A club with lots of character, the Thekla is a boat and consists of two floors and a heated deck. Brilliant food is served all day and in the evening it turns into a live venue, which is often followed by a club night. Whether the performers are well-known or up and coming, the Thekla always seems to get it just right.
East Mud Dock
Bristol BS1 4RB
0117 929 3301
Clockwork is a big club with a warehouse feel and has played host to some of the best dub, hip-hop, electro, jungle and drum & bass artists around such as Foreign Beggars, Klaxons, Hot Chip, Congo Natty and Easy Star All-Stars.
Someone had a genius idea of making an old boat into a club. The acoustics are great - equipped for both DJs and bands who can pump out their tunes to a resonating effect within the boat's hull. It offers a triple decker sandwich of floors, the top being a bar and (lucky for smokers) a large outside deck complete with heaters! Straight down to the bottom, the hull becomes the main dance floor including a second bar. The selection of bands that play ranges from local to large, alternative to just plain awesome. Thursday is club night, Friday and Saturday if you want the next step up for music!
The Grove, East Mud Dock, BS1 4RB
next to River station restaurant.
Floating hip hop and drum and bass. Set near the refurbished Bristol waterfront, this unique club/boat has everything....drink and dance your pants off downstairs and then chill out upstairs to jazz or chillout and have a cheese toastie. My idea of a fab night out....
East Mud Dock, Bristol
0117 929 3301
A lounge club with good drinks and live music. It's in the heart of Clifton so the crowd can be a little stuffy on occasion. However, Thursday nights are a more laid back affair as the club is set aside for live jazz and latin music.
15 Richmond Terrace, BS8 1AA;
tel: 0117 973 0986
Tucked away down an old cobbled Bedminster backstreet is this excellent live music venue. It's in a converted building that started life as a jail in 1740. The music policy mixes rock, jazz and world music gigs. Well worth seeking out.
Willway Street, Bedminster BS3 4BG;
tel: 0117 987 3403;
Small underground club owned by Massive Attack. The artwork by Jamie Hewlett and Banksy doubles up as speakers, there's pear cider and food available plus Daddy G plays a monthly Thursday night set alongside Mr Benn and Queen Bee.
1 Unity St, BS1 5UH
Nestling in the old banking district is this jewel in the crown of the Bristol clubbing scene. Native plays host to the best of local and international Djs with an increasing number of live gigs. Intimacy is the watchword. Saturdays is 'Western Soul.' With a 4am licence and Red Stripe on tap, it's a sweaty evening given over to local turntablists such as Boca45 and The Leisure Allstars.
15 Small Street BS1 1DE
Old church turned Community Arts Centre with its own online radio station. The main auditorium is used for live gigs throughout the year. One monthly highlight is 'A Rum Do' and their sell-out cabaret show.
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