exchanged, with an air of resigned incredulity. So in short, this place sells upmarket beer but without any staff who give a toss. Could be half decent with some cellar skills and a bit of enthusiasm.

On 1st February 2019 - rating: 3
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Birkett Tap

Renamed and extensively renovated since my previous review, it’s a good size, split level pub that has thankfully moved away from the fake Irish theme and now has a style that probably fits somewhere between rustic and shabby chic. Certainly the beer range has been much improved and the staff seemed friendly enough, if a little ditzy.

The bar counter is located on the upper level at the rear of the pub, and this area had varnished boards on most of the floor with some smaller sections of slate style tiles inlaid with a Victorian floral design. Walls were a mixture of cream plasterwork with painted green wood panelling on the lower part, or in many places roughly hewn plans tacked on to the wall at 45° angles. The lower section was broadly similar in terms of style, and there were a few nods to the local area including a mural of hot air balloons and some artistic photographs of the suspension bridge. A couple of TV’s were dotted around, but the volume was off and these were not at all intrusive. Seating was a mixture of wooden chairs and remarkably uncomfortable metal stools.

Beers on tap were Proper Job, Doom Bar, Arbor Shangri-La and Bristol Beer Factory’s Nova and Milk Stout. Ciders meanwhile were Thatcher’s Gold, Thatcher’s haze and Rekorderlig Strawberry & Lime. All in all, I was quite pleasantly surprised by this and it’s certainly a lot better than it’s previous incarnation.

On 17th August 2018 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about O'Neill's

A fairly typical O'Neils no doubt, situated just off the centre. Lots of wood around the place and fake Irish stuff about, like a sign saying “Fresh Irish Sourdough Bread sold here”. What??

It was fairly quiet on a recent Monday evening, with most of the punters that were in there being left over from the quiz that had been running. I actually found the service to be fine, but then it was quiet and I assume it was probably the manager who served me, he looked a bit more sensible and wasn't dressed in the identical black t-shirts that all the other young staff were wearing. No doubt it's different on a busy Friday or Saturday, when they also have live music apparently.

There was a fairly uninspiring menu consisting primarily of steaks, burgers, sandwiches, etc. with lots of notes about how proud they are of their Irish ingredients. Prices looked reasonable with most of the mains around the £5/£6 mark, but we didn't try it so can't comment on the quality.

No real ales on unfortunately, unless you count Smithwicks Irish Ale, whatever that it. Four ciders on tap, but all broadly similar – Magners (of course), Bulmers, Gaymers and Blackthorn. Why go to the trouble of stocking four ciders, but not offer any variety?

On 13th April 2010 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Dave McNally
Bristol Temple Meads, 0.92 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Clifton Down, 1.21 miles, 23 min walk (show)
Bedminster, 1.3 miles, 25 min walk (show)
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  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 01 February 2019 by Quinno _
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 01 February 2019 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 01 February 2019 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 01 February 2019 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 01 February 2019 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 01 February 2019 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 01 February 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 01 February 2019 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 01 February 2019 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 01 February 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 01 February 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 01 February 2019 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 23 May 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 01 February 2019 by Quinno _
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