The building dates from 1606, but has undergone significant alteration since and is a grade II listed building.
Since the 1980s the Hatchet has been known as one of Bristol's few alternative pubs.[clarification needed] The pub has a pool room located upstairs as well as a venue which is used for clubs and can be hired for private bookings. There is a beer garden located on the side of the property, facing the O2 Academy venue.
Located behind the pub was the old Cannon Cinema, which closed down in 2000. The building is now an Academy Night Club/gig venue were many well known bands have played.
In the 18th Century there was a Rat Pitt at the rear of the building. In September 2006 the Hatchet celebrated its 400 year anniversary. The streets nearby were closed, staff and some regular customers dressed up in historic costumes.