On your first visit to Bocabar, we hope you feel like you've walked into a fairy-lit food and drink lounge heaven!  

Inside the gorgeous redbrick warehouse building, we’ve complemented the creative Paintworks spirit with vintage tasselled lampshades, an ever growing collection of unique and interesting artefacts and comfy Chesterfield sofas and chairs. We also hang artwork from local artists which can be purchased.

Now in our 19th year, we’re delighted that Bocabar is recognised as an award-winning independent venue. Early accolades include include Netmums Favourite 2011 award, Bristol Good Food Highly Recommended Award for Best Family Favourite 2014 and in 2016, and we won Best Café Food in 2013. We have also been awarded various Taste of the West Gold and Silver awards for casual dining over the years. More recently we were nominated as finalists for Best Casual Dining in Crumbs Magazine awards 2018/2019 and Best Bar Finalist in Bristol Life awards 2019/20. In 2020/21 we received our Bristol Eating Better Gold award .

Our creative kitchen, overseen by head chef, Matt Parry, delivers locally-sourced and seasonal ingredient based breakfasts, lunchtime specials, Sunday roasts and our renowned delicious, gourmet, stone-baked Boca pizzas. We also fill our deli counter daily, with a variety of freshly made savoury pasties, scotch eggs, antipasti, wholesome salads and delicious cakes and desserts.

At the heart of Bocabar is our fabulous ten-metre long bar, displaying a selection of local draught beers and ciders, spirits, wines and refreshing soft drinks; our cocktail list is extensive and features monthly specials that are lovingly created. 

We love to support the community and host regular art exhibitions which run every six weeks, often launched with a private view, when you can enjoy a complementary glass of wine and nibbles, and meet the artists so look out for details on our website at

Co-owners, Mel and Paul, and the Bocabar team, hope that all your senses are indulged when you visit Bocabar and that when you leave you’re all the better for being somewhere fresh, vibrant and unique, and you can’t wait to return.

Bocabar Finzels Reach

Nestled on the floating harbour in the old city, Bocabar Finzels opened November 2019 and sits in one of the old Courage fermentation buildings.

Rustic wooden high tables and stools, velvet drapes, art-adorned walls and a large, festoon lit, part-covered outdoor terrace, set the scene for those sneaky treaty cocktails, lush local beers and ciders. A wonderful work/local/social food and drink bubble for office workers, local city centre residents and visitors to Bristol, it’s open seven days a week.

Enjoy brunch and main plates for both lunch and dinner alongside our much loved Boca pizzas. In the evenings we also run our popular Small Plates menu, to share over drinks with friends. Our new Weekend Brunch Menu not only has full breakfasts but also includes bagels, pancakes, Brunch Pick-me-ups and wicked brunch cocktails.

Bocabar Finzels is a stone’s throw away from the floating harbour in the old city and shopping in Cabot circus, so a perfect stop off for brunch, lunch or dinner with family and friends.

For more information, sample menus and opening hours, please visit

Unit 3.1 Paintworks
Bath Road
Arnos Vale
Bristol BS4 3EH

Telephone 0117 972 8838