The North East's Top Cocktail Bars For Summer
43 Hide Hill, Berwick TD15 1EJ
01289 331081 www.thekingsarms-berwick.co.uk
This tucked-away corner of the Kings Arms Hotel is a well-kept secret, but not for much longer. The skills of the mixologists and the creative menu they offer make it a cocktail-lover’s paradise. You can also find all your favourites, such as a minty Mojito and the ever-popular Pornstar Martini. Just kick back and relax as you celebrate the weekend in style.
P’s & Q’s
1 Tunstall Road, Sunderland SR1 3NQ
0191 565 5555 www.psandqs.co.uk
In the heart of Sunderland you’ll find this vibrant and quirky bar, serving cocktails that cater to every taste. Full of fruity options such as Cherry Drop and Strawberries & Cream Daiquiri, as well as treats like the Chocolate Cookie Martini and the Burlesque – pairing strawberries, vanilla vodka, licor 43 and prosecco, once you start, you won’t want to stop.
Unit 3D, Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth NE61 1NS
01670 505000 www.barluga.co.uk
One of the stalwarts to the cocktail world – the people at Barluga know their stuff. Alongside the must-have mixes such as the Cosmopolitan and French Martini, you’ll also find choices to broaden your tastebuds – try the Sweet Black Raspberry Mojito, with chambord, disaronno and lime juice, muddled with mint leaves and topped with lemonade. The perfect summer drink.
‘Oi Polloi Café
48a High Street, Yarm TS15 9AH
01642 785795 www.oi-polloi-cafe.co.uk
The guys at ‘Oi Polloi are definitely geared up for summer and their cocktail menu ranges from the refreshing to the downright indulgent. If you’re not tempted by the Watermelon Cooler – with midori, vodka pineapple juice and lemonade – then the Flat White Martini – with Irish cream, espresso and vodka – will surely win you over.
Monument Mall, Newcastle NE1 7AL
0191 261 6307 www.thebotanist.uk.com
Surely one of the most impressive venues in the city centre, The Botanist is all about elegance but it’s the rooftop terrace that’s the summer’s biggest draw. Pull up a pew and sip on a delicious cocktail al fresco. They’ve just been crowned the best Tyne & Wear Bar at the National Pub and Bar Awards, and have a Watering Can section with cocktails that – yep, you guessed it – come in a watering can. They contain four to five servings, so they’re perfect to share.
9–11 Bedford Street, Middlesbrough TS1 2LL
01642 688505 www.the-nuthatch.co.uk
Let the lovely people at The Nuthatch tempt you with one of their delicious drinks. You may think you’ve tried a gin fizz before, but have you had it with sloe gin and muddled cucumber? No? Well you can, here. Likewise, their Lychee and Elderflower Martini is the perfect, delicate drink for the summer season. You don’t live near Middlesbrough, I hear you say. Don’t panic, they also have a branch in Stockton.
The Moon & Sixpence
16 Marine Parade, Whitby YO21 3PR
01947 604416 www.moon-and-sixpence.co.uk
This wonderful Whitby watering hole offers rooms and food as well as drinks, but it would seem discourteous to call in without trying one of their cocktails. Take a seat by the window, overlooking the harbour, and watch the world go by as you sip on a Gin Bramble or a Butterscotch Martini.
Whisky River Cocktail Bar & Café
Elvet Riverside, Durham DH1 3UJ
0191 384 9511 www.facebook.com/pg/WhiskyRiverBar
They’re an inventive lot here – always coming up with clever cocktails for their weekly specials, such as the Stiff Upper Lip that they created especially to coincide with Harry and Meghan’s nuptials: elderflower, lemon, sugar and white wine. You don’t have to wait for a royal event to enjoy great cocktails though – with creations such as the Gin Mare with pomegranate and basil tonic, every day’s a celebration.
10 East Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 1AP
0191 447 0500 www.hinnies.co.uk
The food at Hinnies may be full of Geordie inspiration, but the cocktails are definitely full of the flavours of the world. How about a classic Kir Royal, with crème de cassis and prosecco or an Orchard, with pear, vodka, elderflower liqueur, lemon and mint?
Hash Bar and Kitchen
14 Coniscliffe Road, Darlington DL3 7RG
01325 365585 www.hashbarandkitchen.co.uk
The roof terrace at Hash Bar and Kitchen makes it a go-to stop during the summer, in no small part because of the live music you will often discover taking place on its roofbox stage. Even when the bands aren’t playing, it’s a top spot to enjoy a cocktail or two. What could be better when the sun’s out than a jug of Pina Colada to share with friends?
Unit 19 10–12 Navigation Point, Middleton Road, Hartlepool TS24 0UJ
01429 864411 www.black-olive.co.uk
If you love your cocktails, you’ll want to pay a visit to this place. Situated on Hartlepool’s marina, this stylish venue boasts an equally stylish cocktail menu, and it has a surprise or two in store as well. With creative combinations such as the Black Olive Cosmopolitan – with Absolut Citron and Cointreau, shaken with cranberry and fresh lime and topped by flamed orange – it will have even regular cocktail connoisseurs coming back for more.
36 Priestpopple, Hexham NE46 1PQ
01434 603350 www.vercelli.co.uk
At first glance Vercelli looks like a stylish restaurant, but when they open up the doors onto the patio, it becomes fabulous. Sit out in the sunshine – or under the patio heaters if the clouds come over – with something suitably summery. Their cocktail bar serves up everything from a classic Mojito to a Chocolate Orange Martini, stopping at all points in between.
88 Osborne Road, Jesmond NE2 2AP
0191 908 7158 www.jamjarjesmond.co.uk
With an outdoor terrace and an impressive cocktail list Jam Jar is the perfect place to enjoy some sweet summer drinks in the sun. We recommend their boozy brunch where you can indulge on Nutella pancakes with an unlimited supply of Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Bellinis – what more could you want?