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Where to go for cocktails in York

If you’re planning a night out with the girls or need inspiration for date night drinks, here are some of the best places to go for cocktails in York. 

Evil Eye 

42 Stonegate, York YO1 8AS 

For creative and interesting cocktails, head to Evil Eye, the self-proclaimed “Home to the weird and wonderful”. The menu consists of all the classic cocktails, before taking a turn towards the strange with the Mince Pie Martini, absinthe-based Green Fairy, and the Rhubarb and Custard Crumble, to name a few. If you’re looking for something non-alcoholic, there’s a list of delicious mocktails, some of which are even made from non-alcoholic spirits so you can enjoy a Light & Stormy without missing out on any of the original flavour. 

Social 8 Lounge 

13 High Ousegate, York YO1 8RZ 

Social 8 is a stylish cocktail bar found in the centre of York. The delicious cocktail menu is full of all the classics with a few creative options sprinkled in – try a Lemon Cheesecake made with Limoncello and gingerbread biscuits, or the Salty Dog made with Glenfiddich and saline.  

If you’re out for some drinks during the day, why not try the bottomless brunch? Espresso or Pornstar Martini, Aperol Spritz and Rhubarb Cooler cocktails are all on the menu alongside a selection of sandwiches, breakfast dishes and soups. Take a look at the Social 8 website and book a table so you don’t miss out. 

Bobo’s Cocktail Bar 

5 Little Stonegate, York YO1 8AX 

For a drink that combines flavour and flair, head to Bobo’s for a famous Zombie cocktail. Made to share and topped with flaming passion fruit, this show-stopping cocktail will go down a treat. For something even more tropical, try one of the fresh fruit cocktails – drink your pina colada straight from a pineapple! 

If you want to try your hand at cocktail making in York, book a masterclass at Bobo’s and learn how to make your favourites. This is a great activity for a larger group like a hen do or a birthday night out where you and your group will be taught by the expert mixologists while enjoying a drink or two yourself. 

Bora Bora 

East 5, Swinegate, York YO1 8AJ 

Bora Bora’s tropical-themed menu will transport you to a place in the sun with their Pina Colada or Red Devil drinks along with all the classics – flavoured martinis, champagne cocktails, or iced teas. There are six “fancy” mocktails available on the menu so you can sip on a carefully crafted drink like the Superberry or Virgin Colada without any of the alcohol. 

Bora Bora have a happy hour between 6pm and 9pm from Sunday to Friday on selected cocktails, so if you want to try somewhere new, this is the perfect time to do so. Visit the Bora Bora website to see which drinks are on offer and book a table. 

The Botanist 

15-19 Stonegate, York YO1 8ZW 

The Botanist is a favourite for a reason, with the amazing, themed cocktails tasting as good as they look. Choose between the sections on the menu to find a flavour that works for you – Floral, Fruits, or Roots & Shoots. Enjoy a Berry Colada if you have more of a sweet tooth, or a Lily Pad Sour if you fancy something more herbal. These refreshing botanical cocktails are not to be missed, so book a table before you visit and enjoy the experience.

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