Not all Bristol hotels are places of accommodation. On the other side of the world they are better known as bars and pubs.
The Bristol Arms Retro Hotel in Sydney’s clubland, for example, is a lively nightspot with seven bars on five floors. Converted in 2004, its speciality is hen parties, while July sees winter warm-up nights – wear Hawaiian print or diving mask and snorkel for free ‘VIP’ entry.
The Bristol Hotel in Williamstown, Melbourne, on the other hand, is a traditional pub. "Like a step back in time," says one satisfied customer “The publican, 'Bear', usually gives you the first drink on the house and any information you require regarding the local area and the pub’s history. No pokies, eftpos or computerised sales systems – it really is a unique hotel full of friendly locals and fair dinkum humour that only a visit could explain."
It even has an old-time Ladies’ Lounge.
The Hotel Bristol in Wellington, New Zealand, also sounds like a friendly bar. ”It’s the way a bar should be,” says the promo. "The Bristol is the sort of place that has the right feel. It’s not too small and it’s not too big. It’s not too dark and it’s not too bright. The food is great but the prices aren’t. And you can hear yourself think... except perhaps when a really good live band is playing, or the ‘Canes are dicking the Blues, or the day nighter is down to the last over, or just because the place is packed on a normal Friday night (well, maybe it can get a bit noisy)."
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