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Drinking and nightlife

Local legend has it that York has a pub for every day of the year. We can’t confirm whether this is true but we can tell you which of the city’s pubs, bars and clubs are worth a visit. 


Often found on or near the city’s alleyways (known locally as snickelways), York’s pubs are one of the city’s greatest assets. The Golden Fleece, a regular feature on York’s ghost walks, considers itself to be the most haunted pub in York. The Old White Swan, Ye Olde Starre Inne, The Black Swan and The Snickelway Inn claim to have their own ghosts, too. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, these pubs are packed with character and charm so well worth a visit. 

The Roman Bath has its own museum. Set in an 18th century coach house, it’s built on top of a Roman bathhouse which, for a small fee, is open to visitors. The novelty factor is something in itself. The Maltings might not be haunted but it’s a brilliant family-run pub popular with locals. The food is great, too. Fans of Brit Pop should visit The Stone Roses Bar. Despite its name, it’s more of a pub than a bar. 


York’s bars fall into two camps: commercial chain bars and cool, quirky independents. Evil Eye is possibly the oldest of the latter. A cocktail lounge, internet cafe and place to eat all in one, it serves a wide selection of wine, beers and spirits, and its cocktails are as bold and colourful as the decor. Cafe by day, bar and live music venue by night, Fossgate Social is geared towards York’s indie and sophisticated side.

Vudu Lounge York is one of the city’s busiest bars. It must have something to do with 2-4-1 cocktails, nightly R&B, plenty of glitter and a 1am licence most nights. Revolution York overlooks the river and is smack bang in  the city centre. Spread over two floors, it has a main bar, two private bars, a DJ booth and a terrace with a pizza shack. 

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York’s clubs aren’t for the faint-hearted! Kuda York, open Wednesday to Sunday nights, attracts stag, hen and birthday parties keen to book out the VIP booths. Club Salvation, less than a 5-minute walk from the train station, takes up three buildings and has a rooftop terrace. Students love it for its cheap drink deals. Thanks to its music policy of ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s dance anthems, the party atmosphere in Flares York is favoured by older and younger clubbers alike. 

Looking for a hotel in York?

We've got plenty of hotels in York to choose from. Premier Inn Blossom Street North and Premier Inn Blossom Street South are both in the city centre and a five-minute walk from York train station. Our York North hotel is about a mile from the city centre, with easy access to the A19, A64 and the businesses in and around Clifton. To be within striking distance of the York Designer Outlet, or to get to the A1(M) quickly, Premier Inn York South West is the ideal place to stay. Premier Inn York North West puts you 3-4 miles from the train station and is close to handy road connections.