Great pubs and cafes on the Treasure Hunt Bristol route

By Paul & Ian, founders of Treasure Hunt Bristol.
Updated January 2024.

Bristol Old Vic cabins out on King Street

Photo: Bristol Old Vic (Instagram)

Bristol is full of great pubs and cafes. Here are some of your options for taking a pitstop while playing Treasure Hunt Bristol!

If you’re planning to go somewhere else, the game starts at ? and finishes on King Street.

1. Left Handed Giant Brewpub

The Left Handed Giant pub

At the start of the game, before you begin

Just across the river from where Treasure Hunt Bristol starts is Left Handed Giant Brewpub. It’s housed in an amazing renovated industrial space. They serve their own beers and pizzas and have outdoor covered seating. If it’s busy, you could get takeaway and have a drink in Castle Park before you begin!

Photo: Left Handed Giant (Instagram)

2. Brewdog Bristol

Brewdog’s outdoor seating area in Bristol

15-20 minutes into the game - after clue 3

Popular with locals and visitors, this bar specialises in the Scottish brewery’s craft beers. They do food too, pizzas, salads and sides and cheese and charcuterie boards are all on offer.

The bar has lovely views over Bristol’s historic harbour.

Brewdog Bristol

Photo: Brewdog Bristol (Instagram)

3. The Old Duke

Drinkers outside The Old Duke

20-30 minutes into the game - after clue 4

This pub is world famous for it’s live traditional, New Orleans inspired Jazz music! For now, live music is off the menu, but they hope to have bands back by summer. Be warned, it’s usually pretty crowded. They’ve got outdoor seating on the cobbled street and are operating on a first come, first serve basis.

Photo: The Old Duke (Facebook)

4. Queen Square

Queen Square

1½ - 1½ hours in - after clue 11

Neither a pub, nor a cafe, but a perfect spot for a picnic!

Photo: Famous Royal Navy Volunteer (Instagram)

5. Navy Volunteer

Roof terrace for the Navy Volunteer

Open with outdoor seating + roof terrace
1½ - 2 hours in - at the end of game

This is a stylish pub dating all the way back to 1670! It’s got a bewildering selection of beer and ale on offer, along with locally sourced, cracking, home cooked food. They’ve installed a roof terrace (which you must book), or the entire front is kept open for walk-ins.

Photo: Famous Royal Navy Volunteer (Instagram)

The Navy Volunteer

6. Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic cabins out on King Street

Open with outdoor seating on King Street
1½ - 2 hours in - at the end of game

Bristol Old Vic have set up cabins on King Street for al fresco drinks and dining! Each cabin houses up to 6. Craft beers provided by Left Handed Giant, local ciders, coffee, tea and snacks are all available. Later on in the evening Pieminster are serving up warming pies, straight to your table. There’s several types to choose from.

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Photo: Bristol Old Vic (Instagram)

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