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The Grain Barge

The Grain Barge, one of Bristol’s favourite floating venues, has gone missing from its normal berth close to Jacobs Wells Road on the opposite side of the Floating Harbour from the ss Great Britain.

The floating real ale pub can usually be found on what is known as Mardyke Wharf.

The former barge has closed for January and has been moved into dry dock for some much needed tender, loving care.

The ever popular barge first opened as a bar, restaurant, party venue and exhibition space in 2007 and has since become an established part of Bristol’s entertainment and music scene.

It is best known for its regular live music every Friday night in the downstairs hold bar, which is also available for private hire.

With most people opting to stay at home in January the start of the year is seen as ideal time for the owners of the Grain Barge to close for refurbishment.

The owners have also promised some improvements and say that when the work is completed the amenities on offer will be better than ever before.

A spokesperson for the venue said: “All ships and boats need to come out of the water every so often for bit of TLC, and the Grain Barge will be returning in February 2016.

“We have got a few improvements planned and she will be coming back all shiny and new.

“We are planning a big welcome back party and we will keep you informed here, on our social media and via our newsletter.”

The Grain Barge is part owned by Bristol mayor George Ferguson and is part of the Bristol Beer operation.

The barge has a sister pub based the Dings – The Barley Mow – which has also become a popular venue in the city.

Both venues showcase the Ashton-based brewery’s range of ales, on keg and cask.

It was one of the first venues in the city to serve the incredibly popular craft beers which are currently dominating the pub and entertainment trade.

Many believe that the top-deck of the Grain Barge has one of the best views to be found anywhere in Bristol – particularly in the summer months.

The Grain Barge is moored alongside the Mardyke Quay on Hotwells Road. It was built in Hill’s Dockyard in Bristol docks in 1935.

The Bristol Beer Factory was the winner of the 2011 BBC Drinks Producer of the Year award and has won numerous other national and regional awards for its range of craft beers.

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