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The Shakespeare Tavern in Durham

Famous for being Durham’s most haunted pub, The Shakespeare is set in a 12th century building with a Bar on the ground floor & Y'Bard Spirits Bar on the second floor.

Recently refurbished, the interior comprises a small bar and a larger back lounge. The pub was originally a haunt for 19th-century theatre actors and patrons, hence the name.

Y'Bard spirits bar was formerly the Managers office of the historic 12th century building recently refurbished & turned in to an exclusive Spirits Bar.


Upstairs at The Shakespeare

Y'Bard Spirits Bar is an exclusive Bar upstairs at The Shakespeare.

  • Recently refurbished Y'Bard serves a selection of premium spirits, cocktails and premium bottled beers.
  • Y'Bard is open every Saturday 3pm to 11pm with access through the main bar, Y'Bard is also available for private hire throughout the week for meetings & small parties.
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Main Menu

View our Main Menu serving a selection of Lite Bites, Toasted Sandwiches & Freshly Prepared Sandwiches. Served Monday to Friday 11am to 3pm...

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Burger Menu

The Shakespeare Tavern Burger Menu! 100% British 6oz Beef Burgers served in Brioche with French Fries & Salad. Take a look at our Burger selection...

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Drinks & Cocktails

Upstairs at The Shakespeare our Spirits Bar "Y'Bard" serves a selection of Wines, Prosecco, Cocktails, Shakey Shooters & Beers. Take a look at the Menu...

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Selection of Real Ales
Selection of 4 Real Ales on the Bar with 2 House Ales Deuchars IPA from Caledonian Brewery and London Pride from Fullers and 2 Guest Ales which change frequently...