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York’s Best Bars & Restaurants This Summer

Nestled within its ancient walls, York transforms into a bustling gastronomic paradise each summer, offering an array of delightful dining experiences.

Whether you’re enjoying meals under the sunlit sky, toasting the evening away at a chic rooftop bar, or relishing a laid-back afternoon in a quaint beer garden, York makes for an ideal summer destination. Staying at our hotel in York positions you perfectly to explore the city’s top bars and restaurants.

Here’s some of the top bars and restaurants in York for you to try out this summer:

The Star Inn The City

Just a 15-minute walk from our hotel in York, The Star Inn The City, has gorgeous views of the Ouse and Lendal Bridge. It makes for the perfect spot to enjoy a drink or meal on a summer evening.

This contemporary restaurant serves traditional British dishes with a modern twist. Not to mention, the drinks list is impressive, with a great variety of local beers and ciders.

Now, doesn’t all the above sound dreamy?

Picture of the river Ouse in York

Forage Kitchen & Bar 

Forage is an eco-forward and sustainable restaurant located right in the heart of York and is just a 12-minute walk from our hotel.

At Forage, contemporary fusion dishes are cooked over an open flame, spotlighting locally sourced ingredients that celebrate the seasonal produce. The restaurant specialises in an array of small plates and snacks, thoughtfully designed for sharing. This encourages a communal dining experience where guests can indulge in a variety of flavours together, making it an ideal spot for social gatherings among friends.

The Fat Badger

One of York’s most popular inns in the city, The Fat Badger boasts one of the best beer gardens in York – it’s a must-visit, even if you just swing by for a leisurely drink.

In this traditional Yorkshire pub, they serve real ales and a gin selection that’s famously extensive – as they like to say, “a gin list as long as your arm”.

In their charming restaurant overlooking the city, they offer delicious a la carte pub food. Putting a new meaning to food with a view – what more could you want?


A popular spot with York locals, Sotano is an independent bar and restaurant in York, serving Mediterranean tapas plates and classic cocktails.

Their menus are inspired by seasonal discoveries, promising a new experience with every visit.

More than just a dining destination, Sotano boasts a lively atmosphere where guests can enjoy live music in a welcoming setting. Whether you’re looking for a cosy spot for dinner or a vibrant evening out, Sotano provides the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable summer’s night in York.

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Shambles Tavern

Who’s up for a bit of live music?

No summer is truly complete without a bit of live music, especially when paired with refreshing drinks in the cheerful ambiance of a tavern.

Nestled in the iconic, historic heart of York Shambles, Shambles Tavern offers more than just a night out. Beyond the compelling live music lineup, this tavern boasts a great selection of drinks (especially beer) and delicious food, making it the perfect spot to unwind and make the most of those long summer evenings.

Fancy Hank’s

Cocktail anyone?

Known for its quirky cocktails, Fancy Hank’s bar and kitchen is tucked away in the laid-back-streets of the historic Minster Quarter – perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to escape the summer crowds.

Fancy Hank’s offers good mood food inspired by the owners’ (two brothers) travels through the 11 states of America’s Deep South.

If you’re looking for soulful, feel-good flavours as well as tasty cocktails, then Fancy Hank’s is the place for you.

Trio Kitchen & Bar

Trio Kitchen & bar is a unique Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with the option to dine outside on their rooftop. Located on the famous street in York “Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate”.

Serving delicious tapas dishes and perfectly paired wine, it makes for an intimate evening out. Why not try one of their funky cocktails off their drinks menu?

Their rooftop terrace is open until late and is heated by multiple pyramid fires, making it perfect for cooler evenings.

Dough Eyed

We couldn’t leave you out, so here’s one for the pizza lovers…

Dough Eyed is a “super casual” pizzeria and bar that serves contemporary pizza, alongside eight draught lines with local beers, as well as cocktails and wine.

It’s the perfect spot to unwind after a long day, or to kickstart your weekend. With an ambiance that mixes rustic charm with modern flair, it’s an inviting space where friends can gather over slices of delicious pizza.

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The Habit Cafe Bar

This cosy rooftop oasis in the heart of the city is the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing. With a delicious menu of classic cuisine and a varied drinks list, there’s bound to be something to get your taste buds dancing.

Their rooftop terrace is open until late so you can enjoy the stunning views of York under the stars. Romantic and atmospheric, it’s one of our top picks for rooftop dining in York.

Forget about getting the last train home – end your evening with us 

Make the most of your summer trip to York by ending your evening in our York hotel. Our comfortable rooms and hearty breakfast options will ensure you start your next day feeling refreshed.

Book your stay with us today and get ready to explore York’s best bars and restaurants this summer! 

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