As a region, we punch well above our weight when it comes to producing top musical acts. Just some of the famous names to emerge from the North East and Cumbria are Sting, Mark Knopfler and Bryan Ferry. For big gigs, there are our football stadiums and the Metro Radio Arena, but it's our independent venues play an important part in the region's music scene as they are a vital lifeline to upcoming artists early in their careers.
For a posh cocktail
The Tree House, Alnwick Garden - Probably one of the most enchanting interiors in the world, and if that wasn't enough, their garden inspired drinks are incredible with The Duchess of Northumberland’s own “Deadly Jane” range of cocktails.
For a crafty pint
Bridge Tavern, Newcastle upon Tyne - Under the stanchions of the Tyne bridge, this smart brewpub feels part gentlemen's club, part New York beer bar.
For dry January
The Botanist, Newcastle upon Tyne - Their range of non-alcoholic cocktails is just as good as the stronger ones and the views down our iconic Grey Street are spectacular.
For a good red
Shill's of Cockemouth, Lake District - Two floors of delights! Downstairs the home of artisan cheese, fine wine and handcrafted chocolates. Upstairs serving coffee, tapas and wine.
For something fizzy
Ebony Champagne Bar, Durham - With around a dozen different types of vintage and non vintage bubbly.
For mother's ruin
Tin of Sardines, Durham - Probably the smallest gin bar in the world with 200 gins and 50 mixers.
For a proper brew
Howick Hall Gardens’ Earl Grey Tea House, Northumberland - The home of Earl Grey (and Earl Grey tea not surprisingly!)
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Let us entertain you
If you're looking for a night out that's a bit less boisterous, there are plenty of theatres, cinemas and comedy clubs to keep you occupied:
Newcastle is Rough Guide's No 1 city
The Rough Guide 2018 crowned Newcastle Upon Tyne its must-visit destination for 2018. In their review of our region's capital Rough Guide writers said: "Expect also to be bowled over by Geordie geniality (locals are famously friendly) and the city’s nightlife, which is notoriously lively. A burgeoning restaurant scene, fantastic museums and architectural feats like Tyne Bridge add to the appeal of Newcastle, which is also friendly on the wallet."