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Bar Review: Sound Bar, Skipton

Updated: Apr 9

Is it a bar? Is it a cafe? Is it a record shop? Is it a gig venue? It’s all of those things. And we like it!

Sound Bar, Skipton

Sound Bar, Skipton

What to expect at Sound Bar

Skipton's Sound Bar is the best of both worlds for lovers of music and beer. The large, spacious premises is home to a record shop selling a good range of new and second-hand vinyl and CDs from all genres and eras. Music from the collection is permanently being played – if you fancy, put in a request to the DJ and, while you’re rifling through the racks, you might as well get yourself a pint!

Sound Bar, Skipton

The bar serves coffee as well as booze and, during the day, the atmosphere is a relaxed, licensed cafe vibe - family-friendly -where music-lovers young and old flock to socialise in a cool environment where album posters cover the walls and an array of musical instruments dangle from the ceiling. Weekends are very busy, especially Sundays, when live music, usually from local artists, is played on the central stage. Whether you’re meeting friends for coffee, hunting for a rare vinyl, wanting to check out the local music scene or after some top-quality beer, Sound Bar won’t miss a beat.

Sound Bar, Skipton

What’s to drink at Sound Bar?

Sound Bar has four rotating casks serving ales from local breweries. When we visited, Three Fours Easy Pale by Moorhouse's Brewery (Burnley), Craven Brew Co’s (Keighley) Oatmeal Stout, Copper Dragon’s (Keighley) Silver Mist Cask Pilsner and Burrow’s Blonde by Black Sheep Brewery (Masham) were on offer. We had the Craven’s stout and the Moorhouse's pale, which were excellent – well worth Sound Bar’s place in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. IPAs and pale ales are available in two rotating kegs, and there’s an impressive range of European options in bottles and cans, including Belgian beers, wheat beers and fruit beers. Spirits, wines as well as hot and cold soft drinks are also available.

Sound Bar, Skipton

What’s on at Sound Bar?

Sunday Sessions at Sound Bar showcase live music from local talent – a demonstration of Skipton’s positive community spirit in action. Genres vary greatly – there’s everything from swing to soul to punk to jazz to rock. They also host open mic nights on the second Wednesday of every month, monthly music quizzes every first Thursday and DJs on alternating Fridays. Follow Sound Bar on Facebook, Instagram and their website to keep up to date with the latest events.

Sound Bar, Skipton

Where can I find Sound Bar?

Sound Bar is in the vibrant town of Skipton, just south of the Yorkshire Dales. Situated by the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, it’s 27 miles north-west of Leeds and 38 miles west of York. There are numerous carparks around the town; we used Cavendish Street Car Park. Sound Bar is fairly central; a ten-minute walk from Skipton Railway Station, which is a stop on the scenic Settle-Carlisle Railway, and to which services run direct from Leeds. Buses from several nearby towns also pass through Skipton.


Sound Bar, Skipton

Sound Bar, Skipton: Summary

-          Wet pub

-          Local beers and ales

-          European beer selection

-          Bottles and cans available

-          CAMRA Good Beer Guide

-          Record store

-          Live music every Sunday

-          Monthly music quiz

-          Monthly open mic night

-          Fortnightly Friday DJ sets

-          Dog-friendly

-          Outdoor seating

-          Skipton town centre

-          Good transport links

-          Car parking close by


Where can I find out more information?

For the latest opening times and updates, follow Sound Bar on Facebook, Instagram and their website.



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