Top 50 UK cocktail bars: Which two Bristol establishments made it onto the list

The list has been complied by more than 100 industry experts who range from bartenders to influencers

The top 50 cocktail bars in the UK have been announced at a ceremony in London earlier this month, and Bristol has been well represented.

Two bars from the city have made the list, which is compiled using over 100 industry experts who range from bartenders to influencers.

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The Milk Thistle and Filthy XIII are flying the flag for Bristol, and both made it into the top 30 on the list.

Here’s what the judges had to say about them…

27 - The Milk Thistle - Quay Head House, Colston Ave, Bristol BS1 1EB

A drink from The Milk Thistle on Colston Avenue

The Milk Thistle is described as ‘hidden in plain sight’ and the prohibition-style bar is the top ranked Bristol bar.

The judges said: “Cocktail prices are reasonable and include classics as well as house specialities.

“For the house made single servings of spirits range from £5 and upwards depending on the rarity of the liquid.”

30- Filthy XIII -  208 Cheltenham Rd, St Andrew’s, Bristol BS6 5QU

Outside of Filthy XIII in Cheltenham Road

One of the most iconic bars in the city, Filthy XIII has had some much deserved recognition.

The judges said: “There is a distinct Asian vibe to the menu, providing a refreshing twist on some much-loved classics.

“For us, the Scotch & Champagne is one of the most exciting drinks on the menu, taking a popular Chinese serve and elevating it with an ultra-lux twist.”

Top 50 Cocktail Bars publisher Christopher Lowe said: “We have created Top 50 Cocktail Bars to help people find the best bars, which are often hidden, around the UK.

“London has always been seen as a global leader for cocktails but as you’ll see from the 2022 list, other major cities across the UK are now catching up.

“Our newly launched website will help cocktail connoisseurs discover the best of the UK bar scene with many of these very much still under the radar.”