It’s been nigh on three months since most of us last felt the warm embrace of one of York’s myriad pubs.
No matter what delights Sainsbury’s beer aisle has to offer in lockdown, no feeling on earth compares to the timeless buzz of being handed that first cool pint of an evening.
This quiz aims to recreate a tiny slice of that joy. The following fifteen questions will whip you round the best watering holes our city has to offer.
Let’s see what you can remember from those halcyon pubgoing days. Good luck and see you on the other side.
Oh, and mine’s a Weihenstephaner, if you’re offering.
York pubs and bars quiz
1. As reported in YorkMix in 2015, this ghost was photographed behind the bar of what York pub?
It's the Golden Fleece
Famously, the Golden Fleece is among the most haunted pubs in the country. Though the pic was taken back in 2007, the photographer was so spooked that she didn't reveal her paranormal encounter for another eight years.
2. Which of the following is the reigning York CAMRA Pub of the Year?
It's the Slip Inn
Celebrating ten years as a free house this year, the Slip is a cornerstone of the Clementhorpe community, beating out increasingly tough competition to the region's most prestigious pub award for 2020.
3. Which York pub's 10th century cellar was used as a hospital and mortuary during the English Civil War?
4. In the Snickleway Inn, who is Seamas?
He's a ghost cat
Owned by Mrs Tulliver, Seamas is said to rub up against patrons' legs whilst they're having a bev. That's much more my sort of apparition.
5. Which of these claims to fame is true of the Blue Bell on Fossgate?
All of them are true
Of course, the Blue Bell is most notable for its minuscule size, but both other accolades also apply. It pips the York Tap to the top spot on TripAdvisor, whilst its interior has remained untouched since 1903.
6. Which of the following pubs is NOT in the 2020 CAMRA Good Beer Guide?
It's House of the Trembling Madness
The other three were new entries this year, alongside The Gillygate and Pivni. Trembling Madness won't be happy with that editorial decision, just a year after their million pound refurbishment. Their fine selection of all kinds of dram remains undiminished, however.
7. According to historian Hugh Murray, in 1700 in York, there was approximately one pub for every how many citizens?
There was one pub per 39 people
To be fair, there was only 10,000 people in York at the time. Still a phenomenal ratio imo.
8. The craft beer shop Hop O'Clock is notable for a machine called a crowler. What does a crowler do?
It's a canning machine
This means owner Jimmy Hoggar can source specific kegs of great beer and can them on the premises for home drinking. It's a genius concept, though his opening choice cost almost eight quid per can - enough to blow the socks off any Yorkshireman before their first sip.
9. The Rehab on Piccadilly is due to open two escape rooms in the near future. What are their themes?
They will be wizards and Guy Fawkes-themed
The cafe-bar opened to some acclaim in September last year, but we're still awaiting the escape rooms.
10. Dusk is known for its two-for-one cocktails named after celebrities - which of these can you find on the menu?
It's Fidel Castro
You can honour the deceased Cuban revolutionary at any time of day Monday-Thursday by buying two of his cocktails for seven quid. A legacy I'm sure he would be proud of. (They're basically a mojito in all but name.)
11. Which of these is NOT a real beer produced by Brew York?
Keggy Mitchell isn't a real brew... yet
Of course, Brew York's most renowned punning beer is Dame Judi Quench, which was lapped up by our finest export herself.
12. This view of the Minster can be seen from the top floor of which York boozer?
It's the Market Cat
Opening around Christmas 2018, the Market Cat is already an established favourite amongst the city's drinkers, magnificently located in the thick of the market on Jubbergate. Authentic Milanese pizzas are available as well.
13. In the early 19th century, which of these strange-smelling establishments could be found on Skeldergate?
It was the Putrid Arms
Though likely just a nickname, this funky sounding pub is visible on Skeldergate in an 1818 street directory. Still, let's be honest, it's no worse a name than the Cock and Bottle.
14. In Evil Eye, the Shed Seven cocktail is comprised of absinthe, pineapple, lime, grenadine and what?
It contains seven different rums
Potent. Though not bad value for a tenner. No intel I'm aware of on whether Rick and the lads have sampled it as yet.
15. Finally, as of early 2020, which of the following is NOT banned from the Burns Hotel bar, a Sam Smith establishment on Market Street?
Of course, I ask this question affectionately. The existence of Sam Smith's pubs in the world makes it a substantially greater place, in my opinion. The perfect blend of cheap pints, pub chatter and old-fashioned British grumpiness.