York boasts a pretty impressive selection of bars to suit all tastes.

Our favourite bars in York

Cave du Cochon

19 Walmgate, York, YO1 9TX, +44 (0)1904 633669

Cave du Cochon is a natural wine bar, just down the road from one of our all time favourite restaurants, Le Cochon Aveugle. It’s a delightful place to savour some quality wines and nibble on some tasty cheeses and charcuterie.  We really love heading here for a pre-theatre or pre-dinner drink. Luckily, they’re open til midnight so you can also pop in afterwards. A perfect choice for wine buffs. 

Opening hours: Wed & Thurs 17:00 – midnight, Frid-Sun 12:00 – midnightMonday and Tuesday | Closed

Evil Eye

42 Stonegate, York YO1 8AS, +44 0()1904 640002

Specialising in cocktails, weird and wonderful, Evil Eye is located on the very central and beautiful Stonegate. There’s a mind blowing selection of gins on offer. Popular with university students, this place is buzzing well into the night.

Opening hours: Sun – Thurs 11:00 – midnight, Fri & Sat 10:00 – 01:00

Fossgate Social

25 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA, +44 (0)1904 628692

A small independent licensed coffee shop / bar serving a very good selection of vegan options, Fossgate Social hosts live music and special events throughout the year. It’s a popular place, enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. There’s 2 levels and a charming courtyard garden out the back.

Opening hours: Mon – Thurs 09:00 – midnight, Fri & Sat 09:30 – 12:30am, Sun 10:00 – midnight

The Hop

11-12 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA, +44 (0)1904 541466

A traditional real ale house with a fabulous bar that serves very good stone pizza, The Hop is a favoured venue for locals after work on Thursday and Friday. There’s an excellent live music program throughout the week. It can get incredibly busy but luckily it’s housed in a large space.

Opening hours: Sun – Wed 12:00 – 23:00, Thurs – Sat 12:00 – midnight


1 Little Stonegate, York YO1 8AX, +44 (0)1904 620230

Located down the hidden Little Stonegate, Sotano is a gorgeous intimate, independent bar and restaurant serving Mediterranean tapas plates and classically-inspired cocktails well into the early hours. The Spanish tapas is really delicious and there’s a wide selection of gins and beers on offer too.

Opening hours: Tues – Thurs 17:00 – 01:30, Fri 16:00 – 04:00, Sat 12 – 04:00, Sun 12:00 – 01:30