Venner Bar

Venner Bar, Bridport: Hours, Address, Venner Bar Reviews: 4.5/5

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knen29
7 contributions
Welcome not as warm as it could be/should be
Jul 2019 • Friends
We were a large group of friends celebrating a birthday. While the waiter was friendly, the guy who was actually making the cocktails made us feel as if we were in the way and chilled the atmosphere considerably every time he walked past us (making us feel that we were taking up far too much of the room -- it was a large group in a small space!) The cocktails were good but given there are several places in Bridport to get an excellent cocktail I wouldn't rush back here because of the lukewarm reception. (Lloyd makes superb cocktails at the Dark Bear and oversees those at the Electric Lounge -- and he is incredibly warm & welcoming with it. He's more than earned our loyalty to him and I will make sure I stick to venues where he's in charge in the future.) I've been coming to The Bull on and off for thirteen years & it's mostly reliable in terms of food and drink but they really need to understand that it's the quality of service which establishes loyalty. They may not have realised what a dampener it put on our evening.
Written July 27, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are sorry that you felt the atmosphere was affected by a member of our team. I can confirm that I have discussed your feedback with the relevant staff and he is sorry that he made you feel uncomfortable - it was never his intention and he apologises. We hope to see you again.
Written August 2, 2019
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Scrumpy999
Bridport, UK59 contributions
Birthday cocktails.
Jul 2019 • Friends
A special birthday celebration needed a few cocktails and Venner bar did not disappoint.
Greeted by a happy friendly member of staff with lots of knowledge, we reviewed the menu... and wow lots to choose from.
The bar is small but inviting and comfortable. It’s not late opening due to it being in a hotel but actually I Like that.
Prices very reasonable for that special
Occasion.

Written July 13, 2019
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Gracie P
3 contributions
Unprepared and terrible
The bull is my local pub and is always a terrible wait and understaffed. Order gin to be served in a small glass with ice that means can bearly fit the gin let alone the tonic. To then be served in a smaller glass. To pay approx £5 for a beer for it to come in the wrong glass is poor service. With being unable to a large enough glass for a drink. And to pay extra for a top up of lemonade.
Food service on a bank holiday is a 1 hour wait to then go the the bar at 3 pm and not be able to get a food order with a hour wait till 430pm with non of the new menu available.
To have a gin board displayed and never once been able to have a gin glass with this is frankly a joke.
Written April 20, 2019
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Mark H
Bridport, UK27 contributions
Lovely bar, lovely setting
Mar 2019 • Friends
Unfortunately ...barman rude and pretentious . Not going back any time soon. Oh but he can make a good cocktail. Shame. Rubbish end to a good night
Written March 1, 2019
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timbocarter
Charlton Kings, UK122 contributions
Cold and dark december cocktails
Dec 2018 • Couples
The Venner Bar is part of the Bull Hotel where we were staying so we thought we'd drop in for pre-dinner cocktail. The bar is accessed via the splendid ballroom but rather hidden away and not well advertised.
We arrived at about 7pm on a Thurs night so were first there and it was a rather cold and poorly lit location. Barman was very keen to explain how menu was about to change but that he could make us anything so not to worry. He made me something with rum, which was fine but I couldn't really taste the alcohol, and my wife had a Kir Royale.
A few others arrived as we were leaving but generally very quiet there and probably only lively when a function also in the ballroom.
Barman keen but radiators cold. Maybe ambitious for Bridport to be able to sustain this.
Written January 5, 2019
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Stuart F
London, UK238 contributions
Stylish and intimate cocktail bar
Jun 2017 • Friends
Don't be put off by the walk through the empty ballroom on the first floor of the Bull Hotel! Waiting at the other end is a small but stylish cocktail bar with very friendly service from Cameron and Louis. Very good cocktails and good music too. We went before dinner and enjoyed it so much came back after dinner.
Written June 24, 2017
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blistertoes
Godalming Surrey38 contributions
Not quite what is used to be.
Mar 2017 • Couples
We used to visit The Venner bar frequently for delicious and original cocktails served by friendly staff.. We liked the canapés on a Friday night also. The barman (Lloyd?) was always welcoming. We were very disappointed on our last theee visits and have stopped giving the new barman 'a chance'. There is no longer a smiling welcoming face to greet people. The staff have changed. There is no atmosphere and the music is not background music, just dreadful intrusive music.
Such a shame. The Bull seems to have lost the plot.
We have found other places in town where we can get a cocktail and nibbles.
Written April 14, 2017
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Essexrosie99
Essex, UK239 contributions
Cocktail bar in Bridport
Oct 2016 • Friends
Went for cocktails, which were delicious . Unfortunately my friend was driving and couldn't drink, so the lovely bar man said he could do cocktails to go. Was amazed!! Takeaway cocktails..... fabulous.
Lovely bar, central location. Intimate and friendly. Definitely a place to visit if you like cocktails.
Written October 30, 2016
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We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and that your friend didn't miss out either. Thank you for taking the time to provide your review and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written November 2, 2016
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Holly B
Bridport, England, United Kingdom18 contributions
Best place in Bridport for cocktails and friendly atmophere
Aug 2016 • Friends
I have been here many times, always leave hoping to go back again soon.
The best welcome everytime, professional yet friendly and always asked if we wish to be waited on from the table if with friends or as a couple.
Suitable for small groups of gathering friends and romantic evenings. There is a huge variety of cocktails, mocktails and then some. If you're fussy? No problem they are always happy to accommodate!!

Get yourself here before or after your dinner, mid week, weekends, afternoons and evenings. Even a Sunday tipple if you fancy.
A perfect opportunity to try a few nibbles on a Friday evening and 2 for 1 on mojitos on Wednesdays.
Literally the upkeep and events never stop being offered here : ) .

Even better if you can get yourself here for a taster session.

Honestly best place for a drink in town.... as long as you're not a plonker! In which case... don't go...😉 it's not for you. Xx
Written October 22, 2016
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Thank you Holly B for your wonderful review. We are so pleased to hear how much you love the Venner Bar and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written October 24, 2016
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Kate R
Bridport, UK2 contributions
Beautiful bar, incredible cocktails, the best staff!
Oct 2016 • Couples
You haven’t visited Bridport if you haven’t tried the Venner Bar!
Having visited this bar many times (and many more to come, hopefully) I urge you to go!
Creative, unusual cocktails sit alongside old classics on the menu and if there’s nothing that takes your fancy, the staff never fail to whip you up something fantastic. Whether it’s a favourite cocktail that you ‘ve tried elsewhere, or a completely new creation, the bartenders are incredibly knowledgeable and never fail to throw together the perfect tipple.
Always a fantastic experience, thank you!
Written October 21, 2016
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Thank you Kate R for your lovely review. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoy the Venner Bar and we cant wait to see you again.
Written October 24, 2016
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