The Best Cocktail Bars in York
Whether it’s a girly weekend away, a stag or hen party or a city break with your partner that brings you to our stunning city, York offers some of the best and quirkiest options for cocktails and bars, all within easy reach of our luxury Apart-Hotel. Here is our handy guide for our visiting cocktail lovers, from where to find the best traditional mojitos and mimosas to fun and interactive mixology masterclasses.
Evil Eye Lounge
Located on Stonegate, Evil Eye Lounge is quirky and bizarre, giving you the chance to get away from the traditional tourism seen around York. Behind the gin-shop, you will find a bar specialising in tasty cocktails. The drinks are made from fresh ingredients and mixed together by the staff in front of you. With a vast range to choose from, you are sure to find a drink for everyone there. For gin lovers, there is also a chance to take home a bottle of some fantastic gin available in the shop.
Calling themselves York’s premier cocktail bar, Bora Bora is an excellent option for a chilled place to go for the start of a night out in York. One of a kind cocktail bar, Bora Bora serves up mouth-watering and mind-blowing drinks ranging from the classics like cosmos, margaritas and woo woos to speciality cocktails that remind you of sunny sands far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Best of all is the fantastic prices and the fact they also come in pitchers!
An independent bar and restaurant located on Stonegate in the centre of York, Sotano serves Mediterranean tapas and classic cocktails; an authentic menu with a modern twist. The laid-back atmosphere is perfect for couples wanting a romantic meal, and the craft beers and gins will make you want to come back again and again so you can try a bit of everything. The bar staff are well trained in mixology, and the cocktail creations are made with love and passion.
Macumba Cocktail Bar
A quaint bar with tiki theme and outdoor seating, Macumba specialises in cocktails. The cheerful vibe and friendly staff give the bar a great atmosphere – perfectly paired with delicious cocktails, which are all very Instagram-able! Macumba takes reservations and is great for groups looking to try an assortment of cocktails on a night out in the city. Open Thursdays to Sundays from late afternoon, you can find Macumba Cocktail Bar in the Coffee Yard near Stonegate.
Bobo Lobo Cocktail Bar
Definitely one of York’s best cocktail bars, Bobo Lobo in The Quarter area of the city centre serves food in the day then drinks and cocktails until the early hours. The bar also offers mixology master classes, great for hen or stag parties or friends attending the York Races, and there are also live DJs, a dancefloor and salsa nights most weeks. The extensive cocktail menu has a Caribbean and Polynesian twist to many of the drinks with a focus on rum. Classic cocktails like cosmopolitans, daiquiris and Tom Collins are also available along with a wonderful selection of martinis, beers, fizz and soft drinks.
All Bar One
A chain of bars, All Bar One York is a great place to head to with family and friends, offering food throughout the day and fabulous drinks for any occasions. There are fizzy, fruity and some truly spectacular cocktails to look for on the menu, and they bring out new menus each spring/summer and autumn/winter, so that you can enjoy seasonal ingredients and flavours. If cocktails don’t take your fancy, there are several quality wines to choose from and soft mocktails available too.
For people who love experimental cocktails, Jalou is the place to go. The classic cocktails are more than just a drink, they are an experience, with dry ice, foams, colour changes and more. The highly qualified team at Jalou keep an eye out for the latest ingredients and trends to apply to the cocktails so you can be sure you will find something you’ve never seen or tasted before when you visit. The central location of Jalou is ideal for starting a night on the town, and you can even book a masterclass to try your hand at making these spectacular drinks yourself!
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