First look inside swanky new Clifton cocktail bar

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Bristol’s newest cocktail bar is set to open to the public tomorrow (August 21).

The Dirty Bird has replaced Amoeba in Clifton Village, which closed in March after 18 years of service.

Keen to ensure the Kings Road site did not lay empty for long, local businessman Rhys Thickett snapped up the lease soon after Amoeba’s closure and got to work on a major refurbishment.

Now, one month later, the 32-year-old is on the brink of unveiling the venue’s stylish new look.

Check out our gallery below for a sneak peek inside The Dirty Bird:

“We’re so excited to throw the doors open,” said Rhys. “Pretty much everything has gone to plan in terms of the renovation and I’ve got an amazing team who are raring to go.

“The interior designer has done an incredible job and the place is looking fantastic. We think The Dirty Bird will be a welcome addition to Clifton Village.”

Set over three floors and boasting its own private garden, the new bar will be a paradise for fans of gin, stocking a huge array of the juniper-based drink from the finest South West producers.

The bar is headed up by mixologist Jackson Priest, who has spent the past 10 years working in establishments across New Zealand and Australia.

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The bar is headed up by mixologist Jackson Priest
(Image: Nicholas Pedron)

He will be using his expertise to knock together a menu of eye-catching cocktails, with all the edible flowers, garnishes and other finishing touches sourced from nearby Clifton Fruit and Veg in Boyce’s Avenue.

Rhys, who was saddened by the closure of Ameoba, also plans to host events including ‘gin afternoon tea’ on Saturdays, while the venue will be available to hire out for groups of people looking to celebrate events.

“Ameoba was a Clifton institution and I’m planning to carry this forward with a complete refurbishment and a new highly distinctive image which will definitely have the wow factor,” he said.

“It had become an integral part of the fabric of the community so I decided to take it on and hopefully give it new lease of life for the next eighteen years.”

The Dirty Bird opens at 4pm on Friday, August 21.

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