Multi-site operators to visit UK's 'first cycling city'

By Nikkie Thatcher

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With the MA Leaders Club crowd set to hit Bristol later this year (September), we’ve looked at the history of the city and its thriving food and drink scene.
  • MA Leaders Club Bristol will be taking place on Wednesday 13 September. If you're a multiple operator and want to join us in seeing this vibrant city, sign up here​.

The city is a Purple Flag bearer, meaning it has been recognised for its innovation, curation, planning and partnership of its evening and night-time economy in this international accreditation.

Bristol was ranked the fifth​ most vibrant city in the first quarter of the year, according to research from CGA by NIQ and Wireless Social.

Last month (June), it was announced venues in the city would be permitted to extend their pavement licences for outside seating​, following an online petition reaching more than 5,000 signatures.

Green city

Bristol in numbers:

471,200: Population (figure from 2021 Census)

54,000: Student population (Visit Bristol)

120: Miles from London (Visit Bristol)

91: Number of main languages spoken (Visit Bristol)

11: Number of Michelin-starred restaurants (Visit Bristol)

2: Universities (University of Bristol and the University of the West of England)

In 2008, Bristol was named the first ‘cycling city’ in the UK and more recently (2022), it was revealed as one of Britain’s greenest cities and is a former European Green Capital while it is also home to renowned environmental organisations including Soil Association and transport charity Sustrans while more businesses are being granted Green Tourism awards.

While Bristol may be famous for its boats, bridges and balloons, it’s also got a cracking pub and bar scene.

As the south west is iconic for its cider and scrumpy, there are plenty of sites that pride themselves on their apple-based offer such as The Cider Box, The Stable and The Orchard.

However, its craft beer scene is also strong with venues included Small Bar – owned by operator and brewer Left Handed Giant, which operates three sites across the city.

Hospitality scene

There’s also Zerodegrees – a microbrewery restaurant split over two floors, in a Grade II-listed converted tram shed.

Of course, the city is also proud of its cocktail offering with it being home to Top 50 Cocktail BarsThe Milk Thistle​ and Filthy XIII​.

Moreover, NQ64​ has just opened a site in Bristol, joining the likes of Nightcap, which recently acquired Dirty Martini​’s venue in the city, Brewhouse & Kitchen, Roxy Lanes and BrewDog.

Are you a multiple operator who'd like to attend our stellar MA Leaders Club event in Bristol this September? Sign up here​ now.

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