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The Best Pubs & Bars in York, Ranked

There’s nothing better than a bit of Yorkshire hospitality. It’s something our boutique hotel prides itself on. When you venture further out into York, you’ll find an amazing array of pubs and bars ready to greet you with open arms.

With such a great variety of watering holes, it can be difficult to know where to start. Luckily, we’ve ranked our favourites to make it a little easier for you!

 

1. The Market Cat

Your traditional pub with a ‘modern twist’. Expect your favourite craft ales, organic wines and a mouthwatering spirit selection. Just on the corner of Shambles Market, this central bar is three stories tall, giving spectacular views over the rooftops to the Minster. Their Milanese style pizzas are a must-try. The Market Cat, 6 Jubbergate, YO1 8RT.

 

2. Evil Eye

Specialising in the weird and wonderful, Evil Eye specialises in creative cocktails. Their extensive drinks menu features ‘Evil Creations’, and has something that everyone will love. As if that wasn't enough, in 2018 Evil Eye won the Guinness World Record for the ‘most varieties of gin commercially available’. Evil Eye, 42 Stonegate, YO1 8AS.

Cocktail in York

 

3. The Drawing Board

No points for guessing how this bar got its name: the walls of their nighttime venue are covered in blackboards. An institution in York for over 20 years, this cosy bar hosts incredible events and live music. A chilled cafe in the day, and on an evening an atmospheric and vibrant cocktail and beer spot. The Drawing Board, 10-10a New St, YO1 8RA.

 

4. Ye Olde Starre Inne

Believed to be the oldest licensed premises in York, this traditional pub is steeped in history. Roaring fires and cosy nooks make it a superb escape from the bustling streets. In summer, grab a seat in the courtyard for a refreshing pick-me-up. Ye Olde Starre Inne, 40 Stonegate, YO1 8AS.

Bar taps in York

 

5. House of the Trembling Madness

With two locations on Stonegate and Lendal, the House of the Trembling Madness is a priority for beer lovers. Their original Medieval Stonegate ale house dates its oldest parts back to circa 1180AD. Their Lendal location is described as a ‘craft beer mansion’, housing 22 kegs over five stories. House of the Trembling Madness, 48 Stonegate, YO1 8AS and 14 Lendal, YO1 8AA.

 

6. The Biltmore Bar & Grill

Housed inside an impressive converted church, this family owned bar is a local favourite. The proud Northern Ambassadors for Moet Hennessy, their premium drink offerings are surprisingly affordable. Midweek you’ll find a relaxed, intimate atmosphere, and on a weekend their resident DJ sparks excitement. The Biltmore Bar & Grill, 29 Swinegate, YO1 8AZ

No88 Walmgate Bar

 

No.88 Walmgate

We couldn’t list the very pubs and bars in the city without naming our very own No.88 Walmgate. We serve a great variety of craft beers and rustic pizza alongside a refined cocktail menu. Ever proud of our Yorkshire roots, we have a strong focus on sourcing as much local produce as we can. No.88 Walmgate, 88-96 Walmgate, YO1 9TL.

For even more excellent Yorkshire service, visit our boutique hotel on Walmgate. Our special offers are perfect to make your trip to York even more memorable.

As far as service it’s right up there, from the minute you set foot through the door the staff are brilliant, so caring, efficient and always smiling. We will be returning in February!

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Hotel Indigo York Reviews

Sarah,

Lincoln

A lovely hotel within walking distance to the centre of York. Very friendly, helpful staff on reception, bar area and dining room. The rooms were immaculately clean and well presented. The bed was absolutely huge and was extremely comfortable. The hotel has a modern, funky feel to it and was very welcoming. The breakfast was superb . Would definitely stay here again.


John,

Southport

<p>Conveniently positioned within easy walking distance of the city and Minster. This was our third visit so obviously we’re fans. That said although the previous visits were excellent this time the stay was even better. On check in we were given a complimentary upgrade to a superior room as IHG elite members. The room was spacious, clean and well furnished. Large TV. Massive comfortable bed with high quality bedding. Complimentary snacks with fresh milk and the bonus of a Nespresso coffee machine complete with six “pods”. Decent sized bathroom which was clean and well stocked with quality toiletries. Breakfast on both mornings was excellent. Wide choice of hot and cold items. Plenty of quality juices and smoothies. Service excellent even when busy nothing seems rushed. Very highly recommended.</p>


Christine,

London

Excellent hotel. Rooms very nice and extremely clean and quiet. Friendly staff both at reception and restaurant. Breakfast had fantastic choice. Location was really good lots of nice bars and restaurants just minutes away. Short walk to the Shambles and they offered parking just 2 minutes away for a small daily charge. Would definitely stay again. 5 Stars.


Julie,

Perth, Australia

We have found that it’s the little things that make a huge difference when you’re travelling. They’ve nailed the little things here! You’re always warmly greeted when you pass reception. Comfortable bed, soft towels, immaculate room and free chocolate in the fridge! Breakfast is delicious and finally a coffee I enjoyed. Location is fabulous and parking was easy. Well done to the Team at Hotel Indigo.


Carol,

Norwich

We stayed at the Indigo for my birthday recently. It was very modern with quirky room features. The breakfast was world class - such a great variety of treats, including a good selection of gluten and dairy free food. The staff were very helpful and attentive.


Mark,

Milton Keynes

Stayed for 2 nights, very good quality modern hotel with good sized rooms and breakfast. Cold buffet and hot food freshly cooked to order . Great location within a 5/10 minute walk of York center. Would highly recommend.


Ian,

Bandbury

<p>My partner, daughter and I stayed for 3 nights on a city break in April 2018. The room was great, Fresh milk in the complimentary mini fridge, fantastic big bed, really really clean, excellent room service and thick black out curtains. The service was excellent from all the staff at all times - reception staff were helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. The breakfast was also fantastic, so much choice on offer and again, nothing was too much trouble. The hotel is really well located for the city. It was excellent value for money and we would definitely stay there again. Absolutely 10/10 all round.</p>


Brian,

South Ayrshire

This is a nice hotel in a quiet area of York, but still within easy walking distance of the city centre / shambles walls etc. Lovely continental breakfast and a quiet bar area. Ideal if you want a bit of peace in a busy city.


Susan,

London

Stayed one night in this hotel ,was very impressed. A warm welcome on arrival from the receptionist and the room was ready ahead of check in time. The room was lovely, very luxurious with lots of nice touche. Biscuits, chocolate and drinks in fridge. Very close to main town and York Minster. Had a lovely evening meal in the hotel restaurant, very reasonable priced and a nice breakfast in the morning before leaving. Would definitely stay here again.


Poppy,

Letchworth

Lovely hotel close to York centre and near all the main sites. Within 5 minutes walk to the Shambles. Excellent staff and facilities. On arrival complimentary mini treats in room due to it being my Birthday. Complimentary water and chocolate and biscuits in room together with tea making facilities. Made the 2 night stay in York most enjoyable. Would definitely stay there again and recommend.


Dale,

Greater Manchester

We had a very pleasant stay on a Saturday night when visiting York. The hotel is only a few minutes walk from the Shambles and central York area. The staff were all good and friendly with good check in service and also in the bar. The breakfast choice and service was also very good. The room and the hotel was decorated very well. We stay here again if staying in York.

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