7 amazing Chester bars you have to visit

I ain’t gonna even lie and pretend that the vast majority of my paychecks doesn’t go to hanging out in the awesome boozers in Chester. But that means I am in the know about where you should go and indulge in whatever’s your poison.


So here you are, folks. Wihtout further ado and in no particular order: the 7 awesome bars in Chester you just have to visit.



Commonhall Social

Where: 10 Commonhall St, Chester CH1 2BJ

What: I’ve had a soft spot for these guys ever since they were “Got Wine” a lifetime ago. But now they are a funky backstreet boozer where amazing cocktails are made, wine is always at the right temperature and beer is a-flowing. It’s bang in the centre but hidden just around the corner from the highstreet so you used to have to be in the know to know about it. Nowadays it’s a part of the fabric of the city but it’s kept its character and flips two fingers at conforming to the tastes of the masses. They also have the best beer garden in the city – fact. It has a ping pong table.



Craft & Company

Where: 24 Watergate Row North, Chester CH1 2LD

What: My newest love. Nestled on the rows of Chester, this little beast has beers, rums, tequilas and whiskeys I have never heard of. Or dreamed of. Or even dared to dream of. It’s almost like someone thought of the most insane liquor possible, bottled it and then these guys found it and thought “that would make someone like Kat really happy”. I keep taking people here because the stuff these guys serve is so unique you can’t find it anywhere else in Chester, and it’s served by bar staff who know everything and then some there is to know about it.



Goat & Munch

Where: 52 Garden Ln, Chester CH1 4EW

What: The newest kid on the block and a little off the beaten track but if you let that deter you from visiting you’re missing out big time and I have no sympathy for you. They always have top beers and ciders on tap and their fridge is full of wonderful wine, bubbly and whatnot. So regardless of what’s your poison, they probably have it. The Goat may be only a year and some of age but it feels like it’s been there forever, and long may it reign. It’s snug and it gets full quickly but there’s always room for one more. 



Lodge Bar

Where: 8-10 Hoole Rd, Chester CH2 3NH

What: If you thought I couldn’t possibly have any love for a traditional community boozer, you were wrong and you should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself. Nah I kid, I forgive you. The Lodge used to be my local watering hole when I lived in Hoole and even though I’m further afield now I have a lot of love for it still. The beer is good, it’s cheap, and there’s always someone you know there. Usually me.



Sandy Box

Where: 14 Cuppin St, Chester CH1 2BN

What: Here there be pirates! Well, not really, but you’ll feel like one when you enter this little tiki bar. It’s like a secret pirate cove and at no time will you ever have to ask “but why is the rum gone” because they have a hundred and one different kinds. The cocktails are insane and so’s the staff. Points if you count all the pineapples and flamingos in this place.



Cross Keys

Where: 2 Duke St, Chester CH1 1RP

What: Whenever a friend of mine comes to Chester for the first time I always take them to the Cross Keys. Because look at these photos. That’s why. It’s simultaneously the most traditional and the edgiest place in town. It looks like you were whisked to the Victorian era but the beer is so modern it makes your head spin. They’ve always got some crazy stuff on as well, from pub quizzes to Irish music nights to contemporary theatre. I’m kinda in love with this place.



Deva Tap

Where: 121 Brook St, Chester CH1 3DU

What: For the past few years Deva’s only gone and won best brewery and best beer awards left right and centre so it was only a matter of time before they opened a tap room. And open they did, and now no one has to hunt down their award-winning beers, they’re all neatly available here. They’re conveniently a stone throw away from the train station too so whether you’re on your way in or out of town you can pop in for a pint.


Have I missed out any top bars in Chester? Let me know in the comments.

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  • These are great hang out places! Will surely include them on my list. Thanks for sharing!

  • Danielle

    All of these pubs look and sound amazing! I’d visit the Deva, even if only for the name 🙂

  • Nicole Wi

    The bars look amazing. I love to explore new bars 🙂

  • Anosa Malanga VA

    All of those are very beautiful! They are all unique from each other. My favorite is the Munch and Goat.

  • I haven’t been to bars for a long time. A good reminder that I got to go out and hangout more at bars. Cheers!

  • This is a great list of Chester bars.The pictures are really beautiful and seems all the bars are comfortable to spend time relaxing!

  • fashion-mommy

    It’s been a while since I was in Chester, it is one of my fave places. Looks like I need to pay a visit soon.

  • Ang

    I love how each pub has it’s own vibe. It’s so much fun emerging into a new atmosphere when you go into one of these places. Awesome pictures….now I want a cold one. lol

  • Sondra Barker

    I love how all the bars are so different, thats pretty awesome. The sandy box was my favorite, it just looks like it has a fun atmosphere.

  • David Elliott

    These all look awesome and lots of fun. I will have to say that I admit I like the Sandy Box the best. I know it’s silly but I really do like the Tiki Look of the place.

  • Samantha Bye

    These look great! Looks like I need to think about a trip to Chester, these are exactly the kind of places I like.

  • While I don’t drink, I do appreciate the detail and thought you put into each review. They all seem appealing in different ways.

  • Milton

    I love the look of Sandy Box the most! These are such great looking places to unwind and relax after a long week!

  • What an amazing list of bars to visit in Chester. All love the ambiance inside each different place!

  • Jenn Goggin

    These bars are all so pretty looking! I’m sure the drinks were nice and refreshing, will have to keep them in mind if I am ever in the area!

  • Jessica Taylor

    I really love the style of the Lodge Bar! It looks so fun! Really any of these would be awesome to visit!

  • These do look like exciting bars. I don’t really drink, but I enjoy bars with great food. If they have Diet Coke, I’m good to go!

  • Sandy Dobbs

    The UK is at the top of my bucket list and I would LOVE to visit these places. Love your photos and the decor in those places is so inviting and fantastic looking!

  • Living in Manchester so not that far from Chester! I really want to go to the zoo there so it would also be a good opportunity to try one of these bars! xx corinne