Pubs and Bars of York

The pubs and bars largely remain to form a big part of any city or town and even villages and York is one of them. These establishments are a way of life in these areas that they have been popping up almost everywhere. Once you get to York and are looking for the some of the best bars and pubs to visit, here are some worth looking into.

The Black Swan

One of the more well-known pubs in York, this location dates back all the way to the 15th century. Located in Peasholme Green, this used to be a watering hole before being converted into the Sheriff of York’s lodging in the 16th century. At present, its charm includes ceilings with low beams complemented by open fires. It is also believed that this place is haunted which brings in people hoping to see ghost sightings.

The Golden Fleece

Located along Pavement in York, this pub owes much of its popularity as being one of the most haunted pubs in all of York. So much so that it was even featured in a series titled “Most Haunted.” Having its doors open for nearly half a century thanks to Merchant’s Adventurers Guild, the place has seen its fair share of history that adds up to the claim of ghosts.

The Drawing Board

New Street in York is home to this bar known for its creativity and innovation. With chalkboard colored walls, guests are given the freedom to sketch and doodle as much as they want on the walls – thus the name of the bar. This is why the place would have a different look every day thanks to the creativity of the guests. The large selection of drinks adds to the character of the bar.


If you are on the search for pubs and bars that offer classic cocktails, Sotano is a great option located in Little Stonegate in York. A relatively new bar which started operations in 2012, word-of-mouth has helped this bar bring in guests. They seem to attract a specific breed of clients with its inane staircase and interiors that are low-lit.

Evil Eye Bar and Restaurant

One of the pubs and bars that seem to transport you to another world is located along Stonegate in York. The moment you step in, you are brought to a world of mystery and warmth. A striking difference from the busy streets outside. Wooden beds with cushions for lounging is a perfect partner for that drink at the end of the day. You get to choose from a wide range of drinks from crafted shots to their signature “Evil Creations!”

1331 Bar

This bar along Grape Lane is just outside the beaten track and caters to just about anyone looking for a relaxing time. The stylish court area is a great asset of the bar which offers a relaxing dining lounge. One unique thing about this place which sets it apart from other pubs and bars of York is its sofa-filled cinema that shows classic films.