Volunteer Tavern

9 New Street, St Jude’s, Bristol, Bristol, England

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Alternating Saturdays at 9 p.m.

This is the session that used to meet at the Hibernia Centre. It now meets at the Volunteer Tavern in Bristol centre every other Saturday at 9 or so. It is still going strong as of Saturday, July 21, 2012. I would advise getting in touch to double check whether they will be playing on any given Saturday.

The Volunteer is a free house with a fine selection of real ales and ciders in great condition. It is not easy to find (at least for an American driving through). It’s sort of behind Future Inns, which is across from Cabot Circus.

There were about a dozen musicians the night we wandered in. It was a fairly even mix of tune sets and songs.

Correction and Clarification

“This is the session that used to meet at the Hibernia Centre. “

Incorrect. The Hibernia Centre still runs fortnightly traditional music workshops (in term-time) at St. Andews Church Hall at Avonmouth, near Bristol on Saturday MORNINGS.

The evening session at the Volunteer Tavern is also organised by the Hibernia Centre, and runs fortnightly thoughout the year without a break. This evening session used to run at the Kingsdown Vaults in Kingsdown, Bristol, prior to the closure of that pub.

For more information, please see the Hibernia website.


“It is not easy to find (at least for an American driving through).”

I’ll go further than that!

I’m a native of Bristol, and I had some difficulty finding the place the first time that I went there!

Easiest approach is probably down the M32 motorway towards Bristol.

Just after the end of the motorway, turn left into Houlton Street. Continue on to into Wade Street, then turn first right into Great George Street. The Volunteer Tavern is in New Street, opposite the far end of Great George Street.

Free on-street parking after 6:00 p.m can usually be found nearby if you look for it.

Alternatively, you can park in the the nearby Cabot Circus (shopping centre) car park for £2 (at the time of writing).

The pub has a covered smoking area outside with sofas! 🙂

There will be NO session on Saturday, 7th September 2013.


Correction! There will be a session after all on Saturday 7th September 2013 - but not at the Volunteer Tavern.
For this occasion only the session will be at held at the White Hart, 84 Bedminster Parade, Bristol BS3 4HJ.

Alternating Sundays at 9 p.m.

Session schedule changed from alternating Saturdays to alternating Sundays.

Session start time now 8:00 p.m.

Re: Volunteer Tavern

Anyone know if there is a session this Sunday 29th May 2016? - Bank Holiday - Also beer festival in pub. Just rang the pub, manager not there and the staff aren’t sure what’s happening.


Re: Volunteer Tavern

NOTE: No more sessions in this pub.

The following message was recently received from the pub’s manager:

“I wanted to email you to let you know that we are taking our Sunday nights in a new direction and sadly will not be hosting and more Irish sessions in the foreseeable future. Thanks for all the good times”.