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Pubs / Bars in York in general
Member Name: bettyboop2002
Pubs / Bars in York in general
Advantages: plenty to choose from
Disadvantages: too many to choose from
Well where do I start when it comes to pubs and bars in York. At one point there were 365 pubs in York, one for every day of the year, I'm not sure if this is still true some people say yes, others no but I would definitely be that many if you include restaurants/bars so there is definitely something for all tastes.
Due to there being so many pubs in York I am going to focus on the pubs which are in the city centre. I have visited many, a lot of them have changed names over the years and are under new management but the majority have stayed the same.
First off I'm just going to list a few bars that have some form of entertainment, especially during the week, on a weekend most bars have something on but it can be tricky to find something on weekdays.
THE GOLDEN FLEECE - 16 The Pavement, York
Open acoustic night every Wednesday and Thursday at 8.30pm. All are welcome to join in. Acoustic band the last Friday of each month. This bar is said to be the most haunted bar in York, it featured on Most Haunted on Living tv. Sometimes they have ghost nights, candlelit suppers and seances. This pub serves food from 12.00-3.00pm and again from 5.00pm - 8.00pm. The food is very good and a traditional menu.
THE HOLE IN THE WALL - High Petergate, York
Visit their website to print off a free drink voucher.
Tuesdays they have live music from 9pm and Thursday is quiz night from 9pm. I was only in this pub once or twice and it wasn't advertised as having music but some drinker picked up a guitar and the whole pub joined in with him some weekday afternoon it was good fun. This pub also serves food and has a curry night on Monday's and a grill night on Wednesday's.
CLUB SALVATION - George Hudson Street, York
For something more lively, Club Salvation is open for Thursday night House Party from 10.30pm - 4.00am! Entry is £5, with a flyer £4 and if you join their facebook guestlist £3 and if you have a student card only £2. Drinks are then 75p all night! Very cheap clubbing night, gets quite busy but good value and a great night out.
HENRY J BEANS - Tower Street, York
Karaoke night on Sunday nights, more of a restaurant and grill than a bar but it does get a good crowd for the Karaoke.
GUY FAWKES INN - High Petergate, York
The birthplace of Guy Fawkes, rooms are available here, real ales, delicious food and Sunday night there is Folk music from 8pm.
The Micklegate Run
Just around the corner from the train station is Micklegate, a long road leading slightly downhill into the city centre. Starting at the top there is a J D Wetherspoons pub, THE PUNCH BOWL which is always a good starting point for a cheap bite to eat and a pint. THE PRIORY is a decent enough bar to stop for a quick game of pool and has some good offers and a quiz machine. THE NAGSHEAD offers trebles for singles on most spirits...this is where it starts to go downhill (in every way). RUMOURS has a decent outdoor seating area so is definitely worth a visit in the summer. THE PARISH is one of my favourites as it is unusual, it is actually a church which has been converted into a stylish bar, the exterior and interior walls and windows of the church remain and they have designed the bar inside that, the decor is of the highest quality and it's a nice place to pop in for a drink. REFLEX is a late night bar with disco music and a revolving dancefloor, the only pain here is going down two flights of stairs to the toilets. THE LIVING ROOM is another chain of bar/restaurants and has lovely interior but I don't often go in to drink as it feels more like a restaurant until late at night. There are a few more in between but those are the ones I like to visit, the Micklegate run is a night out in itself and that's only one street. Just around the corner from Micklegate is CLUB SALVATION, FLARES and another couple of bars and traditional pubs so if you start from the train station you mightn't actually make it to the city centre.
THE YORKSHIRE TERRIER (Stonegate) and THE LAST DROP INN (Colliergate) are definitely two to visit for those who like real ales and ciders there's always something new to try in these pubs and they have plenty of regulars which is always a good sign in a city with so much choice when it comes to bars.
THE KINGS ARMS - Kings Staith, York is a good pub to visit in the summer, the inside is rather small but it is located right along the river and has plenty of outdoor seating and you will see the crowds lining the river on a nice day.
THE POSTERN GATE - Piccadilly, York is another of the J D Wetherspoons bars. This is one of my favourite places to eat and drink, lots of seating both inside and out, nice decor and bathrooms and good value on food and drink with offers such as 2 main courses for £7.99 or a burger and a pint for £4.99.
Hopefully there's something in here you fancy and if it's a drinking weekend you're looking for York is one of the best places you could visit, with so many bars within walking distance of each other I would definitely recommend it.
Summary: One of the best places for choice of bars I've ever been to