Whether you are looking for sophisticated bars, lively nightclubs, live music or a quiet country pub, there’s plenty on offer in North Yorkshire and the Dales. Harrogate is perhaps the place to go for glamour. For example, you will not look out of place wearing feathered headwear in Revolución de Cuba, in Parliament Street. The bar also does a good line in tapas and Latin cocktails. Sports bar The Pit, in The Ginnel, gets busy at weekends with crowds enjoying the craft beer, 2-4-1 cocktails and table tennis.
There are several decent pubs down the road in Boroughbridge, including the Black Bull, in St James Square, and the Crown Hotel, in Horsefair. In Thirsk, the renovated Black Lion bar and bistro, in Market Place, has a nice patio which catches the sun. There are several popular pubs in Ripon town centre. For real ale lovers, One Eyed Rat, in Allhallowgate, is a good choice, with up to eight beers on tap at any one time. It’s impossible to discuss the nightlife of Northallerton without a mention for Club Amadeus. Known affectionally as Bongo by the locals, the venue is the place to go if you want to dance until the early hours and pick up a kebab from the takeaway opposite afterwards. For a quirky night out, try The Potting Shed, in High Street, where you can eat and drink from your very own garden shed! The contemporary Tithe bar and brasserie, in Friarage Street, is another good option if you’re like craft ale and local-sourced food.
The biggest market towns in the Dales all have pubs which become lively, especially on a weekend. In Richmond, the King’s Head is popular with dressed-up drinkers, as is the Turf Hotel, which generally attracts a younger crowd. Micro-pub No 29, in Frenchgate, is a relatively new addition, but has been warmly welcomed by those looking for a more intimate night out. It’s only right that after dark Whitby, which inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula, can be an exciting place, especially if it’s the annual Goth Weekend when lovers of goth clothing and music descend on the town in the hundreds. There’s several popular bars and pubs on either side of the River Esk that get busy on a weekend, including The Fleece and The Dolphin. In Skinner Street you will find the Arch and Abbey pub, which is close enough to be convenient to the town centre but far enough away to escape those on a pub crawl. The Quirky Den, in Grape Lane, lives up to its name and is worth checking out. For a quieter night, the Waiting Room, at Whitby Station, is the town’s first micro-pub. There’s no music or TVs meaning drinkers have no choice but to talk to each other!
George & Dragon
Main St, Dent, Sedbergh LA10 5QL
Nestling in the heart of Dentdale, a few miles from the market town of Sedbergh, rests one of the quaintest and prettiest villages in the Yorkshire Dales. Situated in idyllic countryside, within easy reach of the Lake District and the West Coast, Dent provides the perfect holiday base. The George & Dragon is a Grade 2-listed building situated in the centre of the pretty village of Dent overlooking the famous Adam Sedgwick Memorial Fountain. Traditionally furnished with relaxed public rooms, the George & Dragon has two spacious dining areas serving home-cooked meals. The main bar area hosts a plasma screen television, screening live sporting events and pool room with jukebox. Visit website
Tan Hill Inn
Long Causeway, Richmond DL11 6ED
Try the quirky Tan Hill Inn, near Reeth, which, at 1732ft above sea-level, is Britain’s highest pub. As well as being a regular stop-off for hikers, bikers and day-trippers, the pub has regular gig nights with the chart-topping Arctic Monkeys and Mark Ronson among the artists to have played the remote venue. The pub, which is a regular setting for TV dramas and commercials, has a bunk barn and camping available outside – and despite being a long way from just about anywhere, is well-known as a good place for a party. Visit website
The Black Bull
44 Main St, Sedbergh LA10 5BL
The Black Bull is a family-run 17th-century coaching inn with restaurant, rooms and bar. Inspired by the landscape in flavour and design. Relax, indulge and tune-out. Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend away with your partner or travelling for business, the team will be on hand to help you make the most of your stay. You may be greeted as a guest but you can guarantee you will leave as a firm friend… especially as the infectious personality of every member of our team is hard to ignore. Visit website
The Old Black Swan
19 Market Pl, Bedale DL8 1ED
The Old Black Swan is a 17th-century coaching inn located in the centre of Bedale in North Yorkshire. It’s a large pub offering local real ales, locally-distilled gins, delicious home-cooked food served in lovely traditional pub surroundings with open fires and lots of atmosphere with lots of Yorkshire hospitality thrown in for good measure. What’s not to love? Visit website
The Woolly Sheep Inn
38 Sheep St, Skipton BD23 1HY
At The Woolly Sheep Inn, in Skipton, you can expect open fires when it’s cold, as well as wooden floors throughout and sheep’s fleeces on the chairs. Try award-winning Timothy Taylor’s cask ales, premium lagers and ciders, fine wines and cocktails. Visit website
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