Where to Eat and Drink in the City Centre During the International Jazz and Blues Festival

If you’re looking for something to do before and/or after the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival events at the O2 Academy on the 22nd and 23rd March, look no further. The Bristol City Centre BID has gathered up the best our fine city has to offer in this handy round up…


After the programmed gigs have finished head over to Bambalan for the official festival Jam Sessions from 10:30pm every night of the weekend. The house band will kick things off with a short set after which any experienced musicians and vocalists are invited to join in. They’re also offering 20% off food for festival ticket holders!


With live music, free entry all weekend and a 2am close time, Hy-Brasil has it all if you’re looking for a party after The Herbaliser and Rodney P or Gypsy Kings at the O2 Academy. They’ve also got a deliciously dirty food menu including nachos, burgers, fried chicken and mac n cheese if you want some pre-gig grub.

Small Bar

If beer is your drink of choice then head to Small Bar on King Street for a pre-show beverage. They’ve got 31 taps which showcase the very best brews from around the world, and their kitchen is currently being run by pop-up legends Wings Diner. Just remember to have your bank card on you as they’ve been a cashless bar for six months now!

The Hatchet

No visit to the O2 Academy is ever truly complete without a pit stop at The Hatchet – one of Bristol’s oldest pubs – beforehand. You can bring your own food to the pub until 7pm every day of the week, so get a pint in and have your favourite restaurant dinner or take-away brought to you before heading into the gig.

The Drawbridge

This spacious, no-frills Greene King pub is just round the corner from the O2 Academy and has some cracking food and drink deals for pre or post jazz and blues fest shows; two for one cocktails from 5pm daily, the £6 round all day every day and a drink for £1 with any burger purchased to name but a few.


Jazz and Blues are just two of the music genres that Bristol is well known for, and if your music taste is as varied and eclectic as our cities then Queenshilling is the place for you after the festival events are over. An award-winning LGBTQ+ friendly venue, the Queenshilling resident DJ’s are known to play everything from urban and old school to disco and funk.

Basement 45

Saturday 23rd March see’s Code of the Streets back at Basement 45 after their last successful event in November. Playing the very best in hip hop, rnb, dancehall and 80’s and 90’s classics, this one is for the late night party people who are looking to dance til dawn (literally – this place doesn’t kick out until 4am!)