Posted: 09/20/2023

20+ Great Bars in Lancaster, PA

Lancaster County is home to so many great bars, pubs, breweries, distilleries, and more.

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When you’re gearing up for a night out on the town or a cozy place to have drinks with friends, look no further than Lancaster’s bar scene. From spots with great outdoor spaces and rooftop bars to low-key hang outs that are popular among locals, belly up to the bar for whatever quenches your thirst.

Lancaster County is home to a plethora of bars that will fit your style. We’ve rounded up 25 great bars to inspire an exciting night out.

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For Pub Vibes

If you’re in the mood for a cozy place to grab a pint, Lancaster is home to bars with the pub feel featuring fantastic beer lists and relaxed atmospheres that are perfect for an evening out.

Annie Bailey’s Irish Public House | 28 East King Street, Lancaster
Stop by for a pint, whiskey or a specialty cocktail while you enjoy live music and a hefty dose of community and pub vibes.

Quip’s Pub | 457 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster
This local watering hole is a little slice of England right here in Downtown Lancaster, with popular British cuisine and beers to match.

McCleary's Pub | 130 W Front St, Marietta
Need some luck of the Irish? Head down to Marietta and experience what an Irish pub is like.

Bull’s Head Public House | 14 East Main Street, Lititz
Located in the charming town of Lititz, Bull’s Head Public House was named the Best Beer Bar in Pennsylvania by

Bube’s Brewery | 102 North Market Street, Mount Joy
Venture to the small town of Mount Joy to experience this bar and restaurant, and learn about its long brewing (and possibly haunted) history.

Bespoke Brewing | 242 Gap Rd, Ronks
"Where Craft & Community Meet", that's Bespoke Brewing mission. Serving locally made craft brews and amazing food.

With Awesome Outdoor Spaces

From late spring to mid-fall, these bars are the perfect place to enjoy drinks al fresco. A few on our list even feature can’t-miss views of Lancaster City – especially as the sun goes down.

Tellus360 | 24 East King Street, Lancaster
A Lancaster favorite for live music and great drinks, Tellus360 features a super cool rooftop bar that’s open year round, multiple stages, and even a speakeasy – all under one roof. Tellus360 also offers a first floor pub, a club, a second-floor whiskey lounge and more.

Altana Rooftop Lounge | 26 East King Street, Lancaster
Elevate your evening with a drink at the modern Altana Rooftop Lounge with great views of the charming city.

Marion Court Room | 7 East Marion Street, Lancaster
This Downtown hot spot is popular with locals during the summer, with ample outdoor seating and awesome drink specials.

Loxley’s | 500 Centerville Road, Lancaster
Sip tasty drinks and listen to live music all while hanging out at this treehouse bar, featuring plenty of outdoor (and indoor) space to enjoy.

Tobias S Frogg | 1766 Columbia Avenue, Lancaster
Just outside the city, this bar and restaurant features an indoor space along with a beach-themed outside bar that’s popular during the summer months.

For an Evening Out

When it’s time for a well-deserved night out on the town, bars in Lancaster are the place to go for cocktails and conversation. These Downtown sports are great for just that.

Plough & The Exchange | 2 East King Street, Lancaster
Located on Penn Square in Downtown Lancaster, this swanky spot is at the heart of the city, serving up cocktails and dinner.

Belvedere Inn | 402 North Queen Street, Lancaster
For luxurious vibes on your night out, the Belvedere Inn has a great drink selection along with live jazz on Fridays and Saturdays, and Crazy Shirley’s Piano Lounge on Sunday.

Shot & Bottle | 2 North Queen Street, Lancaster
Serving up a large selection of fine Pennsylvania-made spirits, Shot and Bottle is a new go-to cocktail spot located on iconic Penn Square.

Lancaster Cigar Bar | 25 West King Street, Lancaster
Cigar aficionados will enjoy a night out at the Lancaster Cigar Bar, featuring fine cigars that can be paired with scotch, bourbon, whiskey or Latin-inspired cocktails.

Isaac’s Brewhouse – Downtown Lancaster | 25 North Queen Street
Award-winning bird-themed restaurant featuring grilled sandwiches, made-from-scratch soups, fresh green salads, wraps, vegetarian selections, delectable desserts, full-service bar and unique dining area with artwork from local artist Charles Demuth. Seasonal outdoor dining on covered patio.

Conway Social Club | 28 E King St, Lancaster
Conway Social Club is serving up delicious crafted cocktails in a beautiful speakeasy environment. Perfect for a date night out or gathering together with some friends.

Zoetropolis | 112 N Water St, Lancaster
Head into downtown Lancaster to go to Zoetropolis to grab a bite, try a crafted cocktail, or even see an independent movie at their theatre.

Bar 1888 at Southern Market | 106 S Queen St, Lancaster
Close to Penn Square in downtown Lancaster, is the newly renovated Southern Market. The market is a hub of food vendors offering a variety of different cuisines, with Bar 1888 in the center. The bar has a curated cocktail menu, a line-up of wines and a rotating beer list from local breweries. It's great for a date night or a girls night out.

Bistro 2two2 | 222 Eden Road, Lancaster
If you're looking for an exciting dining experience in Lancaster, look no further than Bistro 2two2. This new restaurant offers a relaxed, fun atmosphere for those who love gastropubs but still appreciate high-quality meals. With an open-flame pizza oven, a spacious bar, and outdoor patio seating (available seasonally), Bistro 2two2 has everything you need to enjoy a fantastic meal.

Local Watering Holes

Want to drink where the locals drink? You’re in luck. Find a spot at one of these bars and rub elbows with the people of Lancaster. They’ll give you even more local recommendations for the rest of your trip.

Stubby’s Bar & Grille | 254 East Frederick Street, Lancaster
This no-frills watering hole is a great spot for a dozen wings, sandwiches and subs, and a cold pint of your favorite beer, all enjoyed while watching your team on TV.

American Bar & Grille | 1080 North Plum Street, Lancaster
Commonly referred to as ABG or ABAG – this bar is known for its great wings and food, awesome drink specials, and its eclectic skater-inspired vibe.

Yorgos Restaurant & Lounge | 66 North Queen Street, Lancaster
The newly renovated Yorgos Restaurant & Lounge offers guests a bar to match their style with the sportier first floor bar and the swankier third floor bar and rooftop deck.

For Specialty Drinks

If you’re looking for a taste of Lancaster during your visit, add these bars to your list. They offer a cool space to try hand-crafted spirits and beer that are made right here in Lancaster, PA.

Stoll & Wolfe Distillery | 35 North Cedar Street, Lititz
Protecting the legacy of Pennsylvania whiskey, Stoll & Wolfe is serving up cocktails using their whiskey, vodka, and gin made right here in Lititz, PA.

Taproom by Springhouse | 25 West King Street, Lancaster
Local ales, shuffleboard, and great city views are plentiful at the Taproom by Springhouse, specializing in great beers with quirky names.

Thistle Finch Distillery | 417 W Grant St, Lancaster
Try the locally made spirits at Thistle Finch Distillery when you take a distillery tour & tasting, or try some of their delicious cocktails made at the bar.

Columbia Kettle Works | 40 North 3rd Street, Columbia & 112 North Water Street, Lancaster
Take your place at the Columbia Kettle Works bar for fantastic locally brewed beer and live music on Saturdays and Sundays, or head to their newest location in Downtown Lancaster.

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