Eat fantastic food and drink cold beer at the West Beach Bakery, one our faves down on Porthmeor Beach; watch the sunset with a drink in your hand and sand in your toes.
Porthminster, Porthmeor and Porthgwidden Beaches all have phenomenal beach bars / cafes with great food whether you want to eat out on the beach or sit in a more civilised environment inside the restaurants. At Porthmeor, just by the surf school, you can sit out ‘cocktail style’, have a drink and some tapas.
The Pedn Olva rooftop bar is another great place to start the evening, they have a good selection of reasonably priced drinks and a phenomenal vantage point.
Great food, beer, people watching and late nights to be had at the Balcony and revamped Hub on the harbour front. Surf crowd bars with great cocktail lists and guest beers on tap. The Balcony is open till 1am and draws a crowd after 11pm.
Other bars include Firehouse on Fore Street and Foxholes which is above West Beach Bakery on Porthmeor Beach.
The Rum & Crab Shack overlooking St Ives harbour is a great place to be whether it’s a weekend buzz you’re after or a quiet beer in the afternoon. They have a phenomenal selection of rum cocktails and great Belgian beers; if you’re planning on doing some sampling don’t make plans for the following morning!
The Beer & Bird on Fore Street do great chicken and pour hundreds of craft beers and ciders from around the world. The whisky menu is also something to behold. Fantastically located it’s a great place to include in your night out.
Also important to mention the local, more traditional pubs which have a great atmosphere throughout the year. A fab mix of locals and tourists they are the places to head if you want to experience old-school St Ives. The Sloop on the harbour must be mentioned, just make sure that when you get in head to the public bar on the right rather than into the more touristy area on the left.
Others include the Castle Inn on Fore Street, the Kettle & Wink right opposite Cohort which to our knowledge doesn’t have a closing time and the Golden Lion which is newly refurbished and boasting a great beer garden – an unusual facility in the heart of St Ives.
If you don’t fancy going out and about in St Ives we have a bar at Cohort and a great courtyard for socialising, card playing or just chilling on a warm, summer evening. We welcome friends of our guests at the hostel so if you have friends staying nearby invite them in for a drink.
We review bars and restaurants on our BLOG, along with getting tips and feedback from our guests.
When you book your accommodation online or on arrival grab an £8 bar token for just £6. Redeemable on anything at the bar or reception including breakfast items, soft drinks, hot drinks, alcohol and ear plugs (for the seagulls).