There’s no lack of pubs in the centre of York, so the ones suggested can only be just a limited selection, concentrating on watering holes that also provide meals or at least bar food. Follow the links for more details about individual establishments.
A feature of many pubs is that they can change their character, so that what at lunchtime might feel a quiet, sedate retreat, may turn into a heaving, busy, noisy place in the evening.
Add to that the fact that many pubs organise special evenings such as music or quiz nights, can mean that it’s often hard to predict exactly what atmosphere might welcome you, when you choose to call in during a casual visit to the city.
Micklegate offers a large number of pubs to choose from, some with meals during the day. (At night this is serious partying and drinking country.)
For a sheer enormous selection of beers, both local and international, the choice at York Tap, by the railway station cannot be beaten, though it’s a tad outside the centre of town. Nearby, and still within the city walls, serious beer fans might prefer to try Brigantes Bar at 114 Micklegate, which has a stripped down bar for the trying out speciality beer, including local micro breweries such as Great Heck Brewing. (Meals also available.)
Also on Micklegate, a few doors down the road at 130, independent Scottish punk brewery BrewDog tempts with its individualistic range of cult beers from summer 2016 on.
Finally, on Walmgate, the newest Yorkie kid on the block, hidden away behind Il Paradiso del Cibo, is small craft brewer Brew York. Producing several unique artisan beers, the enterprise was started by two local enthusiasts. The business is expanding, but currently its brewery is open in the afternoons (1-6 pm) Monday to Thursday, and their tap room on Friday and Saturday from noon till 11pm.