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The 10 Best Bars for Cocktails in York

York is filled with exceptional drinking places creating signature tipples that are sure to impress. From relaxing with a glass of wine and admiring exceptional views of the city to enjoying a pint of lager in a quirky bar, there’s a decent mix of places that makes York’s nightlife so vibrant. Whether you are looking for martinis in former churches, or classic mojitos in stylish restaurants, you are guaranteed to enjoy a selection of the finest mixes and the warmest of welcomes at some of the best bars for cocktails in York.

May 29, 2023



Little Stonegate, York, YO1 8AX

Did somebody say cocktail o clock? Head along to Manahatta for a romantic date night, after work drinks, or to catch up with friends. A glamourous New York inspired cocktail bar set across three floors, Manahatta is a stunning venue with an exciting party vibe. Expect instagrammable cocktails comprising of delicious concoctions, luxury interiors and a great atmosphere.

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SOPHiE Lendalbridge

Lendal Bridge, York, YO1 7DP

Boasting a glorious riverside location and a cosy indoor space, SOPHiE on Lendalbridge is a bit of a haven for cocktail lovers. As well as a range of delicious drinks, you can also order a selection of food including sharing platters, cakes and bar snacks. Whether you opt for a traditional passionfruit martini, gin bramble or a Rhubarb Collins, this venue will definitely impress.

Evil Eye

Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS

Evil Eye specialises in creative cocktails and has something everyone will enjoy. It used to hold the world record for the number of gins it had in stock with 1,028 different options available. Tucked away on York’s oldest street Stonegate, Evil Eye offers all the classics as well as their signature “Evil Creations”, all made with fresh ingredients and specialist liquors.


St Helen’s Square, York, YO1 8QN

While Impossible is known for it’s bottomless brunch and fantastic roasts, there is also a fantastic drinks menu. Housed within a grade II listed building, you can always rely on Impossible for those delicious concoctions. Split into two, the venue has a relaxed tearoom and brasserie on the ground floor, while upstairs, the Wonderbar is the perfect setting for an array of social gatherings.


Swinegate, York, YO1 8AJ

If you’re looking for a fabulous place in the city centre for drinks, Lucia’s promises show stopping dishes and exceptional cocktails in equal measure. The menu features world class ingredients and delicious flavours, Lucia’s is an absolute must for date night vibes. Relax in the heated courtyard for some al fresco dining, or inside to enjoy the stylish restaurant and lounge bar. This Italian cocktail bar surely knows how to give you a good time.

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Social 8

High Ousegate, York, YO1 8RZ

Social 8 is the ultimate destination for those who love their cocktails. With delicious concoctions of every shape, colour and size, they have an impressive drinks menu alongside small plates and sharing boards. Not only does this bar flaunt beautiful interiors, they have everything from your favourite cocktails, wines and champagne to beers, ciders, spirits and more. Social 8 is definitely one of the best bars for drinks in York.

The Ivy

St Helen’s Square, York, YO1 8QP

Only a stone’s throw from York’s most famous attractions, The Ivy St Helen’s square offers friendly, sophisticated all day dining to residents and visitors alike. Not only will the drinks and the food catch your eye, but also the classic décor of bright colours and local artwork. Whether you’re planning an intimate celebration or a night out with friends, it’s the perfect spot for an afternoon cocktail.

North South

Bootham, York, YO30 7BW

North South is a friendly spot in Bootham with a great drinks list. Not only does this venue offer some great events, it serves up all the classic cocktails including margaritas, Cuban mojitos and rhubarb negronis. All tried, tested and delicious, grab a table and fill up on your favourite tipples.


Micklegate, York, YO1 6JG

Situated in a stunning grade II listed church with incredible period features, Jalou is a top haunt for catch ups with friends or date nights. Throw in mouth wateringly good drinks, live music and a buzzing atmosphere and you have the perfect evening destination. There’s also a Private Bar, so you can certainly make a night of it with your nearest and dearest. Make sure you take advantage of their Happy Hour deals Monday to Friday from 4pm to 7pm.

Sora Sky Bar

Rougier Street, York, YO90 1UU

Located on the seventh floor of York’s Malmaison hotel with panoramic views of the Minster, Sora Sky Bar might just be one of the coolest spots for cocktails in the city. Experience the height of sophistication with jaw droppingly good food, instagrammable interiors and an exquisite drinks menu. The cocktails, are of course, exceptional.

Image credit: Sora Sky Bar

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May 29, 2023