The bar and pub scene in Wakefield city centre has been reborn. No longer does it hark back to the nineties chain bars – it is powered by a fiercely passionate and creative independent group of venues that focus on experience and quality over churn.


The famous Westgate run is evolving, with several amazing venues spurring off the main street. The Establishment, Lobby, Hogarth’s Gin Palace, Hideout, Elephant & Castle, The Black Horse and the newly opening Counting House set the standard and variety on Westgate. Pass The Counting House onto Silver Street and there’s The Supper Club, Qubana and Elliott’s Bar.

White Horse Yard

Venture off into White Horse Yard and neighbouring Albion Court and you will discover Stereo, Now Serving, Velvet, Kindred Spirit, The Hop and Fanny & Bacardi’s all within an approximate circle of venues offering a mix of classy cocktails, live music, DJs and entertainment.

Wood Street

Wood Street offers more choices in the shape of The Quarter Café Bar, Damelio (great for cocktails) and Festive Fusion. Opposite is the Bull Ring, home to Jock’s Cavern, but don’t miss the classic and historic Black Rock pub.

Drury Lane

Round the corner from the theatre and you are on Drury Lane where you will discover Sloanes restaurant and bar and further up is the well-established Priory Bar. Westgate is home to the former Kookys nightclub which is undergoing a major transformation in spring/summer 2019 featuring thought to be world firsts. Watch. This. Space.