The Milk Thistle Events


The Milk Thistle is one of the most unique and alternative venues in the city centre. Hidden in plain sight and named as one of the UK’s best bars, spread across four floors of the historic merchant building, the clandestine cocktail bar is the perfect location to impress your guests and give them a memorable experience.

Whether you are looking for an exceptional venue to host a corporate event from conferences, AGM’s, delegate lunches or dinners, to round table & networking events, or corporate hospitality and private parties, their venue offers something for every occasion including team building, business development, and rewarding experiences with their own cocktail master classes, gin & rum experiences, wine & cocktail tastings.

With a reputation for serving the best cocktails in the city, we’ve teamed up with our multi award-winning sister restaurant The Ox, to deliver mouthwatering canapes, hot fork buffets and delicious delegate lunches. Their team will be dedicated to ensuring your event runs as smoothly and professionally as possible.

Give your conferences, meetings and team building events a unique twist by giving your guests an unforgettable bespoke experience at The Milk Thistle.

The Attic

- Boasting high ceilings and natural light that fills the room featuring a grand dining table.
- The multifunctional room comes fully equipped with a private bar and sound system.
- Space is ideal for corporate dining, board meetings, training workshops and presentations.
- Perfect for pre and post-meeting drinks.
- Suitable for 16 dining guests and up to 40 non-dining guests.

The Lounge

- Spacious room featuring a magnificent stained glass window, vintage wooden panels and banquette-seating.
- The large room comes with a private bar, sound system and space for a projector & screen.
- Ideal for bespoke conferences, meetings, training events, presentations and networking events.
- Perfect for team building events such as our wine & cocktail training, cocktail masterclasses and gin experiences.  
- Suitable for 60 guests.

The Parlour & Full Venue

- Decorated with vintage furnishings featuring intimate booths and a spectacular bar.
- Perfect for breakouts and after meeting drinks.
- The Parlour is only available in the evening as part of a full venue take over.
- The venue can be exclusively hired over all four floors.
- Private hire is based on a minimum spend dependant on numbers, the day of the week and duration.
- Suitable for 80 guests in The Parlour and 120 guests for full venue takeover.


Full Venue16165050 - 50120
The Attic1616 - - - - 30
The Lounge - - - - - - 60
The Vault1616 - - - - -


Full Venue Banqueting
Full Venue Boardroom
Full Venue Cabaret
Full Venue Classroom
Full Venue Theatre
The Attic Banqueting
The Attic Boardroom
The Vault Banqueting
The Vault Boardroom



  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Key Features

  • Max group size - 120

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Milk Thistle has the perfect city centre location with easy travel links from Bristol Temple Meads station (0.9 miles away) and three car parks within the proximity that links directly to the M32 (Trenchard Street, NCP Rupert Street and Nelson Street within 0.6 miles of The Milk Thistle). Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from

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The Milk Thistle Events

Type:Restaurants & Bars

Quay Head House, Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 1EB
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