15 Pubs You Need To Drink At In York
365 pubs. One for every day of the year. We know what you’re thinking: how could we pick only 15? Not very easily it turns out, but we’re still learning about York every day! Here are some of our favourite discoveries so far.
1. Guy Fawkes Inn.
The Guy Fawkes Inn is situated at the birthplace of the infamous Guido Fawkes, slap bang in front of the Minster. Lit by candlelight and gas lamps, this is the perfect place to grab a pint of locally brewed real ale (from a fab selection) and escape from the artificial light of your laptop screen after a successful day at uni.
2. The Lamb and Lion Inn.
Tucked away in a corner, attached to York’s famous City Walls, The Lamb and Lion boasts a large, beautiful beer garden with a perfect view of the Minster. This pub has a great buzz during summer, with a mix of tourists, locals and students who have recently finished exams and essays (and yes, even dissertations) all soaking up the Northern summer sun!
3. The Habit.
You may have heard of The Habit and its roof terrace that looks directly onto the Minster, but it can be tricky to actually find it. Looking more like a cafe from the outside – which it is during the day – The Habit is a wonderfully warm bar with a relaxed vibe; a perfect spot to catch up with mates and discuss the day’s dramz. With a reputation as a great live music venue, they host open mic nights regularly.
4. The Old White Swan.
Dating back to 16th century York, The Old White Swan is one of the oldest pubs in the city and claims to be haunted by figures who gather around the fireplace laughing and rearranging the furniture… The ‘Mucky Duck’ (as it’s known to locals) often hosts quiz nights and live Jazz sessions.
5. The House of Trembling Madness.
This tiny but quirky pub/eaterie is perhaps one of the most popular amongst tourists. Although being watched by a wall of taxidermy may not sound appealing, the atmosphere of this host of world beets and locally sourced food is warm and welcoming. Definitely worth visiting during the week when it’s slightly less busy; pop in for some bevs and potentially come away with something extra, thanks to the bottle shop on the ground floor 😉
6. Ye Olde Starre Inne.
Another pub that is believed to be the oldest pub in York – Ye Olde Starre Inne is all about traditional British pub grub and real ale. This Grade 2 listed building dates back to 1644 and has a narrow path to the courtyard which has breathtaking views of the upper Minster. This one MUST be ticked off your list before leaving York…it is the oldest pub in York, right?
7. Thomas’s of York.
Despite being pluralised ALL wrong… Thomas’s is a great venue. It’s decorated with pop-art newspaper clippings and posters (in stark contrast to its traditional pub-looking front). They host Tuesday quiz nights with questions ranging from ‘the news this week’ to practical challenges like making a paper aeroplane. Pop down for a cocktail and play one of their array of retro games.
8. The Graduate.
Great for reasonably priced food and drink, The Graduate has the buzz of a club during the weekend but is also a great place to chill. Play a bit of pool with mates, listen to live music and eat some proper comfort food.
9. The Judge’s Lodgings.
Slightly more posh than your usual haunt, you can’t help noticing The Judge’s Lodgings on your way to the station and wistfully imagining sipping a glass of prosecco in the front garden. It’s definitely worth visiting this Georgian Grade 1 listed building for a drink or two. Treat yo’self.
10. The Lendal Cellars.
Yes, this is a genuine cellar, but hear us out. This former Mayor’s wine cellar has been beautifully converted into a cosy underground pub. Visit for the great atmosphere and a place to hide out when the weather is bad…which, let’s be honest, it pretty much always is.
11. Stone Roses.
Obvs. This one’s a student favourite mostly for the cheap trebles. Perfect for the alternative music lover within you. Go for the pool tables, space to dance, live music and DJs – just don’t expect much chart music to be blaring from the jukebox as you’ll promptly be told where to go (Kuda, most likely).
12. The Fossgate Social.
Having only opened last year, The Fossgate Social has already established itself as ‘the place to be’. A coffee shop by day and a bar by night, with live music and good food. It’s an interior designer’s dream come true in terms of style; the chill and friendly atmosphere is the perfect remedy to a post-night out sore head…or a stop on your way into town to ultimately create said sore head. Check it out!
13. Walmgate Ale House & Bistro.
Another beautiful listed building, the Walmgate Ale House & Bistro is full of tales (and ghosts…) and has always been a part of York’s rich history! Proud of its locally sourced food and real ale, pop in if you fancy a proper taste of Yorkshire! Also, if you spotted the cat at the front of the building, it’s just one of the twenty-one cat statues planted across York… You can follow the York ‘Cat story’ here.
14. The Watergate Inn.
Located on the bank of the River Foss, this old and traditional pub, like many in York, has tales of ghosts inhabiting the building. A great place to stop on your way into the city for some pre-pre-drinks. They also have a non-stop BBQ in the summer – you can survive purely on BBQ food and beer…right? A student’s dream…
15. The Roman Bath.
St. Sampson’s Square
Historically speaking, The Roman Bath is one of the most important pubs in York. Having previously been a Roman Bath (clue’s in the name), the pub has a museum underneath it, where you can view the remains of the baths and pop back upstairs for a pint afterwards. Plus, live music 2-3 nights a week with no entrance fee.
…And here’s what you have to look forward to:
BrewDog Bars has officially been given a license to sell alcohol and they already have sites in Manchester and Leeds. Expect this exciting brand to be popping up on Micklegate very soon.
Brew York is a new microbrewery opening up thanks to London brewer, Stu! Keep an eye out for his tap room opening in York soon.