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Racks, Clifton, Bristol

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St. Pauls Road
Bristol
BS8 1LX
Phone: 01179741626
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Racks

Whilst technically part of a hotel, this is a bar that has very much got it’s own identify and is a popular spot for many local people, much like Channings around the corner. It’s a good size place, presumably occupying the entire basement of the hotel and there is also an outside patio/terrace with several more tables.

Being in a basement, much of the architecture is arched brickwork as you might expect in a cellar. This is particularly noticeable behind the bar counter, where arched tunnels disappear in to the distance. This, together with the fairly lights around the bar area, make for an attractive setting. Apart from that, besides a couple of stone archways that lead to this rear, the rest of the decor is quite contemporary. There are three smallish bars that look to be multi-purpose drinking or eating areas. All have reclaimed wooden floor boards and cream painted wood panelling half way up the walls. The main bar by the bar counter is finished in a curious salmon colour above this, with a similar hue on the ceiling. The bar opposite has a floral wallpaper instead.

Most of the furniture is large wooden tables with chairs or benches. Tables for just a couple of people seem to be in short supply. There are also some leather sofas around. There was a larger room at the rear that may be more geared up for dining, although this was deserted on a recent Sunday afternoon visit so we didn’t investigate this further. I did notice however some more sofa’s out here and several shelves filled with books. Unfortunately all three of the main bars had plasmas on showing the football with rather spoilt what is otherwise a decent enough place.

We didn’t try it on this occasion, but there is certainly some sort of food offering here. I noticed a board detailing several pies available during the day, and there were roasts available on Sunday. A number of bottled beers were listed on a board next to the bar, along with a choice of eight different champagnes, some at £130 a bottle!

Beers on tap were Doom Bar, Butcombe and Gem. Ciders were Ashton Press and Addlestones. Drinks seemed expensive though at over £8 for two pints.

On 2nd May 2011 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Clifton Down, 0.54 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Redland, 1.07 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Montpelier, 1.48 miles, 28 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Racks, Bristol
13th Mar 2016, 15:47
Pub map correction submitted by Jonathan Wilde approved
 
13th Mar 2016, 15:47
Pub map correction submitted by Jonathan Wilde

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  • Accommodation : Yes - Clifton Hotel above - last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Car Park : No last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Darts : No last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Facebook page - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live Music : No last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes - Doombar - last updated 11 September 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 26 June 2014 by Jonathan Wilde
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