York beer gardens: 10 of the best bars and pubs for drinks in the sunshine

York isn't all churches and cobbled streets - the city has an impressive range of beer gardens perfect for sunny weather.

Spark York

With summer almost upon us and the weather looking up, we've rounded up the best beer gardens York has to offer.

When it comes to a good view with your pint, it doesn't get much better than The Habit. In this rooftop beer garden, you'll be treated to a stunning view of York Minster - as long as you turn up early enough to grab a seat.

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Opened in 2018, Spark: York is a collection of shops, restaurants and bars housed in trendy shipping containers. On a sunny day it's the perfect spot for eating, drinking and browsing outdoors.
This traditional tinder-framed pub hides a gorgeous beer garden out back. It's got ample lighting, heaters and comfortable seating as well as a wide selection of beers.
One of the first stop on York's "Micklegate Run", Gibsons' beer garden is tucked in a more remote location behind the bar walls. As well as beers, Gibsons also offers great deals on 241 cocktails.
The Fossgate Social is one of York's prettiest beer gardens, decked out in glittering fairy lights and disco balls as well as featuring a shed for patrons to enjoy their drinks in.
If you're looking for something a little more upscale, The Starr Inn the City is a great choice. Its riverside location makes it extremely popular with tourists and locals alike during the summer.
With its convenient location right beside York Minster, The Lamb and Lion beer garden is the perfect stop-off for a pint after a long day meandering around York city centre.
Stonegate Yard is built inside an old Georgian townhouse, and their beer garden is just as pretty as you might imagine. It's a great spot for a more quiet early evening drink in York.
Beer nerds will find their spiritual home at Brew York, which doubles up as a modern craft brewery & tap room. The beer is great and the beer garden even better - looking directly onto the river.