When you’re visiting a new city, some of the best moments can happen when you are able to leave your hotel and explore. Unfortunately, life can get in the way, and your daytime hours may be extremely limited due to a late flight, conferences, or all-day work activities. Luckily, Lancaster City has a large number of nightlife activities that you can enjoy during your stay!
As one of Lancaster, PA’s best hotels, we understand if you never want to leave the Lancaster Arts Hotel. But on the chance that you’re looking to stretch your legs and see what our beautiful city has to offer during the evening hours, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite downtown spots and activities.
Note: Please check each location’s website for COVID-19 hours and regulations.
26 East – Altana Rooftop Lounge
When you’re looking for the city’s best views, the Altana Rooftop Lounge at 26 East King Street is where to go. You’ll likely need to make a reservation, but the food, drinks, and overall ambiance are worth it!
The food ranges from light bites to entrees and sandwiches, and the drink menu contains an extensive list of wine, draft beer, and cocktails. If you’re there at the right time, you’ll even be able to enjoy live music performances to truly enhance your Lancaster City evening experience.
2nd Gear Lancaster Taproom
Located right in the heart of downtown Lancaster, Columbia Kettleworks’ 2nd Gear taproom is a great spot to grab a drink by yourself or with friends. Enjoy their expansive drink menu that features 16 different taps, as well as Pennsylvania wines and cocktails.
While there’s no food available, the establishment lets people bring their own food (like something tasty from Central Market) or even get food delivered while enjoying your drinks. The taproom shares space with Zoetropolis and Cocina Mexicana and also has ample outdoor seating for warmer weather.
Here in Lancaster, we pride ourselves on being an art-driven community—it’s even in our hotel name! That’s why we always like to suggest people check out a stage production at the Fulton Theatre. Not only is it a great place to support local theatre and arts, but it also represents a great piece of history in our city.
If you’re not catching a show, we suggest doing a tour of the historic landmark that is the Fulton Theatre. It’s a fascinating reflection of American theatre’s history and offers insights about the city of Lancaster that you’re visiting.
Ghost Tour of Lancaster City
If you want to really get to know the history of Lancaster City, we highly recommend checking out a downtown ghost tour. As one of America’s oldest cities, Lancaster has a lot of mysteries, haunting tales, fatal curses, and much more intrigue for anyone looking for some spooky entertainment.
Open all year, enjoy over 300 years of history and haunted Pennsylvania Dutch tales as you learn about some of the quirks of our beloved city. Book your tickets online today!
Lancaster Brewing Company
Brewing since 1995, the Lancaster Brewing Company is a staple of Lancaster nightlife and is a quick walk from several Lancaster city hotels. Using only the freshest local ingredients, LBC prides itself on its commitment to its recipes, craftsmanship, and creativity.
Stop into the brewery and enjoy the taste of the old-world brewing traditions of Lancaster County. Grab dinner or an appetizer while you’re at it to really get to know what Lancaster City is about.
Lancaster Dispensing Company
When you want affordable light fare, head down to Lancaster Dispensing Company (or “DipCo” as the locals call it). While it may be easy to miss since it’s tucked into the center of a block near Lancaster’s Central Market, you won’t want to overlook this restaurant and bar. Dipco is a favorite hangout for locals, and it’s easy to see why.
Get cozy with the locals while enjoying some tasty food, a wide selection of local and imported beers, and even live music.
Eat, drink, and enjoy some music at Tellus360 in the heart of Lancaster City! This Irish pub and music venue has a wide variety of areas inside the sprawling venue where you can do any of the aforementioned activities or a combination of all of them!
Tellus has a green rooftop bar that is open year-round. The Temple, which features a unique stage setting for events and music; The Lounges, which are full of comfortable booth seating; and the Tigh Mhary Pub, which is a perfect casual setting to enjoy your drinks or farm-fresh food.
Stay in One of the Best Lancaster City Hotels While You Explore
When there are so many things to do in downtown Lancaster, you’ll want to make your life easier by staying close to all of these attractions. The Lancaster Arts Hotel is one of the best downtown Lancaster hotels. With easy access to major attractions and restaurants, this historic retreat is one you’ll never forget.
Reach out to us today to learn more, book a room, or if you have any other questions!