Looking for the best beer gardens in York? We’ve got you covered.
Now that hospitality venues can start serving people outdoors again, you might be wondering where to go first.
So we’ve put together a guide of 15 must-visit beer gardens and outdoor spaces in York. From modern to traditional, quirky to quaint, there’s something here for everyone. Most importantly, they all serve great food and drink.
Please make sure to check with each establishment for current opening times and if you need to book in advance.
And if any of these don’t take your fancy, not to worry – we’ve got 75 to choose from here.
Cheers to that!
Head down to the Brewer’s Yard for a locally brewed pint! Located on Walmgate, the beer garden at Brew York is a hidden gem that overlooks the River Foss and Rowntree’s Wharf. With unique barrel benches and YUZU street food also on offer, make this your next stop for a fresh brew.
The Corner Pin
The only place in the North serving authentic Chicago Deep Dish pizza! If that tantalizes your taste buds, head down the quiet street of Tanner Row and enjoy a pint or two in their beer garden with a food menu on offer from EborCibus. Socialising can continue into the evening as the heated and sheltered beer garden is beautifully lit once the sun goes down.
Escape from the hustle and bustle of Gillygate into this hidden outdoor delight. Called the ‘Garden of Vegan’, this plant-filled paradise has benches, tables and bar stools to choose from. Serving up 100% vegan junk food, there’s kebabs, teller trays, fried ‘chick’n’ and more to tuck in to. Kick back and relax with a cocktail or mocktail in hand in this outdoor haven – that sounds like paradise to me.
Located next to Skeldergate Bridge in one of York’s iconic buildings, Dyls is the perfect place for a bite to eat or a drink by the riverside (or both!) Watch the world go by on the River Ouse as you relax on their terrace. Heated, covered, and playing great music, head over to this quirky café and bar day or night.
The best kept secret in York – for now! Forest York’s ‘secret garden’ on Low Petergate is the perfect getaway to relax from the busy city streets. The rustic and cosy courtyard has heated and covered tables, and the twinkling fairy lights adds to the magical atmosphere. So after a hard days shopping, why not come here for a well-deserved homely meal.
With a stunning backdrop of the Minster on their terrace, this gem on Goodramgate is a must-visit for a pint with a view. Whether beer, wine or spirits is your style there’ll be something for you to enjoy here. Relax and chat with loved ones while taking in this breath-taking view of York’s most iconic building.
The Judge’s Lodging
Always a popular place – The Judge’s Lodging on Lendal has a beautiful courtyard for al fresco dining. They now also have cosy summer chalets on the back terrace, complete with lanterns and blankets. Whether you’re looking for delicious food or cocktails with friends or simply a glass of wine or beer, The Judge’s Lodging should be on your list to visit.
The Fat Badger
Built on to the city walls with a magnificent view of York Minster, this popular establishment – previously the Lamb & Lion – takes an afternoon tipple of choice to the next level. Get together with friends, family or loved ones and relax in the sunshine in this beer garden in the heart of the city.
The Minster Inn
An Edwardian ale house on Marygate, this pub next to the city walls is full of history and charm. Their outdoor courtyard is covered and heated and serves up a perfect combination – pizza and a pint! So head on down to grab a slice and a glass in this historic area of York.
The Red Lion
This large and welcoming beer garden on Merchantgate is the perfect place to stop for a pint after a busy day in the city. The colourful bunting adds to the lively atmosphere, and will be glorious in the sunshine. Though with some heated and covered seating too – a pint is available in all weather!
Perhaps one of the most unique establishments in York – Spark is a vibrant hub of some of the best food and drink in the city. With large benches on the lower and upper floors, this venue is the perfect place to grab and go, or to spend an evening with a few friends and drinks.
Tabanco at Ambiente
What used to be The Press Kitchen on Walmgate is now Tabanco at Ambiente! Bringing the south of Spain to York with this informal tapas bar. With a beautiful courtyard, you can look forward to some al fresco tapas in the sunshine. If we can’t get to Spain this year, this is the next best thing…
Ye Olde Shambles Tavern
Situated in the historic Shambles, enjoy tasty food and a wide selection of drinks in this snug beer garden while watching the hustle and bustle of the market. This traditional pub has bags of history and a must-visit for residents and visitors alike.
York Theatre Royal’s Pop-Up Patio
For five weeks only – sit down for a drink at this pop-up bar! Ahead of its reopening in May and the start of their ‘The Love Season’ programme, York Theatre Royal have opened up a bar on their patio. Cupid’s Bar is offering beverages from York’s independent businesses such as Black Sheep Brewery and York Gin. Get down there while you can – you’ve only got a few weeks!
Bonus… Parliament Street!
There’s a new beer garden in the city centre – right on Parliament Street itself! Make It York, York BID, and the City of York Council have introduced temporary outdoor spaces for residents and visitors. Grabbing a takeaway meal or drink with nowhere to sit? No problem! Take a seat in this tipi-style seating area and relax rain or shine.