Mon-Thu 10:00 - 23:00
Fri 10:00 - 1:00
Sat 11:00 - 1:00
Sun 12:00 - 22:30
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- Thu, Fri, Sat
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- Full Bar
- Outdoor Area/ Patio Only
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Recommended Reviews for Rummer Hotel
14 reviews in English
Review from Chris B.
- 10 friends
With a name like a Dutch sex act this bar is actually very good, actually one of the best bars in terms of quality in the city (one of a select 3 or 4). The cocktails and selection of drinks they serve are second to none. They also make a lovely cappuccino, actually when I went in today the beautiful smell of their coffee had filled up the whole bar.
You can hire out the 'function room' for big parties and events. But the interior of the bar is subtly special; with Chesterfield sofas in front of a huge fire place you really wish you could still light up a cigar indoors. It really is all very elegant and sophisticated.
The only negative point I have to make is about their strange no hats policy. This seems very dated and I can't really understand it. But the really annoying part is when they let him, took his drink order, took his money, then told him to remove his hat, giving him little to no choice. Not a clay move Rummer.
Review from Henry N.
- 3 friends
As others have said, this is a nice but quite expensive bar. The cocktails are a speciality, which I discovered when I spent a rather drunken bank holiday Sunday here (see main picture!).
We tried just about everything on the menu, which was mainly due to the fact that a friend of a friend works there and she blagged us about 70 per cent off the final bill. For this, and this reason only, I did sample the £15 cocktail (I think it may have had champagne in it), and though my memory is hazy, I do remember thinking that it certainly wasn't worth the full asking price (it tasted, er, a bit like a cocktail).
My only tip (other than to have a friend of a friend who works there and thus can blag you about 70 per cent off the final bill) is that it's also a nice place to pop in for a hot drink while you're out shopping, as it'll set you back something ridiculously cheap like £1 and is perfect to enjoy while collapsing into one of their big sofas.
Review from Will P.
- 12 friends
This cocktail bar, just off Corn Street, often has a couple of bouncers and a red rope seperating you from getting in. Don't let this put you off, they just seem to want to make sure they don't let in the groups of drinkers you get round here on a Saturday night. It's a good thing too, because this is a cosy, classy place that would probably be absolutely rammed full of drinkers otherwise.
On a winter's day the hot toddy here really hits the spot. Otherwise, just pick a cocktail that takes your fancy. They have a decent wine list too, and if you're serious about your drinking (e.g. you have quite particular tastes, rather than just you like to drink a lot...) you should enjoy yourself here. The Rummer is a paradise for those that want to appreciate their drinks in peace and comfort.
Review from Mark M.
- 8 friends
This is a wonderful old Victorian pub turned into a highly sophisticated and elegant wine bar. The décor is stylish and luxurious with thick velvet curtains adorning the doorway as you enter and plump leather sofas for you to relax and enjoy a cocktail or two in.
It is the perfect place for suits and young professionals to take clients and show off their taste in expensive, yet delicious cocktails. The bar staff themselves add a certain level of professionalism to the occasion as their knowledge of the cocktails and general mix drinking shenanigans is impressive.
The number of cocktails they serve is impressive, as is their beer supply, but as the name might suggest, what they specialize in is rum. Unfortunately, not being somebody who is particularly keen on rum, you'll have to take the word of somebody I was with who was very impressed by what they had to offer.
Review from Qype User (mandre…)
- 4 friends
- Qype User mandre…
We have our staff meeting at The Rummer every month and whenever I have a meeting which I want to take out of the salon and grab a drink it's here.
Really nice sofas and I love the ambiance, especially in the winter when they have a log fire burning in the fireplace.
Lovely coffee for £1.50!! now that is good; and they have just bought in some really cool tea cups and pourers (can't think how else to describe it, have a look for you self when you buy a herbal tea next time you are there)
We are also having our Xmas dinner party there in the private dining area down stairs which I'm sure will be superb.
Review from Qype User (ninja_…)
- 7 friends
- Qype User ninja_…
This is my favourite place in Bristol. I have to admit some bias in that it holds some personal memories for me (ahem, first date with the love of my life) but I was brought here knowing it would impress me and he was right. The atmosphere is cosy and intimate with lovely candles and fires lit at night to add to the romance. The sofas (if you're fortunate enough to nab one) are comfortable and relaxing or alternatively there are several tables you can sit around and share a bottle of wine or two with friends.
The staff are great and provide good service. They're friendly without ever overstepping the mark and they're more than happy to recommend drinks or a particular bottle of wine if you'd like them to.
This pub seems to have grown more and more popular over the last year or so and I'm almost unwilling to reveal my love for the place in case too many people catch on. It's too good a secret to keep to myself though, so I suggest you check it out.
It's positively charming. I highly recommend it for a first date..!
Review from Qype User (Babab…)
- 2 friends
- Qype User Babab…
I think it is quite dark in here normally but in the winter with the log fire it is cosy and the staff are really friendly.
The coffee and tea are really good value at £1.50 and I have had a lunch there and I had a really good porridge, the best I have every tasted.
I think it is a good place to meet friends and have a drink after work.
Review from Qype User (j_tawt…)
- 0 friends
- Qype User j_tawt…
It's a bit of a dichotomy really as it's a nice place, which also manages to be a bit uncomfortable. Pricey too.
Some of the tables are for dining, some are for eating, but which ones?
Some of the staff are pleasant, some are stuck-up smart-arses, but which ones?
Some of the drinks are excellent, some are overpriced nonsense but...(you get it.)
Ok for the beginning of an evening, or for a workday meet and greet. But only if the boss is paying, and only if you've got somewhere more convivial to go on to afterwards.
Review from Janine K.
- 15 friends
I love love love this bar. Yes it is expensive but just look at the quality and the effort they take to preserve a friendly and cosy atmosphere. Bouncers keep out the stag/hen parties, the music is cool (probably Massive Attack) but not invasive and they have huuuuuuuuge leather sofas to sink in to and make you stay for longer. Great for small parties who want to chat (no more than six or you will have trouble finding a way to sit together) .
Of course the highlight is the bar. Unbelievably it is very difficult to get a decent vodka and lemonade in most pubs (I know, how hard can it be?) but here there is a choice of vodkas, quality lemonade, a slice of lime. Poifect. Whisky fans won't be disappointed either, but really the clue is in the name - try out their selection of rums, I recommend Sailor Jerry's for a spicy warm up.
My only grumble is the slightly pretentious act of leaving your change in a tray - it's not London you know.
FACT FANS: This is where vampire Lauren kills Mitchell's date in series one of Being Human.
Review from Pollita M.
- 8 friends
We came here for a friend's birthday and I was really surprised. The swish interior is at odds with the dark and forbidding exterior, tucked away down an alley beside St Nick's Market. It's not cheap but you are paying to drink in a bar that prides itself on being sophisticated. I loved the leather chairs and the whole upmarket feel of the place. The staff aren't too snooty either and there is page upon page of great cocktails to choose from. It's one of the few places in the centre of town where you can enjoy a classy drink away from the rat race. A good place to come if you want to escape prying eyes too. The choice of rums will have you drooling indecisively but with more than 300 spirits if rum turns your stomach there is no need to fear. A great little find.
Review from Laura W.
- 27 friends
A friend of mine told me this was her favourite pub in the whole city so I was really keen to sample it. She's a bit more mainstream than me so we were never going to entirely agree but I have to say, I really like it too. But where she likes the modern gastro pub upstairs bit, the food, the deco, the atmosphere, I'm all about the downstairs cellar bit. Step through the iron gate and down the hickledy pickled stairwell and you wander into a breathtaking mix of old and new, old exposed brickwork, roaring log fires and a nice polished bar with gold taps. They serve really classy drinks, including all different types of luscious whiskies and the best ale in the world Innis and Gunn and what's more they serve them in beautiful iced tankards. I went here for a pals leaving party as I believe you can hire it out (either that or she knew the owner).
Review from Qype User (Rutche…)
- 24 friends
- Qype User Rutche…
There was always something special about this place, tucked within St. Nick's Market. However, this newest incarnation is sadly not as good as previous ones. I don't like what they've done inside...the aesthetics don't quite work, which is a great shame. It's true there are good comfy sofas and the fire is wonderful. But the attitude lets this place down. We were served by a barman who was too cool for school and was frankly surly. He also made the mistake of assuming we don't know how things are done correctly and showed himself up in the process.
You've got to like the huge range of well chosen drinks. But I look for far more than that when I go out. When something's not authentic, I rarely try again.
Still, this is a good place to come to, if you want a proper conversation with your friend/s before the evening starts, so I'll still come once in a while.
This building has always had a special atmosphere. Maybe that'll just have to be enough for a while.
Review from Pete C.
Review from Qype User (citysl…)
- 0 friends
- Qype User citysl…
I went at the end of summer on a wet evening which added to its ambience, nice place albeit a bit cold at the time. Its small which adds a bit of romantic charm, the restaurant seating is combined with lounge seating and yes some people are eating and some are drinking.
I recall the food menu being somewhat limited in choice, the actual food was well presented and rather expensive, wine is suggested next to each meal and the beer I had came in a chilled glass which made it taste extra nice. To me, this was probably the best part.
Overall, a nice place discreetly tucked away off the busyness of Corn Street ideal for pre / post drinks. I would recommend checking the food menu carefully before eating there as I believe it appeals to a 'select audience'. A bit like marmite, it may or may not be your thing
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Tucked away in the back alleys of St Nicholas Market, The Rummer Hotel provides a retreat for descerning diners and drinkers. With over 500 premium spirits on offer, a vast collection of rum, expert bartenders, an eclectic wine menu, and food prepared by an acclaimed chef, The Rummer Hotel really is a jewel in central Bristol.
Established in 1742
The oldest continuous license in Bristol streacing back to 1200s, The Rummer Hotel was the destination of the first Stagecoach from London, and has played host to historical figures including Elizabeth I, Cromwell, Wordsworth and Colleridge.
Fires, Riots, and Floods were unable to close the Rummer Hotel for centuries, until a Pub company managed it in 1997, and left it to rot.
Prior to this The Rummer was a launch pad for Bernie Inns, which became a national and well loved business serving steak and sherry that many people remember
The Rummer was almost derelict for 6 years prior to a complete restoration from 2003-2005, and is not independanly owner and operated.
The Cellar bar was completed in 2009, and heralds the return of what many remember as The Smugglers Bar.
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