St Ives Pub Guide

The guide to the best pubs in St Ives

The guide to the best pubs in St Ives

Date Posted: 8 Feb 2023

Pubs in St Ives are not hard to come by. Our St Ives pub guide will help you find your perfect watering hole in Cornwall.

Tavern, taphouse, inn or bar, St Ives pub scene has something for everyone. From gin enthusiasts who know a thing or two about botanicals, to craft beer connoisseurs who want to enjoy a local pint or three, the pubs here in St Ives cater to all tastes.

For a warm welcome, with fantastic food and quality beer, a traditional pub with an open fire, flagstone floor and nooks and crannies, is hard to beat. If you go to a pub or inn in St Ives, with its strong fishing history, you’ll be entering an unknown world, full of smuggling history memorabilia and myths of local legend. However, not all pubs in St Ives are that old, but many still ooze friendly atmospheres with a wonderful selection of beverages.

Cornwall produces some fantastic tipples, with its own lagers such as St Austell Brewery’s Korev or Sharp’s Offshore Pilsner, you’re spoilt for choice with local ales from micro-breweries, alongside edgy craft-keg beers, chilled ciders and home-grown gins and rums.

Dog-friendly pubs, pubs with sea views and sundowner cocktail spots, our St Ives pub guide will have you with a glass in your hand before you know it.

Lifeboat Inn

Location: The Wharf, St Ives, TR26 1LF

Aptly named sitting beside the town’s lifeboat house, a St Austell Brewery pub, the Lifeboat Inn is a traditional harbourside dog-friendly pub in St Ives. In the winter punters can expect a roaring log fire and in the summer enjoy outstanding sea views. Its menu champions the very best local produce across a range of reimagined pub classics and seasonal specials, and there’s a wide range of beverages to choose from.

Sloop Inn

Location: The Wharf, St Ives, TR26 1LP

For a traditional Cornish Inn, beloved by local fishermen and artists, but also by visitors, The Sloop Inn takes pride of place on the harbour at St Ives, separated from the sea only by a cobbled walkway. With its relaxing atmosphere, it is a must for a visit after exploring St Ives particularly if you have four-legged friend with you as it’s a dog-friendly pub. A popular, busy but friendly and welcoming pub. If you’re after a bite to eat too, the menu is surf and turf focused, with seafood and meat high on the agenda.

Balcony Bar St Ives

Location: The Wharf, St Ives, TR26 1LP

Looking for a laidback bar with a sea view in St Ives? One of our favourites has to the Balcony Bar. Situated on The Wharf, perched above an ice cream shop, there’s often live music here, while the floor-to-ceiling sash harbour-fronted windows, make best use of the incredible sea and harbour views. A great spot to sit back and enjoy a drink or two.

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The Searoom

Location: The Wharf, St Ives, TR26 1PG

Just moments from the beach The Searoom, brought to you by the creators of St Ives Gin, offers a wonderful selection of drinks, and arguably one of the best gin and tonics in St Ives. Situated on the Wharf it’s the perfect spot for a drink or two in the sunshine, with an alluring cocktail menu.

Pedn Olva

Location: West Porthminster Road, Warren, St Ives, TR26 2EA

The Pedn Olva is a dog-friendly pub in St Ives’ sought after Warren, with some incredible sea views. Sitting pretty on granite rocks above St Ives Bay, this St Austell Brewery owned bar and restaurant serves a tasty modern menu and range of award-winning beers and wines.

The Firehouse Bar & Grill

Location: 27 Fore Street, St Ives, TR26 1AB

On Fore Street – a popular cobbled street directly behind The Wharf –The Firehouse Bar with its buzzy atmosphere is a popular choice for a St Ives pub. With its own designated Gin Bar serving specialist gins garnished with dehydrated fruits, as well as gin based and classic cocktails, beers and a selection of wines, it’s not to be missed.

The Pilchard Press Alehouse
The Pilchard Press Alehouse

Location: Wharf Road, St Ives, TR26 1LF

Said to be Cornwall’s first micro pub, at The Pilchard Press Alehouse you’ll find a selection of craft ales, ciders at this charming and quaint St Ives pub. Best known for its range of ales from Cornwall’s breweries such as Firebrand Taproom, Tintagel Brewery and Atlantic Brewery and Distillery.

The Golden Lion

Location: Market Place, St Ives, TR26 1RZ

The Golden Lion is a refurbished 19th century pub in St Ives. Away from the harbour, situated on Market Place, this two-room pub, is a traditional tavern with plenty of local ale on draft, live music and plenty of live sports to watch with BT Sports. Punters will also enjoy the pool table and darts board, if pub-based sports are your thing.

Golden Lion
Porthmeor Beach Cafe

Location: Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, TR26 1JZ

Situated just below the Tate (which also affording some wonderful coastal outlooks), due to its beachfront location, Porthmeor Beach Café is one of the best places to catch a sunset with a cocktail or two. Cheers to that.

The Rum and Crab Shack

Location: Wharf Road, St Ives, TR26 1LF

Stocking over 100 rums, if that’s your drink of choice then this is the St Ives pub for you. The relaxed atmosphere at dog-friendly The Rum and Crab ensures that punters can relax as they enjoy the views of the harbour and St Ives Bay thanks to its elevated position.

Rum & Crab Shack
Union Inn
The Union Inn

Location: 20 Fore Street, St Ives, TR26 1AB

If you’re looking for a back street cosy pub in the heart of St Ives, head to The Union Inn on buzzing Fore Street. There’s often atmospheric live music to be enjoyed, while the menu offers wholesome pub classics. A friendly local, with plenty of local beverages on offer, this no-thrills pub is a traditional boozer, where your dog can come too.

The Cornish Arms St Ives
The Cornish Arms

Location: St Ives Road, St Ives, TR26 2PG

As you enter the coastal town of St Ives on St Ives Road, be sure to pop into The Cornish Arms. A traditional pub in St Ives, there’s a pool table, darts board and of course plenty of local tipples to tempt you from local lagers, ciders and ales to a selection of wines and spirits. If it’s live music you’re after, this this St Ives pub often hosts gigs to get you on your feet!

Beer & Bird

Location: 18A Fore Street, St Ives, TR26 1AB

While it mightn’t be a traditional Cornish pub, there’s a clue with what’s in store in this aptly named establishment. With Beer in the title pint lovers can’t go wrong with this dog-friendly spot in St Ives, serving up one of the largest selections of craft beer in the Southwest, alongside handmade cider, and delicious cocktails.

Beer and Bird St Ives

Location: Tregenna Hill, St Ives, TR26 1SE

Formerly a Natwest bank, new on the scene for a St Ives pub is Host. A truly elegant establishment, the building itself is a work of art, everything the eye can see has been created by a team of dedicated local craftsfolk from the coffee cups to the wooden cornices after a huge renovation last year.

Pop in for a local craft beer, glass of wine or a tempting cocktail in this stylish St Ives bar.

The Castle Inn

Location: 16 Fore Street, St Ives, TR26 1AB

A popular watering hole, The Castle Inn is a cosy, characterful traditional Real Ale pub in St Ives, The Castle Inn is loved by locals, visitors and four-legged friends alike. Full of character with exposed beams ceiling, slate floors and stained-glass windows. And if you’re looking for live music in St Ives, then look no further with local musicians frequenting this St Ives pub.

Castle Inn
Kettle and Wink
The Kettle ‘N’ Wink

Location: Gabriel St, Saint Ives, TR26 2LU

Steeped in history, The Western Hotel is one of St Ives’ oldest coaching houses and has been a St Austell Brewery hotel since the 19th century, so naturally its pub, the Kettle ‘N’ Wink, is here for all of your watering hole needs. This no-thrills pub offers plenty of local beverages, and as the hotel also hosts the annual September Festival and is the founder of the St Ives Jazz Club you can expect a roster of live music.

The Queens

Location: High Street, St Ives, TR26 1RR

Serving award winning pints, this St Ives pub is St Austell Brewery owned meaning you’ll find some of the best cask conditioned Cornish ales. Located in a beautiful late Georgian building set just back from the seafront on High Street, this St Ives pub is dog friendly, too.

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Tretho Lounge

Location: Wharf Road, St Ives, TR26 1LF

In most towns and cities, you’ll find one of the Lounge hangouts, with its first opening in Bristol over 20 years ago. Now found on trendy streets all over the country, Tretho Lounge joined the St Ives pub scene in 2021. Situated on St Ives harbour front, the drinks menu is extensive, so even the finickiest drinker will find something to quaff down. Pet owners will be pleased to hear that this is a dog-friendly pub, too.

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