York is a historic and culturally rich city in the heart of Northern England. The city is known for its impressive medieval architecture and beautiful scenic views of the Pennines and the North York Moors.
The history of York can be traced back many hundreds of years. Roman settlers first named the city Eboracum and the Saxons knew it as Eoforwic. The potential for a major river port made York lead to the Viking invasion in 866, who used the city to develop their trade routes with Northern Europe.
York is easily accessible by car via the M1/M62 motorway, or for international visitors; Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Doncaster airports are in close proximity. The city is also only two hours train journey for London, making it ideal for visitors who would like to experience the diversity of England’s urban and country environments.
There is so much to see and do in the city of York…
One of the most exciting times to visit York is the evening time. There are venues and activities to suit everyone’s tastes and requirements. Whether you fancy a fun filled night out at the city’s bars, clubs and casinos, or an evening experiencing its cultural delights at a theatre or music venue, you will be spoilt for choice.
With so much to see and do, it is best to plan your trip ahead to ensure that you get the most out of what York has to offer.
York is well known for its diverse, top-quality nightlife entertainment
If you are planning a big night out or a celebration with friends, then Kuda should definitely be on your list. Set across three floors in the Old York Institute building on Clifford Street, Kuda is the city’s largest nightclub. The club offers VIP table service and has different rooms playing Dance, Hip Hop and RnB hits.
If Dance music is your thing then you might want to look to see if Mansion has any upcoming events. This club is famous for its Dance, House and Techno nights and often hosts student only events in the week during term time.
Not every late-night celebration has to include a nightclub. Why not enjoy an evening of excitement and luxury at the casino? In York’s city centre there is Admiral Casino on High Ousegate. This venue is open until 2:00 most nights and is easily accessible by public transport, or if you choose to drive, parking can be found nearby at Cliffords Tower Car Park. Admiral offers quality catering and refreshments, as well as having a loyalty scheme to reward regular visitors.
For such a large and popular city, it is surprising that there is only one casino. However, the number of new land based casino venues is beginning to decline, with many players deciding to play online. The increase of players choosing to play casino games online is due to the vast array of choices in games ranging from online slots to live roulette, as well as the convenience that playing remotely provides.
Online casinos are also able to attract players with competitive offers such as no-deposit bonuses and sign-up bonuses. Online slots are particularly competitive and account for 66% of a casino’s profits, they use creative themes and free spins to entice new customers. For visitors to York who wish to enjoy a drink and lively atmosphere while they play, casino games can be easily accessed from a mobile device from a bar.
Where to drink and dine
While we are on the topic of bars, if you fancy a drink in York then there are a number of quirky and interesting drinking establishments around the city. York Tap located in York Train Station is perfect for beer lovers, with its range of cask ales and craft beers. The bar is within a Grade A listed Georgian building and has charming traditional Yorkshire decor.
Another place perfect for ale drinkers is The Roman Bath pub. While it is a small venue, it has a great atmosphere with regular live music performances from talented local artists.
Described as ‘where food meets fun’, Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant is another independent venue that sits at the heart of York’s nightlife scene. The bar even offers masterclasses in wine tasting, craft beer and gin for small groups. They offer great deals throughout the week including Happy Hour and bottomless drinks on Fridays.
If it’s a meal you are after, Kennedy’s offers foods to suit all tastes. On Thursday’s after 5pm diners can make the most of Steak Night or on Wednesday’s its two for one on all burgers. They are one of York’s vegetarian and vegan friendly venues, with a number of meat free and plant based options to choose from.
For a truly unique dining experience, there is Skosh on Michaelgate. They serve international cuisine as small plates and snack options from their open concept kitchen. To keep things fresh, their menu changes regularly but you can expect everything from chargrilled galician octopus to teriyaki newfield potatoes. Be sure to book a table in advance as Skosh is a popular choice for both locals and visitors to York.
Other night out activities to consider
After a tasty meal, why not experience some of York’s performance arts? The Joseph Rowntree Theatre is ideally located near to the city centre. It hosts a range of local and high-profile touring performances. Also, for an evening of culture and glamour there is the Grand Opera House. There you will find exhilarating musical performances and traditional plays.
If you are looking for an adventure with friends, there are also a number of escape rooms to try out. Your group will have to solve challenging puzzles and answer riddles in order to get out.
So, what are you waiting for? With plenty to do for everyone, you’ll be sure to enjoy an evening in York!