• Paintworks, Bath Road, Arnos Vale, Bristol BS4 3EH

  • 0117 972 8838



On your first visit to Bocabar, we hope you feel like you’ve walked into a fairy-lit food and drink lounge heaven! We’ve filled this gorgeous redbrick warehouse with vintage tassel lamps, comfy sofas, local art and interesting artefacts for sale, to complement the creative Paintworks-site spirit.

Now in its 15th year, we’re delighted to say Bocabar is an award-winning independent venue. We have been awarded Taste of the West Gold 2015, gained Bristol Good Food Highly Recommended for Best Family Favourite 2014 and won Best Café Food in 2013. We gained our TripAdvisor Award of Excellence 2013. More recently we received our Bristol Eating Better Gold award and were shortlisted for both Best Pizza and Best Family Friendly BGFA awards in 2016. Early accolades include Netmums Favourite 2011 award, Taste of the West 2011 Silver and 2012 Bronze for best Pub Dining.

We offer locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients in our lunchtime specials, Sunday roasts and gourmet stone-baked Bocapizza toppings; our deli/tapas counter serves Ottolenghi-inspired tapas and salads and delicious cakes.

At the heart of Bocabar is the ten-metre long bar displaying a selection of local draught beers and ciders, cocktails and wines.  We have DJs on Saturday evenings; entry is free. Our art exhibitions run every six weeks so look out on our website ( for the private views when you can enjoy a complementary glass of wine and nibbles.

Co-owners, Mel and Paul, and the Bocabar team, hope that all your senses will be indulged when you spend some time in Bocabar and that you’ll leave feeling you’ve been somewhere unique and that you must return for more.

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