Out drinking around the city? Make sure to tick off some of the best pubs in Lincoln with the help of our guide. We’ve got traditional boozers, gig venues, craft beer hot spots and brewery pubs where you can happily knock back a pint.
On the lengthy High Street, The Golden Eagle is one of the top pubs in Lincoln. It’s got a welcoming atmosphere and a really great selection of beers, including favourites like Doombar and Tribute on tap. But being a Castle Rock pub, it’d be a shame if you didn’t try some of the Nottingham brewery’s exquisite ales.
The pub also boasts a really good beer garden, especially if you’re blessed with a bit of sunshine during your stay. But even if it’s pouring down, there are sheltered areas and heaters. They regularly put on live music, a pub quiz and show sports on the TVs, so you won’t be short on entertainment either.
A family-owned pub that graces the pages of the Good Beer Guide, you’ll find The West End Tap on Newland Street West. They’ve got a great selection of cask ales, with fixed prices for different strengths. For example, anything below 3.5% will only set you back £3, but regardless of strength, they’re all very affordable. They also have a great selection of bottled beers from around the world and guest taps too. The owners are very friendly, so feel free to ask them for their recommendations.
Their open mic night also attracts talented local musicians from all genres and backgrounds. Everyone’s really easy-going, so don’t expect a strictly programmed night of music; it often opens itself up into more of a jam session.
With its distinctive bright green exterior and the fact that it’s practically next door to our Lincoln City Centre hotel, it’s pretty hard to miss The Jolly Brewer. The place has hardly changed over the last quarter of a century, but that’s part of its charm. The decor’s cool and unlike any other pub in the city. The staff are super friendly, they’ve got a great ale selection and take pride in their choice of music, with gigs put on regularly too. If you’re hungry, don’t be afraid to order something off the menu – it’s no frills but much better than you might expect. Plus, the beer garden is a good size and everything’s very reasonably priced. What more could you want?
Right in the city centre, on the High Street and a few minute’s walk from the train station, The Treaty of Commerce is a Batemans pub that’s built up a great reputation for its traditional decor, select choice of beers and real ciders. They also serve excellent food in decent portions and at a reasonable price – the Sunday roast is especially good. Plus, they’re dog-friendly. It’s proof that pubs don’t need to go overboard trying to stand out from the crowd; keep it simple and do things well, and you’ll win over an army of regulars.
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