I may not suffer with Hayfever myself, but I’ve seen plenty of people that do who take Skepta’s ‘Sunglasses at Night’ a little to literally – and yes I digress, because I really just wanted to talk about Bristol’s new bar – The Florist UK.
See there was a point to that opening paragraph – I’ll admit it was a little shitty – but hey! It IS somewhere you can hang out in Summer among the flowers without the Hayfever right? *Books on to creative writing course*
While I was saddened to hear about the closing of Goldbrick House, literally by walking past and seeing it closed down, I think the Florist UK might just have outdone its predecessor.
You just know it’s going to be good before you’ve even walked through the door, with its gilded exterior and the burly security guards looking like they’ve walked out of a Peaky Blinders set – still working out if that’s purposeful?
As you walk through the entrance you’re immediately met with low hanging bouquets and a delicious warmth that just invites you in. There is a room immediately to your left, but I recommend heading up the stairs to find the insta-famous flower wall that I did such a poor job of photographing (the feature image).
On reaching the top of the stairs, you’ll be faced with the restaurant in front of you which I recommend having a gander at, the staff were really helpful and didn’t mind at all us being a little nosey. But walk back and you’ll be taken into the bar area.
Here you’ll find the bar which has a few high stooled tables, but walk into the first room you see and you’ll find the flower wall immediately behind you on the left – nab a table here if you can!
If you weren’t able to get the hot spot, there is a further room over to the right. I promise you it’s as lovely as the rest of the venue, take a look for yourself.
I mean just look at the light fixtures!
So now that you’ve had time to process the beauty of the place, it’s now time to ogle at the cocktail menu. It’s flower themed – of course – to the three key styles of floristry: English Summer Garden, Ikebana and Modern. But you’ll still find the usual classics. And if you’re feeling fruity, the peaches and prosseco was a popular choice.
I went for the Pineapple Viola Punch, part of the Ikebana, which comprised of White rum, dark rum, lime juice, pineapple syrup, pineapple juice, almond syrup and mango juice. My partner went traditional off the English Summer Garden and chose a Coconut and Poppy Mojito: Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, poppy liqueur, plum sake, custard syrup, coconut water, lime juice and fresh mint.
Unfortunately he drank it before I even had time to take a photo, so you’ll have to take my word for it that they were both DELICIOUS!
Both cocktails were priced at £7.95 each, which as far as cocktails go, I think is pretty reasonable given they use fresh ingredients, and really dandy alcohol brands. I can’t stand it when you go to a cocktail bar only to be served a Funkin cocktail mix that you could’ve bought from ASDA.
As it says on the wall ‘Go Wild for a While’, I only popped in for a quick cocktail but I’ll certainly be back to taste their culinary delights.