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“Not sure about the food...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Arnolfini

Arnolfini
16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, England
+44 117 917 2300
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Ranked #12 of 30 Shopping in Bristol
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Owner description: In a fantastic waterside location at the heart of Bristol's harbourside, Arnolfini is one of Europe's leading centres for the contemporary arts, presenting innovative, experimental work in the visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events, accompanied by a programme of educational activities. Sitting on the quayside with a drink on a summer evening is a quintessentially Bristol experience. Arnolfini's cafe bar serves a menu of fresh, locally sourced food and fairtrade tea and coffee.
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Not sure about the food...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

I've always enjoyed the art and exhibits at the Arnolfini but last Friday's dinner and women's comedy night was a mixed pleasure. The place was throbbing with women, almost a full house, incredibly noisy and we couldn't hear each other speak in the cafe. It had been quiet when we arrived and ordered simple tapas food at around 6.45. The food still hadn't arrived an hour later and one of our party queried the waitress. She brought free olives and a bit of bread at 7.45 and we had to gobble our food when it arrived 5 minutes later, and then rush into the show. The seats were really uncomfortable but we all pretty much enjoyed the event. I'm sorry to say I had a bad stomach the day after, not sure why but all in all the 'dining experience' left quite a lot of room for improvement. I mean, how long does it take to stick some salami on a plate. And the advertised 'pickles' were a quarter of artichoke in olive oil. strange...

Visited May 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“art and design”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

good environment of art and design, with a lot of regular exhibitions which fill up my lives of colours

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Silves, Portugal
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“Cultural”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

Very good place...good environment,mell's art and culture inside :) and the coffee is very good

Visited April 2012
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Bath, United Kingdom
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“Pretentious?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Perhaps... but in a wonderful building and its free!

Visited May 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Forever changing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Whenever I am in town I always drop in to see the latest exhibition. Sometimes mediocre....frequently inspiring. Great bar and a usefull shop for quirky, arty gifts

Visited March 2012
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