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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bakery
“Blackbird Bakery has a complete selection of donuts, pastries, cakes & pies. I personally love the apple fritters and the Brownie Towers. They have a complete coffee service too. They are open 24 hours a day but close a Midnight on Saturday and open again Monday morning. They have a few outdoor seat and they also have live music on a regular basis. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Museum
“The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings, explores how evolving sound technology shaped their success, and highlights how this rich musical heritage lives on in today’s music. Through text and artifacts, multiple theater experiences, and interactive displays – along with a variety of educational programs, music performances, and community events – the exciting story of these recording sessions and their far-reaching influence comes alive 9.9 miles”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“Burger Bar is a great spot to eat in Downtown Bristol. Its our oldest restaurant. They have a great selection of hand-patted hamburgers, fresh cut fries, milkshakes, etc. The prepare old-fashioned diner food in a great atmosphere. you won't be disappointed. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“If you want to experience the Bristol State Street Music Scene and also have a good steak or some wings, Quaker Steak is the place!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a restaurant & bar but the food is delicious! They have the best hand-breaded chicken tenders in town. You can get steaks, salad, sandwiches, homemade soups, and they are known for their wings. They have live music on the weekends and Karaoke on Thursday and the bar stays open until 2:00 a.m. on weekends. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Personally my favorite grocery store in the area. It is about 15 minutes away.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Macado's is a great sandwich shop with a really cool atmosphere. They probably have 75 different sandwiches on their menu. They have a full bar and plenty of TVs to watch the game. The Ruben sandwiches are delicious!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“small hole in the wall, great for relaxed end of night drinking. live bands and patio with a bar and stage! ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“This is a great park. Drive all the way to the back and pay $1 to go to the shaded playground and fun in the creek!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Brewery
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“If you enjoy a good, full bodied beer, this is the place for you! Daniel and I love walking down to Studio Brew on any given evening, enjoy a beer and walk back home. The staff are very friendly, and we can't say enough about the beer. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Soulful southern cooking. Family owned. Simple but authentic perfected menu. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cinema
  • 2 locals recommend
Food
“Nice New Brewery opened downtown. A nice little place to visit if you are interested in beer.”
  • 1 local recommends
Bakery
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“We love this grocery store because you can order ahead of time (through their website) and pick up whenever is convenient for you!”
  • 1 local recommends
Food
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“The Southern Churn is a sweet shop that will satisfy all of your cravings. They make the BEST homemade fudge you will ever try. They have homemade ice cream, fine chocolates, and all of the old fashioned nostalgic candies. They even have coffee, cappuccino, and hot chocolate. Grab an old fashioned glass bottle soda while you are there too!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Store
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Burger Bar is a great spot to eat in Downtown Bristol. Its our oldest restaurant. They have a great selection of hand-patted hamburgers, fresh cut fries, milkshakes, etc. The prepare old-fashioned diner food in a great atmosphere. you won't be disappointed. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“If you want to experience the Bristol State Street Music Scene and also have a good steak or some wings, Quaker Steak is the place!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a restaurant & bar but the food is delicious! They have the best hand-breaded chicken tenders in town. You can get steaks, salad, sandwiches, homemade soups, and they are known for their wings. They have live music on the weekends and Karaoke on Thursday and the bar stays open until 2:00 a.m. on weekends. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Macado's is a great sandwich shop with a really cool atmosphere. They probably have 75 different sandwiches on their menu. They have a full bar and plenty of TVs to watch the game. The Ruben sandwiches are delicious!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Soulful southern cooking. Family owned. Simple but authentic perfected menu. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Nothing ordinary about this restaurant ! Nightly specials and seriously delish. Consistently wonderfully inventive and always spot on. I would give it 5 stars . Perfect for anytime but especially for any kind of special occasion. Best gourmet ....maybe the only gourmet restaurant in this area. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Diner
“Low prices, great breakfast food, and family owned! Only open until 3pm for lunch and breakfast. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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