by site user Katherine Brown
pictures by Barney Britton
The Angel Inn - Crossgate
you're into rock or anything alternative this is the pub for you.
A cracking jukebox and a beer garden with nice views mixes with
a friendly clientele and good drink offers. Not the place for pashminas.
Arabia - behind Market Square
lounge-esque bar of chameleon proportions. You'll find jazz, r'n'b
or beach parties depending on what day you go. With cheap drinks
and food on offer morning til night and sheesha pipes with a wide
variety of tobacco flavours available Monday to Wednesday, this
is perfect if you want something different.
Fish Tank - Neville Street
just above Bimbi's chippy, this small but excellent venue plays
host to bands, poetry readings, DJ sets and whatever creativity
Durham has to offer at the time. Like an intimate evening in your
mate's sitting room, with free food, drinks out of the kitchen and
low but funky lighting, this beats the clichéd cheesy nonsense
churned out by Klute and DH1 hands down.
Brown Sugar - Elvet Riverside
huge leather sofas to hide
in if you can get there fast enough, a seductive soundtrack and
a happy hour zapper game to win you discounts on the wide selection
of drinks, this is a great, if quite pricey place to spend an evening.
What more do you want? Oh yeah, orgasmic cake and great snacking
example of the "nook and cranny" pub, you can't go wrong
with one of these. Surely the Duncow was built for falling asleep
in front of the fire with a pint at your side and maybe grabbing
a toasty at the same time.
Victoria Hotel - Hallgarth Street
Vic was voted 2003's pub of the year and has a staggering selection
of whiskies and real ale.
Shakespeare - North Bailey
Shakespeare is ideal for a quiet drink in one of its lovely hideaway
Allen' s - Elvet Bridge
cavernous mix of dungeon and hip bar and yet another purveyor of
quality armchairs, this is the ideal place to avoid phone calls
(no reception downstairs) whilst enjoying a pitcher with the permanent
student discount or catching a drum and bass set by the DUBS crew.
Check out the skeleton by the exit.
to Durham's treasured Cinderella, as one of the best cafés
in the city turns into a hip and chilled out winebar come the evening.
Sit upstairs during the day for comfy armchairs, sample the legendary
flapjack, then grab a bottle of wine and check out Traveller or
a set from one of the many genre-jumping acts that play at night.