While many UK cities’ nightlife has increasingly been taken over by chain pubs and franchise restaurants, York remains a bastion of independent pubs, bars and restaurants, and its diverse range of locally-owned venues offering delicious food and drink and the kind of fantastic atmosphere you just won’t find in a nation-wide chain. Whether you’re looking to find the best pubs in York or a place to enjoy some refreshing York craft beer, York’s independent venues have you covered.
Want to experience York’s vibrant independent scene? This list is just a taste of what York has to offer, and includes some of the best pubs in York!
Better still, you can get up to 25% OFF your food and / or drinks all night at each of these venues with a Craft Savvy membership, so don’t forget your Crafty Card! Sign up now.
1331 – 9-13 Grape Lane
1331 has grown into a hive of activity in almost 15 years bringing excellent food, drinks and entertainment.
Delicious beers, wines, cocktails & quality home cooked food are available throughout the day and into the night in this well-established York pub.
The bar has 3 pool tables, 2 dart boards & a foosball table, and how many other bars do you know with an in-house luxury cinema to watch a film or the latest sporting event?
Relax in the walled beer garden or one of the many rooms in one of the best pubs in York.
Kennedy’s – 1 Little Stonegate
Kennedy’s Bar & Restaurant is a unique and top-quality York pub; set in the quarter, a lively cosmopolitan area bursting with eateries, bars and boutique shops and is just a stone’s throw away from York Minster.
Kennedy’s is one of the best pubs in York and offers a stylish and modern setting for people to drink and dine, attracting a broad range of clientele.
The versatile layout distributed over two floors offers something for everyone. Including a roof top sun terrace, areas to dine, and a contemporary ground floor bar.
Kennedy’s prides itself on relaxed, friendly service and freshly prepared food.
Victor J’s – 1A Finkle Street
Established by two sisters in the centre of York, Victor J’s is a cosmopolitan café-bar with a great atmosphere!
Enjoy tasty freshly-made food for any appetite or time of day, from breakfasts, soups and wraps to favourites such as the Lamb’n’Mint burger, Steak Ciabatta and homemade fishcakes, as well as a selection of sharing platters for everyone to enjoy.
On top of the choice of teas and coffees there’s international beers on offer, York craft beer, fine wines, and a range of gins, champagne, cocktails.
Take in the monthly art exhibition while you enjoy your food and drinks, or sit back and relax in the courtyard, heated for use all year round.
Bistro Guy – 40 Gillygate
Located on Gillygate just a short walk from York Minster, Bistro Guy serves delicious breakfasts, lunches, coffee, loose leaf teas and cakes by day throughout the week and wood-fired pizzas and craft beers over the weekend.
Bistro Guy’s selection of locally brewed York craft beer is hand-pulled from a traditional wooden cask, giving the beer a unique flavour, and there aren’t many places you can still get your beer this way!
Valhalla – 4 Patrick Pool
Valhalla is one of the most unique café-bars in York, with a Viking-themed décor, friendly atmosphere and even the opportunity to drink mead (or the drink of your choice) from a traditional drinking horn!
This small, cozy York pub and café offers an excellent choice of ever changing craft drinks including York craft beers, as well as their very own Valhalla IPA.
To get the most out of York’s growing independent scene, make sure to grab a Craft Savvy membership for all day every day discounts off food and drink at York’s finest independent venues, including each of the venues on this list!
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