I have been trawling the bristol cocktail scene for many years, and am finally glad to find a non pretentious addition to the already wonderful cadre of boozers on offer.
While at first glance, you may mistakenly believe this bar to be a prohibition style venue, it is actually so much more than that.
Unafraid to buck common trends and play more contemporary music, the originality of this decision was as refreshing as the drinks. For too long, a saturday night in a cocktail bar has been saturated by easy listening jazz. Perhaps I'm a newbie, but I enjoy a bit of a buzz on a saturday night. To feel like your finger is on the pulse, as it were.
Myself, my girlfriend and a couple of university pals rang the doorbell on a saturday night. Despite being extremely busy, the tall man who answered the door assured us he would do what he could. While we had to wait outside for a couple of minutes, he returned to inform us that he had a table ready. And boy, did he not disappoint!
Despite the small size of the tables, the friendly nature of all the staff their was noted. Even when the waitress was assaulted with a particularly tricky question regarding whiskey, we were quickly given an answer by the attentive bartender who was listening in. He advised us to go completely off menu, if we were unsure of a choice of drink, and the chaps at hyde delivered again. Four classic cocktails, (we were told) all expertly presented and covering a wide variety of different cocktail styles (We were told!)
At around £8.00 a drink, this may seem like a hefty price, but when compared with other mainstream cocktail bars who often charge a few pounds more, we certainly got our moneys worth. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for quality over garish serves. Ask for a Margarita, if you dare!
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