Best Cocktail Bars in Wakefield

While the Wakefield district may be celebrated for its industrial roots, picturesque countryside, and historic attractions, it’s quickly cultivating a reputation as a cocktail connoisseur’s delight. Whether you’re a local looking for a new favourite haunt or a visitor seeking a taste of the region’s thriving drinks scene, the Wakefield district promises to shake, stir and satisfy with its outstanding cocktail bars.

The Priory

The Priory is a thriving city centre bar in Wakefield that serves the finest wines, cocktails and spirits, as well as bottomless afternoon tea. For those that want to learn how to make their favourites at home, you can also book onto a mixology masterclass and learn from the best. Synonymous with great cocktails, sip, savour and indulge in the art of mixology in this hidden gem.

📸 @thepriorywakefield

📍 Back Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TJ

The Mad Ox

The Mad Ox in Pontefract offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where even your four legged friends are welcome. Known for their delicious cocktails and fantastic afternoon tea, this cosy spot is a gem for those seeking a casual hangout with good music and a diverse menu. The bar’s commitment to serving exceptional cocktails, paired with its dog-friendly policy, makes it a unique destination for locals and visitors alike.

📸 @the_mad_ox_bar

📍 Ropergate End, Pontefract, WF8 1JU


What do you get when you mix Yorkshire with the Pacific? Robatary of course! Robatary is a collaboration of cuisines combining Yorkshires best bits with influences from the Pacific plate. Influences from Indonesia and Peru down to the west coast of America, San Francisco and Hawaii. Mainly a (pretty fantastic) restaurant, you’ll want to taste what Asian-inspired tipples the team have created to go alongside the food. Why not try the Shimoi (named about the Japanese mountain) – a delicious blend of melon liqueur, Cointreau, lime juice and lemonade? Delicious!

📸 @food_diaries_by_holly_t_

📍 Northgate, Wakefield, WF1 3BJ

Chapter Rooms

The Chapter Rooms is a fantastic new cocktail bar in Castleford that serves up delectable cocktails in a relaxed and friendly environment. When launching, The Chapter Rooms’ aim was clear – to serve the local community with cocktails, food and a place for friends, family and kindred spirits to meet, and to be an opulent sanctuary that rivals the best Leeds has to offer. The Chapter Rooms is true to their roots and all cocktails have a quirky local spin on them. Why not try an Airedale Sunrise, a Knottingley Wallbanger or a Cas-mopolitan?

📍 Bank Street, Castleford, WF10 1JD


By day you may think KRAFT is just a coffee shop, but pop in the evening (or during the day if you’re in the mood!) and you’ll find they’ve dimmed the lights and swapped the mugs for martinis and are serving up the freshest espresso martinis, made with speciality beans. Of course it’s not just espresso martinis, the bar is stocked with a great range of spirits so they can whip up your favourite cocktail, or tempt you with a brand new one.

📍 Wood Street, Wakefield, WF1 2ED

RBT Video

RBT Video is your local video rental store with a dirty hidden secret – behind the shelves of vintage VHSes is one of the coolest bars in Wakefield. If you can guess the name of the movie of the week (or take a look at their website), you’re invited in the back to try a host of revamped 80s and classic cocktails, oozy New York style pizza by the slice, and to bathe in the neon glow of some brand new, one-of-a-kind art work.

📸 @rbt_video

📍 Northgate, Wakefield, WF1 3BJ

Twisted Tree

Established in 2017, The Twisted Tree is situated in the historic and iconic Mexboro’ Arms Hotel building on Whitwood Common Lane in Castleford. The team pride themselves on their rustic setting and vibe, offering a varied menu suitable for any palette – and with a wide selection of cocktails that sit alongside the dishes perfectly. Come on in, relax, destress and allow The Twisted Tree team to take care of you.

📸 @thetwistedtreewhitwood

📍 Castleford, WF10 5PT

The Golden Pineapple

The Golden Pineapple transports guests to a captivating fusion of tropical paradise and Victorian elegance. This cosy neighbourhood Tiki bar in Wakefield offers an enchanting escape, where the lush vibes of Polynesia seamlessly blend with the refined ambiance of a 19th-century drinking establishment. Whether you’re seeking a respite from the hustle and bustle of modern life or craving a taste of far-flung lands, The Golden Pineapple has got your back, with plenty of delicious cocktails on offer.

📸 @natalie_1987

📍 Wood Street, Wakefield, WF1 2ED

Iron Dram

In the historic market town of Pontefract sits Iron Dram Moonshine & Cocktail Lounge. Step inside and enjoy unique cocktails, cold beer and a wide range of top quality moonshine. With a rotating selection of cold beers and an atmosphere that blends rustic charm with a lively vibe, Iron Dram is equally suited for those seeking an authentic taste of moonshine culture or simply a welcoming spot to unwind with friends. The friendly team ensures every guest feels at home in this one of a kind cocktail haven.

📍 Ropergate, Pontefract, WF8 1LG

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