There’s lots going on at Fossgate Social. In the morning, sourdough breakfasts and flat whites fly out of the kitchen; come afternoon, the booze starts flowing. We particularly like the setting: neon-lit walls adorned with work by local artists. The Social is easily one of the hipper bars in York’s ‘foodie quarter’, and its sister venue on Micklegate is also worth exploring – above all for the wacky array of live events its puts on in the basement.
York may be better known for its pubs – they say you could visit a different one within the ancient city walls every day of the year – but there are plenty of new-fangled cocktail bars here too. There are underground speakeasy-style lairs. There are thronging music bars. And there are flashy spaces with record-holding gin selections. In other words: you should certainly prepare for the unexpected when it comes to York’s bar scene. There’s even an entire venue dedicated to the Stone Roses – and it’s gold, not fool’s.
So without further ado, here’s our pick of the best bars in York right now. And if you’re looking for some top-notch grub to soak up the booze? Check out our pick of the best restaurants in York.
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