The Bristol Arms Hotel located at 81 Sussex Street was recently “retro”fitted by the Riversale Group and now features, a rooftop bar that features hampton inspired furniture and breezy beachiness, kitchen and a public bar. We headed in and scouted out its new do.


On the street level, its a local pub with art noveau prints and dark walnuts. The carpet is a tartan print.


Local Pub, tartan carpets and a nice solid bar. For something a little more modern, look for the elevator and head on up.


Pop up the elevator to the top floor and you get to Bristols RoofTop Bar


The bar on the roof. Staff attire is collegiate with the bristol arms insignia on the shirts.


Sussex Street side is a large open rooftop space. You get a vista along sussex and its quite a nice looking view.


The front/distributor side has ample seating, communal tables and fancy hampton-esque furniture.


The view along the north edge of the Bristol Rooftop Bar is pretty nice. It looks great.


A view from inside


Looking across. Sunlight and balmy spring weather.


Head on downstairs and you hit Bristol kitchen


Their specials board.


A look across the dining space


The ceiling has exposed services, the look is eclectic colourful english


[Special] Ahi Tuna with horse radish potato salad


Trout with horse radish potato salad


Boneless steak ribs with onion rings and chips. Nice medium rare and pub feed. Would have preferred a fatter onion ring than the ones on here.


Triple decker BLT with poached chicken. Nice generous serve with good chips.


Honey Mustard Ham with pickled cauliflower and a slow cooked duck egg. Big piece of ham, and the duck egg was nice.


The Bristol Burger. Nicely cooked with a nice bun on top.


Chicken Parmagiana.


You can descend down the front public bar, but Bristol Kitchen is also accessible from this side door.

What is old is new again and Bristol Arms is a solid affair offering a good pub menu and of course various spots in it for a drink. We tried an extensive range of their bistro menu and its all good eating and reasonably priced (under $20). What’s winning though is the sensational rooftop area with the views along both sides. Its nice to be outdoors on a nice summers/spring day and Bristols Rooftop affords you just that. Just make sure you check the hours as they seem to be open from 4pm. Next time you’re wandering around looking for a venue to check out, drop in.

we visited Bristol arms as guests of cardinalspin during the rooftop lunch. But the other visits, for lunches were on our dime :)
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