The Croft

Our rating 

User rating 

2 reviews
Venue Image
117-119 Stokes Croft,

(0117) 9874144

The ViewBristol Review

StarStarStarNo StarNo Star
Review byLucy Duggan09/12/2008
Located on the old main drag of its namesake, Stokes Croft, changes are afoot in one of Bristol’s better-known live music bars.

The Venue
Undergoing a bit of an identity crisis if the recently added, ill-conceived mural of a mermaid on the outside and their insistence that they are now a record shop is anything to go by.

There's plenty of room inside but no garden, so on a busy night a glut of people gathers outside, completely blocking the pavement. This, coupled with the garish exterior, makes The Croft a pretty conspicuous place.

There’s a large central bar and pretty plain interior. Due to their renaissance as a record store, some of The Croft’s original character has been lost in the process. At the back is the band room, a small dark, windowless affair with terrible acoustics, a small stage and little to no seating.

The People
With perhaps the nicest bouncers in Bristol on the door - at once good at their job, but not intimidating - and friendly bar staff inside, there is little bad to say about the atmosphere.

The clientele tends to be a little wet round the ears, but they're an enthusiastic, young, fun crowd.

The Music
The Croft hosts gigs from a diverse selection of Bristol bands as well as those from further afield. They sometimes squeeze three or four into one night, and there is a real diversity of style and talent showcased here.

It can cost about a fiver to see three bands, but it all depends on who is playing and sometimes gigs are free, while on other nights it's £12 a ticket.

The Drink
No complaints with the drinks - they're reasonably priced and there's plenty of choice. Choose from a decent selection of draughts - Bath Ales £1.90, Fosters £2.80, Red Stripe £2.90, San Miguel £3.20, plus Stowford Press cider for £2.60 a pint and Kingstone Press for £1.90.

The house spirits represent a bargain, they use brand names and they cost only £1.90 including a mixer or £2.90 for a double.

The top shelf spirits are £1.90 a shot or £2.30 with a mixer, and a cocktail menu is currently under construction. The Croft don't do food but they are looking to introduce a menu soon.

The Last Word
In spite of its many stabs at relaunching and refurbishing, The Croft always manages to somehow miss the mark in its exhaustive attempts to become a really cool bar. Still one to watch for music though.
The Croft has been reviewed by 2 users

Most Read Today

01 The Croft

There are 51 events listed for this venue

02 The Fleece

There are 79 events listed for this venue

03 Colston Hall

There are 66 events listed for this venue

04 O2 Academy Bristol

There are 42 events listed for this venue

05 The Louisiana

There are 40 events listed for this venue

Content updated: 08/03/2013 02:43


Robin Hoods

Robin Hoods Retreat is a cosy pub with a great reputation for their food and drink.

Latest Pubs & Bars User Reviews

  • Huntsman Inn
    I'm mostly writing a review as I got so irritated by the ones pos...

    sarah1988uk on 06/03/2013 @ 15:46
  • The Star and Dove
    Excellent food and home-made bar snacks are spoiled by the genera...

    charliefortune on 05/03/2013 @ 17:56
  • Three Sugar Loaves
    Having watched the rise and fall of Three Sugar Loaves over the p...

    monicamobby on 05/03/2013 @ 17:46
  • Java Bar
    Absolutely shit! Was meant to do cocktail making but then went do...

    Hrf7 on 05/03/2013 @ 11:32
  • Star Inn
    What a pleasant surprise! The premises was taken over by Classic ...

    gourmetbiker on 25/02/2013 @ 12:39