York city centre pubs

Last updated 5th June 2015

York truly is a real ale lovers paradise as you can see from the map below. To help you decide where to visit, we’ve listed the pubs below in alphabetical order. We have included opening times, meal times (if applicable) and links to help you find more information about the pub. All the information about the pubs is gathered by York CAMRA volunteers. If you find any of the details are wrong or out of date then please let our Pubs Officer know on whatpub.york@sky.com.

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Ackhorne, 9 St Martins Lane, YO1 6LN
A historic city centre pub, hidden off the beaten track down a narrow cobbled lane at the bottom of the famous 'Micklegate Run'. Partially open plan, with separate areas up a couple of steps or through an archway. There's also a small, pleasant beer garden on a raised area to the back of the pub. A friendly pub, full of character and atmosphere, which appeals to a wide audience.   
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Acomb Hotel, Kingsway, YO24 3BA
Ainsty, 59 Boroughbridge Road, YO26 5SQ
A roadhouse-style pub, built by York brewer J J Hunt in 1930 to serve the proposed ring road, which never materialised. It has now been opened-up, although some areas still retain elements of the former individual rooms, creating a measure of privacy for drinkers.
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All Bar One, 13-17 New Street, YO1 8RA
Food orientated bar with one changing guest ale
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Artful Dodger, 47 Micklegate, YO1 6LJ
A lively pub located towards the city centre end of Micklegate. The real ales come from from Yorkshire microbreweries; there is also guest real cider. This narrow pub, with its long bar, features music and televised sports – there are even mini TVs attached to the handpumps.
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Attic, 2 King's Square , YO1 8BH
Gallery bar above the Harlequin cafe selling a wide selection of bottled beers.
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Bay Horse, 105 Main Street, YO10 4PN
A smart, central bar serves a family room, lounge, snug and conservatory. Large smoking areas to the front and rear. There is a senior citizens’ lunch special (Monday–Friday).
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Bay Horse, 68 Marygate, YO30 7BH
Large, smartly refurbished pub close to the River Ouse and Museum Gardens. The guest beers are usually from micro-breweries and often include a monthly featured brewery.
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Bay Horse, 55 Blossom Street, YO24 1AZ
Not far from the city walls, this interesting 17th century pub with unspoilt interior has a central bar and three separate seating areas. Popular with locals, it can get very busy on race days. Up to 6 ales on sale.
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Beagle, 169 Foxwood Lane, YO24 3PG
Converted from a smallholding bungalow and opened in December 1977, this pub has a bar and a large lounge with a conservatory recently added. There are attractive gardens with a children’s play area, karaoke on Friday evening and Sunday lunch time and live entertainment on Saturday evening. Popular with locals and for family functions.
Beeswing, 55 Hull Road, YO10 3JP
A bustling local on the busy main Hull Road. The clientele are predominantly locals giving the pub a strong community feel. Central bar serving large U shaped room. Recently reopened following refurbishment.
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Biltmore Bar, 29 Swinegate, YO1 8AZ
(01904) 610075
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Black Bull, Hull Road, YO10 3LF
A large, family-friendly, food-oriented pub. It is part of the Sizzling Pub Company with good value pub food is available all day. The real ales are also very reasonably priced. There are two large screen TVs showing sport and a pool table.
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Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, YO1 7PR
A 17th century, timber-framed house, turned into a pub in the 18th century and altered since but still wood panelled with many original beams and sloping floors. There are three separate rooms downstairs with an upstairs function room where the Black Swan Folk Club meets and live jazz is featured on alternate Wednesday evenings. A pleasant, decked, outside drinking area is to the rear.
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Blacksmiths Arms, 56 The Old Village, YO32 9RB
This pleasant village local has been changed slightly to meet the needs of today’s customers, with a dedicated dining room. Feature walls with inbuilt electric stove add to the homely feel of this pub. The beer range is one of the best in the area. Well-supported by the village and passing trade which seeks it out.
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Blind Swine, 20-24 Swinegate, YO1 8AZ
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Blue Bell, 53 Fossgate, YO1 9TF
Award winning pub with a central bar serving two small rooms and through a servery to the long side corridor. Renowned for the interior wood panelling dating back to the early 1900's part of the CAMRA National Inventory and Britain's Real Heritage Pubs. Very much a local's pub where you can sit back and enjoy your beer and absorb the atmosphere. Sandwiches are available lunchtimes. The size and layout of the pub does not allow for large groups
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Blue Boar, 5 Castlegate, YO1 9RN
Recently refurbished and modernised city centre pub with five Yorkshire beers permanently available
Blue Fly/Vanity, 10a New Street, YO1 8RA
Blue Minnelle, The Georgian House, 35 Bootham, YO30 7BT
Bobo Lobo, 5 Little Stonegate, YO1 8AX
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Bootham Tavern, 29 Bootham, YO30 7BW
A horseshoe-shaped bar in modern Victorian style. TVs throughout showing football or, on Fridays and Saturdays, Rugby League. Monday is quiz night and Thursday is poker night. A pub with a loyal local following.
Brigadier Gerard, 84 Monkgate, YO31 7PF
Located just outside the city walls, this pub has an interesting, large, open plan lounge bar with seating area and small side room with pool table and darts. Named after a famous race horse – see boards and photos on the walls. Formerly a Boys’ Home, converted in 1985
Brigantes, 114 Micklegate, YO1 6JX
A recently extended and refurbished city centre pub, run by the Market Town Taverns group. 10 handpulls serve beers from mainly northern breweries, with regular beers, from York, Leeds, Timothy Taylor and Black Sheep, plus 4 guest beers. Good pub food served daily.
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Brown Cow, 36 Hope Street, YO10 4UR
Bumper Castle, Wiggington Road, YO32 2RJ
Friendly and welcoming, clean and well-kept with good service and beer, it has a large bar area and a conservatory for diners. There is a big enclosed garden with swings, slide and a Wendy house for the children and is ideal for family meals.
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Burns Hotel, 23 Market Street, YO1 8SL
A typical, traditional Sam Smith’s pub in the pedestrianised city centre. The former Burns Hotel was substantially rebuilt in the 1960s in the style of the cabs invented by Joseph Aloysius Hansom. Victorian-style panelling, glass (including skylight feature) and lighting give the pub character. Clientele consists of a mixture of locals, shoppers, tourists and students.
Burton Stone Inn, 34 Clifton, YO30 6AW
A Punch Taverns pub with a pleasant atmosphere and a town centre feel. It attracts locals and students for regular evening events such as quizzes, karaoke and pool.
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Cafe Rouge, 52 Low Petergate, YO1 7HZ
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Carlton Tavern, 140 Acomb Road, YO24 4HA
Converted in 1993 from a former hotel, this pub has a large, attractive, enclosed garden. The outdoor terraced area adjacent to the conservatory is reserved for meals; there is also a children’s play area. Emphasis is on family food at modest prices served daily 12.00- 8.45pm with a carvery on Sunday. Limited accommodation is in the lodge at the rear. Re-furbished summer 2013.
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Castle Howard Ox, Townend Street, YO31 7QA
A community pub with darts, pool and domino teams. It has a lounge, bar and decked outside area, live entertainment weekly, TVs and pool table. The name comes from an ox called White Willy, owned by a syndicate who lived near Castle Howard, which was exhibited in York in 1833. Occasional guest beer.
Charles XII, Main Street, YO10 5EA
Close to York University and popular with students. Large, wood-panelled, opened-out bar area inside with extensive outside drinking area to the rear. Owned by the Stonegate pub Group.
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City Screen, Coney Street, YO1 9QL
This modern, city centre cinema bar offers good views along the River Ouse from both inside and on the outdoor balcony. The comfy chairs and sofas make for a pleasant and relaxed environment
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Clifton Hotel, Water Lane, YO30 6PL
Coach House Hotel, 20/22 Marygate, YO30 7BH
A very welcoming hotel with a comfortable public bar; good place for a quiet drink away from the crowds, or for a meal before heading out into town for the evening. The guest beers come from York or Rudgate breweries.
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Cock & Bottle, 61 Skeldergate, YO1 6DS
A large, single-roomed pub near the River Ouse with traditional stone floor and wooden beams. The pub caters for all and has a good clientele mix, popular with sports fans and tourists alike. It has a cosy feel with its large stove fireplace and subdued lighting.
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Corner House, 165 Burton Stone Lane, YO30 6DG
Corner Pin, 17 Tanner Row, YO1 6JB
400 year old, Grade II listed building on a back street off the popular club circuit of Rougier Street. The traditional side of the pub, which retains some original features, has three connecting rooms around a bar, a modern conservatory section opens onto the beer garden. The clientele consists of locals, tourists and some overspill from the disco pubs.
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Cross Keys, 32 Tadcaster Road, YO24 1LQ
A large, usually lively, pub on a main road into the city. Popular with locals, students from the nearby college and race-goers before/after a day at the nearby racecourse. Good meal deals, Large outside area. Refurbished summer 2013.
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Cross Keys, 34 Goodramgate, YO1 7LF
Was rebuilt in 1904 on the site of the gate house to St Peters / the Minster. One of the 4 Nicholson's pubs in the centre of York. Up to 8 real ales from small breweries from across the country. Regular beer festivals during the year.
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Crystal Palace, 66-68 Holgate, YO24 4AB
A well-furnished Samuel Smith’s house within a short walk of the city centre. Like many of their pubs, it retains traditional separate bar and lounge areas which cater for different clientele. Primarily a pub for locals but all are welcome.
Dean Court Hotel, Duncombe Place, YO1 7EF
Comfortable bar in award-winning 4 star hotel: expect to pay a bit more than regular pub prices. Located in a prime tourist spot opposite York Minster. The guest beer is often from York Brewery.
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Deramore Arms, Main Street, YO10 5EA
Pleasant pub near York University. Two cosy, wood-panelled bar areas with more of an emphasis on food, plus two larger sections with wood and stone flagged floors. Also the home of the Four Thorns brewery. Guest ales from the likes of; The Hop Studio, Treboom, Ilkley, Kirkstall, Rudgate and Wold Top.
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Derwent Arms, 39 The Village, YO10 3NP
A hard-working village pub catering for all ages, very family-friendly. Holding regular music and quiz nights, it draws people in from surrounding areas. Its small caravan site provides a quiet base close to the University and city. A good range of home-cooked food and its own marquee make it a popular place for celebrations
Dick Turpin, 49 Moorcroft Road, YO24 2RQ
A 1960s estate pub in the original Woodthorpe Garden Village, well-known for the long-running Sunday charity quizzes. The public bar has big-screen TV, pool table, dart board and juke box, while the large, comfortable lounge is popular for functions. Once owned by Cameron’s Brewery, it is now part of the Marston’s estate.
Dormouse, Clifton Park Avenue, YO30 5PA
Modern pub set back from the A19 with a good range of beers. The building is in traditional style on the site of the former Clifton Hospital. Family-friendly inside and out with an extensive food menu including children's options. A large outdoor drinking area overlooks a green with trees.
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Duke of York, Railway Station, YO24 1AY
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Duke of York, 3-4 King's Square, YO1 8BH
New Leeds Brewery pub (opened Oct 2013) in the centre of York. A former estate agents at the top of shambles the pub is split over two floors with lots of exposed beams and original features.
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Dusk, 8 New Street, YO1 8RA
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Edinburgh Arms, 25 Fishergate, YO10 4AE
This warm and friendly local pub is one for the sports enthusiast with matches shown on TV, pool tables and darts board. Good spot for real ale drinkers who want to combine their beer and sporting interests.
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Evil Eye Lounge, 42 Stonegate, YO1 8AS
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Exhibition, 19 Bootham, YO30 7BW
Large, Victorian-style pub adorned with many pictures of various subjects, providing the exhibition in a bustling central location, close to Bootham Bar. A varied choice of ale in a warm, comfortable setting. Good food can be eaten in the conservatory or large beer garden.
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Five Lions, 24 Walmgate, YO1 9TJ
Pleasant interior with some wood panelling and the odd nautical decoration, offset with bright carpets. This is one for the locals. There is weekly live entertainment with TVs and a large screen projector for sports fans. There is also a small outdoor area which is pleasant in good weather.
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Flag & Whistle, Huntington Road, YO32 9PX
Built in the 1980s to serve the village of New Earswick, it is actually situated in the parish of Huntington due to a covenant placed on New Earswick which keeps it a dry village. Well-supported by locals from both there and the lower end of Huntington. There is a large, split-level lounge area and separate bar with pool table and is a modern locals’ local, hosting summer barbecues.
Flares, 6 Tanner Row, YO1 6JB
(01904) 653283
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Flying Legends, Stirling Road, YO30 4XZ
A large family pub/restaurant close to he Clifton Moor shopping centre.
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Fox, 169 Holgate Road, YO24 4DQ
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Fox & Roman, 58 Tadcaster Road, YO24 1LR
There has been a pub on this site, opposite York racecourse’s stables, since 1822. Rebuilt in 1900 and tastefully refurbished and extended in 1997, it has retained many original features. Whilst open plan, it is divided into discrete areas. Family-friendly with an emphasis on food, real ale and wine by the glass. Offers baby changing facilities and newspapers.
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Fulford Arms, 121 Fulford Road, YO10 4EX
Single roomed pub with up to 6 real ales on the bar. Large car park and garden at the rear. Regular live music events and quiz nights each week.
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Gibsons, 129 Micklegate, YO1 6LB
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Gillygate, 48 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ
Spacious pub with three pleasant, comfortable rooms, just outside the city walls and near the Minster, which appeals to locals and tourists alike. The pub also benefits from a patio garden with seating area.
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Golden Ball, 2 Cromwell Road, YO1 6DU
In the residential Bishophill district, this is a fine, welcoming Victorian street-corner local. It has an impressive glazed brick exterior and was extensively refurbished by John Smith's in 1929. Identified by CAMRA as one of Britain's Real Heritage Pubs, it has four very different rooms - a main bar, back room, comfortable lounge and snug. Outside is a large south-facing beer garden. This is now a community pub (run by a cooperative) where several local societies hold their meetings.
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Golden Fleece, 16 Pavement, YO1 9UP
One of the oldest inns in York, made more famous by the Most Haunted TV programme. It retains an olde worlde feel: the walls display a myriad of interesting historical information, photographs and tales about the city. There is a small area at the front with a larger bar and beer garden to the rear.
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Golden Lion, 9 Church Street, YO1 8BG
This single-roomed city centre pub has a cosy, country feel, with stained wood floors, a large wooden bar and pictures of old York on the walls. One of the best selections of real ale and pub food in the city makes this a popular pub. There is something for everyone, with discreetly positioned TVs and games machines, as well as quiet corners in which to have a chat with friends in a convivial atmosphere.
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Golden Slipper, 20 Goodramgate, YO1 7LG
An unspoilt historic pub built in the 15th or 16th century with the Victorian brick façade added in the 19th. There are four seating areas including a snug and the library. A coffin drop was located in the snug to allow bodies to be passed outside via the side passage before buildings were added next door. In 1984, workmen found a medieval leather slipper which has been put on display, hence the pub’s name.
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Graduate, 6-12 Lendal, YO1 8AA
During the day this bar focuses mostly on food – discounts can be had with in-house VCard. In the evenings, it transforms into a popular venue for younger clientele with current chart hits and videos coupled with classic tunes from the past. Split over two floors, complete with a beer garden. Free Wi-Fi.
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Green Tree, Beckfield Lane, YO26 5PJ
Guy Fawkes, 25 High Petergate, YO1 7HP
Hugely atmospheric inn with up-market chic accommodation in the shadow of York Minster. Purported to be the birthplace of Guy Fawkes, it has retained many of the features from this period. Timber floors and plentiful oak furniture are lit by candles and gas lamps to complete the old world experience with a flourish. Six handpumps dispense Dark Force Treason brewed especially by Great Heck, plus rotating local ales. Gastro-type pub grub is served in the rooms adjoining the bar.
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Habit, 40 Goodramgate, YO1 7LF
Compact pub on two floors; the roof terrace gives a unique view of the Minster. Good live music at weekends. The real ale comes from Yorkshire micro-breweries.
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Harkers, 1 St Helens Square, YO1 8QN
Set in a fantastic early 18th century building, this popular bar has a grand Roman / Georgian feel with a high ceiling, tiered seating area and plenty of tall window seats. Good quality ales and a range of Belgian beers are on offer.
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Henry J Beans, 1 Tower Street, YO1 9WD
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Hole In The Wall, 10 High Petergate, YO1 7EH
Built during the 18th century, this was originally known as the Board Inn and was extensively renovated in the 1980s, when the name was changed; however, it still retains some original features. In 1816, a tunnel was discovered that led to a dungeon and like many York pubs, this one is said to be haunted. There is an interesting history board in the bar on the right hand side.
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Hop, 11-12 Fossgate, YO1 9TA
Brand new (Oct 2013) Ossett brewery owned pub in the centre of York. There is a front bar area leading to large open area at the rear with a stage for regular "unplugged" music acts. Former Italian restaurant with original tiling and exposed brickwork throughout. Pizza cooked in a wood fired pizza oven served lunchtimes and evenings. Guest beers from Fernandes, Rat and other Yorkshire Breweries
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Hopgrove, Malton Road, YO32 9TE
Busy, food-oriented (Toby Carvery) pub just off the A63/A1237 junction. Long, modern wooden bar, with various seating options and separate dining area. Most walls are adorned with framed saucy postcards and other comical pictures. Opening times are for the pub, opens earlier for breakfast.
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Hotel du Vin, 89 The Mount, YO24 1AX
This pleasant, comfortable hotel bar is situated just beyond the reception area. The presence of cask ale here is a welcome surprise and there is also a huge selection of wines and spirits.
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House of Trembling Madness, 48 Stonegate, YO1 8AS
Small medieval drinking hall situated above a bottled beer shop in the centre of York. 2 real ales, and a wide range of keg and bottled beers from around the world are available. Bottles from the shop below can be drunk on the premises for a small corkage fee. Can get very busy at the weekend.
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Inn on the Green, 3 The Green, YO26 5LL
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Jubilee, Balfour Street, YO26 4YU
Judges Lodgings, 9 Lendal, YO1 8AQ
A Thwaites owned pub situated in the original cellars of the Assize Court Judge’s Lodgings, which explains its various nooks and crannies. Great pub for the summer with a large outside drinking area.
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Kennedy's Bar, 1 Little Stonegate, YO1 8AX
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Keystones, 4 Monkgate, YO31 7PE
Student pub situated just outside Monk bar. Sports shown on large screen TV. Regular drink and food promotions.
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King William, Barkston Avenue, Chapelfields, YO26 5DH
Kings Arms, 3 Kings Staith, YO1 9SN
Knavesmire, Albermarle Road, YO23 1ER
Large multi-roomed pub, close to York Racecourse. The pub was taken over by Inglenook Inns and Taverns in 2013. It has been extensively refurbished, and now serves real ale. Beers from local breweries including Hop Studio, York and Hambleton.
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Kuja Lounge, 3 Coffee Yard, YO1 8AR
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Lamb & Lion, 2-4 High Petergate, YO1 7EH
Multi-roomed pub situated under Bootham bar serving 4 real ales from a variety of local breweries. Large beer garden at the rear, next to the bar walls, with niceviews of the Minster. Good quality food and accommodation are also available.
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Last Drop Inn, 27 Colliergate, YO1 8BN
Opened in 2000, this split-level single bar resembles some of the older pubs in the city with its predominantly wood and brick interior. Large glass windows afford fine views of King’s Square, a popular spot for street entertainers. Close to the historic street known as The Shambles and the town market, this is an ideal stopping-off point for shoppers and tourists. Children are not admitted. The guest beers may be either York Brewery seasonals or from other breweries.
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Leeman Rose, 47 Stamford Street East, YO26 4YE
A friendly backstreet local – akin to Coronation Street – serving the local community in the immediate terraced streets. Opened in 1885 and named after George Leeman, Chairman of the North Eastern Railway and Lord Mayor of the City. Now a two-roomed establishment – one of which is grandly titled a lounge – but which is an intimate snug.
Lendal Cellars, 26 Lendal, YO1 8AA
City centre pub in an interesting underground location in a converted cellar. A Greene King tied house with guests from other breweries and traditional pub food. There are two bars with large, long tables allowing a sociable atmosphere. A busy pub, appealing to all from students to families.
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Lighthorseman, 124 Fulford Road, YO10 4BE
This Grade II listed building was probably purpose-built as a pub/hotel in the 1870s and survives as a multi-roomed public house, despite some remodelling in the 1930s which removed partitioning from the main bar. It still retains the original Victorian bar with its renowned Lighthorseman lantern, large windows and high ceilings. French doors lead from the dining area at the rear into an attractive beer garden. One of three Thwaites’ tied houses in York.
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Longboat, 20 Blossom Street, YO24 1AJ
Large town-centre bar, part of the Table Table chain, with a restaurant area built into the layout. Modern and stylish interior with comfortable seating areas. Accommodation is available in the adjoining Premier Inn.
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Loop, 2 Fawcett Street, YO10 4AH
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Lowther, 8 Cumberland Street, YO1 9SW
Overlooking the river on King’s Staith. A large, wood-panelled and tiled/wooden-floored pub with stained glass. Its spacious interior is broken up into several separate areas with comfortable banquette and sofa seating. Outside area on the riverside for food and drink.
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Lysander Arms, Manor Lane, YO30 5TZ
A little gem hidden away at the end of a new housing estate, this building replaces the original caravan site clubhouse. The pub still has a 10-pitch caravan site and is popular with Dutch and German visitors. Well-kept LocAle is served alongside basic pub grub in the bar area. There is also a dedicated restaurant area. The lounge is big enough to have two sports showing on large-screen TVs and to leave a quiet space. Free Wi-Fi is available.
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Magnet, Osbaldwick Lane, YO10 3AY
Pleasant 1930s estate pub built by John Smith’s Brewery with snug, bar games lounge with TV well used by locals. Has the benefit of a bus stop right outside the pub. Disabled access is available, ramp required and helpful staff assist as required.
Maltings, Tanners Moat, YO1 6HU
A former Yorkshire Pub of the Year, the pub has a lovely atmosphere, real-effect gas fire, covered smoking area outside, live folk music every Tuesday and bags of character. There are reclaimed doors covering the ceiling and even a reclaimed toilet acting as a seat in one of the corners! A recent extension has provided more seating and a small outside area, whilst carefully maintaining the original character. Friendly, knowledgeable staff serve a wide and revolving range of local beers.
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Marcia Grey, 24 Front Street, YO24 3BZ
Mason's, 13 Fossgate, YO1 9TA
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Masons Arms, 6 Fishergate, YO10 4AB
Smart, friendly pub, well known both locally and with tourists for its substantial, quality meals. There are a few tables outside facing a main road and a pleasant rear terrace overlooking the River Foss basin and lock. The beers are normally from regional breweries.
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Melbourne, 6 Cemetery Road, YO10 5AH
Originally a beer house first mentioned in 1867, this Victorian corner pub comprises one large bar split into three interconnecting sections each with its own TV and one with a pool table. Very popular with local residents and students.
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Meltons Too, 25 Walmgate, YO1 9TX
A modern, bistro-style restaurant with a downstairs bar where drinkers are very welcome. The guest beers come from a range of local breweries, usually Great Heck, York, Daleside or Ossett. The varied menu features local produce and special tapas deals until 8pm. Children welcome.
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Millfield, White Rose Close, YO26 6RL
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Minster Inn, 24 Marygate, YO30 7BH
A traditional, unspoilt local pub that retains its multi-roomed layout. You can always find someone to talk to in the friendly bar, meet with friends in one of the three other rooms, or seek out a quiet spot. There are table-top games to keep everyone busy (or frustrated) for hours. Although tied to Marston's, it makes the best of the range of beers available, always selecting the seasonal ones. It is also CAMRA National Inventory pub retaining many original features.
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Missoula, Merchant Exchange, 1 Bridge Street, YO1 6DD
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Mitre, Shipton Road, YO30 5XF
A well-appointed, 1960s, food-oriented suburban pub just off the A19. Children are welcome in the large lounge accommodates children and has TV projection facilities; the separate bar has a pool table and dartboard.
Mount, 72 The Mount, YO24 1AR
Single-roomed Marston's pub.
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Nags Head, 56 Heworth Road, YO31 0AD
A two-roomed local pub with a comfortable, split level lounge leading to a conservatory which doubles as a family room. The bar leads onto a pool room at the rear. General knowledge and music quizzes feature as evening entertainment. Refurbished in Spring 2013
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Nags Head, 100 Micklegate, YO1 6JX
O'Neill's, 10 Low Ousegate, YO1 9QU
O'Neills Irish themed bar in the centre of York close to the River Ouse. Recently started serving real ale.
(01904) 613465
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Old Ebor, 2 Drake Street, YO23 1EQ
A lively local overlooking the city walls. It was built in the second half of the 19th century with the Old in its name to distinguish it from other inns called Ebor. Winner of York CAMRA Town Pub of the Season Summer 2013. Guest Beers from local micro-breweries and Bushy's (Isle of Man).
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Old Grey Mare, Clifton Green, YO30 6LH
Overlooking Clifton Green, this is a building of two halves – a pub on one side and the Gate of India restaurant and takeaway on the other. There is a comfortable lounge with a bar off to the side containing pool table and TV.
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Old Shambles Tavern, 44 The Shambles, YO1 7LX
Cafe and gift shop on busy tourist street of the Shambles. It introduced two hand pumps selling cask ale from local breweries in November 2013. It also sells a wide variety of bottled beers from Yorkshire Breweries. Shop opens at 9 (10 Sun), but cask ale available from 12.
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Old White Swan, 80 Goodramgate, YO1 7LF
A large three-roomed Nicholson's pub in the City Centre. A seated courtyard area at the front of the pub leads to the Georgian Dining room on the left, Tudor bar straight ahead and Stagecoach bar to the right - which in turns leads to outdoor smoking area at the rear. Eight handpumps serve a variety of styles and strengths of beer from around the country (regularly includes beers from local breweries). Good quality pub food served daily from 10 til 10.
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Olde Starre Inn, 40 Stonegate, YO1 8AS
Arguably the oldest inn in York, this very famous pub is popular with both tourists and residents. It comprises a large main bar, three separate rooms and no fewer than three outdoor beer terraces – a veritable oasis down an alley behind a busy shopping street. Look out for the gallows sign which spans Stonegate. Thursday is open mic night and there are occasional Sunday afternoon acoustic sessions. Wide range of guest beers including some from local micros.
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Oscars, 27 Swinegate, YO1 8AZ
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Pack of Cards, Lindsey Avenue, YO26 4RL
Two-roomed estate pub serving the local community. The spacious lounge is also used as a function room. The pool and darts teams based here are successful in the local area.
Pavilion Hotel, 45 Main Street, YO10 4PJ
Originally a 17th century farm house, now an elegant Grade II listed Georgian country house 3 star hotel. The gallery bar, which is light and airy with lantern roof light and French windows, opens onto beautiful gardens with seating.
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Pear Tree Farm, North Business Park, YO32 9LB
Newly built pub that opened in 2012. Located close to the Monks Cross shopping centre to the North East of York.
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Phoenix, 75 George Street, YO1 9PT
Unspoilt traditional and independently run pub. A major refurbishment with preserved historic features from a major refurbishment a few years ago. Adjacent to the City Walls and close to tourist attractions, Jorvik Viking Centre and Castle Museum. The pub has six real ales mainly from northern breweries and hosts beer festivals plus "meet the brewer" evenings. Live jazz nights, a quiz night and traditional pub games (bar billiards and shove-ha'penny) help create a convivial atmosphere.
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Pink Pony, 54 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ
Pitcher & Piano, Ebor Hall, Coney Street, YO1 9QL
Pitcher and Piano chain bar overlooking the river ouse. One hand-pulled ale available.
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Pitchside Bar, York City Football Club, Bootham Crescent, YO30 7AQ
Bar associated with, and situated next to, York City Football Club.
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Pivni, 6 Patrick Pool, YO1 8BB
Part of the expanding group of Pivovar UK craft beer houses, featuring 5 cask ales from highly regarded breweries such as Thornbridge, Buxton, Hardknott, Marble, Dark Star and many more, changing regularly. These are complemented by a changing range of craft keg beers mostly from Europe, USA and the UK. There is also an extensive selection of bottled beers. Formerly a travel agents, the 12th Century timber framed building dates back to 1190. Food restricted to cold pies and cheeseboards.
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Plonkers, 5 Cumberland Street, YO1 9SW
Smart wine bar, popular with tourists and theatre goers. Variety of bottled ales, Wi-Fi, soul DJ on the last Friday of the month. Tables outside next to river with table service. Functions upstairs.
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Plough, 48 Main Street, YO10 4PX
Smart pub with open plan bar, featuring home-made food. Pleasant beer garden at rear. Occasional live music, Dogs welcome when the pub is not serving food. Monday quiz with beer vouchers as the prize.
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Popworld, George Hudson Street, YO1 6JL
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Postern Gate, 90 Piccadilly, YO1 9NX
Part of the Wetherspoons chain, this spacious modern pub, situated opposite Fishergate Bar, keeps up the company’s tradition of serving a wide range of good value beers, wines, spirits and food. The outside area, which overlooks the River Foss, provides a pleasant place for customers to spill out onto in summer.
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Priory, 103 Micklegate, YO1 6LB
Large, open plan pub near Micklegate Bar, furnished with comfy sofas and chairs. Food is served all day until 9pm. It can be very busy on Friday and Saturday nights. One of the few pubs on the Micklegate Run serving real ale.
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Punch Bowl, 5-9 Blossom Street, YO24 1AU
Pleasant Wetherspoons pub just outside of the city walls next to Micklegate Bar. Formerly a butcher’s shop and a pharmacy – see the shop-like front windows – it has been a pub for quite a few years. Very popular at lunchtimes and early evening for meals and quality beers. Look out for seasonal beer festivals.
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Punch Bowl, 134 Lowther Street, YO31 7ND
Punch Bowl, 7 Stonegate, YO1 8AN
One of the oldest pubs in York, located on one of its busiest shopping streets, it is popular with tourist and locals alike. There are three distinct areas all served by a central bar, an airy front section, drinking corridor and cosy rear area with wooden beams and fireplace.
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Puss 'N' Boots, 81 Hamilton Drive East, YO24 4JP
A large, modern, multi-roomed estate pub with ample parking and an outdoor area serving a mainly local clientele. Warm and friendly atmosphere with regular activities, such as music jam night on Wednesday and quiz night on Thursday. Several games teams including pétanque.
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Quaker Wood, Acomb Wood Drive, YO24 3XN
A large, detached building taking its name from the adjacent Quaker Wood. Popular with residents of the Acomb Park Estate and the wider Foxwood area. Internally, the large L-shaped single room is separated into a number of split level areas, all with TV screens. Good range of food with especially good value on the 2 for 1 meals.
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Red Lion, 2 Merchantgate, YO1 9TU
An attractive, historic pub which, although partly opened up, still has several different drinking areas served from a central bar. It is possible to work out the original layout of the interior from the exposed wooden beams and fireplaces. There are plenty of tables provided outside in its large beer garden.
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Red Lion, Main Street, YO26 6QG
Village pub dating from 1823, opening onto the street, it is now a smart free house, tastefully refurbished with contemporary, dark wood interior: relaxing and classy. Full disabled facilities, car park and flowery patio area to the rear. Highly recommended food.
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Revolution, Yorkshire Herald Building, Coney Street, YO1 9NA
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Roman Bath, 9 St Sampsons Square, YO1 8RN
Single-room pub on the site of an old Roman bath. There’s a charge for entry to a museum under the pub where the remains of the bath can still be seen. The pub walls are decorated with modern Roman murals. Licensed eating area in adjoining St. Sampson’s Square. Live music most nights
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Rook & Gaskill, 12 Lawrence Street, YO10 3WP
Just outside the ancient city walls, this popular and simply furnished local, with a single split-level bar, keeps a varied clientele happy. A range of rotating guest beers supplement two Castle Rock and two Wharfebank regulars. Refurbished in 2012, with a much improved decked outdoor area.
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Rose & Crown, 13 Lawrence Street, YO10 3BP
Old pub, a former Tetley Ale House which had its own brewery, just outside the city walls. There are usually eight beers, although the range may be reduced during university holidays. The pub has been opened out but still has separate areas surrounding a central bar; a room with a real fire is particularly popular with families.
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Royal Oak, 18 Goodramgate, YO1 7LG
One of York’s oldest pubs, built circa 1591; this was a coaching house entwined with the building next door. Formerly the Blue Boar in 1772, it has also been known as the Blue Pig under landlord John Dickinson. Its mock Tudor frontage was added in the 1800s. It still retains a lot of original features, with a snug, lounge and public bar.
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Saddle, 37 Main Street, YO10 4PJ
A prominent 150-year-old pub on a main road into York, with a comfortable L-shaped lounge and an adjacent dining area where children are welcome. The good-value food accompanies the best selection of beers in this part of the city. Sports TV, darts and pool are also a draw. An unusual petanque terrain features in the attractive rear garden, with open sessions for visitors to join in. Accommodation is available
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Sea Horse Hotel, 4 Fawcett Street, YO10 4AH
A friendly Samuel Smith’s pub close to the Bar Walls. At the front, there’s a wood-panelled public bar and a comfortable parlour room, in which families are welcome. To the rear, there’s a larger, cosy bar and a dining room. Each room offers a different atmosphere and contains interesting photos of yesteryear.
Shoulder of Mutton, 64 Heworth Green, YO31 7TQ
A large Victorian pub on the main road, it has a single bar, a wood-panelled pool room and a large, outdoor smoking area. One of the largest beer gardens in York with a children’s play area at one end. Large screen TV, quiz and theme nights provide entertainment.
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Slip Inn, Clementhorpe, YO23 1AN
An independent free house since 2010, this friendly traditional community pub is situated just outside the City Walls. Run by beer enthusiasts, permanent ales from four Yorkshire brewers feature plus a guest, and the range expands dramatically during events. Offers real cider too. The two bars and snug have been carefully updated. The paved outdoor area caters for smokers, also often used to supply live music and food at regular events like festivals and 'battles of the brewers'. There are also TVs for sporting events.
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Slug & Lettuce, The Courtyard, 22-26 Back Swinegate, YO1 8AD
Part of a chain popular with the young, this is a modern bar in the centre of York close to Stonegate. Single, L-shaped room offering a variety of seating areas with stools, chairs, high and low tables and sofas.
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Slug & Lettuce, 1/1a Low Ousegate, YO1 9QU
Modern, comfortable bar with river views, it is popular with tourists and locals. An extensive food menu, which caters for all tastes and includes breakfast, is served from 10-10.
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Snickleway Inn, 47 Goodramgate, YO1 7LS
A very old, historic pub, this has been called many names since it was known as the House of Tudor. During the siege of York in 1644 it was used as the Royalist magazine. Reputed to be the most haunted pub in York, especially in the cellar where a malevolent spirit causes havoc at times.
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Society Bar & Lounge, 1 Rougier Street, YO30 6PY
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Spread Eagle, 98 Walmgate, YO1 9TL
A partially opened up, three-roomed pub situated within the city walls close to Walmgate Bar. The back room has a pool table and darts board. Patio garden and smoking area to the rear
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Stone Roses, 4 King Street, YO1 9SP
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Stonegate Yard, 8-10 Little Stonegate, YO1 8AX
Located in a Georgian Townhouse in a historic area of the city just off Stonegate. This popular and interesting Bar & Brasserie caters for various clientele of all ages. See food menus for specials, the food portions are generous. The venue is spread over two floors and outside into the yard itself, which can be fully covered and heated when required.
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Sun Inn, 35 The Green, YO26 5LL
A welcome source of beer variety in the Acomb area of York, this attractive, traditional pub overlooks Acomb village green, opposite the bus stop for links east to York city centre. It has a lunchtime menu, a very comfortable lounge, a quiet side bar and a public bar with dartboard and TVs for sporting events, and tables outside at the front and a rear courtyard. Live music features, with open-mike and jam sessions. A friendly community pub.
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Swan, 16 Bishopgate Street, YO23 1JH
Gracing the front cover of "Yorkshire's Real Heritage Pubs" and winner of numerous awards this is definitely a York pub to visit. It's often busy ( particularly on race days) but the rare West Riding lobby and two bar hatches means that you are never far from swift service.  Be sure to ask about the three "sister" pubs in town which are all well worth a visit, one being eminently easy to slip into and the others not far away either.
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Tam O' Shanter, 37 Lawrence Street, YO10 3BP
Classic Victorian decor. An easy-going pub during the week with quiz night on Wednesday and a pool table at the back of the bar. Things go up a gear at weekends with Saturday and Sunday entertainment (karaoke or band) and satellite football.
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Tap & Spile, 29 Monkgate, YO31 7PB
Imposing Flemish-style pub dating from 1897, it was formerly the Black Horse. Spacious split-level interior, with separate lounge area featuring bookshelves and elegant fireplace.
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Terrace, 5 Fossgate, YO1 9TA
Bright, airy, modern bar with large windows and TV screens all around showing sports. Patio doors lead outside to a mainly covered drinking area. Food is served until 7 pm. Bands every Friday evening.
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Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Place, YO1 7HD
York Theatre Royal is famous for theatrical productions, comedy nights, exhibitions and the panto. Oh yes it is! The café bar on the ground floor, where you’ll find the real ale, is light and airy, with a pleasant outdoor area and free Wi-Fi. There’s usually a light and a dark ale; York Brewery bottled beers are available on the top bar.
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Thirteen Thirty One, 13 Grape Lane, YO1 7HU
Bar and restaurant in the centre of York. Shows Movies and Sky sports in its own Cinema!
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Thomas's, 3 Museum Street, YO1 7DT
Busy independent city centre pub opposite museum gardens. Four continually changing guest beers. Open til late.
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Three Cranes, 11 St Sampson's Square, YO1 8RN
A true locals pub in the heart of the city centre, which always seems busy whatever the time of day. A traditional pub with a warm welcome and friendly atmosphere, it attracts a whole range of people and characters, from tourists to local traders and business people.
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Three Tuns, 12 Coppergate, YO1 9NR
One of the city’s oldest pubs with plenty of architectural character. Wheelchairs were not invented when the uneven steps and floors were laid down, while many visitors have to duck to clear the low beams! The landlord makes full use of Marston’s beer range to offer an interesting and varied choice of beers to his customers.
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Three-legged Mare, 16 High Petergate, YO1 7EN
A modest frontage gives way to a roomy pub with plenty of seating. Enjoy the view of the Minster from the settee by the door, spot the red piano occasionally used by buskers around town or navigate the spiral staircase in search of the loos. The York Brewery range is supplemented by an interesting choice of guests - something for everyone at any time of day
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Tiger 10, 2 Micklegate, YO1 6LG
A modern conversion with a mezzanine overlooking a very large bar area, frequented by a youngish clientele. Formerly St John's Church (11th century) it was closed to worshippers in 1934 and converted to an arts centre in the 1970s. Most of the ancient stonework has been preserved, including a tomb belonging to a long-deceased knight called Sir Richard Yorke.
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Trafalgar Bay Inn, 7 Nunnery Lane, YO23 1AB
A real delight of a pub retaining many original Victorian features. Clean and well decorated with four rooms in all, one of which is devoted to traditional pub games, and a good-sized beer garden. Beer prices extremely good value.
Vahe, 31-33 Goodramgate, YO1 7LS
Small bar with Minster views specialising in quality drinks. These is usually one dark and one pale cask beer, normally from Yorkshire breweries. The walls are a mix of exposed brick and dark red painted plaster which, combined with relaxing background music, creates a classy drinking environment.
Victor J's, 1a Finkle Street, YO1 8RW
(01904) 541771
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Victoria, 1 Heslington Road, YO10 5AR
A pub that appeals to all, including families, students and locals. Within easy reach of the City city walls, it is York’s only regular outlet for Old Mill beers brewed at Snaith near Selby. Traditional look and feel with a warm welcome and an eclectic mix of wall decorations. Good quality accommodation.
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Victoria Vaults, 47-49 Nunnery Lane, YO23 1AB
Low key local pub with well-kept real ales. Clean, vintage interior with two good sized rooms and friendly staff. Music/karaoke events most nights. Covered outdoor area for smokers.
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Volunteer Arms, 5 Watson Street, YO24 4BH
A totally independent free house situated just off Holgate Road, close to the centre of York. The pub has a real community feel, whilst being welcoming to all. It has an excellent beer range for a suburban pub, with loyalties firmly with local breweries, which emphasises the pub's commitment to LocAle. There are 5 permanent beers and 2 ever changing guests. Other features include live blues every Saturday night and a quiz every Sunday night.
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Vudu Lounge, 37-39 Swinegate, YO1 8AZ
(01904) 627627
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Waggon & Horses, 19 Lawrence Street, YO10 3BP
Bateman's owned multi-roomed pub. 3 Bateman's beers are supplemented by up to 5 guests from around the country. Food served in the evenings and good value accommodation also available.
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Walnut Tree, The Village, YO31 1AN
Traditional pub, with lounge, separate bar and conservatory (used for dining). Outside the pub has a large garden (with a children's play area), patio and decking areas and a car park. One rotating guest beer, from local breweries, is served alongside the two regular beers; John Smith's Bitter and Black Sheep Ale.
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Wellington, 47 Alma Terrace, YO10 4DL
A friendly, popular, backstreet local bought by Sam Smith’s in 1887 and little altered since then giving a Victorian feel reflected in low priced beer. It has three rooms; with the bar on the left, another room on the right and a snug at the back.
Whippet Inn, 15 North Street, YO1 6JD
Recently refurbished and re-opened as a Steak and Ale house. Majoring on food, but 4 ales available in the small separate bar at the front
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White Horse, 6 Bootham, YO30 7BL
A comfortable, narrow pub with one long bar running through the middle. Popular with sports fans due to the large screen and other TVs. A separate pool room with TV and gaming machines. One of only three tied houses in York for Blackburn brewer, Thwaites.
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Wildes Bar, 21 Grape Lane, YO1 7HU
(01904) 610370
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Windmill, 14-16 Blossom Street, YO24 1AJ
A bustling pub, adjacent to Micklegate Bar on the busy corner of Blossom Street and Queen Street, this pub is very popular with sports fans as large screen TVs feature the latest games. Also popular with racegoers.
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Winning Post, 127-129 Bishopthorpe Road, YO23 1NZ
Substantial pub, popular on race days. Three large rooms all serviced off central bars, one available for functions. Traditional pub decor with horse racing prints and pictures appropriate to both its name and location en route to the Knavesmire
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Woolpack, 6 Fawcett Street, YO10 4AH
Situated on a corner, this small but friendly local lies just outside the bar walls on the university side of town. Refurbished in 2013 and reopened with a much increased range of cask ales. Full range of of Tim Taylor's plus two ever-changing beers. Regular music nights and sky sports tv.
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Yates's, Church Lane, Low Ousegate, YO1 9QT
More disco than pub, you can dance away to the early hours in a very popular venue for the younger drinker. Large open bar with separate dance floor area. As you would expect with this centrally located venue it can very busy on Friday & Saturday nights.
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York Arms, 26 High Petergate, YO1 7EH
A nice, tidy pub next to the Minster with interesting original wood panelling in the front snug. Converted in the 19th century into the York Arms Hotel, it is haunted by an active poltergeist that shuts open doors and opens closed ones and also throws utensils around the kitchen! See the story board at back of pub.
York Tap, Railway Station, Station Road, YO24 1AB
Impressive conversion of the former tea rooms on the station to a stunning pub with a circular wooden bar and stained glass in the ceiling domes and windows. There are 20 handpumps, selling 18 cask beers plus two ciders or perries. The beers are chosen from some of Britain's finest breweries with several from Thornbridge usually available. All styles and strengths of beers are represented.
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Yorkshire Terrier, 10 Stonegate, YO1 8AS
This compact city centre pub offers four distinctive bars each with an individual feel, plus a shop/deli at the front.York Brewery fare is supplemented by an interesting selection of guests so the beer range matches the variety of the decor. Rarely has so much been squeezed into such a modest space.
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