Best Bars in Chester

Chester is in the top ten of the most popular UK city destinations for both British and overseas tourists and has a huge selection of bars and pubs. Living only 6 miles from this beautiful city,  I thought I’d share with you my choice of the best bars in Chester

Corks Out



Corks Out is a relative newcomer to the Chester bar scene. In a vaulted cellar in Watergate Street adjoining the wine shop of the same name. Its a great bar, very quirky. It has an extensive Gin menu, almost 50 to choose from! Obviously as you would expect the wine list is also extensive. An unusual touch are the self service wine dispensers. You buy a Corks Out card from the bar for £2 and load it up with as much credit as you want. Now  insert the card in the wine dispensers situated around the bar and make your choice. You can just have a taster measure, or a full glass. A great way to try  a range of wines. Food is available with a selection of deli boards, paninis and tapas.  Definitely somewhere to try if you live locally or are visiting Chester.


Bar Lounge


Bar Lounge is an extremely popular venue particularly with the younger trendy set in the evenings – I tend to visit at lunchtime! A big attraction is the outside terrace. This is always busy, even in the winter with heaters and warm blankets available. In my view it’s the staff who make this place. They always give you a warm welcome.They are very professional and just seem to be very happy in their work. There is an extensive selection of beers, wines and spirits and a great cocktail list. The food is good with an extensive menu of small dishes and more substantial fayre.


The Bar at Upstairs at the Grill

Under the same ownership as Bar Lounge is Upstairs at the Grill located just across the road. It is styled on a traditional Manhattan steakhouse. Serving several varieties and cuts of prime beef both from the UK and the USA, it’s a paradise for carnivores and a very popular Chester restaurant. It has a hidden secret, the upstairs bar, a sophisticated speakeasy like bar. Give it a try even if it’s just for a drink. The bar has a great cocktail list and a selection of delicious nibbles, you must try the Popcorn Haggis Fritters!


The Architect

The Architect is close to the City Centre, with an attractive garden overlooking  Chester racecourse and the River Dee. It is very popular with both locals and tourists, being particularly busy on race days. The pub is very light and airy. There is a spacious bar area and a selection of small dining rooms. The pub is very popular with diners but it is also a great venue for a drink with friendly staff and locals. The food is excellent with an extensive menu which changes regularly with seasonal specials.


Old Harkers

Part of the same chain as The Architect, Old Harkers is situated outside the city centre on the canal side near to the railway station. It is a very attractive traditional pub, extremely popular with locals. The pub is more of a drinking pub than the Architect but still serves delicious food, with an extensive choice. Probably my number one choice for a drink in Chester.

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