A local’s guide on where to go on a night out in Whitby

Night out in Whitby

A ‘Wheear eur theur fra’ guide to going out out in Whitby. Translation- A local’s guide on where to go on a night out in Whitby.

If you visit Whitby and if you have a conversation with local person, they may enquire about what location in the world you come from. They may utter this question, “Wheear eur theur fra?” This means, “Where are you from?”

This is a local’s guide to where to go in Whitby on a night out.

School Night Drinking

This spontaneous type of drinking is the best but unfortunately this type of alcohol consumption comes with the consequences of dealing with hangover at work or trying to get the kids to school whilst feeling very ill.

Harry's Bar Cocktails Whitby
At Harry’s Bar, certain cocktails are 2 for 1, Monday to Friday between 4-6 pm.

The best places to go are The Moon and Sixpence and Harry’s Bar between 4-6 pm as certain cocktails are 2 for 1 on Monday until to Friday. The Moon and Sixpence do an excellent food menu and they also do a discounted food menu on certain nights, so you can hide your school night drinking with the pretence of “going out for meal.”

Harry’s Bar also has a fantastic food menu, their dishes have more of tapas feel, so you can order small dishes whilst you slip on your Gin Brambles. My favourite cocktail is a Gin Bramble but the only problem is you get absolutely “Gin Brambled”!! But be warned, two for one cocktails soon turn into bottles of Prosecco and Jammy Dodger shots! It usually takes me two days to come around from school night drinking!

The Main Event, a Saturday night out in Whitby

The night life in Whitby is varied, there are 31 pubs in Whitby in all, from your traditional pubs, cocktail bars, a chain pub and a night club. The build up to going out, starts with group chat with the girls, you must have the conversation about what you are all going to wear. We all have that one friend, that will be wearing a “nice top” with jeans.

First pub – JD Wetherspoons, The Angel, or Spoons. This pub is over two floors and is also a hotel. It is great for cheap drinks to start the night off with. It is best to go upstairs, as there are more seats and the downstairs bar can get quite congested.

From here you can take the route down towards the pier, where The Buck Inn, The Jolly Sailors, The Star, The Ship and The Pier Inn are, these pubs are very traditional Whitby pubs.

The Buck Inn Whitby
Why not try something different, like these dry ice shoots from The Buck Inn?

The Buck Inn has a good atmosphere with dry ice cocktails, karaoke and a dance floor. The Moon and Sixpence, Bar 7 and Harry’s Bar are based in this area too. But if you decide to venture over the swing bridge, you come to the east side of Whitby. This part of Whitby is very quaint, old cobbled streets and shops. The Dolphin has a good outdoor seating area and fantastic views over the harbour.

If you head down Sandgate, you will find Abbey Wharf, this venue is amazing. It is like an adult version of a fun house, what more could you ask for it is a restaurant, music venue, bar and it also sells cocktails. It also has a take away attached to it! It has different bands on and a retro disco on a weekend. It has a balcony that looks over the harbour. When you are from Whitby and you see someone, you know from Whitby whilst you are sat having a drink on this balcony, you must raise your drink to show them you are having a drink. It is quite prestigious!! You must also shout Wha Hae whilst doing the act of lifting this drink!!!

Duke Of York Pint Whitby
The views from the Duke Of York are stunning, they serve a great pint too!

There are some great pubs on Church Street, from The Board Inn, The Duke of York and The Black Horse. These pubs take you back in time, with great pub grub and traditional ales. If you travel further up Church Street and go along Grape Lane you will find The Endeavour, The Golden Fleece and The Middle Earth. The Golden Fleece has a brilliant balcony for you sit on and look at the boats further up the river Esk.

Once you have used up all your drunk dance moves all over Abbey Wharf, it is time to head back over the swing bridge to Baxtergate. On Baxtergate, you will find The Black Swan, it is another traditional Whitby pub with great local singers and where most locals will go on a Saturday night. One drink in here and then it is off up Baxtergate to where everyone tends to finish the night. Whitby Way and JK’s Bar is based here on Wellington Road and Whitby’s only night club is, Raw. These venues have dance floors and are where some more drunk mum dance moves from myself are performed.

Rosie O’ Gradys is also near here around the corner, another local favourite. I can’t review Raw but I have heard it is good, I don’t tend to go because I usually start to peak around now and I can hear the pizza shop calling which is conveniently located near Wellington Road. I don’t do Raw until 4am as I associate this ungodly hour with child rearing, nights feeds, fevers and dirty nappies!!

Once you have hit the point of no return from x amount of wine, lager and Jager…. Time for Porto Pizza. Once you have got your pizza, head back towards Spoons for the taxi queue on New Quay Road. You will be holding your pizza box, feeling the warmth of it like a hug and your tongue is now becoming shrivelled with your approaching hangover….. A good night had by all!!

We hope you enjoyed our locals guide to a night out in Whitby. If you have any suggestions, comments or reviews of the watering holes mentioned in this article, please leave them in the comments below.



Sara Harland
About Sara Harland 2 Articles
Sara is the owner of Sara on the Edge blog and a guest author on The Whitby Guide. Sara is a local lass, born and bred in Whitby, so she has an insight into the nightlife of this town, the best restaurants, what local events are going on, what shops to hit and how to entertain the kids. Her everyday blog can be found here: https://saraontheedge.wordpress.com

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