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Pubs and Bars

Here in York we have a wide range of pubs and bars,we famously have 365  pubs (one for everyday of the year!). With all these options it can be hard to pick where to go but we have compiled a list of some of the best places to go to suit all occasions. From cocktails to real cask ales we’ve got you covered.

1. Minster Inn

This is an Edwardian ale house serving cask ales in a traditional atmosphere. The bar is divided up into a couple of side rooms so you can relax in your own group or join with the patrons in the main bar. The pub also has a very unique ale yard that is fully enclosed and heated so you can enjoy some fresh Yorkshire air while sipping on your drink. See them here

2. North South Cafe Bar

Rich and Laura set up their chilled out cafe bar in 2018 and it has become a regular spot for many of our guests on the way into the city centre. They have regularly changing beers on draught and loads of different canned beers and lagers. They also mix a mean cocktail. You can enjoy your drinks with a range of sandwiches and sharing boards together with great cakes.

3. The Exhibition Hotel

Although this pub is based in central York it boasts the cities largest beer garden, so there is plenty of space to sit back and relax in the summer sun. Serving traditional cask ales in a long established setting this is a favourite of many local and once you’ve been you’ll understand why they keep coming back!

4. The Hole in the Wall

Found next to one of the gates to the old city of York on High Petergate this traditional red-brick pub serves cask ale and hosts live music and quiz nights. This pub also has a very colourful past, a dungeon was discovered when the building was excavated and a tunnel underneath was bricked up by a superstitions builder after he claimed to hear eerie footsteps echoing in the darkness.

5. Guy Fawkes Inn

This Medieval inn stands in the shadow of York Minster and was the birthplace of the notorious plotter Guy Fawkes. The history that the walls of this pub holds is only enhanced as it is only lit by gas lamps and candlelight, this is a must visit for anybody wanting to experience the history of York.

6. Evil Eye

Don’t be put off by the name, this bar is anything but evil! Go through the gin shop and you’ll find a place to relax and socialise in this brightly painted bar and lounge. They specialise in cocktails, made with fresh ingredients and prepared by their well trained staff. They have an extensive menu with something to suit everybody.

7. House of The Trembling Madness

This quirky Medieval bar specialises in the on and off sales of quality alcoholic drinks. The bar is open day and night and stocks over 5,000 products, which is one of the widest range of craft ales in the UK. The bar also runs beer festivals so if your visit coincides with one be sure to make this a point of call.

8. Bobo Lobo Cocktail Bar

This is one of the premier cocktail bars in York. Serving classic cocktails such as the Cosmopolitan to more daring ones like the Zombie Bobo Lobo caters for every taste. They also offer cocktail mixology master classes for groups and can also host private parties with a DJ.

9. Bora Bora Cocktail Bar

Located in a courtyard hidden away from the main street you’d be forgiven for thinking you were actually sat in a beach side bar abroad. With lively salsa music and outside heating this is the kind of bar you could end up spending all night in. They serve all the classic cocktails and some twists at a very reasonable price.

10. The White Horse

This is the third pub on Bootham. There’s plenty of choice on your way into the city. Wes has given the pub lots of TLC over the past few years and it’s now a great place to go to enjoy a pint (or whatever takes your fancy) on the way into the city centre.


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