Great Bars And Their Signature Drinks

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Summer days are made for sitting back and enjoying your favourite cocktail in the sun so we’ve compiled this list of great bars and signature drinks so you know where to go
'I like to have a martini, two at the very most. After three I’m under the table, after four I’m under the host'

The Hyde
43 Hide Hill, Berwick
Opening in mid-June, this refurbished bar in the Kings Arms Hotel is certain to become a cocktail hotspot. Combining old favourites with signature drinks, their Kwai Feh Lychee Martini and gin-based Secret Garden are something special.

Pleased To Meet You
41-45 High Bridge, Newcastle
It’s only been going a year but Pleased To Meet You is already an established cocktail bar in Newcastle. Although they specialise in gin, they’ve created the High Bridge Spritz for this summer which contains soda, prosecco and French orange digestif ‘Picon‘ topped off with a mint and orange garnish, all for £8.95.   

Whisky River
47 Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, Durham
With over 80 cocktails on their menu, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Whisky River. The clue is in the name for their speciality though and their signature drink is a chocolate orange take on an Old Fashioned which will cost you £6.50.

Kalinka
2-3 Exchange Place, Middlesbrough
At Kalinka there’s a cocktail to suit any palette from the mudshake to the mojito. Voted Middlesbrough’s ‘2013 Venue Of The Year’, they’ve created the Kalinka Kroove for this summer. Competitively priced at only £4 it’s vodka based and mixes champagne and summer fruits.

Hotel Indigo
2-8 Fenkle Street, Newcastle
With a former World Cocktail Champion behind their menu Hotel Indigo’s cocktails are always something special. Their award-winning Royal Temptation remains a firm favourite and combines Amaretto, Kahlua and Midori, and costs £8.95. 

Ebony
8 Walkergate, Durham
With a drinks menu that’s 24 pages long, Ebony take their mixology seriously. You won’t pay over £8 for any of their drinks though and they’ve got an array of original creations from the Frozen Black Irish to the tropical Dee-Licious.

Seaham Hall Hotel & Spa 
Lord Byrons Walk, Seaham
Beautifully set in County Durham, Seaham Hall have an awesome selection of cocktails in their bar. After a long soak or a massage why not try their brand new Durham Gin Fruit Cup which uses locally distilled gin and costs £6.50.

Bar Livello
Lower Dean Street, Newcastle
Snuggled at the bottom of Dean Street in Newcastle, Livello has become a cocktail hotspot and with a new summer menu they’ll only enhance that standing. The Rhubarb Julep made with bourbon, rhubarb syrup, mint and sugar and served in a julep tin will be a winner at £6.95.

Bonbar
Fenkle Street, Newcastle, Based in The Assembly Rooms 
in central Newcastle and full of artisan cocktails, Bonbar have a growing reputation for innovation 
in cocktails. Their George Stephenson inspired ‘Locomotive’ twins Newcastle Brown Ale syrup with a lot of alcohol for £9.50.

The Lighthouse
Main Road, Windermere
Known for their ever-changing cocktail menu, The Lighthouse still do all the old favourites. If you’re out and about in the Lake District and fancy a slurp in the sun then give their very summery Lychee Fizz a try for £6.75.

Published in: June 2014

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