The Thunderbolt


An eclectic mix of music, real ales, food and the arts.


   The Thunderbolt is an independent Music & Arts venue in Bristol which sells local ales, ciders and wines.

   Whilst big enough to entertain 150 people with its 4k PA Rig, the venue still retains an intimate and friendly feel. A restored, Grade-II Listed former tollhouse from the 1830's, one cannot help but be charmed by its styling. Sporting a large garden and furniture, The Thunderbolt blossoms as a summer pub in addition to its formidable reputation as a live music venue.

Ace compact boozer
— John Mitchell, The Guardian
Lovely atmosphere, great venue, deeply receptive and intelligent audience - a delight
— Will Self
A local institution
— The Sunday Times, 2013

   The Thunderbolt has been received national coverage via BBC Radio (Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 4 & Radio 6), The Big Issue, Daily Mirror, Mojo, The Times, The Guardian and The Independent.

   Firmly established as a nationally recognised 'circuit venue' on the live music scene, it's known as an essential stop-off for many bands on their tours of the UK.