Pub of the week: The Louisiana

19 04 2012

Walk into the Louisiana, and you cannot fail to be impressed by the calibre of the acts who have played the small upstairs room of this acclaimed Bristol music pub over the last decade: Coldplay, Florence & The Machine, Kasabian, Kings of Leon, The Libertines, Mumford & Sons, Muse, Placebo, Scissor Sisters, Stereophonics, The Strokes, The White Stripes, and many, many more.

It seems as if no band worth their salt has not played this pub. And the music continues. The Vaccines played here in 2010 and Two Door Cinema Club the year before that.

I was at the Louisiana on Sunday night to see Watford threepiece The Staves, off soon to support Bon Iver on their US and Canada tour, and it is always intriguing to wonder if the band you see here will one day achieve fame and fortune.

While waiting for the gig to start with my mate Laura, we had a drink surrounded by framed gig posters of many of the pub’s most famous past performers. On the stereo was everything from the Drive soundtrack to Darwin Deez.

London Pride was the only ale available, while Red Stripe is a popular tipple here, served in a plastic pint glass if you’re going upstairs to watch a gig. Ciders on tap are Blackthorn and Thatcher’s Gold. The Sunday roasts are also worth a detour, even without any live music.

Sandwiched between the Floating Harbour and the New Cut, and opposite the gatehouse to the Old Gaol, the Louisiana began life as a hotel, built in 1809 to cater for the seafarers and travellers brought to this area with the completion of Bathurst Basin, after which it used to be named.

But it’s music that this pub is known for. Love music. Love the Louisiana.

The Louisiana, Bathurst Terrace, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 6UA
Telephone: 0117 926 5978 
Twitter: @TheLouisiana 



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