York’s best bars and pubs

York’s faucet

York has 365 pubs, one for each day of the year – which could mean you need a little help finding the gems. Discover locals’ favorite spots with help from Telegraph Travel’s destination expert Tina Walsh, and you can easily avoid the tourist traps.

York (and Yorkshire) has some of the best breweries in the world and the number keeps increasing, so you can certainly expect to find some great beers as you roam the city. And when you’ve had enough of York’s historic taverns, there are more trendy spots for a drink too, from a black onyx bar for champagne tastings to a cafe with live music and cocktails.

For more York inspiration, check out our guides to the city’s best hotels, restaurants, shops and things to do.

the blue bell

This little pub in Fossgate is one of York’s best secrets. The atmosphere is incredible and the pub has an almost religious dedication to the quality of beer. Note that the service can be a little brusque, but that’s part of the charm of this place. Likewise, ignore any orange ‘private party’ sign (there to ‘keep the wrong crowds away’ on race days) and walk through the doors of a small but excellently preserved Edwardian pub with real fireplaces in winter and candles at night.

Contact: 01904 654904; see the facebook page
Opening hours: Mon-Thu, 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-12pm; Sun, 12:00 to 22:30
Prices: £
Entering: no dress code

The Blue Bell, York

The Blue Bell, York

York’s faucet

This pub bucks the trend of other less-than-charming station bars – instead it’s a real treat and well worth a trip to the station alone. Vast windows (ideal for trainspotters), a large Victorian glass dome, wood paneling and sanded floors create an airy yet warm feel, but the focus here is on real beer. There are 32 beers to choose from, and all are high quality and expertly served. There’s also a small selection of wines and spirits, but the bar snacks are the only nod to the food, so don’t arrive on an empty stomach.

Contact: yorktap. with
Prices: £
Entering: no dress code

The York Tap, York

The York Tap, York

BrewDog

A warehouse-style space in Micklegate that, while a bit empty on quieter nights, brings BrewDog’s excellent cask ales inside the city walls. As their beer boards proudly proclaim, the fair variety is fresh and delicious, which means beer hounds flock here to pour quality and chat over somewhat geeky ingredients, even at £4+ a mug. There are tasty pizzas too around the £8/£9 mark (the ‘Hero’ with ham makes a perfect pairing with a glass of IPA) as well as some choice snack salami. So what it may lack in atmosphere during the week, BrewDog more than makes up for in taste.

Contact: brewdog. with
Prices: $$
Entering: no dress code

BrewDog York

BrewDog York

Biltmore Bar & Grill

This beautifully decorated modern bar with a dash of Art Deco style is a favorite spot for the suit-and-boot strolls in liquor works. It’s also one of the best in York, combining an elegant interior with efficient service, delicious cocktails and a good wine list. Food includes tasty pasta, pizza, ribs and risotto dishes or choose from the more sophisticated (and expensive) Vintage menu. The centerpiece is undoubtedly the black onyx bar downstairs, where regular champagne tastings are designed to demystify the good stuff.

Contact: thebiltmore.co.uk
Prices: £
Entering: Smart casual

The Biltmore Bar & Grill, York

The Biltmore Bar & Grill, York

Valhalla

The term ‘themed bar’ might be enough to chill the blood, but Valhalla does it with aplomb. This ‘Nordic’ bar and cafe just around the corner from Shambles (opposite Pivni) opened to rave reviews. It was created by Viking fanatics Matt Bedingham and Vincent Roberts, who went to great lengths with the decor. Nice touches include a skull and horn in a glass cabinet, flickering electric candles, and sturdy oak tables as sturdy as Thor himself. The music is mostly rock and there’s a good choice of wines, spirits and beers, with Wolf Rock Red IPA and Chieftain Irish Pale Ale on tap and, from Brew York, Viking DNA.

Contact: valhallayork. with
Prices: £
Entering: no dress code

Valhalla, York

Valhalla, York

House of Trembling Madness

This York institution in bustling Stonegate began life in AD 1180 as the city’s first Norman house. It’s showing its age – in the best possible way – and the original vaulted ceilings, stuffed animal trophy heads and nooks galore amount to a load of medieval charm. There is a wine and beer shop (one of the UK’s largest craft beer ranges) downstairs and a bar above which serves a wide selection of ales, ales, ciders and wines. The pub grub is above average: burgers, stews and huge meat and fish dishes using locally sourced produce. It gets packed on a Friday and Saturday night.

Contact: tremblingmadness.co.uk
Prices: £
Entering: no dress code

House of Trembling Madness, York

House of Trembling Madness, York

the malts

The former building in which The Maltings is located is overshadowed by its massive modern neighbors, so you’d be forgiven for overlooking this little piece of peace and tranquility just above the Lendal Bridge. Decorated with faded brewery signs and with a bar and ceiling made of antique doors, there is a distinct smell of age and everyone must obey the sign prohibiting ‘children’ and ‘disorder’. Enjoy a quiet beer from a wide range of beers that change regularly and at decent prices, including your own local beer, and eat generous portions of lasagna, toast and potatoes at really reasonable prices.

Contact: maltings.co.uk
Prices: £
Entering: no dress code

Social Fossgate

This cozy, licensed two-story café-bar, run by brothers Mike and Sarah Lakin, is tucked away among a host of fellow independents in Fossgate, which is quickly making a name for itself as York’s foodie district. Original exposed brick walls, bare wood floors, and soft lighting (upstairs is a more upscale space with paneled walls and plush sofas) create a laid-back, laid-back atmosphere and you can enjoy a cocktail or schooner Brooklyn Lager as well. how to drink your caffeine fix espresso. There are regular live music slots and an open mic every Tuesday night.

Contact: thefossgatesocial. with
Prices: £
Entering: no dress code

Social Fossgate, York

Social Fossgate, York

Pivni

At the heart of this bar are beers as good as you’d expect from the team who brought you one of Britain’s best train station bars, The York Tap. Gathering from all corners of the world in a bustling bar on the ground floor, you have all kinds of draft beers and bottled beers, including excellent American IPAs, continental craft beers and more options close to home. Add to that some taste sensations like Magic Rock’s ‘Chipotle Punchline’ porter chocolate and left field discoveries like a very drinkable IPA from Toccalmatto Brewery in Italy, and you start to understand why it’s a place always full of devotees. .

Contact: pivni.co.uk
Price: $$
Entering: Smart casual

Pivni, York

Pivni, York

York’s Royal Theater

For a no-drinks option (although you might still be drawn to the bar), the lovely York Theater Royal is one of the oldest theaters in the UK and has an extensive lineup of consistently good quality acts, featuring established plays and drama and dance. emerging in its Main Room and Studio spaces. In addition to new seating, a new stage and sound system, the concrete and glass expanse, built in 1967 and so far looking a bit worn, now has disabled access, an extended cafe and bar, and a sophisticated lighting scheme that changes. by heart.

Contact: yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
Prices: £ – £ £
Entering: Smart casual

York Theater Royal

York Theater Royal

Brew York

Brew York, the craft brewery at Walmgate, famous for its visitor tours and tap room, has expanded and now has a brewery and cafeteria in an adjacent building – a 550-square-meter warehouse with an outdoor terrace overlooking the river. Or if. The cavernous spot serves around 40 craft beers and ciders and there’s a separate kitchen – Born to Lose – that serves burgers, fried chicken and small plates made with locally sourced ingredients. There’s also a pop-up shop selling beers, guest beers, and t-shirts.

Contact: brewyork.co.uk
Prices: $$

The Golden Fleece

Uneven floors and doors, dark bars and beams, open fireplaces and ghost stories told in hushed tones over candlelit tables make this narrow pub an atmospheric stop on any York drinking trail. Reputed to be the most haunted bar in town, it dates back 500 years – and if the many reports of paranormal activity are to be believed, there’s little chance of a quiet beer. They serve afternoon teas with cakes, sandwiches, and a decent all-day menu with everything from moules mariniere to Golden Fleece burgers. Beers like Theakston’s Old Peculier and Skipton’s classic hoppy Golden Pippin are the winners, served by friendly staff who are up to date with spooky appearances.

Contact: thegoldenfleeceyork.co.uk
Prices: £
Entering: no dress code

The Golden Fleece, York

The Golden Fleece, York

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