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Glass of beer at Craft Beer Keswick Bar

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A modern little bar and bottle shop tucked away within the old shopping court off the main high street in Keswick. It is essentially the place that strives to introduce Keswick and the Lake District to the modern world of fine craft beer. This edgy bar features up six beers on draught and some hand-pulls too. The main room is lined with shelves upon shelves and fridges fully stocked with a mishmash of quirky eye-catching cans and bottles. There’s all kinds of beer, cider, and spirits meaning there is an alcoholic drink to suit all kinds of people of all tastes.  

Why you should visit this bottle shop and bar in Keswick 

If you’re planning on doing a little pub crawl or just fancy an alternative boozy jaunt, this place is definitely worth adding to the list! 

Location 

This bottle shop and bar is located in Packhorse Court in Keswick and is next door to all the lovely boutique shops, other pubs and restaurants including the Lake District Wine, the Keswick Cheese Deli and sweet shop. There is also the Pack Horse Inn across the courtyard and the Wetherspoons and Crafty Baa across the Bell Close car park.  

This craft beer bar is a hidden gem right within the heart of Keswick town centre. This makes it easy and convenient to tie into a pub crawl, or even to just to stop for a quick refreshing pint after doing a hike up one of the beautiful mountains or after spending the day shopping in the high street. 

There are plenty of tourist attractions nearby, including the Pencil Museum, the Derwent Lakeside and the Lakeside Theatre which is about a ten-minute walk away. There are plenty of places to eat nearby as well including the Wetherspoons, the Asaya Thai restaurant and it’s not far from Costa.  

Drinks 

The main reason for visiting this bar in Keswick is of course, the massive range of fine craft beers and other drinks available on tap and in bottles/cans. You will never be short for choice at this bar. A lot of the craft beers and ciders are kept chilled in their fridges. There is also a selection of draught beers so you can grab a fresh pint or half pint at the bar, they always change what drinks are on draught.  

But not everyone is keen on craft beer, so they also have plenty of locally produced ciders and spirits including gin, vodka, whiskey, and rum. Why not try some pineapple or coffee rum? 

Not everyone drinks alcohol either, so the bar also serves non-alcoholic drinks too including beer and cider with 0% alcohol.  

Events 

It is definitely worth checking out what events are coming up. They have regular Meet the Brewer events, which entail a local craft beer brewer coming into the bar and selling a load of their beers on the bar. There is also beer tasting sessions for people to try a platter of small third glasses of the different craft beers- these events are usually ticketed as there is limited space. Click here to check their social media for upcoming events. 

Other events include their weekly Sunday Sessions. These typically include musicians coming in playing live music, DJs playing old vinyl records of music of different genres and other events for special occasions including Christmas and Halloween. Their last Halloween event included a local street food vendor serving pizzas outside on the courtyard, with extra seating outside the bar.  

Shop 

As well as a bar, this venue is also open as a shop. You can walk in and help yourself to some of their beers and other drinks off the shelves and buy them to take home. They also have an online store where you can buy some good deals on everything from giftboxes to merchandise. Click here to check out their online shop. 

Accessibility  

This craft beer bar and bottle shop in Keswick has plenty of accessible friendly points worth highlighting.  

Wheelchair access 

The entrance is small but doesn’t have a step to get into so wheelchair users can get inside easily. Inside the main bar area, although small, it has enough space for a wheelchair to move around. The extended seating area and toilets to the left as you come in has two steps going down, which is worth bearing in mind.  

Toilet facilities 

The toilets are located to the left as you enter the bar. There are two steps to get down where there is another couple of tables with high stools. The toilets are single private rooms so one-in-one-out, a separate one for ladies and gents. Due to limited space, there isn’t a separate toilet for disabled.  

Child-friendly 

Kids and young children are more than welcome to visit. They can buy soft drinks and water.  

Dog-friendly 

The bar is very dog-friendly, they even sell dog treats on the bar.  

Drinks selection 

The drinks selection is very extensive meaning there is a style of drink for people of all tastes and preferences. They also sell low/non-alcoholic drinks too. Good for people who don’t/cant drink or the designated driver. And they also sell gluten-free beers and other drinks. All beers and alcoholic drinks sold on draught have the names and ABVs clearly written down on a blackboard. Alcohol percentages vary widely so there are some beers and alcoholic drinks that aren’t as strong as others.  

Atmosphere 

The bar is small and cheerful. The space can get crowded due to the lack of space, but this only tends to happen on evenings and late afternoons during weekends, particularly Saturdays. The noise levels are moderate and even when busy, there is no loud music playing but during live events there is usually music playing through an amplifier.  

Seating space 

Depending on weather conditions and time of the year, they do provide extra tables and chairs outside the shopfront. The seating inside included a variety of high stools at counters and high tables and lower chairs at low coffee tables. The main area by the bar has a barrel table which can seat up to 4 people along with two lower tables for groups of up to 6 people.  

They have up to three high stools sitting at a counter to one side as you walk down to the extended seating area and toilets, then there are two high tables each seating up to 5 people next to the toilets.  

Parking 

The nearest car park is the Bell Close Car Park (pay and display) which is a minute’s walk away. Bear in mind, there are steps to climb up to get from this car park to the Packhorse Court. But you can also park in a disc parking zone along the park and do a few-minutes’ walk to get to the Packhorse Court from the other end where there are no steps.  

Public transport 

The nearest bus stop is just outside the Keswick Park Hotel which is a minutes’ walk from the bar. There are plenty of other bus stops all around Keswick.  

Conclusion

We hope that you have found this listing helpful in planning your visit at Keswick. Other similar listings for bars and pubs in Keswick include the Crafty Baa, and Chief Justice of Common Pleas (Wetherspoons).

Planning a short stay at Keswick? We have listings for recommended accessible caravan sites in the area too:

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