Date night: Discover the best bars in the Lake District

June 21, 2024

Though the Lake District is best known for its incredible walks, scenery and untouched landscape, it’s also known for its excellent hospitality. From boutique bars to cosy pubs, the northern Lake District is a hub for great places for couples to relax and unwind, whether it be soaking up that quality time or making the most of a child-free getaway.

To help you get the most out of your stay, we’ve put together just a few of our top recommendations for the best bars in the Lake District. Be sure to let us know if you give them a visit during your stay in this beautiful corner of the country!

Best places for couple breaks in the Lake District

First things first, when it comes to planning a couples getaway, choosing a location that is both central enough to be in on the action and private enough to really enjoy that quality time is crucial. 

That’s where we come in! Our Highgate Cabins collection is a selection of five boutique cabins and traditional shepherd’s lodges designed just for two. Each individual property has been custom-designed by our owner Kate, providing plush interiors, gorgeous views and luxury amenities in buckets. Each cabin, Herdwick, Yew Tree, Bluebell and Brow Wood, and the lodge, the Gardeners Retreat, feature a wood-fired hot tub and private al fresco area so you can soak up your surroundings with only the birds and trees as your soundtrack.

Our Highgate Cabin collection is situated just a ten-minute drive from the M6, conveniently located between Penrith and Keswick, two bustling Cumbrian towns with plenty to see and do.

Now without further ado, here are our top recommendations for delightful date nights, with some of the best bars in the Lake District.

1. Lake District Wine Bar, Keswick

Lake District Wine is a hub for vino aficionados far and wide, boasting an impressive selection of carefully curated wines from across the globe, as well as freshly prepared nibbles and light bites. From private wine tastings to live music and comedy club sessions, it’s worth keeping an eye out for regular events to really get the most out of your visit to the Lake District Wine bar, though this establishment is a must-visit for wine lovers seeking a relaxed atmosphere any day of the week.

Bar Es Tapas, Keswick2. Bar Es Tapas, Keswick

If you’re seeking a relaxed, rustic Mexican inspired restaurant with delicious tapas, craft beers and cracking cocktails, then you’ll find everything you need and more at Bar Es in Keswick.

Nestled on a quiet corner just off the main street, Bar Es prioritises freshness and creativity in its food and drink menus, serving up classic dishes and an impressive selection of vegan and vegetarian plates, too! For the ultimate date night in the Lake District, be sure to give one of their cocktail concoctions a try or sample their extensive selection of Mexican tequilas… But don’t blame us for any sore heads in the morning!

Four-legged friends are also very welcome downstairs if you’re seeking a dog friendly bar in Keswick.

3. The Round, Keswick

If great food and amazing cocktails are what you’re seeking on your trip to Keswick, then The Round is yet another great option to try. Serving up classic burgers with a twist, paired with an extensive cocktail collection to enjoy, The Round is an absolute must.

We recommend getting the cocktail sharing board during your date night in Keswick – enjoy six mini cocktails including some of their very own unique concoctions.

The Round, Keswick

4. The Crafty Baa, Keswick

Recently awarded the ‘AA Best Pub of the Year’ award, it’s no wonder The Crafty Baa sits firmly in our top six recommendations for the best bars in the Lakes.

Not only do they offer an inviting, friendly atmosphere, an extensive selection of craft beers from around the world, and and delicious dishes using only the best locally sourced ingredients, The Crafty Baa also host live music Sunday through to Thursday most weeks showcasing some of Cumbria’s best local talent. From acoustic tunes to jazz, there’s something for everyone, and it’s the perfect base to kickstart your date night in Keswick.

5. Fellpack, Keswick

Fellpack, situated in the heart of Keswick, is a daytime cafe come nighttime bar, serving up delicious, wholesome food with a twist. When visiting, you can expect a warm and welcoming environment that is equal parts relaxed and special enough to celebrate occasions that call for finer dining.

Great food, great wine and great service await you at this hidden gem in the Lakes, so be sure to add it to your date night list when visiting Keswick.

6. Square Orange, Keswick

Speaking of gems, the Square Orange is yet another lovely spot situated in Keswick, offering a full bar, speciality coffee menu, freshly made stone-baked pizzas, and live music evenings; the warm and welcoming atmosphere is one you won’t want to miss when visiting the Lake District. 

The Square Orange have a passion for sourcing delicious wines from family-run vineyards around the globe, in addition to an impressive selection of craft beers from local microbreweries and exceptional coffee blends from a number of Cumbrian roasteries, while their tasty artisan pizzas are the perfect accompaniment to a tipple or two.

7. Fell Bar, Penrith

If you’re a craft ale enthusiast, Fell Bar Brewery on King Street in Penrith town centre is a must-visit local spot, proudly showcasing local Cumbrian ale at its finest with real Cumbrian hospitality to match.

Forget about the usual imported lagers; Fell Bar offers a selection of unique and rare beers that you likely haven’t seen or tried before. Don’t let the unfamiliarity deter you – Fell Bar’s passionate and knowledgeable staff are more than happy to guide you through their diverse selection, allowing you to try an authentic taste of Cumbria during your stay in the Lakes!

8. Arturo Lounge, Penrith

Arturo Lounge, part of the wider Lounges collection, is one of the newer bar-style eateries in Penrith, adding a vibrant new destination to dine and enjoy a carefully curated cocktail menu in the centre of this quaint town. 

Arturo Lounge also offer a selection of tempting midweek offers, from Tapas Tuesdays to Teatime Tipples with two for one savings Sunday to Thursday. If a laid back atmosphere and an extensive, tasty menu is what you’re seeking, then Arturo makes for a great pit stop day or night.

Travelling after a tipple

For guests staying at Hutton John Estate, good news! You can enjoy a care free, car free evening for guilt free sipping as regular bus routes frequently pass by Hutton John Estate from Keswick and Penrith until about 9.30-10pm each evening. 

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