May 11, 2018
If you’d expected any less from a bar with a name like The Woods, the interior of this Bristol drinking den is decidedly fantasy-forest-like. From the wooden panelling and tree-lined wallpaper, to the faux bison skull-mounts and even the small leafy exterior courtyard, walking into The Woods feels like stepping into Narnia.
The Woods stays open late every day (until 2am during the week, and until 4am and 6am on Fridays and Saturdays respectively) but don’t be fooled into thinking this is a messy post-nightclub hangout that sells cheap booze and shots. Drinks at The Woods focus mostly on international whiskies – of which they have over 50 Scottish varieties and many more bourbons, ryes and blends from Ireland, Wales, America, England and Japan.
As for cocktails, The Woods excels with classics and whisky cocktails, although there are a few delightful contemporary concoctions to tantalise the tastebuds, such as The Cobbler which muddles wine, lemon gomme syrup and mixed berry fruits, and can be made using either white or red wine depending on the season and personal preference. There’s a small wine and champagne list, as well as many more spirits than just whiskey (it only takes one look at the bar crammed with bottles to realise this), but you may simply prefer to just retire upstairs to the mezzanine level and slump down on a Chesterfield sofa with a nice ale or cider. If you do, be aware of one thing: The Woods doesn’t serve pints – only halves and pitchers for sharing. See, we told you this wasn’t your typical drinking den, and that’s why we like it.