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The Best Bars In York

The best bars in York

Grab a drink in one of England's most beautiful cities!

York is known for its cobbled streets, medieval architecture, and rich Norse history, however, a little-known fact is that York also offers an incredible nightlife scene. The city is brimming with quirky pubs, themed bars, and fantastic live music venues. If you’re after a traditional tavern or even a Viking-themed bar where you can drink mead from a horn, York has you covered. So, after a long day of sightseeing, if you’re stuck for somewhere to unwind and have a drink, check out our guide to the best bars in York.

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The oldest pub in York

No visit to York’s bar scene would be complete without a visit to the city’s oldest pub. The Ye Olde Starre Inn, dating back to the 17th century, holds the title of being York’s oldest licensed inn. Situated on Stonegate, this historic pub has so much character and charm, with its traditional timber-framed exterior and cosy interior. Step inside to try a selection of real ales and hearty pub food, all served in a quintessentially English setting.

Bars in York city centre

For those that want to be in the middle of the action, York City Centre has some excellent bars to offer. The Carlton Tavern, located in the heart of the city, is a popular choice among locals and visitors. With its welcoming ambiance and an impressive selection of craft beers and spirits, it’s the perfect spot to unwind after a day of exploring York’s historic landmarks. The Botanist is another firm favourite in the centre, this quaint bar offers a delicious selection of cocktails with a floral twist.

Pubs in York city centre

In the centre of York you’ll find a range of charming pubs and taverns perfect for a chilled drink. The Cross Keys Pub, nestled on Goodramgate, is a hidden gem known for its cosy atmosphere and delicious pub grub. Whether you’re craving a traditional Sunday roast or a pint of locally brewed ale, this historic pub has you covered. The Old White Swan is another fantastic place for a pint, with its Grade II listed status, this inn has been a staple of the city’s history since 1703. Back in 1781, the pub even hosted Mr. O’Brian, the world’s tallest man at eight feet seven inches, who was exhibited here for curious visitors. And if you’re into ghost stories, rumor has it that a group of Catholics haunts the place, rearranging chairs and relighting the fire after hours. But don’t worry, they’re harmless and won’t disturb your visit.

Have a drink in the centre!

Valhalla bar, York.

Drink mead in Valhalla!

Evil Eye Bar, York, is great for live music.

Have a drink at Evil Eye.

Ye Olde Starr Inn

Visit the oldest pub in York.

Bars with Live Music

For those in search of live entertainment, York boasts a vibrant music scene with bars and venues showcasing talented musicians throughout the week. The Evil Eye Bar, located on Stonegate, is a quirky and eclectic establishment known for its innovative cocktails and live music performances. From acoustic sets to lively bands, there’s always something happening at this atmospheric venue. For more live music, why not pay O’Neill’s a visit? Whether you’re into rock, pop, or soul, their eclectic lineup has something for everyone. Feel the energy on the dancefloor or take your turn under the stage lights – they welcome all music lovers and budding performers. And if you need a break from the tunes, they’ve also got delicious pub food and drinks to keep you fueled.

Best Cocktails in York

Indulge in a taste of luxury at one of York’s top cocktail bars. The Evil Eye Lounge, the sister venue to the Evil Eye Bar, offers an extensive cocktail menu featuring creative concoctions and classic favorites. Situated within a historic Georgian townhouse, this stylish bar exudes sophistication and elegance, making it the perfect destination for a special night out. Indulge in a taste of luxury at one of York’s top cocktail bars. Manahatta is another excellent choice. Located in the heart of the city, their New York-inspired cocktail bar offers stunning drinks, a mouthwatering food menu, and the ultimate bottomless brunch experience. Whether you’re catching up with friends, celebrating a special occasion, or just looking for a good time, they’ve got you covered.

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From chic champagne bars to trendy cocktail lounges, York offers somewhere to grab a drig to suit every occasion. The House of Trembling Madness, located within a historic medieval building, is a must-visit for craft beer enthusiasts. With its vast selection of local and international brews, as well as a cosy rooftop beer garden, it’s the ultimate destination for beer lovers in York. If you’re looking for something a little bit different, look no further than Valhalla! Step into their halls and immerse yourself in an atmosphere unlike any other. With an awesome selection of craft beer, ale, and mead, as well as delicious home-cooked food, Valhalla is the ultimate destination for those who appreciate good drinks and great music. Rock ‘n Metal tunes fill the air day and night, creating a lively ambiance that’s perfect for hanging out with friends or making new ones.


So there you have it – a guide to some of the best bars in York! Whether you’re after a historic pub, a lively venue with live music, or a chic cocktail lounge, York has something for everyone. Don’t forget to check out the oldest pub in York, Ye Olde Starre Inn, for a taste of history. And if you’re in the mood for some live entertainment, head to Evil Eye Bar or O’Neill’s for a great night out. For the cocktail connoisseurs, be sure to visit The Evil Eye Lounge or Manahatta for some top-notch drinks. And if you’re feeling adventurous, why not stop by Valhalla for a unique experience? With so many options to choose from, you’ll be spoiled for choice in York’s vibrant bar scene. And hey, if you’re in town for business, Virtual Headquarters has an office in York – so why not book a meeting room and then head out for a well-deserved drink afterward? Cheers to that!

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