About the Cafe Bar
Drink, eat, meet
The Tobacco Factory is widely regarded as one of the most important hubs
for the Bedminster and Southville communities. The solid, industrial
interior of the large, contemporary Cafe Bar reflects the building's
history, and together with the music and lighting and its
young friendly staff, it has a great, welcoming atmosphere where nobody
feels out of place. The honest, open kitchen serves healthy
Mediterranean inspired food.
We also have two outdoor areas - the covered Terrace and the open air
Yard - which gets the afternoon sun in the summer. The outdoor bar on
the Terrace is open for special events in the summer months.
Click here to view our events page.
'Strike a light for Independents!' WHY?
The Tobacco Factory was saved for a purpose that goes far beyond
saving the building. The vision was one of reviving the heart of the
community with something very different to the industry that created it,
with a rich mix of cultural activities, creative industries, learning
and living. It is an experiment that seems to be working, and we need
the continuing support of the local community to sustain the recovery
that it has generated and to make sure that the healthy social and
cultural mix of the area is maintained and reinforced.
An important part of the vision is one of supporting independent
businesses as opposed to the 'anywhere' chains and multiples that crop
up all over Bristol and elsewhere. It is the independent locally managed
businesses and shops that give the variety and character that makes a
place special and ensures that much of the wealth is recycled. Every
business in the Tobacco Factory, including the Cafe Bar and the nearby 'Bristol Beer Factory' is local and independent and it is hoped that North Street can also resist the excessive incursion of national outlets.
'Strike a light for Independents'
is the Tobacco Factory's contribution to a growing campaign to give
some planning and fiscal encouragement to independent businesses to
resist the march of the multiples. When you have the choice, vote for
the 'independents' by frequenting those truly local shops and businesses
- they are part of this very special community. On our part we shall
only let space to independent businesses and organisations and, where
possible, give our custom to local contractors and suppliers. It makes
us feel good - we hope it does you too!