Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Although you may not be able to enjoy your obligatory St. Patrick’s Day Guinness in your favourite pub or bar just yet, it won’t be long until you can! So why not put that pint on pause for now, and plan your future pub crawl around York to celebrate a belated Paddy’s Day in true fashion.
Nic Barker runs the marvellous Dog & Bone Vintage store in York and also knows a thing or two about where to go in the city. With an abundance of choice, from traditional pubs to modern bars, we asked for a few of his favourites… and here they are! (To read the full list of all 10 of his favourites, click here!)
The Phoenix Inn
An unspoilt traditional Heritage pub within the City walls. Boasting a roaring fire, a Bar Billiards table and a lovely beer garden. Featured in the Good Beer Guide, The Phoenix Inn offers 5 hand-pulled beers, real ciders and good Yorkshire pork pies. The pub is cosy and intimate and, of course, dog friendly as you would expect. Live jazz on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
The Golden Ball
The Golden Ball is undoubtedly one of the finest pubs within York’s walls; a well known and much-loved landmark within the local community and the wider city. In 2012 the lease became available and a committed group of residents took the opportunity to secure the pub’s future as a hub of the community, also becoming free of-tie in 2018. But it’s never just been about the locals, The Golden Ball has always managed to combine a commitment to its regulars, with a truly ‘open door’ approach. Eight years on the pub remains firmly at the heart of the community while enthusiastically welcoming new-comers. The pub hosts a variety of events weekly and throughout the year including: Open mic & Pub Quiz, much-treasured Folk Session, Live music, a Bring-a-Dish Community Food Club, Beer festivals and Fetes. Crucially though, the pub remains what it always was – a great place to sit and enjoy a quality drink in a warm and welcoming pub.
For over seven years, Fossgate Social has waved the independent flag high and proud. What was once classed as ‘hipster’ is now seen city-wide. Flat whites, cheese toasties and Wi-Fi are readily available from anyone dropping by for a pre-arranged meeting, working from their laptop or just a quick catch-up. Soon, late brunches can inevitably turn into early evening drinks and for that, the Fossgate Social most certainly has you covered. The taps at the bar offer its bounty as well as a rotation of others including Juice Springsteen (Alphabet Brew Co.) and Farewell Tangerina (Northern Monk). Unsurprisingly then, Fossgate Social is social by name and by nature.
The Habit may look like just a cafe from the front – but it’s much more than that. Although The Habit was established over 17 years ago, the building dates back to at least the 16th Century on York’s oldest residential street. The name ‘The Habit’ derives from the fact the building was home to local monks and the artwork inside shows their day to day life (albeit the less obvious side!). Now run by Simon and Vicki, it was originally an exotic furniture shop until they both quickly identified Goodramgate as a great location for a café and bar. During the day, The Habit serves up delicious food and coffee, but come night time, The Habit becomes a cosy bar and venue of live music, playing host to live busking sessions and themed nights. Make going to The Habit your new habit!