Swift One // Pivní York
"Swift One" // NOUN. British, informal. An alcoholic drink (often, but not necessarily, a half-pint of beer) consumed quickly, usually of mythical singularity.
The big (little) sister of the award winning Sheffield Tap & York Tap might resemble a location from Harry Potter with its timber frame, and endless, spiralling staircase - but there’s nothing antiquated about its beer selection.
As well as exclusive Czech Bernard taps there’s also 5 rotating cask and 6 constantly changing guest kegs. It’s a cosy affair too with its secluded upstairs, a distinct contrast to the far more rowdy first-floor bar. While talkative, friendly punters fill most of the nooks and crannies flags, signs and a host of US and European beer merchandise line the walls animatedly. From a beautiful Founders All Day IPA metal plate to retro Beavertown saucer artwork it could be close to screaming man cave, if it all wasn't so well done - and so paradoxically in-keeping.
Somewhat more importantly, the curation of actual beer as well as interiors is an intriuguing feast. Nearby Marble, and Thornbridge are some of the popular Northern crowd that feature regularly, with Brew York (of course) popping up in what is always an eclectic mix - the majority winter-appropriate sours and stouts on our latest visit.
Like fellow York institute Trembling Madness progressive choices are concealed for the discerning drinker to find - and once you do you’ll probably make a history of returning.
Visit Pivni at 6 Patrick Pool, York, YO1 8BB.
To find out more, head on over to their website.