There’s the interesting, the quirky, and the just great pubs for you to park yourself and watch the footy.
In Hull, there’s something for everyone. The nightlife draws people in from across the country, and there’s always a cosy corner in one of our greats to sit yourself in after a long day of sightseeing.
TripAdvisor records reviews from customers in the bars and pubs and ranks them.
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Here are the website’s top 10 bars and pubs in Hull.
1 – Unos
This Newland Avenue Italian is of course great for a bite to eat.
You can see the hustle and bustle of one of the city’s busiest and coolest streets from the inside which feels exactly like an Italian in one of Rome’s piazzas.
One review said you would have to travel far to find anything else as good as Unos and many who had their first visit said they could not wait to return.
2 – The Brain Jar
This firm favourite is a haunt for many across the city who make their way to the centre to enjoy a brilliant cocktail at the Brain Jar.
Staff have been described as knowledgeable when talking about their famous cocktails, and visitors say they would recommend to a friend to try on a visit to Hull.
The quirky decor is also an attractive trait for the bar.
One review said: “Cracking venue. Great Food. Fab choice of drinks from very local beers (Bricknell Brewery Double IPA a real Germ!) and VERY hot AND VERY FRESH home made pizza! What NOT TO LIKE!!! Even the music was great. We will return!”
3 – The Head of Steam
Another city centre favourite located right across from Hull Minster and within walking distance of an array of bars and clubs.
The Head of Steam is perfect for a first drink before a night out in the city. Staff are attentive and you can hear yourself hold a conversation before you spend the night dancing away.
One reviewer said: “Had such a good time, every cocktail was fabulous! Izak was a fabulous host, he kept our drinks full all night and was so friendly! Nothing but good vibes in this joint! 110% recommend.”
4 – Furley and Co
Good cocktails, great food and a beautiful view – what more can you ask for for a pub?
Furley and Co has it all and is the perfect venue for a catch up with friends, or even a date.
One TripAdvisor reviewer said they will definitely return and added: “A sunny lunch time, the choice of eating in or out. All areas immaculately clean and felt covid safe. Customer service and staff outstanding and the BEST espresso martini ever. Food great, however be warned the portion sizes are huge. Good value for money. Will definitely be back.”
5 – Dirty Dicks
A relatively new bar in Hull, that opened just before the first lockdown.
Dirty Dicks is situated on the corner of Silver Street and Lowgate, and not only is it a great place for a boogie and a bev on a Friday night, but it’s great for food and drinks in the daytime too.
Despite the funny name, this bar is serious about its service and what it has on offer.
One happy reviewer said: “We went into this restaurant as we were in the old part of the city, Lowgate area of Hull. The interior is bright well lit and extremely clean, we were served by Melanie and Amy, very friendly and happy staff. The food was excellent, hot and served quickly. there is a very good lunchtime menu and a good children’s menu. Also the main menu is looking good, unfortunately as it was lunch time we decided on the lunch menu (actually I was out voted…lol). The toilets which to me has always been a bug bear and normally lets restaurants down was a big surprise, absolutely spotless and super clean. I would recommend this establishment to others. when in hull this is well worth a visit and the prices are very reasonable.”
6 – The Crooked Skewer
This hidden gem is located on Princes Avenue – but blink and you’ll miss its brilliant food and drinks selection.
The multi award-winning easy speak swanky restaurant offers bottomless dining with flair.
Food varies from world bbq and world salads to street food & curries.
It’s a hit with Hull’s own who already know about it, and visitors who have been recommended to go or have stumbled across its unassuming exterior.
One reviewer said they “couldn’t wish for anything more” and said: “The food was unreal, the service was amazing and the owner was nothing short of incredible. We were served promptly and the owner explained everything to us. The food comes as a whole selection of the menu with some added extra sparkle which you just have to visit to fully appreciate!”
7 – The Gardener’s Arms
This Cottingham Road pub is usually a hit with Hull’s students, but is frequented by locals and visitors alike too.
The pub is a favourite for those wanting to get their live sports fix while enjoying a nice meal and a drink too.
You can book a table online and take a virtual tour of the pub so you’re prepared when you get there.
One review said: “Highly recommended, great food and drinks on offer at a very good price. Best place in hull for few beers.”
8 – Bowery
Another favourite for watching the footy in is Bowery.
What you see is what you get with this pub – which is an excellent beer garden located in one of Hull’s busiest and best streets, Princes Avenue.
Not only can you watch the sports, but you can also get yourself a decent bite to eat and some refreshing drinks from the welcoming staff working there.
One review said: “Good bar located on princess avenue. The bar had a DJ playing on Saturday night when I was in there, he was playing lots of old school house anthems which had a number of people up on the dance floor. Seems to have a good atmosphere and a real mix of age groups who drink in this bar. Staff where friendly including door staff.”
9 – The Marquis of Granby
This lovely Hessle pub is a favourite for people who want to get out of the city and enjoy a quiet pint.
It’s also a great stop-off if you’ve visited some of Hessle’s other bars including The Treehouse, which is not far.
The pub boasts a pool table, jukebox, darts, and everything else you would expect in a great traditional pub. There is always something going on whether it be a quiz, bingo or Forces Veterans Breakfast Club.
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They also have ten big screens suitable for watching your favourite team.
One reviewer said: “Visited with my partner for drinks. This pub has a very good selection of gins and my partner had a real ale. We were showed to our table and how to use the mobile app by Jess. She was very patient showing us how to use the app and nothing was too much trouble for her. Definitely recommend coming to this pub and we will visit again.”
10 – Yates
Another typical favourite for those descending on Hull’s city centre.
Yates is a franchise but Hull’s has been on its Whitefriargate corner for years, with many being able to remember having a drink and a dance there long before Covid arrived.
One reviewer said: “We called here for a few drinks and .something to eat as it was our wedding anniversary, not exactly the Ritz but options were limited due to the virus. We were treated like Royalty by the Staff who really looked after us, the food was great as was the atmosphere. Brilliant night.”