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“Believe the hype!”
Review of Hyde & Co

Hyde & Co
Ranked #14 of 146 Nightlife in Bristol
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

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!

Five stars!

1  Thank Joe B
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

Plus points - nice cocktails and friendly staff. But come on.....this is marketed and painted as a Speakeasy, but there is slightly-too-loud 80's music is playing. Surely Ella Fitzgerald or similar would be SO much better?

Also the limited cocktail menu was only expanded on by the second waitress who asked what do you like, we'll make it for you and so on.

You are paying a premium for this, but feels like they are scrimping on what you get for your money.

1  Thank Helen S
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Hoping this would be much like Hausbar, Hyde and Co was disappointing to say the least. A teeny, cramped table too small for five grown adults and massive delays. At least the person serving drinks apologised for the wait just as we had got there. What was probably unintentional was the subsequent wait we were about to experience for: menus, then water, then drinks, then snacks, then the bill. Half of the drinks came without the 'magical' smoke for which we'd paid several quid, I'm sure. My whole experience smacked of the emperor's new clothes. I won't be returning or recommending this one.

3  Thank Bez B
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

I wouldn't go every week or weekend but it is quirky for a drink with a difference
I have visited a few times and recommend but last visit the drinks menu was very limited and some people need inspiration when drinking cocktails
They will however make you almost any drink you request :)
Lovely atmosphere and well decorated - love the hidden room great if in a group - if 4 or more then definitely call to book a slot
Love the cheese biscuits!
Drinks are very strong and quite pricey so good for a treat or change every now and again :)

Thank Amanda K
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

After hearing of the prohibition bars opening around Bristol we thought we'd give Hyde and Co a try. The first Saturday night we tried to visit at 830 pm, it was full but we were assured they'd phone when a table for 2 was available, but no phone call all night. So we booked for the next Saturday night. We expected a quiet, comfortable and relaxed bar, away from the crowds, decorated in 1920's style furnishings. We were greated by loud 1980/90's music, a loud group of friends, conservatory style furniture and were perched in an alcove with a cushion. The first 'cocktail' was flat and uninteresting and served by a disinterested waitress. We left after 15 mins and have no intention of returning.

4  Thank Tailwheel76
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