York, the perfect city to celebrate in!

Recently I enjoyed a great evening in York for my sister in laws 40th birthday and an afternoon for one of my Uni friend’s 40th too! All in the space of a fortnight (yes things have changed since I could cram in nights out with lots of energy!) i’ve long had an affinity with this beautiful historic city which is full of secret alley ways and hidden gems. I went to University here and lived in York for a few years and it holds great memories for me. Some eateries I have been to in the past few months are Lucia’s Italian restaurant on Swinegate (https://www.luciawinebar.co.uk/) and the more traditional York roast company for some post night scran, both totally different but equally fantastic. We started with the quirky and oh so trendy, not to mention very instagrammable Botanist on Stonegate,(https://thebotanist.uk.com/)

The menu of the Botanist, loads of choice in cocktails, gin and wine and the staff were really friendly making it a great night!

The most instagrammable drinks of the night?! An apricot and peach smash and a passionfruit and basil crush refreshing and a beauty to behold!

The place is famed for it’s amazing cocktails and laid back vibe. The ambience is great in here and although busy you can tell it s a popular place and we loved the exciting drinks on offer (my favourite being served in a plant pot and with dry ice) as well as some being poured from watering cans! After this we walked across the main city square and found the famous Golden Fleece pub opposite the Shambles (https://www.goldenfleecepubyork.co.uk/ )

The most haunted pub..well worth a visit if not for the ghosts but for the range of drinks on offer!

Starting the night right!

So many hidden twists and turns on the streets of York, its great not knowing where a night may take you!

The Fleece is well known across the globe for its spooky goings on and ghost tours! I have wanted to visit for a few years after seeing it on Most haunted so I was really pleased when the birthday girl suggested it. The whole atmosphere is electric and it feels surreal being slightly tilted (due to the nature of the building which dates from the 16th century) We enjoyed a pint while sitting next to a skull in a glass case (supposedly a witch, of course!) it was a great experience and the locals were all friendly which made us feel really welcome. Next we made our way through the hustle and bustle of a Friday night in York, there was singing in Coney street and a group of hen and stags hollering an Ed Sheeran number for all to hear. This is what makes York such an energetic place, full of diverse audiences too.

Cocktail making at All bar one was great fun and the central location meant it was really easy to get to.

So many ways to experience the city, this map shows you what you can discover..don’t know what a snicket is? It means an alleyway and there are so many hidden trails through to new places. They all have some great names too!

Rest assured the person’s reflection in the glass is that of the sister in law not the ghost of Elizabeth!! It had us spooked for a minute!

A cocktail class at All Bar One (https://www.allbarone.co.uk/ )was a great fun way to get the party started and being taught how to create 4 of your own for the bargain price of £25 as well as sampling some of the delicious bar snacks was a great experience. The Slug and Lettuce (https://www.slugandlettuce.co.uk/york) is a modern and lively bar and we stayed here for a good couple of hours trying lots of the colourful cocktails on offer. The audience was slightly younger but there was plenty of space and no queues for drinks which was appreciated. Next as hunger struck we tried the York Roast Company (https://www.theyorkroastco.com/) and sampled an unreal wrap (think Sunday dinner with all the trimmings wrapped up in a Yorkshire pud!) Heaven!!

When in Yorkshire..it would be rude not to try a Yorky pud wrap! Yummy!

It was brilliant to be nostalgic and to remember lots of drinking days and nights back in the early noughties. (Trebles for singles, Ikon and Diva, Toff’s and Ziggy’s anyone?!) Even though there were lots of new places to discover, some things hadn’t changed at all and that’s the fact that York offers places for all ages to enjoy. I can’t wait to be back again soon and do it all again…(Just give it a few months!)

Stonegate, where I once worked at an African shop during my student days, it’s so beautiful.

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