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Kennedy’s Bar & Restaurant is the fiercely independent heart of York’s dining and nightlife scene. Often imitated, since 2000.

We pride ourselves on being a destination to dine, eat, drink, meet and play, all hours of the day. Somewhere where you can catch-up with friends over a bottle or two, relax at leisure with a coffee in hand, hold a meeting, have a romantic dinner or party like there’s no tomorrow. Constantly evolving with each day.

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By day, a laid-back meeting spot, complete with sun terrace. By night, the perfect place to party.

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Home of the banging brunches, comfort food lunches and sultry suppers. All-day eats for every appetite.

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Cocktail Masterclasses

Or perhaps gin, wine or craft beer is more your thing?

Whatever your tipple we love sharing the secrets behind a delicious concoction. Join us for a 90 minute adventure of experimentation and tasting as we open up a treasure chest of premium alcohol and ingredients, complete with your own personal bartender. You can even pair your tasty creations with all-bases-covered buffets for an extra £6.95 per person.

Bookable for a minimum of 6 people (the more the merrier).


Cocktail masterclasses

Approx 90mins | £27.95pp

Shake, stir & savour. Get the party started by making 3 cocktails of your choosing, mixed with fun, games and friends.

Wine tasting

Approx 2hrs | £27.95pp

The best way to become a wine expert is with a drink in your hand. Learn your light whites from your soulful reds in this tasting session tailored to your individual palate.

Craft beer masterclasses

Approx 60mins | £27.95pp

There’s never been a better time to be a beer enthusiast. Sample experimental IPAs, deep porters, European classics, and everything in-between.

Gin masterclasses

Approx 90mins | £27.95pp

Satisfy your thirst for gin knowledge and explore what goes into every bottle. Journey through the subtleties of different botanicals, garnishes, glassware and mixers.

Make a night of it

Did we mention we also have a secret underground bar? Oh, and a hostel?



The bar beneath our feet is Sotano - offering small plates from the Mediterranean and an extensive drinks menu like no other. After dark it transforms into York’s most electric yet intimate events venue, with resident DJ sets and open mic nights.

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The Fort Room

The Fort

Above us is somewhere to rest your head. As the original art-inspired hostel, The Fort oozes style and character. Our design-led rooms are well equipped for the modern traveller and come complete with free superfast WiFi, shared chill out areas, secure lockers, kitchens and 24/7 access.

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Planning a Party?

Reunions. Boozy birthdays. Work functions. Launch events. Hen & Stags. Whatever you’re celebrating, we have a number of private rooms and spaces to host it.


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