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Pub Review: Pivní, York

Updated: Apr 27


Pivní means ‘beer-belly’ in Czech and, with so many top-quality beers on offer, you can’t blame punters in this York pub if they become wider at the waistlines!


Pivni, York

Pivni, York

What to expect at Pivní

Pivní is a three-storey, timber-framed building, dating from circa 1600. Although its original use is unknown, it was converted into stables in the 18th century, then a warehouse in the 19th. In 2007 it opened as the Pivní bar, which fast became and has remained a favourite among local beer-lovers.



The ground floor houses the lengthy bar and a narrow seating area with a few round tables. Up the winding staircase, the first floor is much more spacious, with exposed brickwork, original timber rafters and large windows; a perfect place to sit comfortably and watch the world go by. Climb further still and find a second floor that wouldn’t be out of place on an episode of ‘Twin Peaks’ – wooden decor, high-backed booths and a red neon glow create a cosy atmosphere.





Pivni, York


Pivni, York

What’s to drink at Pivní?

Though it’s worth a visit to see the historic building alone, beer is the real star of the show at Pivní. The extensive bar, packed with shiny pumps, is a feast for the eyes. Three rotating UK-sourced cask ales, often local, are on offer, alongside a whopping seven craft keg beers from the UK and worldwide, plus over forty bottles and cans. Established pilsners, lagers and ciders are available, as well as wine, cocktails and, in winter, mulled wine. Snacks can be bought at the bar.


When we visited, the rotating guest selection included beers by Delerium Brewery (Belgium), Sullivan’s Brewing Company (Ireland), Fierce Beer (Aberdeen), Deya Brewing Company (Cheltenham), Docks Beers (Grimsby), New Bristol Brewery (Bristol) and, from Pivovar Limited, owners of Pivní, Elvington Pivovar (York). As you can probably guess, choosing wasn’t easy! In the end we opted for Elvington Pivovar’s Mittel Pils and Docks Beers’ Haven, which were lovely.



Pivni, York

Where can I find Pivní?

Pivní is on the narrow Patrick Street in the centre of York, a stone’s throw away from the historic Shambles Market and around a 20-minute walk from the train station. Q-Park Shambles York is a multi-storey carpark that’s just a 5-minute walk away.




Pivni, York

Pivni, York: Summary

- Wet pub

- Huge selection of local, UK and worldwide beers and ales

- Dog-friendly

- Historic building

- York city centre




Where can I find out more information?

For more information, including opening hours and updates on what’s the latest on tap, follow Pivní on Facebook, Instagram or on their website.



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