Places to Drink
If you enjoy a good night out then York’s pub and bar scene may well be one of the things that attracted you to Hungate. The city is rumoured to have 365 pubs, one for every day of the year. We can’t confirm every one of those pubs but what we can guarantee is the city is home to a massive choice of pubs and bars, many of which are within walking – maybe stumbling – distance of home.
Whether it’s a chilled glass of wine with a view over the river Foss or a pint of real ale in a ‘proper’ pub, York has it all. With watering holes in every genre you can think of including micro, well-known chains, historic, food-focused, cocktail connoisseurs, open fire, dog-friendly and family friendly, there really is something for everyone.
It’s also home to a number of nightclubs and live music venues where you can grab a late-night drink and party into the small hours.
The Blue Bell
Loved by locals, this treasured pub is small in size but big on atmosphere and is one of 12 pubs in York to have made it in to CAMRA’s Good Pub Guide 2018. The grade II-listed pub has been serving since 1758. Its untouched Edwardian interior dates from 1903 and featured as the backdrop to Andrew Marr’s introduction to his The Making of Modern Britain series. It’s steeped in history and if it’s real ale you’re after, it’s the place to go.
53 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF
The York Tap
With an impressive choice of nationally sourced beers and wines it would be rude not to call in for a tipple after a busy day at work. And since it’s situated, rather handily, at the train station – what better place to stop off after an away-day for work? The listed Edwardian building is another of York’s finest pubs to make it into the CAMRA’s Good Pub Guide 2018.
York Railway Station, Station Road, York YO24 1AB
Rich in history, the site where Harkers stands today is famous for being the entrance to the city of York in 300AD. A traditional pub with real ales, plenty of spirits to choose from and serves classic pub fayre.
1 St Helens Square, York, YO1 8QN
Set across three floors of the old York Institute building, Kuda is York’s largest nightclub with multiple rooms playing music to suit all tastes including House, Club and Dance anthems, R’n’B and Hip-Hop. The club says it’s an amphitheatre of atmosphere. It’s definitely one to try – maybe for an after-work cocktail.
12 Clifford Street, York YO1 1RD
The likes of Killers, Stereophonics and Coldplay have played at this popular live music venue during its 25-year history. It claims it’s welcomed one million music fans to its gigs, but one thing is for sure, it’s certainly attracted the big-hitters, but alongside the big names, it’s a platform for up and coming local acts too.
3-5 Toft Green, York YO1 6JT
For a sophisticated night out head to The Botanist for craft beers, botanical cocktails, Champagne and wine. You can brush up on your bar skills too with a choice of masterclasses including, cocktails, ale tasting and gin. And, how about this – musical bingo anyone? On the first Wednesday of every month, you can join in on bingo where live music rounds replace the traditional numbers. Are you feeling lucky?
15-19 Stonegate, York YO1 8ZW