Bristol’s cat pub goes viral…but there are other places to drink

The Bag o’ Nails pub in Bristol has changed its name to The Cat Pub. Nah, not really, just joking. But it wouldn’t be a surprise after a story about the cats that live in the pub went viral this week.

It is a cracking pub and not just because of its feline residents. The Bag o’ Nails hits the sweet spot in the Venn diagram of all my favourite things in pubs:

  • cats
  • Trivial Pursuit sets from the 1970s
  • pork pies
  • snarky staff
  • proper cider.

But Bristol has lots of lovely pubs that also cater for these very specific drinking needs.


Ironworks, Broad St

I am not a dog fan but I make an exception for the scruffy little critter (I don’t even know what breed it is) at the Ironworks. It’s quite cute. For a dog.


Inn on the Green, Filton Rd

Fancy winner a freezer full of meat without demonstrating any skill or talent? Of course you do. So trek up Gloucester Rd and take part in the weekly (I think) meat raffle. There’s also a pub quiz but to be honest that feels like hard work.

Bar snacks

Star and Dove, St Luke’s Rd

The scotch eggs and sausage rolls are regularly used by Totterdown residents to lure north Bristolians south of the river.


7 Stars, Thomas Lane

The staff can be gruff at first but the no tolerance approach to pub dickheads makes them my favourites.


The Apple, Welsh Back

Strong cider on a boat. Need I say more?