Address: 52 Upper Belgrave Road, Clifton, Bristol, Somerset, BS8 2XP, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 117 946 6081
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Tue-Sat 8pm-2am
Door: Make reservation
Style: Speakeasy
Recommended for: Cocktails, Romantic
Price guide: Middling
Food: No food
Owned by: Aurelius Braunbarth

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Review Words by Jane Ryan on 2014-04-24

Hausbar lies in the basement of the Rajpoot Indian Restaurant. It's the brainchild of Aurelius Braunbarth, who grew up in a Michelin star restaurant before working in some of the best bars in Berlin and Munich. After buzzing for admittance you'll find yourself in a dimly lit speakeasy-styled bar.

A long bar dominates the narrow room with lounges and booth-style seating surrounding it. The 70s-style burgundy and beige stripes and khaki green walls may still be emblematic but the room has started to feel dated and is in need of facelift.

There's a comprehensive range of cocktails, from classics to modern twists and well-trained staff man the bar, happy to guide guests through their offering. Hausbar's main issue is it's distance from all the other great cocktail spots in Bristol, which is fine if it can remain a destination bar, but for that it needs to be truly exceptional not simply good.

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