The Good Beer Map

Guiding you to the best beer nearby.


As well as being a stunning city to visit, York has one of the UK’s most vibrant real ale and craft beer scenes.

Rumour has it that there’s a pub for every day of the year. We’re not sure about that but we do know there are a lot of great places serving a lot of great beer. Here are our top choices for a visit.

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The Attic

Great coffee meets great beer. What started out as a café with a fridge full of beer now also boasts 5 keg lines. There’s some good variety so ask for recommendations and you’re sure to be pointed in the right direction.

If you prefer the stronger stuff there’s also a shelf full of rum, gin and whisky to tempt you.

Don’t let two flights of stairs put you off; the reward at the end is worth it!

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    Set in a 16th century timber-framed building, this flagship of craft beer serves up 6 rotating cask ales and 6 rotating keg beers as well as Czech lagers, cider, fruit beers and a great bottle selection. All three floors have seats but that doesn’t stop it filling up, and for good reason!

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    Fossgate Social

    This relaxed new café bar down Fossgate serves up schooners of craft keg beer from the likes of Brooklyn Brewery, Thornbridge and Camden. They’ve also got a good selection of bottles on offer.

    It’s also open a bit later than most pubs so perfect for a night cap.

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    The Duke of York

    Leeds Brewery’s first pub outside of Leeds sits on the newly remodelled King’s Square with views up Petergate to York Minster.

    As well as the brewery’s full range of keg and cask beers there’s always four guest casks and a few guest keg beers to compliment them. Look out for their Monsoon IPA; it’s a bit delicious.

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    House of the Trembling Madness

    You can’t get much more York than a candlelit medieval drinking hall whose roof is made from an 800 year old ship.

    Trembles (for short) manages to cram as many keg and cask lines as possible onto its small bar, along with fridges full of bottles. If you don’t find anything to tempt you there, you can take any of the 600+ beers from the off license downstairs into the bar (with a surcharge).

    Also, how they do such great food in their micro-kitchen remains a mystery to us!

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    The Maltings

    In the shadow of Lendal Bridge lies one of York’s finest pubs. Its quirky interior has warming fires (and chilli!) for the winter and an outside terrace for when the sun’s shining.

    Local cask ales from the likes of Roosters and York Brewery are joined by guests from further afield, a good craft keg selection as well as a fridge full of fine bottles. There’s always something delicious and well kept to be drinking!

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      The York Tap

      Big sister to Pivní, The York Tap occupies York station’s Victorian tea rooms after an impressive makeover that removes none of its charm.

      Serving up a mighty 32 cask and keg beers from around the country and beyond, including their own beers as well as Czech lager Bernard.

      Every station should have a pub like The York Tap, which seems to be a view shared by the owners who now have similar pubs at Euston, Sheffield, Leeds and Harrogate.

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      The Hop

      The York edition of Ossett Brewery’s Hop pubs offers up their own beers, their offshoot Rat Brewery beers as well as guest real ales and craft keg.

      Oh, and they also do amazing stone-baked pizzas if you get hungry between beers.

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      The newest addition to York’s scene, Sutlers, has converted the old Army & Navy store on Fossgate into a great new bar.

      A long main bar downstairs has 6 rotating cask ales and 14 keg lines (if we count right!). Camden Pale and Hells look to be permanently on offer, which can only be a good thing.

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      The Three Legged Mare

      A stones throw from York Minster sits this York Brewery pub. As well as their full range they also serve guest ales from around Yorkshire and the UK. There’s a good range of keg beers on offer too, as well as decent bottle selection.

      Frequent live music provides a background to chatting and drinking.

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      Walmgate Ale House

      Melton’s Too always sold good beer but not that many people knew about it. A rebranding and redecorating later and The Walmgate Ale House was born. The bar features 6 cask ales from around Yorkshire.

      Whether it’s before a meal upstairs in the bistro or just for a drink, the bar is well worth a visit.

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      The Waggon and Horses

      There’s a lot more to York’s beer scene than what’s inside the city walls, The Waggon and Horses being a great example. They serve up a wide range of every-changing cask and craft beers from some of the country’s finest brewers.

      The pub has several cosy rooms for the winter and a beer garden for the summer sun.

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      The Phoenix Inn

      Just inside the city walls near Fishergate Bar sits The Phoenix Inn, an 18th century pub that’s not lost any of its character. The bar features five cask real ales with Wold Top brewery always represented along with a couple of guest beers.

      With a real fire for the cold months and one of York’s best beer gardens for the summer, this place is a favourite all year round.

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      The Slip Inn

      The Slip Inn became an independent freehouse in 2010 and now sells four regular local cask ales as well as a guest or two. It’s also home to regular beer festivals and battle-of-the-brewer events, when they add an outside bar to increase the choice on offer.

      This pub’s also great for watching sport with some decent beer without it getting packed out and rowdy.

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      The Swan

      The Swan serves up a few regular pints including Swan Special Blonde, an exclusive from the local Treboom brewery, as well as rotating guest cask beers. This friendly community pub has warming fires for winter and a great beer garden for summer, where you can sip great beers sat under hop and grape vines.

      Keep an eye out for the annual beer festival across The Swan and its sister pub, The Slip Inn.

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      At the bottom of Goodramgate sits this excellent bar with views across to York Minster. Its cosy rooms with low beamed ceilings and comfy chairs are a great place to sit and enjoy one of many continental beers on tap or from the bottle fridge. There’s also a few hand pumps for cask ales, usually from Yorkshire.

      Vahe also has an excellent range of wines, cocktails and spirits if you fancy a change from good beer.

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      The Golden Ball

      This cracking authentic Victorian corner building is now York’s first community-owned pub. As well as several cosy rooms with two bars it boasts one of the best beer gardens that side of the city. It’s also host to a wide variety of events throughout the year.

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      Pavement Vaults

      Pavement Vaults is a great addition to York’s pubs and bars from the same guys as Pivni and York Tap. This bar and smokehouse sells a range of great cask and keg beers that change regularly. Plus, if you love meat you’ll love their burgers and house-smoked ribs.

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        Sitting towards the top of Micklegate, Brigantes offers up a selection of ten cask beers, both local and from around the UK, along with a good bottle selection and keg craft beers.

        Recently refurbished and expanded, there’s now more room to sit and tuck into some hearty pub grub while working your way through the beers.

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          Rook & Gaskill

          Another fine pub outside the city walls. The Rook & Gaskill, York CAMRA’s 2016 Pub of the Year, always serves up a good range of cask and craft keg ales.

          There’s a beer garden for summer and a whole chilli menu to warm you up in winter. As a treat to go with your beer, they’re also now doing stonebake pizzas in their wood-fired oven.

          The Beer

          • Cask: 8
          • Keg: 8

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            Eagle & Child

            The Eagle & Child is Leeds Brewery’s second pub in York, set across three floors of a 17th century timber-framed building.

            As with The Duke, they serve their full range as well as regularly-rotating guest cask and keg beers. There are an impressive number of pumps for what’s quite a small bar!

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              The Falcon Tap

              A huge improvement on what was there before, The Falcon Tap serves a wide range and ever-changing list of beer from it's two bars. The pub is nice mix of industrial lighting, exposed brickwork, wooden tables and comfy chairs.

              There's also a surprisingly large beer garden and terrace outside for the days when the sun’s shining.

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