Gastropubs and traditional venues
The shift in Hull’s social scene continues to see ever more pubs, restaurants and cafe bars opening in the Avenues, but the city centre has responded with an offer based on quality and variety. Price remains the priority for some venues but overall the emphasis throughout the region is on licensees working together and with the wider leisure industry to offer a great night out. Bridlington has its high points during the off season largely thanks to the pulling power of the Spa and its packed, year-round events programme. But it’s during the summer that the resort really buzzes.
Many bars are dedicated to meeting the straightforward requirements of holidaymakers looking for a lively night out but there are others which offer something more sedate. You can find them in the Old Town and other areas off the beaten track and occasionally, even in the summer, there’s the opportunity to enjoy a quiet pint with a view of the magnificent harbour. In the market towns and villages the social scene is aimed very much at the resident population, with local pubs for local people although with rising numbers and standards when it comes to rural restaurants and gastro-pubs. Beverley’s evening entertainment package has been boosted by the bars, restaurants and cinema in the Flemingate centre and other modern venues include the Potting Shed and Wetherspoon’s Cross Keys pub in Lairgate.
The Beverley Arms Hotel was closed for more than two years and has reopened under new ownership, with the emphasis on quality food and drink as one of the Inns of Character under the Daniel Thwaites estate. The new investment is increasing the appeal of Beverley, but the foundation is provided by the traditional pubs, many of which are tucked away down the side streets. The White Horse, known to all as Nellie’s, is a must for any first-time visitor to the town’s hostelries. It takes you back in time with the décor and the prices! Round the corner you’ll find the Dog and Duck, cosy, friendly and fantastic for a quality affordable lunch.
The shift in Hull’s social scene continues to see ever more pubs, restaurants and cafe bars opening in the Avenues, but the city centre has responded with an offer based on quality and variety
In Saturday Market The King’s Head, The Grapes and the Green Dragon are as popular as ever. A stroll along Toll Gavel to The Angel and The Queen’s Head is usually very rewarding, as is nipping through the back streets to discover The Woolpack. Also hidden down the alleyways is The Windmill, a traditional pub now incorporating Yo Tuk Tuk, which is earning rave reviews for Indian street food to eat in or takeaway. Chequers introduced Beverley to the age of the micropub in 2013 and is a celebration of real ales, often with standing room only, so small is the former shop. Its sister venture, Furley & Co, is larger and a welcome addition to Hull’s nightlife.
A move by city and business leaders to deliver more diversity has led to the major shopping centres complementing the traditional evening attractions of beer and yes, bingo, with improved cinemas and with new activities including bowling and laser tag. Furleys is across the dock from Princes Quay and lines up on Princes Dock Street alongside Bar 82, Leonardo’s, ATIK – high profile successor to the Sugar Mill nightclub – and its new bar, Steinbeck and Shaw.
Head south and you’ll find Hull Marina with the Humber Dock Bar and Grill and the sensational 1884 Wine and Tapas Bar. Its sister venue 1884 Marina Bar has now been reopened as Barrow Boys. Yards away in Humber Street you’ll find an array of modern bars and restaurants which have transformed the old Fruit Market area, but one of the favourites remains the Minerva, overlooking the Humber and with a deserved reputation as one of the finest pubs in the region. Back in the heart of the Old Town, Trinity House Lane lines up traditional pubs The Kingston Hotel and The Bonny Boat alongside The Star of the West and The Crown and Cushion – two new bars which have adopted the names of favourite hostelries from days gone by. The Brain Jar, which is opposite, is different again. Genuinely historic ale houses can be found a few steps away.
Yards away in Humber Street you’ll find an array of modern bars and restaurants which have transformed the old Fruit Market area
Historical bars and lively nightclubs
The George Hotel in Land of Green Ginger boasts England’s smallest window and Ye Olde White Harte in Silver Street is home to the Plotting Parlour, with its Civil War connections. The Corn Exchange at North Church Side is one of Hull’s oldest pubs and is operated by Atom, one of the city’s newest breweries. Cross Lowgate to Scale Lane and High Street and try the wonderful ales in the Sailmakers Arms and others along the Hull Ale Trail. Back at the other end of the city centre, the New Town, be sure to admire the façade of The Punch before you go in. And don’t forget the Old English Gentleman, hidden behind Hull New Theatre but a living and breathing tribute to many who have performed on stage and screen and well worth a visit.
In addition to ATIK, the late-night club scene in the city centre offers the Lizard Lounge in the Old Town plus glitzy, lively bars Garbo’s and Silvers, both of which operate as cafe bars during the day. For a different style of entertainment, Napoleons Casino in George Street and Grosvenor Casino in Dock Street offer traditional tables and electronic gaming with a full food and drink service through the night. Princes Avenue appeared on the scene in 2002 with the opening of Pave, which still stands out for its bohemian style. Dukes came a few months later and the rush which followed brought Garbutts, Lounge, Pearsons and more.
One of the most recent, and most interesting, is the 80 Days Bier Haus. Expansion by Dukes brought the opening on Newland Avenue of Tofts, which has evolved from cafe bar into one of the most popular nightclubs. It’s a great fit with the neighbouring quality drinking establishments of Larkin’s and The People’s Republic. Not to mention the Adelphi Club just round the corner. The Piper Club, also on Newland Avenue, is one of the city’s legendary late-night venues, as is the Welly, still going strong on Beverley Road after more than 100 years, and Spiders, no less in demand for being on the edge of town.
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