16 reviews of Hatchet Inn in English
The Hatchett is an interesting place to visit. By day you are confronted by a traditional looking pub serving traditional pub grub, at traditional town pub prices. By night it is a whole different ball game. The main area of the pub blasts out metal/rock music and the place is really busy. There is also an upstairs venue which plays hosts to many different bands, acts and dj nights. Always something happening at the Hatchett, and always a good fun night. (it’s also just opposite the Carling Academy - great for some pre-gig beers and chatting!)
The hatchet is a dreadful pub. Situated just off park street and right next door to the carling academy and bristol ice rink, having been built in the 1600’s it stands out quite a bit from the modern buildings surrounding it.
In the day it’s a lunch time retreat for office workers, at night it’s a rock, grunge, goth, punk place. Now, I work in an office, I also like rock, grunge, punk etc but I think this place is awful.
The interior is 16th century with exposed beams and tar black floor boards, where as the upstairs is more 1960’s. with a lino floor and mirrored walls. To me it lacks character and never feels a truly comfortable place to be.
The drinks aren’t cheap or expensive, but the selection is poor, the staff are not very helpful and the food is crap. It’s shining features are it’s pool tables up stairs and juke box (a good juke box is an absolute rarity). Yes they do do club nights where you get the pleasure of imposing and unpleasant bouncers waisting your time.
Saying all this, this pub is very popular and the location next to the carling academy does help this. They have a good sized beer garden (but it is not family friendly here - no kids allowed). The pub has lots of seats and as mentioned they have usual pub entertainment eg pool tables, juke box, table football, fruit and quiz machines etc
It just doesn’t do it for me though, it feels dirty, cheap and fake. Some people like that though.
I really like The Hatchett. It is cheap, plays good music and is handily placed for moving across the road to the Academy for gigs and club nights.
The Hatchett also does its own clubnights upstairs which play pretty good music like New Wave and 60’s stuff.
Expect to see lots of leather jackets and rockers in the pub…!
A lovely old building situated across from the Carling Academy. The main bar is a basic sort of place with an outside seating area. It’s a perfect place to kill some time if the opening act at the concert venue isn’t to your liking and you want to pay less for your drinks (and save your eardrums from the noise). The location is on a road by the venue and a car park, so there isn’t much ambience if you prefer the outside area.
The upstairs hosts alternative club nights and (sometimes) gigs for trad and cyber goths and industrial and emo kids. An interesting space with a chill-out room off to one side.
The Hatchet is a fantastic pub catering for the gothic community. They play metal all day and night and it is situated right across the road from the Carling Academy, making it a great meeting point before seeing a band.
My favourite pub in Bristol. Out of the way at the end of Denmark street but close to the centre. Great location for a drink if you’re heading to the Carling Academy for a gig. A real diverse crowd of punks, goths, rockers and other generally independently minded types. the downside is it can be very busy and you could find yourself having to compete to get served at the bar (the only reason for me it doesn’t get 5 stars).
The Hatchett- hmmm… I used to live just across the road from the Hatchett and yet didn’t go there very often for a drink or food. It’s really quite a rock/grunge pub and it gets a bit rowdy and noisy on a Friday and Saturday. They do have a fairly nice beer garden bit outside but as there’s been building work going on just up the road for almost a year it’s quite noisy and dirty. The Sunday lunches are ok- not too expensive but the drinks aren’t that cheap.
Although a centre for the goth minded amongst us, it has so much charm and friendliness, that it is a centre for people who like alternative music and places to go. It is a great alternative location to the expensive and oh so trendy park street, and is a proper pub which is unique on the area. I especially recommend the club night "Bang" playing one Saturday in the month in the upstairs bit, which although small has a big dance floor and bar. It plays some great alterntive music, a lot of indy, and music from all the decades. A great night.
The Hatchet is one of, if not THE, oldest pub in Bristol and the interior is a proof of this. Its cosy and warm feeling with lots of exposed brickwork and old wooden furniture. The atmosphere is equally cosy and warm, its very popular and the people are lovely and friendly, if a bit on the gothic side ;-)
The drinks are good quality and not overpriced, and its in a great location, right next to the Carling Academy, its the perfect pre-gig drink pub!
This pub is certainly an interesting place, standing as Bristol's oldest pub, having been licensed since 1606. A beautiful beamed building, friendly staff, and a true mix of clientel. From lesbian or gay to straight, from gothic or grungey to chav, a varied group of customers is always guaranteed. Don't be shocked by the odd dog collar or cross dresser here and there! Offering traditional pub grub and a whole host of entertainment throughout the week I would certainly recommend a visit.
This is a great pub for the alternatively inclined. Lots of leather jackets, Camden clothes and hair of many colours. The background music is great too if you like MTV2 (and I do)...they even play things like Metallica and Pink Floyd.
They sometimes have a comedy open-mic night, and a regular gig upstairs called "give me shelter". This is always worth checking out because the atmosphere upstairs is really upbeat and not soulless like other music venues tend to be, and has sofas for those who feel like they're getting old and don't like constantly standing up at gigs (like me). The live music there is always great and mostly dancey. The price for drinks and entrance is also a bargain. All in all, a great night out!
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