Barbie Lowenberg & Iain Sellar, 26 & 30, Illustrators & tattooists, Bristol - United Kingdom
With its large student population and hotbed of artists, activists and media-types, Bristol is a vibrant destination with its own very unique identity. Illustrators and tattoo artists Barbie Lowenberg and Iain Sellar from the creative collective ‘Long Fox’ show us why they are fans and residents of this lively city.
A beautiful Victorian building, Channing's is in Clifton which is a key location for accessing Bristol’s bustling nightlife. It also hosts a huge beer garden, lively bar and a cosy bar downstairs. The place is littered with images of Bristol through the ages. A great place to start a Bristol adventure.
Hart's Bakery is an artisan bakery set in a beautiful Victorian railway arch at Temple Meads station. All of their products are prepared, baked and sold within one open space with a real welcoming, rustic feel to it. The seating area gives customers the chance to watch the bakers at work whilst enjoying their home-roasted coffee and food. They specialise in sourdough loaves, handmade pastries, seasonal cakes and savouries. We recommend the garlic and rosemary sausage roll!
- Tuesday-Saturday 7.00am-3.00pm
Established in 1984, Uncle Sam's is Bristol's longest-running vintage clothing shop. With their stock regularly imported straight from sunny California, it's a personal favourite of ours to find genuine, non-reproduced vintage clothing and rare 50s and 60s vinyl. Amongst the clothes and records, there are original music and cinema posters, screen prints by local illustrators and a mean 1970s jukebox spinning some great tunes... and we found our favourite Black Sabbath t-shirt there!
- Monday-Saturday 11.00am-5.30pm
Dutty brings you one-offs, limited editions and handmade items by up and coming designers (including us!), as well as pre-loved, customised and designer vintage. You can see their love for the 90s throughout the shop and they take their inspiration from the music of the era; Hip Hop, UK Garage and Rave. GIRL POWER (and they do boys stuff too)!
- Monday-Saturday 10.00am-6.00pm
Introducing the Power Pork Bap... Made up of streaky bacon, back bacon, a sausage, black pudding, salad leaves, aioli and fried egg in a soft seeded bun. Need we say more? I guess we should! There are plenty more delicious things on the menu and a whole host of provisions for you to buy and take home too. Owner Chris keeps things civil in Easton in this quality cafe/deli.
- Monday-Sunday 9.00am-7.00pm
Run by locals from the music, skate, fashion and art scenes Cooshti is one of the UK's leading independent Streetwear stores with exclusive sneaker releases, a host of rare brands, and - of course – Eastpak! "Over 20 Years Strong ! '93 'til Infinity.... "
- Monday-Saturdag 10.00am-6.00pm
- Sunday 12.00pm-5.00pm
The Playhouse Cafe is a personal favourite of Barbie's, an unashamed coffee lover/addict. Not only do they provide a banging flat white, beautifully presented of course, but also the opportunity to bring out your inner child. The interior, inspired by a children's playground, is equipped with decorative climbing frames, rope swings instead of chairs and an array of board games… We recommend Pucket.
- Monday-Friday 7.15am-6.00pm
- Saturday 9.30am-6.30pm
- Sunday 11.30am-4.30pm
Brand new creative studios in the heart of Old Market, the downstairs features an event space that hosts exhibitions, pop up kitchens, bars... you name it. The back half boasts a pretty impressive screen printing set up and the rest of the building houses artists studios to cater for Bristol's creative types. Working with a wide range of established faces of the Bristol art scene, this gallery/studio space is sure to hold plenty of great events in the future.
- Monday-Thursday 10.00am-7.00pm
- Friday 10.00am-6.00pm
- Saturday 11.00am-6.00pm
Souk is a commercial quarter in an Arab or Berber city. Situated at the heart of each town and city, the Souk is an epicentre of trade. This place has a welcoming atmosphere and an incredible variety of Middle Eastern dishes. The struggle to choose just one was real so the only way forward was to order the entire mezze menu... which didn't disappoint! Barbie couldn't get enough of the cauliflower!
- Monday-Friday 12.00pm-3.00pm & 6.00pm-10.00pm
- Saturday 10.00am-3.00pm & 6.00pm-10.00pm
- Sunday 10.00am-3.00pm & 6.00pm-9.00pm
Pick up the phone in the dingy graffiti covered doorway and you'll be met by one of Red Light's glamourous greeters and they'll escort you into their 'adult drinking den'… Don't worry nothing dodgy going on, just great cocktails in this retro styled bar.
- Tuesday-Thursday 7.00pm-1.00am
- Friday-Saturday 7.00pm-3.00am
Having recently moved to a new venue, Wolf's can fit even more people in their nights that feature live bands, musicians, DJs, graffiti artists and sometimes poets and stand up comedians. You can start the night with live music or finish the night with some of Bristol's finest DJs. Or you can do both…
- Monday-Wednesday 6.00pm-3.00am
- Thursday-Saturday 6.00pm-4.00am
- Sunday 7.00pm-1.00am
Mr Wolfs Playlist
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Full photo gallery
Photography by Chris Cooper