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66 /100 80 GOODRAMGATE
“Nicholson’s pubs tend to present as charming olde-worlde eateries, and the Old White Swan is no exception. It sure is pretty with tourist-ready exposed brickwork, and it conveys a festive conviviality in mid-November. However all that glisters, etc. etc., and this is evident nowhere more clearly than in the beer selection. I have. The past been critical of Nicholson’s pared-down post-pandemic beer choices; to their credit the choice tends to be improving but you are still unlikely to find many ticks (I found two). As it’s close to so many great beer pubs, it’s a perfect place to regroup for a half or two & have a bite to eat (if you can stretch to the expensive menu). It has its merit, and missable only due to the insane number of good choices in York.“
jjsint 75 days ago
74 /100 15 HIGH PETERGATE
“Decent Black Sheep pub on Petergate and a stone’s throw from York Minster. Unlike the Maltings (q.v.), the selection here is heavily devoted to Black Sheep. I’m fine with this as a) they have Riggwelter on cask and b) there are some decent guests including a keg IPA from BBNo. Great service. Child and dog friendly. You may not get 487 ticks but I’d recommend stopping here if nearby.“
jjsint 77 days ago
68 /100 27 COLLIERGATE
“Decent York (& therefore Black Sheep) Brewery bar just off Kings Square. Walking in, it has the feel of a posh coffeehouse or slightly upmarket micropub. They seem to specialise a bit more in BlackSheep beers here than some of their other pubs in town, but there are still quite a few cask guests to choose from including beers from Brew York, Wensleydale, Helmsley, plus keg from the likes of BBNo and Burning Sky. Not an unmissable beer pub, but one that adds to the spirit of York having good beer pubs. If that makes sense.“
jjsint 77 days ago
68 /100 47 GOODRAMGATE
“Atmospheric old pub close enough to the tourist area to pull you in, but not quite enough to get crowded. Well, there are plenty of locals enjoying the booze and character here. It’s dark and maybe a bit gloomy but certainly friendly. The beer choice isn’t spectacular: about six sessionable casks plus Heart & Soul and Gamma Ray on keg, supplemented by four Lilley’s ciders. So you’ll likely find something new to you. If not, it’s still worth popping in and soaking up the feel of the place.“
jjsint 77 days ago
84 /100 48 STONEGATE
“A craft beer paradise in York city Centre. Make your way past the tourist traps to find where the real action is. A great bottle shop awaits you on the ground floor, with an upstairs bar that carries 3 cask and 8 keg plus quite a few bottles and cans behind the bar. The emphasis is on quality, not quantity, with Deya, Northern Monk, Vault City and Overtone flowing. It’s expensive, so be prepared for that. I’d give this the title of best place in York for me, so far. Certainly a destination.“
jjsint 77 days ago
80 /100
Caffe La Tazzina (Restaurant)
12 BLOSSOM STREET
“Amazing little Italian cafe which also happens to have one of the (if not the) best craft beer lists in York. It is a restaurant and, while drinkers are welcome, you may have to wait your turn. So don't cut it fine if you've got a nearby train (as I did). You will be kept hostage by the delights from Vault City, Wylam, Polly's and Unity as well as a few exciting UK breweries new to me (Lost Pier, Merakai). The best kept secret in York by some way.“
jjsint 77 days ago
70 /100 3 - 4 KING’S SQUARE
“A Leeds Brewery pub in the centre of the city. A couple of rooms sprouting out from the main bar area, all a bit staid and overformal. About 8 cask from the likes of Leeds, Cameron, Half Moon and Rudgate plus a bit of keg from Brew York, Magic Rock and Turning Point. Selection is a tiny bit better than the same brewery's Eagle & Child (q.v.) so worth popping in if you have time although not an essential visit.“
jjsint 77 days ago
54 /100 25 HIGH PETERGATE
“Yeah... this isn't really a beer pub, nice enough though it may be. Sadly I couldn't find a tick among the five cask beers, and the beer that I did try wasn't in particularly good condition. Its a shame, as York is teeming with crazy good beer places, that this pub isn't able to up its game just that little bit. On the expensive side as well.“
jjsint 77 days ago
82 /100
Pivni (Bar)
6 PATRICK POOL
“Okay, yes please. This is more like it: a lovely little Euro-inspired beer house down a side street away from the hustle and bustle of York. You'll need to be okay with stairs as there's only room for about five people on the ground floor Their few cask beers hold little interest but there's loads to choose from in keg including Verdant, Only with Love and two from Melton's Round Corner. So sessionable stuff but by no means do they go for the known breweries. And there's plenty from the North, Midlands and South of England as well as some dandy treats from the Continent. And my word it is toasty warm on a wet November afternoon. I hate to think what their heating bills are like, especially as they are only just on the dear side (and not fainting when you see the price dear). Do it. Do it. Do it.“
jjsint 77 days ago
64 /100 9 HIGH PETERGATE,
“Maybe I’m being too harsh on the pub but I hate being served a pint when I asked for a half, especially at these prices. Decent if unremarkable atmosphere, friendly if inattentive service. Good beer range really, with a few Leeds basics on cask with a couple guests, and quite a few goodies on keg. Northern Monk, Cameron’s, Three Brothers and Vocation are all available. So local-ish and safe breweries, but I can’t complain about the quality of what’s on offer. I’ve been to more expensive pubs but this is on the dear side. Can be skipped.“
jjsint 77 days ago
78 /100
Maltings (Bar)
TANNERS MOAT
“If you’re headed to York Minster from the railway station you may pass this pub (or you may wish to come in). I recommend the latter. It has a wonderful, lived-in but cared-for feel, with tiled flooring and It’s a Black Sheep pub, but don’t let that put you off, the beer list is amazing if on the small side. Options such as Rooster, Shiny, Thornbridge and Wild Beer on cask and keg, with some further can/bottle choice in a fridge behind the bar. I’m enjoying the Black Sheep imperial stout before noon (did I mention they open at 11 most days)? Very, very, very good value. Don’t miss it.“
jjsint 77 days ago
66 /100 40 STONEGATE,
“Visited Januar 2013 on The Jorvik Trail.“
fonefan 93 days ago
64 /100
Blue Bell (Bar)
53 FOSSGATE
“Visited Januar 2013 on The Jorvik Trail.“
fonefan 100 days ago
80 /100
York Tap (Bar)
TEA ROOM SQUARE, STATION ROAD
“Visited Many times. Januar 2013,“
fonefan 100 days ago
68 /100 19 LAWRENCE STREET
“Visited Januar 2013 on the Jorvik Trail.“
fonefan 100 days ago
78 /100
Pivni (Bar)
6 PATRICK POOL
“Visited Januar 2013 on The Jorvik Trail.“
fonefan 100 days ago
82 /100 48 STONEGATE
“Re-Rate. Visited in 2014 and didn't have the best experience (food order was forgotten) but 8 years later we've returned and got a much better impression of the place. Ok so we didn't eat this time but we did sit on a table outside taking in the midday sun with a couple of thirds. It's ideally situated in the very centre of the touristic part of York, so if you're wandering about you'll likely walk past it at some point. Downstairs has two rooms dedicated to beer, cider and some wine. Upstairs is the restaurant with stuffed animals and a bar. Quite a sizeable range of beers, mostly modern styles and breweries. Some refrigerated. On our visit the guys behind the counter were listening to an array of apocalyptic doom ala Old Man Gloom, Fudge Tunnel and Melvins which we very much approved of. I don't think any visit to York is complete without a visit here.“
minutemat 129 days ago
60 /100 15 HIGH PETERGATE
“Popped in for a quick half whilst walking around York. Has a good array of cask focussed on regional breweries, with lots of Black Sheep, some keg and a few box ciders. Barman did an eye roll when I asked if he did thirds, as I was going to get a flight of 3, but decided on the one half as this seemed to be a burden.“
minutemat 129 days ago
76 /100 UNIT 5, ENTERPRISE COMPLEX, WALMGATE
“A short walk outside the main City centre (kind of hidden away in fact) is the Brew York brewery, though once you do arrive the Brew York branding is projected loud and clear on banners and signage. It's in an old warehouse, with much of the old building charm still in tact. You enter straight into a merchandise area, with the beer hall upstairs in what seems like an old school hall with tall ceiling. At the back of the room is a beer festival style bar with Brew York banner and four Untappd TV screens displaying the 40 tap lines. Does seem an excessive amount of beer taps, especially for a bar not in the centre. All Brew York apart from maybe 3 or 4 regional / collabs with one Brew York-branded cider. We got a flight of thirds and ordered some food from the Korean place adjacent and sat outside. Food was brought to us fairly quickly.. pretty good, decent size portions and beer nice and fresh. Liked the outside seating, though its a kind of courtyard surrounded by the industrial buildings with no view as such. Would definitely visit again.“
minutemat 133 days ago
48 /100 90 PICCADILLY
“Wetherspoons bar on the river side in york. Standard Wetherspoons that was very busy on my visit.“
Mr_Pink_152 233 days ago
74 /100 6 JUBBERGATE
“Thornbridge bar in the centre of york. Visited on a stag weekend in york. Plenty of Thornbridge beer on tap. Open plan bar area.“
Mr_Pink_152 233 days ago
86 /100 48 STONEGATE
“Review of online shop. Used in April 2022 to make up a selection of unusual sour beers for a birthday present (sadly not for me!). Great range of craft beers, also a small selection of ciders and meads. There are better online retailers if you're looking for new regions, countries or styles, but for top-end craft beers (both UK and other countries) this is definitely one of the premier options (they seem particularly good for sour styles). They get new releases in very quickly and regularly so even the most dedicated ticker will be guaranteed to find new stuff here. Delivery was exceptionally quick (24 hours) and the beers were well packaged in wholly recyclable material. My only criticism would be that the website is a little bit old fashioned and clunky - unlike other online retailers there doesn't seem to be a way to list "all beers" and then filter them as you wish, instead there's buttons for "American beers", "Sour beers" etc which don't cover all the different options you may want. That aside, HOTM seem to be up there with the very best online retailers and I would definitely use them again.“
wheresthepath 269 days ago
80 /100
Valhalla (Bar)
4 PATRICK POOL
“This place probably has the best ambiance I've ever had a chance to experience. Brick walls, dark, candles, proper viking hall atmosphere. Selection might not be the best, some very generic lager/cider lines and couple of local ales on cask. But definitely worth a visit for the interior. Very aware it is a tourist trap but hell, I like everything viking.“
Trolleo 287 days ago
76 /100
Outpost (Bar)
SPARK, 17 PICADILLY
“Spark as a concept seems like a great idea, reminded me of Hatch in Manchester. Lots of food vendors and different bars. Picadilly Tap had few lines and two fridges of canned beers.“
Trolleo 287 days ago
90 /100 14 LENDAL
“This... They just know how to put up an amazing pub. This one is very different from the old Trembling Madness bar, it's muuuch more bigger, three stories high, with two massive bars and enough rooms to get lost trying to find your mates. Proper man cave atmosphere in some of them as well. Anyway, always (been three times so far) amazing selection on both bars. There's some food/sweets downstairs I've not tried yet. Bar snacks? We asked for some pork cracklings and got a massive bawl of super hot ones. This place is a museum, you could just wander around and just enjoy the decor.“
Trolleo 287 days ago
72 /100 UNIT 5, ENTERPRISE COMPLEX, WALMGATE
“Service was always good. Selection seems crazy, massive amount of taps (40?), but it's always only Brew York beers on. I do like the brewery in general, just think they could refresh their offer with at least a few of the guest lines. The place also have no soul, it's just a massive hall (appropriate name for it) and the food last time I've went was disappointing; both the ramen and chicken katsu curry.“
Trolleo 287 days ago
90 /100 48 STONEGATE
“This is absolute gem! Tiny place with just a few tables, amazing ambiance, just feel so cozy and have this mountain lodge vibe. There's always something nice on. It's literally one of my favourite places ever, and I mean in general, not only in York.“
Trolleo 287 days ago
88 /100 48 STONEGATE
“This is THE place in York. Tiny little shop with crazy good selection of not only beers but the spirits as well. In fact, beer selection is always so good I placed the order online couple of times too. You can also grab a can and drink it outside. Amazing place!“
Trolleo 287 days ago
66 /100
York Tap (Bar)
TEA ROOM SQUARE, STATION ROAD
“Traditional pub vibe, but it seems more dirty than I've used to. I've been there on couple of occasions and tables were dirty, sticky with spilled beer. Big area with average selection. Good if you're waiting your train, not worth it otherwise.“
Trolleo 287 days ago
64 /100 25 BOOTHAM
“Coffee shop - come cafe - cum restaurant - cum bar. Full of families during the day one busy Saturday recently. Table service only. Four taps pouring plus there a selection of cans available also. The cheese toasties looked to die for.“
Cheeseboard 296 days ago
76 /100
York Tap (Bar)
TEA ROOM SQUARE, STATION ROAD
“Railway station opulent, friendly and comfortable, the York Tap rivals the best of the railway station pubs. Seven beers on cask with a few on keg. Breweries include ORA, Kirkstall, Triple Point, Thornbridge and Cromarty. A good place to go while waiting for a train, but the atmosphere makes it so much more. Recommended if you find yourself in York.“
jjsint 298 days ago
64 /100 MERCHANT EXCHANGE, 1 BRIDGE STREET
“There comes a time in every pub crawl where you morph from the early afternoon quiet drinkers to the party pub atmosphere. I hit the Tank & Paddle at just the wrong time, with the hen dos, lads' nights out and what not. Having said this it was still a lovely place to be with wonderful service and a decent atmosphere. The beer leaves a little to be desired - Stonegate pubs favour 'safe' and sessionable craft. Then again the Tank & Paddle has a few more taps than most Dtonegate pubs so they can push the boat out that little bit more. I enjoyed a couple of beers from Brew York and Top Rope. Certainly worth a look. Maybe earlier in the evening. Expensive.“
jjsint 298 days ago
78 /100 14 LENDAL
“Lovely little craft beer place which perhaps suffers a bit from lack of space. It feels more like a craft beer service point than a bar but perhaps that's down to the increased footfall today. It is impossible to fault the selection with the likes of Struise, Kernel, Overtone and Three Hills on draught. It's a craft beer bar for craft beer people. If you know you know and while that sounds exclusionary it adds to the atmosphere a bit. Recommended.“
jjsint 298 days ago
64 /100 47 MICKLEGATE
“I can't really figure this place out. Definitely a rock pub from the piped music, with a limited but decent beer selection (3 beers on keg pkus about 4 craft cans). I went for a 440 can from Turning Point which at £5 seemed reasonable. Maybe the least enticing of the pubs in my York crawl so far but to be honest I still could probably spend all day here. Its got a decent vibe in a way and the beer is good enough.“
jjsint 298 days ago
76 /100 130-134 MICKLEGATE
“A bit of an odd BrewDog: they are still doing table service in April 2022 although this may have more to do with the traffic (well-attended on Saturday afternoon) than any lingering pandemic protocols. Well it's got the typical warehouse feel rather than the typical cyborg post-dystopian feel. A bit grungy but I can live with that. The tap list made up for it: it's exceptional for BrewDog with some wonderful guests alongside some interesting BrewDog beers. Expensive even for the chain but maybe just about worth it. So many good pubs in York but it's worth putting your head in here to see what they've got.“
jjsint 298 days ago
68 /100 148 MICKLEGATE
“A bit of a trendy place within spitting distance of the City Wall. It's more coffeehouse than bar, but the Micklegate Social certainly has a few beers on. When I came in I was surprised by the amount of taps that were off, but there were still quite a few to choose from including beers from Wander Beyond, Vault City and Lost & Grounded. Plus a cask from Kirkstall. And the prices are surprisingly reasonable. Worth a stop but not a destination really.“
jjsint 298 days ago
70 /100 2 CROMWELL ROAD
“Pleasant and friendly multi-roomed pub. On an early Saturday afternoon even with quite a few customers I found it easy to squirrel into a corner of one of the back rooms and disappear into relative oblivion. The beer list isn't all that exciting: pretty much cask only will be of interest here, and you may only find two or three ticks. It's still a very decent boozer to spend some time in and try local-ish breweries such as Bad Seed and Ainsty. Cheaper than most bars in the area.“
jjsint 298 days ago
76 /100 16 BISHOPGATE STREET
“Ooooh. It's a good sign when you know you're going to like a place before you have a sip of beer. Old-fashioned multi-roomed pub with a small bar (but plenty of beer). Seven cask and four keg beers which tend toward the sessionable although there are a couple of mid-strength beers available. The great and good of Yorkshire are represented in cask (Tetley, Settle, Roosters, North Riding) and keg (Kirkstall and Brass Castle although there's also a Siren, which seems practically French in its southernness up here). I had a stout from Roosters and the condition was exemplary. Another pub where I could stay all day.“
jjsint 298 days ago
74 /100
Slip Inn (Bar)
CLEMENTHORPE
“A cask beer pub really worth checking out. Its fairly standard well-worn trad pub decor. There's seating near the front with a fair bit more in the back as well as plenty of tables outside for good weather. The beer choice is decent with seven cask ales from the safe (Tim Taylor's Boltmaker) to pushing the boat out a bit more (Turning Point and a couple of Half Moon). Three cask beers were 5% or over so that's decent, you can certainly get some delicious mid-strength cask beers here. They also carry five interesting keg from the likes of Lakes, Leeds, and Brass Castle. Some great piped music from Simon & Garfunkel to Siouxsie & the Banshees.“
jjsint 298 days ago
70 /100 UNIT 5, ENTERPRISE COMPLEX, WALMGATE
“The upstairs bit. One big room. Lots of keg choices, 30+ with one cask line. Tasty Korean street food served. It was heaving on a recent Saturday night and the service was poor, one or two clearly disinterested staff. Maybe I caught them on a bad night.“
Cheeseboard 302 days ago
74 /100 UNIT 6, ENTERPRISE COMPLEX, WALMGATE,
“The downstairs bit. More cask lines available down here. Busy on a Saturday night, nice atmosphere“
Cheeseboard 302 days ago
74 /100 48 STONEGATE
“Small & very quirky one room bar, upstairs from the bottleshop. a historic old building with stuffed animals everywhere. Around 8 to 10 beer choices, a mix of cask & keg. I wouldn't put anyone off visiting but it's a tourist trap so families with noisy/crying young kids abound. Unfortunately.“
Cheeseboard 309 days ago
82 /100 12 LAWRENCE STREET
“Very atmospheric traditional pub just outside the city walls. Still looks like a Castle Rock pub, no idea if it still is. Good range of around 89 or 9 cask beers plus there are some keg lines too. They brew their own beers under the '3 Non Beards' moniker. Tried one, wasn't great. Plenty of other choice though. Worth a visit for sure“
Cheeseboard 309 days ago
72 /100
Pivni (Bar)
6 PATRICK POOL
“Visited Feb 2022. Rickety three storey bar in the city centre. Don't meet anyone coming the other way on the stairs! Reasonable enough selection, enough to keep me interested.“
Cheeseboard 309 days ago
82 /100
Maltings (Bar)
TANNERS MOAT
“Visited 26th Feb 2022 on a two day crawl around York. Characterful trad pub with a friendly welcome on the edge of the city. There were 4 or 5 beers on cask and the same amount on keg, those beers we sampled were in good condition.“
Cheeseboard 318 days ago
74 /100 6 JUBBERGATE
“Visited Feb 2022. Thornbridge pub in the city centre. Lots of wooden panelling inside. Most;y the brewery's own beers with a smattering of guests“
Cheeseboard 323 days ago
74 /100
Slip Inn (Bar)
CLEMENTHORPE
“Genuine free house in a residential area on the edge of the city centre. Cosy inside with friendly service. Around 8 beers on cask including some local options. Worth a look“
Cheeseboard 323 days ago
74 /100 MERCHANT EXCHANGE, 1 BRIDGE STREET
“Big pub, overlooking the river. Rocking on a Friday evening in Feb 2022. Quite a reasonable selection of both cask & keg beers. My half of Daleside Blonde on cask was in good condition.“
Cheeseboard 323 days ago
70 /100 54 FOSSGATE
“Visited Feb 2022. A fair few beers from Turning Point on and some from Cameron's beers on, amongst others. Got lost upstairs, what a rabbit warren! Beers were in good condition.“
Cheeseboard 323 days ago
66 /100 9 HIGH PETERGATE,
“Quite large inside. Around 8 beers on cask, nothing terribly exciting but we found palatable fayre.“
Cheeseboard 328 days ago