Visit York has opened its poll to find York’s favourite pub or bar from the shortlist of Evil Eye, the Golden Fleece, the House of the Trembling Madness and the Maltings. But what about us students?
The people have spoken… well, tweeted. We asked you to send us 140-character reviews of York watering holes all week. Here are a selection of the best:
No guesses for the most popular. The Charles, with its cheap food, wide range of draught and bottled beers and proximity to campus makes it an inevitable favourite. Just be careful what you eat, apparently.
@yorknouse Had many a good times and bad at the Charles, just by Langwith. Great memories, awesome curry.
— Nikhil Shanbhag (@toxic_minds) March 27, 2013
@yorknouse The Charles. Because it’s 5 seconds away from my halls and you can get a questionable pub meal for £2.50. Don’t get the lasagne.
— Beth Jakubowski (@Boski_93) March 27, 2013
The ‘old man’ feel seems to be a favourite element of the Yorkshire pub, even for students. Top choices here: the Wellington Arms and the Rook and Gaskill. And while you’re pondering life over a pint at the latter you can think that supposedly two men were executed on the ground on which the pub lies. Creepy…
@yorknouse Wellington Arms in Fulford. Cheap, with an old man atmosphere in the best possible way. (Also good ales. Apparently.)
— Rose Troup Buchanan (@rose_catb) March 27, 2013
@yorknouse Rook&Gaskill. Old mannish and not too studenty. Amazing beers. Name has the creepiest origin of any pub in York.
— Tim Wingard (@TimWingard) March 27, 2013
Top choice for sport is the Rose & Crown – a good selection if the atmosphere in there for this year’s Six Nations was anything to go by:
@yorknouse Rose & Crown on Lawrence St. Great for casual pint or full on weekend sporting marathons. Cheapish, decent food & nice service
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilson1992) March 28, 2013
But there’s still loyalty for our own campus bars, even if the tweeter is a wee bit biased (at least he admits it):
@yorknouse Courtyard! Warm staff, reasonable prices, excellent burgers and fun atmosphere. And I’m only slightly biased.
— Ben Vulliamy (@bvulliamy) March 27, 2013
There wasn’t much love for York’s bars, but there was one notable recurring favourite:
@yorknouse Dusk. When there are such masculine cocktails as a Graham Norton and Maid Marion on offer, what is possibly to dislike?
— Sam Shepherd (@Sam_Shepherd1) March 27, 2013
And the Lowther, is it a pub or bar? Well whatever you think, it’s drawn this heartfelt lament for the flood-ridden night spot:
@yorknouse The Lowther – no matter how often you flood – I hear the Ouse feels like a thousand daggers – I will go down with my ship.
— Fiona Parker (@Fi_Pee) March 27, 2013
I’d have to stand by this choice, good smoking area and even better upstairs for those big society events:
@yorknouse Stonegate yard. bogs covered in saucy pinup cards and a fairy-light-lit smoking area to keep chimney-esque housemates at bay
— Miranda Larbi (@MirandaLarbi) March 27, 2013
A cheap pint still takes the top prize for students, with most reviews pointing out beer prices. Make sure you remember to claim that post-Budget penny off…
— Rohan Banerjee (@RBanerjee23) March 27, 2013
The Hansom Cab. The first pub I ever visited in York. Samuel Smiths, chairs fit for Morpheus and 6 pints of bitter for a tenner. @yorknouse
— Danny Ord (@DannyOrd) March 27, 2013
@yorknouse Keystones, because all I want in life is a £1.50 pint of strongbow and a pool table. (it’s just a shame York St John like it too)
— Rosie Shields (@r_sieshields) March 27, 2013
And finally the prime choice of your humble reporter – low ceilings, city walls and glorious ales make this a favourite for Summer… if it ever arrives…
— Tom Witherow (@TomWitherow) March 27, 2013