If you fancy a relaxed, nautical 20’s inspired evening of tapas, pizza and great cocktails then Under the Stars in Bristol is the place to go. With a cosy boat venue, it sits perfectly at the top of the harbourside on narrow quay; a stone’s throw from St. Augustine’s Parade.
The chefs on board were keen to create a menu that draws on the sense of travel, and so, an extensive tapas menu was devised, influenced from across the Mediterranean. Accompanying the drinks, they also developed a pizza menu – all of which are made fresh aboard ship.
Since opening in 2010 they have been hosting different event nights such as a free movie night on a Monday, with all films starting from 8pm. They also hold open mic nights and acoustic sessions on various nights of the week for those budding performers.
We visited on a Thursday where there was an open mic night after the kitchen had closed and sat sipping our cocktails taking in the atmosphere and listening to the talented vocalists and guitar players. I started off with the Charlie Chaplin; a deliciously strong cocktail and we then shared three tapas dishes and a pizza, so we could taste a range of course, we couldn’t decide on what we wanted as it all sounded so good! To anyone planning a visit I’d recommend the Chorizo con cidre tapas dish and the halloumi pizza.
The venue is quaint with a chilled atmosphere, there are fairy lights and candle lit tables with a sofa in the corner and a roll top bathtub coffee table, unusual and quirky – perfect for a casual but intimate date. The staff were very friendly, chatty and inviting making it easy for us to choose something great from the menu with informed opinions on the food.
The bar attracts an eclectic vibe of people from students and young professionals to the more mature customers. It caters for so many different tastes and allows for a chilled out evening with friends or loved ones with entertainment and a selection of drinks to enjoy.
With Bristol having quite a few restaurants and bars situated on boats, this is becoming one of my favourites. I felt like it was a perfectly kept secret and I didn’t want to leave. As it’s a small venue, I’d advise booking a table!
Visit the website, see what’s on and have a little browse of the menu here: http://www.underthestarsbar.co.uk/