An Expert’s Guide to Yorkshire’s Best Cocktail Bars

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Alex Hanson at Slingsby Gin
Alex Hanson, head mixologist at Slingsby Gin in Harrogate, talks us through the best cocktail joints in Yorkshire

West Park Hotel
19 West Park, Harrogate HG1 1BJ
01423 524471
www.thewestparkhotel.com 
‘Transformed from the original Victorian coach house, West Park Hotel stands in an unrivalled location overlooking the Stray, an open area of 200 acres of parkland right in the centre of the town. The bar features an extensive and innovative cocktail menu, featuring classic cocktails and new alike, and features Slingsby Gin – both rhubarb and London dry varieties – a number of times. A favourite of mine is the rhubarb and passionfruit punch for two – a sharing cocktail, served in a lightbulb and dry ice cafetière. Fruity, easy to drink packed full of theatre!’

The Maven
1 Call Lane, Leeds LS1 7DH
0113 243 6047
www.themavenbar.com 
‘This bar offers something quirky and different like nowhere else in the city. This hotspot may be hidden but it’s not one to miss. Without a sign, the prohibition-style bar is located in the heart of the city on Call Lane behind a hidden staircase and doors adorned with a large M. If you want a complex, exciting and inventive cocktail The Maven’s experienced, theatrical and charismatic bar tenders have you covered. It’s speak-easy style at its best and has sophisticated cool nailed.’ 

Chapter House
Station Road, York YO24 1AA
01904 688699
www.chapterhouseyork.co.uk 
‘The Chapter House at the Principal York Hotel is a modern bar with a contemporary twist –  the perfect spot to relax with a good tipple no matter what the mood or situation. Being next to York train station it is almost impossible to not pop in and have a drink whilst waiting for the train you’re about to miss now you’ve stumbled upon this gem. A personal favourite is the Yorkshire negroni, which replaces the classic London dry gin with Slingsby rhubarb gin, making the drink softer, more floral and a lot more approachable compared to its bitter big brother.’

The Great Gatsby
73-75 Division Street, Sheffield S1 4GE
0114 273 1050
www.thegatsbybar.co.uk 
‘If you’re looking for a party spot don’t let the 1920s snug style of The Great Gatsby bar have you fooled. At the weekend with its 3am license, killer music list and central location, it’s the perfect bar to start and end your night. A packed gin list leads to full-flavour cocktails and to make it even better it serves top notch Mexican street food – it’s one of my favourite hang-out spots.’ 

Whistlers Bar
18 Birdgate, Pickering YO18 7AL
www.blackswan-pickering.co.uk/whistlers 
‘Whistler’s Bar is situated in the heart of Pickering, a town that loves its gin! This little hidden gem has a vast gin menu, featuring over 45 gins from around the world. With a massive outdoor space Whistlers is a great summer cocktail spot. This cosy bar’s friendly and knowledgeable staff have a huge array of garnishes to ensure your perfect serve is made just the way you like it. The bar often holds a Friday night happy hour with live music – and who doesn’t like a happy hour?’

Published in: September 2017

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