Evil Eye Lounge, York (2023)

 Back in May I spent a day in York with some of my best blogging friends. We met up for drinks and food and Sharon…


 Back in May I spent a day in York with some of my best blogging friends. We met up for drinks and food and Sharon recommended Evil Eye Lounge.

About Evil Eye Lounge

Evil Eye Lounge is a unique cocktail bar and restaurant in York, England. The bar is known for its eclectic decor, creative cocktails, and wide selection of global spirits. It’s best known for it’s range of gins and gin based cocktails.

Evil Eye Lounge, York
Evil Eye York

The menu at Evil Eye Lounge features a range of small plates and larger dishes inspired by global cuisine, including Thai, Mexican, and Indian. As well as meat dishes, it offers a range of vegetarian and vegan options. The bar’s cocktail menu is extensive and includes both classic and creative drinks made with a variety of spirits, including whiskey, gin, rum, and tequila.

The interior of Evil Eye Lounge is a mix of styles, with colourful murals and artwork adorning the walls, vintage furniture, and neon lights.

Our Visit to Evil Eye Bar York

Evil Eye Lounge is quite a funky place. My boyfriend described Evil Eye Longue as hipster. When walking in, you first meet a gin shop that sells every kind of gin you can imagine. We had pre-booked food so we were taken upstairs to our table, we managed to bag a room on our own as we had a table of about 10 of us.

One thing I wasn’t a fan of is that 1) we had to prebook food meaning we couldn’t decide on the day if we changed our mind and 2) we then had to go down and pay for the food first which took ages. I wouldn’t describe it is a place to go for a nice sit-down meal – it’s a bit more casual than that.

Their cocktail menu is pretty impressive, though. I felt a bit spoilt for choice but then decided to go for a beer because I remembered that I didn’t want to be hungover the next day at work.

Ginger beer! They stocked ginger beer. That was pretty wonderful.

For some reason, the food menu has been taken down from their website so I’m not sure if they’ve stopped doing food or something. But I had their beef tacos. Which is the simple description of the thing I had because I can’t get THE BLOODY MENU.

I don’t think I’ve ever had pulled beef tacos before but they were delicious and I would recommend them for anyone going. SALOCA had the Korean Crispy Chicken Bao Buns which are also pictured. She was impressed.

They do great vegetarian and vegan options, too. Sharon who is vegan had smoked tofu tacos and vegetarian Hayley had the Asian veggie fritter burger. Basically, the food options were a burger, taco or bao buns and each came with vegan/veggie options and a choice of a few different types of meat.

I was actually really impressed with the food, but not so much the style of service. Although it is marketed as street food so it shouldn’t be surprising – it’s just not my preference.

Evil Eye is the place to eat during the day for a casual meal, for sure. They also have a shop that sells gin. Check out their website here. View the Evil Eye Lounge menu here.

Want more places to drink in York? Check out my ultimate guide to York.

Evil Eye Lounge, York
Evil Eye Lounge, York
Evil Eye Lounge, York
Evil Eye Lounge, York
Evil Eye Lounge, York
Evil Eye Lounge, York
Evil Eye Lounge, York
Evil Eye Lounge, York
Evil Eye Lounge, York


  1. It sounds a little like they’ve tried to merge the streetfood and restaurant concepts and havn’t quite figured out how to make it smooth sailing… as long as the food was good, though! x

  2. Pre-ordering food does sound a bit of a hassle. But, the food in your pictures does look good. I think I would struggle trying to chose what to order (burgers and tacos aren’t my thing, either), but it’s great that they are so flexible for vegans and vegetarians! All in all it sounds like a really interesting spot, and like it would be a great place to go once you know how the restaurant works and how /you/ want to use it, you know? 🙂

    Erin | Explore, Refresh

  3. I’ve never heard of a place where you have to pre-book your food before even going in. Good thing everything you guys ordered turned out to be delicious!

  4. Aww, pre-ordering food is so annoying, how can I know a few days before what I would like to eat. 🙂 It seems though there are plenty of options. It’s wonderful you got the chance to catch up with other bloggers and have such an amazing time. x

  5. Catching up with your blogging friends sounds nice but I can’t be doing with a restaurant in which I have to pay for my food first. Do they have that any people do a runner! Lucy x

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