It’s not hard to come across riverside bars in York thanks to the magnificent River Ouse running through the centre of the historic city.
Since the sun is blazing down this September (better late than never, huh?), we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite haunts when we take a trip to York in the summertime. After all, summer isn’t summer if you’re not drinking something alcoholic next to a body of water in the sunshine.
1. Star Inn The City
Star Inn The City is brought to you by Chef Andrew Pern, who is the man behind The famous Star Inn at Harome. The beautiful waterside bar and restaurant in York city centre overlooks the spectacular River Ouse, whilst also sitting next to one of the world’s most beautiful bridges: Lendal Bridge.
Found in the city centre, a stone’s throw from all of York’s famous sites, it’s the perfect place to sit and while away the hours in summertime. The food is delicious, too, and pays homage to nearby North York Moors and the North Yorkshire countryside. Find out more here.
The Star Inn The City, Lendal Engine House, Museum St, York, YO1 7DR.
2. Pitcher & Piano
Found off the busy Coney Street, Pitcher & Piano is renowned for its unique cocktails and beautiful decor.
A popular one for visitors to the city, its beer garden overlooks the River Ouse and is always full of revelers looking to catch some rays. Its secret garden vibes make it a gem away from the busy city, where you can sip on cocktails and enjoy time spent with friends.
The riverside bar never fails to disappoint and is an incredible sun trap perfect for those summer days. Staff are always really friendly and it’s a firm favourite when The Yorkshireman visits York. Find out more here.
Pitcher & Piano, Coney St, York, YO1 9QL.
3. Revolution York
Known for its quirky cocktails, Revolution not only has a huge city centre bar perfect for catching up with mates, but an incredible riverside terrace, too.
Found next to Pitcher & Piano, it has two main outdoor seating areas. One can be found facing the Ouse, whilst the other is at the city side and is great for those who want a bit of shade.
Their cocktails never leave you disappointed, and are available as 2-4-1 during happy hours.
Revolution York, Coney St, York, YO1 9NA.
4. Kings Arms
A Sam Smiths pub, Kings Arms is a golden oldie.
On a summer’s day, you’re best getting there early as it tends to fill up pretty quickly – but there is always a great atmosphere, no matter when you visit.
Cheap beer and great weather is the recipe for success here, with plenty of Sam Smiths favourites behind the bar (grab us a Taddy Lager, will you?), and a great old fashioned vibe inside. When in York, right?
The Kings Arms Pub, 3 King’s Staith, York, YO1 9SN.
5. The Lowther
You don’t get much closer to the river than The Lowther. So much so, that the pub is known for flooding when the river water levels get high. For those wanting to take advantage of its waterside location, the pub has riverside seating and offers a range of great drinks – including fantastic student deals. Find out more here.
The Lowther, 8 Cumberland St, York, YO1 9SW.
6. Tank & Paddle
Positioned on the other side of the river from the pubs we’ve mentioned in the list so far, the Tank and Paddle is home to a swish riverside terrace – which faces the Kings Arms and offers great views of Ouse Bridge.
Specialising in craft beers and pizza, the casual spot is the perfect place for those who fancy trying new beers, and is particularly great in the summer months. Find out more here.
Tank & Paddle, 1 Bridge St, YO1 6DD York.
7. Riverside Cafe Bar
Found inside the beautiful City Screen Picturehouse, the Riverside Cafe Bar is a great place to chill next to the river and enjoy a nice bevvie.
It looks out over the old Aviva building – one of the city’s architectural wonders – making views towards Lendal Bridge that much nicer.
We highly recommend soaking up the sun on the outdoor terrace with a glass of vino or an ale from one of York’s local suppliers. Find out more here.
The Riverside Cafe Bar, St Martins Courtyard, 13-17 Coney St, York, YO1 9QL.
8. Slug & Lettuce York Riverside
The king of two-for-one cocktails, Slug & Lettuce is a great place to visit along the River Ouse.
Boasting big, open full-length windows on the riverside, guests can enjoy that outside-in vibe with some of the best views in the city, while enjoying great food and cocktails at the popular cocktail bar.
It’s the perfect place to visit if you want to enjoy the location without sitting indoors, and is particularly great during the colder months. Find out more here.
Slug & Lettuce York Riverside, 1 Bridge St, York, YO1 6DD.
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