Dirty Martini to open new Bristol city centre cocktail bar this year

By Mark Taylor

Bristol’s Corn Street area looks set to get even busier as one of the UK’s fast-growing cocktail bars has announced plans to open there.

With Flight Club and the London Cocktail Club opening in recent months, Corn Street’s reputation as the place to go for cocktails in central Bristol will be boosted even more when Dirty Martini opens on the site of The Bristologist.

On the corner of Corn Street and St Stephen’s Street, this former banking hall - and once a branch of All Bar One - will be the twelfth opening for Dirty Martini.

READ MORE: New bars and restaurants in Bristol to visit this month

Owned by leisure operator CG Restaurants & Bars, Dirty Martini has acquired the lease for 47 Corn Street.

The 3,300 sq ft premises will undergo a £1.2m refurbishment and is scheduled to open in time for the Christmas festivities.

Dirty Martini was founded in 2010 with a basement bar in Covent Garden and has expanded to 11 sites across London, Cardiff, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham. The Bristol acquisition will be the company’s first new site since the start of the pandemic.

The popular cocktail chain is well known for its Bottomless Martini Brunch and all of its bars offer generous Happy Hours including offers such as half-price Martinis and selected cocktails, £12.50 bottles of house wine and £25 bottles of Prosecco.

Its extensive cocktail list is divided into ‘classics’, ‘ice tails’, ‘Martini Heaven’, ‘Martini Love List’, ‘Dirty & Daring’ and mocktails.

Bestsellers include Blood Orange and Vanilla Martini (Absolut vanilla vodka, Briottet crème de cassis, Briottet crème de violette, blood orange syrup, citrus) and Strawberries and Dreams (Beefeater pink gin, pineapple, citrus, coconut foam, strawberries).

The food menu includes small plates to share, sliders and ‘birdcage sharers’ including the ‘Distinctively Dirty’ featuring beef and cheese sliders, fried buttermilk chicken sliders, vegetable samosas, vegetable spring rolls, crispy tomato and basil arancini and spinach tortilla strips with tzatziki and beetroot hummus.

The £30 Dirty Martini Brunch enables customers to enjoy bottomless Beefeater G&Ts, Martinis, Prosecco and beer with food served in a birdcage.

Inside Dirty Martini's Birmingham bar (Birmingham Mail)

And there will be plenty of choice sounds to listen to as you drink your Watermelon Colada or Melon and Mint Martini as the chain's musical policy is a mix of commercial house and chart hits. Most of its venues also feature live DJs on certain nights.

The Corn Street site was acquired by Charlie Noad at property agents James A Baker with Roxine Foster of Lambert Smith Hampton advising the landlord.

Agent Charlie Noad said: “It was a pleasure to acquire this site on behalf of Dirty Martini. The letting presents yet another exciting addition to Corn Street breathing further life into this rejuvenated licensed circuit”

The arrival of Dirty Martini follows Flight Club and London Cocktail Club taking sites on Corn Street in recent months.

Dirty Martini hopes to open the Corn Street site in the second week of December in time for the run-up to Christmas.

Sign up for our weekly What's On in Bristol newsletter packed with essential stories to help you make the most of living in the city


What is inkl?

Important stories

See news based on value, not advertising potential. Get the latest news from around the world.

Trusted newsrooms

We bring you reliable news from the world’s most experienced journalists in the most trusted newsrooms.

Ad-free reading

Read without interruptions, distractions or intrusions of privacy.