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Blog: 15 bars you need to visit in Darlington

From quality real ales to the finest champagne, Darlington’s nightlife boasts a wide range of bars, all of which have something unique to offer. Whether you’re looking for a casual drink or a heavy night out, we’ve compiled a list of the bars in Darlington town centre that you need to visit.

Avalon

Avalon, on Blackwellgate, has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The venue is best known for its outdoor terrace, which features a large canopy and outdoor heaters, so the party can continue, whatever the weather.

Bar Forno

Bar Forno is a champagne and cocktail bar situated in the basement underneath the Al Forno restaurant on Skinnergate. The bar serves a host of top champagne brands by the glass, as well as prosecco, cocktails and boutique beers.

Crooners

Crooners, on Houndgate, is a champagne bar, serving the finest champagne, wines, cocktails and beers. The cocktail menu boasts over 200 varieties, which you can make for yourself at one of the bar’s famous cocktail classes.

Genever

Located on Grange Road, Genever is perfect for gin-lovers, offering a wide range of gins from local sources and around the world. The bar also has locally produced lagers and beers, as well as local and international premium spirits.

Hash

Hash is a family-owned cafe bar on Coniscliffe Road in Darlington. The rooftop terrace (which was recently fitted with a retractable roof) is the perfect place to drink a cocktail in the sunshine, and the newly-extended back room is also the home of Roofbox – a monthly showcase of live music.

Hole In The Wall

Hole In The Wall, in the Market Square, has a warm atmosphere and offers quality ales and beers, including Rocket Town – a locally brewed pale ale. The venue is also home to the popular open mic night, Soapbox Sessions, held every Sunday evening.

Houndgate Townhouse

Houndgate Townhouse is a stylish Georgian inn is housed in an 18th-century building. The chic bar serves a variety of cocktails and long drinks, among others.

Inside Out

Inside Out is Darlington’s premier nightclub, with cheap drinks offers and up to four rooms of music to suit everybody’s taste. The nightclub regularly hosts live DJs and bands which, in the past, have included Lethal Bizzle, Maximo Park and Two Door Cinema Club.

Joe’s Bar

Joe’s Bar boasts great drinks and cocktails in a fabulous atmosphere. The venue holds regular music nights, including local artists and tribute acts, and is highly rated for its traditional Sunday lunch carvery.

Mr Hutton’s

Owned by “Big Brother” series six winner Anthony Hutton, Mr Hutton’s is a gentleman’s barber by day, and a cool laid-back bar by night. The Ron Burgundy cocktail (a twist on the Zombie) is a must-try.

Number 22

Number Twenty 2 is a classic Victorian pub, which offers a wide selection of real ales and lagers. The pub also has 20 wines available by the glass, as well as a brewery and distillery on site.

Prego

Situated on Grange Road, Prego is a cafe and wine bar, although it’s best known for its top-of-the-range cocktails.

The Quakerhouse

The Quakerhouse in Mechanic’s Yard is a real ale bar, which hosts live music every Wednesday night, among other events. In 2013, the bar was crowned the Regional Pub of the Year.

Vesuvio

Vesuvio is an independent, family-owned wine merchant and wine bar, bringing a flavour of an Italian enoteca to Darlington. The wine bar boasts over 300 alcoholic beverages to choose from.

Voodoo Cafe

Voodoo Cafe has a laid-back Mexican-style, which makes for the ideal setting for a night out. The bar is well stocked with premium spirits, such as tequila, rum, whisky and gin, as well as the largest collection of craft beers in Darlington.

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