Lone Wolf Ice Bar, Newcastle
Taking the place of the popular Hadrian’s Tipi in The Stack, Newcastle’s Lone Wolf Ice Bar – decorated by Glacial Art, the same company that worked on Game of Thrones’ ice sets – is a winter wonderland, full of beautiful ice sculptures and other freezing furnishings – even the seats and the cocktail ‘glasses’ are made of ice. Don’t worry about the cold though; all visitors are given a warming cape and gloves to stay cosy in the –5º temperatures, and both drinkers and bartenders have a maximum time of 20 minutes inside the ice bar.
The Hedonist, Leeds
After a number of hugely successful pop-up locations, The Hedonist has settled into a beautifully sleek permanent residence in the heart of Leeds. Recently named one of the 50 best bars in the UK, The Hedonist whips up an excellent and hugely original list of drinks, that aim to provide a world-wide tour for the tastebuds. Enjoy ever-changing menus, each inspired by a different part of the world, using flavours and spirits from the region to take you away on exotic adventures – from the fruity flavours of Spain to the classic cocktails of the American East Coast.
The Black and Grey, Morpeth
This pub has been a local favourite since it was first built in the 18th century, but in recent years has changed its image from a ‘proper pub’ to a more innovative affair. With a prohibition theme running through the place, enjoy one of The Black and Grey’s special tipsy teas – inspired by the need to be secretive in drinking habits – which are a hugely popular choice, or stick to their excellent range of cocktail classics.
Champagne Bar by Ebony, Durham
Situated very close to the Gala Theatre, the Champagne Bar by Ebony offers a little bit of luxury in the heart of Durham. Have a glass of bubbly from the most prestigious names in the business and relax in the bar’s opulent surroundings, perhaps listening to the live music that is played over the weekend. But if you’re not in the mood for bubbles, fear not – there are plenty of other drinks to pique your interest, including a selection of great beers from around the world and an excellent cocktail list.
Evil Eye, York
Hidden behind their specialist gin store, Evil Eye bar provides a retreat for all those who enjoy a bit of the weird and wonderful. Another member of the 50 best cocktail bars in the UK, Evil Eye specialise in fresh and tasty cocktails in a relaxed and friendly environment. Their massive menu spans a huge range of different cocktail, with all sort of spirits, mixers and ingredients to provide a great cocktail for every taste.