Nice Craft Beer Pubs in Chester
Here at Funktion, we pride ourselves in knowing everything there is in Chester, especially when it comes to real ale pubs!
Whether you are planning a night out, a stag do in Chester or you are just wanting to broaden your horizons when it comes to real ale. We have done some intensive research (and drinking) to come up with some of the best real ale pubs in Chester city centre that you need to visit!
13 City Centre Pubs to Visit
1. The Cornerhouse
The perfect place to eat, drink and enjoy some live entertainment is in The Cornerhouse. Known for its cask ales, wines and gins, The Cornerhouse is a thriving venue in Chester’s Canal Quarter.
Whether you are after a quiet drink, a catch up with friends or a place to start your night out then The Cornerhouse is a great place to head.
Inside a beautiful listed building in Chester’s famous Tudor style, you will be able to enjoy an amazing atmosphere.
4-8 City Rd | Website
2. The Cellar
And if you like The Cornerhouse then you’ll love The Cellar, they’re ran by the same people!
This multi-award winning bar specialises and prides themselves in knowing a lot about craft beers and just beer in general!
So if you want to try out some new beers, ales and ciders then this is the place to go! It’s also just down the road from The Cornerhouse so why not try both and see which you prefer?
19-21 City Rd | Website
3. The Brewery Tap
Inside the historic Gamul House sits The Brewery Tap, here you will find good beer and good food, in fact they have 8 hand-pulls and 8 keg lines that offer a great selection of beers and ciders for you to enjoy.
The Brewery Tap house over 5 different award winning beers that you just have to try whilst your inside.
In a great location in Chester city centre you will be able to find some beers that you wouldn’t get in any other Chester pubs!
You can’t drink too much on an empty stomach so make sure you fill up on some of the best breakfasts in Chester before downing pints!
52-54 Lower Bridge St | Website
4. Old Harkers Arms
Right on the canal sits The Old Harkers Arm, here you will find the authentic Chester charm that you don’t get in many pubs and bars around Chester!
Whether you are after a bite to eat or you want to enjoy some cask ales then this is the place to go, inside you will find an old city vibe.
The perfect place to head if you just want to enjoy some food and a good pint, or a place to start the night off.
1 Russell St | Website
5. Brewhouse & Kitchen
The Brewhouse & Kitchen is an aesthetically pleasing venue that is different from your traditional pub, they still provide food and an endless amount of alcohol.
But they brew their own craft beers on site! Yes, that’s right they have their very own microbrewery right in the building.
And if you fancy food, they also match each dish on their menu to a specific beer type!
Love St | Website
6. Bear & Billet
If you are on Lower Bridge Street, then the Bear & Billet will stand out from a mile off due to the fact that its inside a traditional Tudor style building.
This pub building dates back to 1664 and now serves delicious food and an exquisite range of alcohol for you to try out.
It’s rumoured that there are still ghosts linked to the buildings past so keep an eye out during your visit!
94 Lower Bridge St | Website
7. The Pied Bull
Sitting nicely within the walls of Chester, The Pied Bull is a pub and hotel all rolled into one.
In fact, it’s regarded as being the oldest licensed house in Chester! The building itself is from the 1100s and they try to keep the interior as authentic as possible with an original staircase dating back to the 1500s!
You will find hand crafted beer from their very own micro-brewery, you will find all types of ale here.
57 Northgate St | Website
8. Olde Cottage
Awarded as Chester’s Pub of the Year 2016, 2018 and 2019, the Olde Cottage is a cosy pub right on the corner of Brook Street and James Street.
Known for its excellent range of beers, you will find a friendly team of bar staff and equally as friendly atmosphere inside.
Whether you are after a pub quiz night, quality beers or a great place to start your night, the Olde Cottage is the perfect place to go.
34-36 Brook St | Website
9. Commonhall St. Social
If you are after somewhere that is perfect for everyone with amazing outdoor seating and a quirky vibe, then Commonhall St. Social is the place for you!
If you are wanting somewhere that serves a variety of beers in a variety of different glasses, then this is the place!
Inside Commonhall St. Social you will find comfy seating and low ceilings for a cosy vibe that it perfect for the start or the end of the night.
There’s no better feeling than sipping on a nice cold pint of ale after a day filled with pure fun after giving some of the best things to do in Chester a go.
10 Commonhall St | Website
10. Telfords Warehouse
If you are wanting a big open bar with friendly staff, a large selection of amazing European beers, cask ales and many other drinks, then Telfords Warehouse is the place to go.
Placed nicely right on the canal you will be able to enjoy some late night food, amazing beverages and an incredible vibe perfect for any occasion.
There is also live music and arts events throughout the week so be sure to check out if anything is going on when you are thinking of going there!
Tower Wharf, Raymond St | Website
11. Craft & Company
Located on the Chester rows of Watergate Street is Craft & Company, the sister venue to Liquor & Company, in fact they sit nicely opposite each other too!
If you are after a good variety of beers with an amazing atmosphere, then you will love Craft & Co.
They have an incredible amount of craft beer with over 15 different taps on the bar! Along with 2 whole menus for beers! If you aren't fancying real ale why not try out one of the best bars in Chester?
24 Watergate St | Website
12. The Deva Tap
The Deva Tap is a family-run commercial brewery that sits in at the end of Brook Street that produces their own beers with an award winning brewer!
With an outdoor seating area full of picnic benches and parasols, you can take your group here and enjoy an atmosphere like no other, amazing food and staff.
So whether you are after cask ales, keg beers, hand-pulled cider and anything in between you will love The Deva Tap!
121 Brook St | Website
13. The Architect
The Architect is a pub restaurant that overlooks Chester Racecourse. During the race season you will find this pub quickly fills up with people who are after some delicious pub food and amazing drinks.
This Georgian building is extremely relaxed during the day with loads of outdoor and indoor seating for people enjoying a meal.
If you are after a few drinks enjoying the sun or somewhere to start your night, then this place is a great venue to enjoy.
54 Nicholas St | Website
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