Racks Bar and Kitchen information

Racks Bar and Kitchen is a premier sports bar that serves freshly prepared food and a wide variety of ales, lagers and an extensive wine list

"Bristol's friendliest bar, restaurant and party venue.
Now taking bookings for Christmas parties and New Years Eve - the most exciting party in Bristol!

Also catering for birthdays, wedding receptions, private meetings and more.

See website for floor plans and more information about us."

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

06:30 - 23:00


07:00 - 23:00


06:30 - 23:00


07:00 - 23:00


06:30 - 23:30


08:00 - 23:30


08:00 - 22:30

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Racks Bar and Kitchen reviews

By Anna A.

I really like coming here in the summer and sitting outside and eating on of their flavoursome meals.

By Anna A.

I really like coming here in the summer and sitting outside and eating on of their flavoursome meals.

By Andrew S.

Went her for New Years eve and was slightly disappointed, When we got there we went in the queue for the buffet where we got huge plates and had no where to sit and had to perch on whatever surface we could find. Later in the night we were on the dance-floor and we noticed the radiators were on full blast and it was really really hot in there and we spoke to a few other people who said the same and some had asked staff if it would be possible to turn the heating off but got "shrugged off" I also asked and I got a reply saying we can't sorry and then the guy on the door walked away to talk to this friend. Not best of service in this place for the price you pay.

By Monica D.

Racks serve the best Sunday roast in bristol. Massive Yorkshire puddings and juicy beef! Nice atmosphere and friendly service.

By Leanne G.

I seconf what jthefruit says, such a friendly bar. I would say its really trendy yet chilled, a great place to spend a day / evening!

By E.

Racks may appear to be the perfect place for a posh Cliftonite to hang out, but don’t be fooled, inside is a quality yet affordable, cosmopolitan bar and restaurant.

The Venue
Located in Clifton between Clifton High Street and Whiteladies Road, Racks is tucked away from two of the main streets in Bristol’s centre. The establishment looks a little shabby from the outside and has a big dated looking sign outside. Their small outside seating area is perfect for al fresco dining in warmer weather or for those who prefer to be able to sit and smoke.

Inside, the restaurant opens out into several large rooms including a luxurious bar area. Several comfy sofas are dotted about, perfect for chilling out and reading one of the many daily newspapers provided.

From the bar you move through a maze of rooms to the dining area. The decor is warm and the cream walls and the adbundance of twinkling tea lights create a relaxed ambience. Three huge TV screens jut out from the walls and show all major sporting events.

It's best to check there's not a big game coming up if you're not interested in watching football or rugby as there's no getting away from it and it will completely ruin the dining experience.

Racks is slightly let down by its service. Staff are helpful, but the service is slow and you have to ask several times for more drinks etc. And if you're in a large party prepare for a chorus of rumbling stomachs as the food takes a while to come out.

The Food
The menu is simple but well thought out. There are no starters, as such, but you can nibble your way through some olives while you wait, and wait, and wait for your main course. Mains are simple and tasty. Good quality burger and chips (£8.95), rack of lamb, salmon fishcakes and a perfectly creamy risotto top the menu (£7.50).

Great quality, fresh ingredients are simply cooked and prepared. It's not going to win awards but it's nice. Desserts are available and include a wide range of the renowned Marshfield ice cream in a variety of flavours as well as sticky toffee pudding (£5.50) and cheesecakes. Again, these are perfectly adequate but nothing special. A range of coffees is also available to end your meal.

Racks also offers a lunchtime menu, with a range of sandwiches and jacket potatoes, as well as a great Sunday lunch (choice of beef or lamb) with the all trimmings for £7.95 per person. The Sunday lunch is recommended and the venue is a relaxed place to eat before sitting back, clutching your stomach and getting ready to while away the afternoon over a few beers.

The Drink
The bar is well stocked, with several types of larger and ale on tap, a wide selection of New World red and white wines to suit all tastes and budgets, and a good selection of soft drinks and bottled juices.

The Last Word
If you find yourself in Clifton and fancy a relaxed dining experience, you could do a lot worse than to visit Racks for dinner. It’s a little pricey – but then you are in Clifton. Popping in for Sunday lunch is by far your best bet for quality and value for money.

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