The charming county town of the beautiful and wild English county of Yorkshire, York is filled with pubs and bars overflowing with character, from quirky, contemporary cocktail bars to historic, cosy inns. Here, we profile York’s 10 best drinking spots.
Named for the Latin term delirium tremens – or shaking frenzy – which denotes the extreme symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, the House of the Trembling Madness lives up to its striking, unnerving name. Parts of the site’s original medieval drinking hall still remain. The timber beams are made from an 800-year-old ship and the array of unexpected animal heads are mounted on the walls, including a stoat, a kangaroo and a badger, making for an unusual and eye-catching environment. The bar is also noted for its excellent range of draught beers and ciders from local and guest breweries, as well as its hearty cheese boards, hunter platters and juicy meat pies.
Although it only opened its doors in 2014, the Stein Bier Keller has already become one of the most popular places to grab a pint in York. Owned and run by German brothers Armin and Nils Diederich, the Stein Bier Keller is the realisation of their dream to build an authentic German beer hall in the UK. The interior features traditional Bavarian decor, with long wooden tables and benches, stacks of barrels, and drinking memorabilia filling the space. As might be expected, the Stein Bier Keller offers a large and impressive range of beers, with nine draught beers on tap. This includes the specially brewed house Stein Keller Bier, and an even larger number of bottled international beers.
Stein Bier Keller, 5 Toft Green, York YO1, UK, +44 191 261 2745
A charming bistro bar situated in the very heart of York, 1331 is the perfect spot for a quiet romantic dinner with drinks, or for a round of cocktails with friends. The interior is cheerful and cosy, creating a relaxed, intimate atmosphere, while a beautiful courtyard provides outdoors seating for warm summer evenings. The drinks menu is largely classic, with a large variety of vodka, gin and rum cocktails on offer. Try the Forbidden Fruits with gin, Chambard, strawberry, raspberry, lime and ginger beer for a colourful twist on an old favourite. 1331 also has a small private cinema in a quaint attic room above the bar, which can be hired to screen your favourite film over a meal and drinks.
1331, 3 Grape Lane, York YO1 7HU, UK, +44 1904 661130