There’s no shortage of cool bars to visit in Harrogate, but it can be tempting to return to the same ones over and over. However, if you’re new to Harrogate or are visiting the Harrogate area, The Ginnel offers 3 fantastic bars that require mere steps to go from one to the other!
‘The happiest place in Harrogate’
I love this place for its industrial-style interior and endless Instagram opportunities. The cool decor oozes casual comfort that goes nicely with their unique selection of drinks. With fantastic lights and plenty of space, Foundry Project has been expertly designed with many seating areas that possess their own style and unique features.
I definitely recommend my cocktail of choice – the Chelsea Iced Tea (Foundry Project feels like something out of Chelsea so why not go for the whole shebang). If a concoction of gin, tea and herbiscous wasn’t already a winning combination, it also came with a rich tea biscuit… every food-lover’s dream (it’s the little things in life).
If you’re looking for a great drinks menu, cool and casual surroundings with a friendly atmosphere, I strongly recommend Foundry Project.
Major Tom’s Social
‘Youth group for grown ups’
Literally next door to Foundry Project is Major Tom’s Social. Although this has been resident on The Ginnel for a few years, it hasn’t become any less of a Harrogate must-visit.
Okay so trying to describe the interior is pretty hard… it’s definitely unique. For starters, I have never been to a bar that contains a full-sized statue of a spacesuit (maybe this is a thing?!). This super casual bar is like being back at uni; it’s the type of place you could chill in for ages and feel totally comfortable – partly because of the vibes, and partly because they have board games that could entice you for the whole evening.
The casual feel and quirky decor are paired with a good selection of drinks, all reasonably priced. They specialise in craft beers and ale, and their gin does not disappoint, nor does the size of their glasses…
Major Tom’s is ideal if you want something a little different with a good, friendly feel. You definitely wouldn’t expect an independent bar like this in Harrogate, but it’s a refreshing addition to the Harrogate bar scene.
You only have to stumble a few steps from Major Tom’s Social and past Foundry Project to reach this lovely bar – and it may well be stumbling at this point, if you have fallen victim to the gin and cocktails at Foundry Project and Major Tom’s Social beforehand.
It might only be a few steps away from Major Tom’s, but Porco Rosso is extremely different. Being the sister bar to Stuzzi, this bar has the same welcoming feel and passionate staff as its restaurant counterpart does.
Stepping foot into the beautiful interior feels like walking into a very inviting, well-organised wine cellar. Emanating an underground vibe the painted brickwork, fab music, dim lighting, and beautiful decor produce a great atmosphere.
Now for the important stuff – the drinks. Well straight away, you’re welcomed by an impressive red wine collection set behind a glass wall that is well lit (great backdrop for cocktail pictures, might I add). They do have a stealthy wine selection and some amazing cocktails. They pride themselves on including no artificial ingredients – just pure juices and alcohol goodness (does this make them healthy?).
This place is a classy affair but still manages to make you feel extremely comfortable. You also have even more reason to stay there all evening as they have a fantastic pizza oven catering to their pizza + drink for £10 offer. You really can’t go wrong!
These bars couldn’t be more different in terms of style, but they have a few crucial things in common: great drinks, cool interiors, brilliant atmosphere.