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11 of the Best Bars in Wakefield

11 of the Best Bars in Wakefield

Just south of Leeds, these bars in Wakefield provide a fantastic alternative to the larger, neighbouring city. It is a hidden gem for rooftop bars, craft breweries and secret bars. There is sure to be something for everyone’s tastes.

The city is part of the wider Wakefield district containing another five towns each steeped in their own history and unique eating and drinking establishments.

Bars in Wakefield city centre

Bars in Wakefield, Kindred Spirit

Kindred Spirit

First on the list of bars in Wakefield is Kindred Spirit. This cocktail bar is situated in the heart of Wakefield city centre serving a mixture of cocktails including the Kindred Spirit Amaretto Sours. Alongside a wide range of beers, wines and spirits. The best seat when the sun is shining is on their outdoor terrace, overlooking the historic cobbled courtyard.

Each Saturday night they have a resident DJ with guest DJs appearing every Friday and VIP packages available to purchase on the night. For drinks, cocktails and dancing this place has a great atmosphere.

Albion Court, Wakefield WF1 1BD

Bars in Wakefield, KRAFT Koffee

KRAFT Koffee

If relaxing is what you are after, then look no further than KRAFT Koffee. The venue works as a dual personality as a coffee shop and cocktail bar. The cafe side has a selection of locally sourced coffee (from Leeds’ North Star plus regularly featured guests) and delicious baked goods.

Born out of KRAFT barbers which it shares a business space with, it is the only barbers in Wakefield where you can legally have an alcoholic beverage. After the coffee shop closes in the afternoon, the bar is then transformed in the evenings into KRAFT Kocktails. They have worked with SALT beer factory to create their very own exclusive KRAFT Helles Lager.

12-14 Wood Street, Wakefield, WF1 2ED

Bars in Wakefield, The Golden Pineapple

The Golden Pineapple

This bar in Wakefield is like no other on the list, The Golden Pineapple is a Tiki bar but with a Victorian twist. The theme sounds unusual but if you are wanting an escape to paradise whilst sipping on a tiki cocktail (or two) then there is nowhere better.

There is always a time when rum is the answer. But even if it is not then there is a fantastic selection of craft beers on draught from Huddersfield’s Magic Rock which provides some spectacular flavours for The Golden Pineapple.

4 Wood Street, Wakefield, WF1 2ED – 07908 286251

Bars in Wakefield, RBT Video

RBT Video

This is certainly one of the quirkiest bars in Wakefield on this list. Fronted by a VHS rental store, this entry has a secret that if you were going past, it is highly unlikely you would know that a cocktail bar lies behind. To enter the hidden establishment, you must guess their movie of the week which can be found on their website. Once inside you are transported back to a 1980s themed speakeasy-style cocktail bar.

The bar specialises in in rum, bourbon, and tequila and there is New York-style pizza on the menu to complement. If that isn’t enough, their rear cocktail garden plays host to many events such as sit-down discos, resident food trucks, and an outdoor cinema.

33 Northgate, Wakefield, WF1 3BJ – 07908 286251

Bars in Wakefield, Supper Club

Supper Club

Located at the top of Westgate, this Wakefield bar is home to ‘Build Your Own Pizza’ where you choose your base, sauce and toppings.

To compliment that indulgent food, they serve up delicious cocktails, craft beers and elegant G&Ts that they take great pride in creating for you. You won’t want to miss their cocktail deal, it’s 2 for £10 on a selection of some of the best drinks until 7pm daily.

2 Silver Street, Wakefield, WF1 1UY – 01924 371020

Bars in Wakefield, Elliotts Bar

Elliotts Bar

Another one of our selections on this list is located on the cobbles of George & Crown Yard. Elliott’s Bar has a lovely welcoming atmosphere. They have a great selection of drinks with 10 draft lines available and an assortment of some fantastic gins, rums, whiskeys, bourbons, and wines.

Inside you will find lots of green plants and a ceiling of artificial foliage, bringing the outside in. The venue isn’t the biggest in size, so it is advised to book in advance of attending to avoid disappointment.

5 George & Crown Yard, Wakefield, WF1 1UQ

Bars in Wakefield, The Priory

The Priory

One of the finest wine bars in Wakefield on this list. The Priory is located in the city centre close to Wakefield Westgate train station. They stock over 20 wines from New Zealand Marlborough to Italian Veneto. But if beer is more of your drink of choice, then they stock numerous cask ales all locally sourced including Farmer’s Blond and Leeds Pale.

Fancy something different? Why not attend their Mixology Masterclasses where you get to try your hand at mixing, making and creating four handcrafted cocktails and then enjoying your (hopefully good) efforts!

Back Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TJ  – 07854 162816

Bars in Wakefield district

Bars in Wakefield, The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

Just outside of the city centre in Sandal is The Greenhouse. The bar stocks over 100 liqueurs and spirits that are put to use in their tempting menu such as Butterfly G & Tea, which is Whitley Neill melon gin with a hint of camomile tea that changes colour when you add your tonic.

Each Friday they have a new cocktail of the week and over 30 gins to choose from. The Greenhouse has a relaxing atmosphere and is an ideal way to spend your evening.

Sandal Business Centre, Asdale Road, Wakefield, WF2 7JE – 01924 254528

Bars in Wakefield, The Doghouse

The Doghouse

Castleford’s first craft brewery bar is owned by Little Black Dog, small independent craft brewers based at Carlton Towers near Snaith, North Yorkshire. The quirky bar has an ever-changing line-up of craft beers from some of the UK’s top breweries such as Brew York and Ridgeside with their experimental drinks. All drinks offered are all hand-selected personally by Jordan, the principal brewer from the family-run brewery.

The bar offers live acoustic music every Sunday afternoon and a fun and inviting space that puts it above others to be one of the best bars in the Wakefield district.

16 Carlton Street, Castleford, WF10 1AY – 01977 559793

Bars in Wakefield, The Printers Draft

The Printer’s Draft

Located in the marketplace of Pontefract, The Printers Draft provides the perfect mix of cask ales, craft gins and cocktails. There’s live music all weekend long and you can expect to have four different acts over three days starting every Friday night. A highlight on the menu is the Haribo cocktail, a mixture of tangy, sweet, and sour flavours all mixed into one refreshing drink.

Market Place, Pontefract, WF8 1AG – 01977 329705

Bars in Wakefield, Market Tap

Market Tap

Last but not least on the list of bars in Wakefield is the Market Tap in Castleford. They have a number of craft beers on rotation each month and Solero by Brewbynumbers is a popular one with locals and visitors alike. They also have an upstairs bar that is perfect for any private events or parties that you might have. However, weekend slots are popular, so it is advised to book early.

56 Carlton Street, Castleford, WF10 1DB


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