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No. 1 Harbourside, Bristol Central, Bristol

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1 Canons Road
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Pub SignMan left this review about No. 1 Harbourside

This is a large, open plan bar and restaurant with an ideal setting on the Harbour. The interior is formed of a shallow, but wide single room with exposed floorboards and a servery along the rear wall. The bar has a rough stone counter with graffiti-style doodlings on the front, plus a plain wooden bar back topped with some lovely old ceramic spirit dispensers. A row of pillars runs through the centre of the room, each painted in stripes, with standard tables and chairs arranged in between and sofas and armchairs at either end. Some large bookcases stand next to the bar, full of tatty old books, whilst a few paintings add a dash of colour at one end of the room and a bicycle is suspended from the wall at the other, next to a series of gig posters. Large floor-to-ceiling windows along the whole of the front wall allow for some excellent people watching opportunities and there are quite a few tables set outside along the busy walkway, most of which were under cover. Music played quietly in the background during my stay and there appeared to be a small performance area near a piano at the far end of the bar, perhaps for the occasional bit of live music.
The pub has made recent editions of the Good Beer Guide and there were five hand pumps in operation when I visited, offering Bristol Beer Factory Independence, Belgian Swipe Right and Fortitude, Sharps Atlantic and Butcombe El Toro. My pint of Fortitude was served to me by a rather distracted barmaid, but was in pretty good shape and I enjoyed sipping it whilst watching the folk outside get caught in a terrific rain storm!
The bars down on the harbour are mostly generic chain venues which don’t have a lot to recommend, so it was nice to try this place out and enjoy some of their locally sourced ales. The place felt a bit more like a restaurant than a bar to me, but having said that, I didn’t feel particularly uncomfortable drinking here and was able to take my time until the weather cleared up. Worth a look if you want a drink down on the water, but there are many better pubs back in the direction of the city centre.

On 9th January 2019 - rating: 6
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Gill Smith left this review about No. 1 Harbourside

Called in this 2016 Good Beer Guide pub and enjoyed a beer from Arbor and Bristol Beer Factory. Plain wooden floor and a stage occupying the room for live music. Seats outside by the river.Good selection of craft and keg beers, plus bottled beer and ciders.

On 21st April 2016 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Harbourside

This pub has recently been given a new lease of life and is now aiming to attract a slightly more discerning clientele than many of the chain bars that inhabit this stretch of old dockside warehouses. In the strictest sense you could probably argue it's not a pub, but more of a café/bar type establishment. However, it has a decent range of beers on tap, so it's well worth a review.

The front of the bar is almost entirely glass, affording great views across the river. There's also a few leather sofa's outside and several tables and chairs along the water's edge. The bar counter is a big slab of some type of granite, and there's a raised area down at one end which is presumably used for bands as there were a couple of speakers set up. Bar staff seemed friendly and helpful. As though to emphasise it's café credentials, there was a selection of cup cakes and croissants at one end of the counter.

Besides the bar, there is also a ticket office for the ferry service that departs from outside the door, and a small counter selling “Teas and Tinctures”. Don't ask me what a tincture is, I've got no idea, but that's what the sign says. The acoustics are a little noisy, there were only another half dozen or so people in there on a recent Monday evening and it was still quite loud. There was an extensive menu chalked up on a board next to the bar.

BBF beers dominate the bar with their Sunrise, No. 7 and Milk Stout. There was also Bath Ale's Spa. Ciders were Bounders and Burrows Hill Farm Cider straight from the barrel.

On 14th September 2010 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Bristol Temple Meads, 1.05 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Bedminster, 1.25 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Clifton Down, 1.26 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for No. 1 Harbourside, Bristol
9th Jan 2019, 18:43
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
14th Jul 2018, 08:35
Picture submitted by Graham Coombs approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 09 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 09 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes - outside seating by river - last updated 21 April 2016 by Gill Smith
  • Car Park : No last updated 09 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 09 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 09 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : No last updated 09 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 14 September 2010 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 09 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 09 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 21 April 2016 by Gill Smith
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 December 2017 by Blackthorn _
  • Pinball : No last updated 09 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 09 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 14 September 2010 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 14 September 2010 by hondo .
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - but use next bar for toilet - last updated 21 April 2016 by Gill Smith
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