Quality Hotel Boldon
Boldon Business Park, Witney W
Boldon, EN NE35 9PE
Phone: (44) 191 5191999
Fax: (44) 191 5196035
Bars & Cafes
Part of the Sizzling Pub chain, The Grange Hotel is a funky joint to grab some beers, catch up with friends or even come to with the family. Try out their food menu which lets you choose small, regular or king size portions. Some recommendations are fried chicken in sour cream, spicy prawns in red pepper sauce, melted cheese pie and for dessert, Spotted Dick which is a light pudding with currants. In their own words, there is no need to 'splash the cash', as everything is reasonably priced and served in generous portions.
Opened in 2008, T J Doyles has effortlessly carved a niche for itself and has quickly gone on to become one of Sunderland's most beloved watering holes. This may be a traditional Irish pub but don't expect smoky interiors and old world decor. The ambiance is modern and sleek, with polished table tops and bar tables, and a wood finished flooring. Each table is spaciously spread out from the other and lit up with pretty yellow wall lamps, throwing shadows on framed artwork. Short takeout and delivery time apart from delicious food are just a few reasons why TJ Doyles is here to stay.
Located close to the University and student quarters, it's no surprise that Royalty Pub has a fairly large student clientele who are regulars. Upstairs is a cozy function room that can be hired for parties, christenings, wakes, comedy shows and for small gigs. Two large projection screens screening football matches and an internet jukebox are a big hit with regulars. This pub is a great one to start at, when on a pub hopping spree on weekends. Cordial staff and generous portions of hearty English fare are enough to draw the young crowd and backpackers, seeking to befriend some locals on their travels.
Housed in an old building, this bar is a lively option in the area to have a beer. The unpretentious ambiance and the friendly service add to the charm of the place. Occasional live events are held here as well. Do visit The Dun Cow if you are up for a refreshing evening.
The Black Bull in Sunderland is 'the' place for a great meal, great drinks and great company. Drawing in the hip crowd off Main street, this pub turns up the swank as compared to rest of the city's bars. Crowded, colorful and open extra late, The Black Bull is where you come to end or begin an exciting night out.
Paddy Whack's offers an amazing place to dance and relax around. The ambiance here in this two floor pub is simple, friendly with live music that keeps bringing people back. The Baby Jenx, Black Sun and other local bands provide for ample entertainment. For further details, call ahead.
The Borough is possibly one of the few pubs in Sunderland with any character left. With trendier bars coming up all over the place, this one stands out from the rest with its traditionally warm staff who make any newcomer feel at home. Ale enthusiasts will have a party here with the sheer variety offered at decent rates. The mosh pit upstairs sees some frenzied activity during rock concerts, where locals and visitors throw each into the slush, exchanging blows and head banging (all in good humor of course!)
At The White Room, DJs plays an interesting mix of electronica, trip hop, house, indie, progressive and dub music. The clientele is diverse and consists of students, artists, activists, bohemians and the Woodstock types. Undoubtedly the atmosphere is like no other, and the jazz and light shows are major crowd pullers. Prices are not too bad considering the kind of people you would rub shoulders with and the plush decor which leaves many impressed. Weekends get packed so you may want to plan ahead.
Regarded to be one of Sunderland's most popular music venue, the Independent features a wide range of live music throughout the week. The venue caters to a variety of touring bands from around the world as well as local and up-and-coming acts. Officially opening in 2006, the bar has since built up a reputation for getting some of the best line ups around. In the past, bands such as Snow Patrol, Kaiser Chiefs and The Klaxons have performed here. The venue also hosts club nights, with themes such as Music For Misfits and Manifesto. They also arrange for accommodation on request. Ticketing and calendar information can be found on the venue's website.
Gatsby rocks with Indie, R&B and Britpop. Names like Bob Dylan and Neil Young have played here and the local crowds have enjoyed splendid performances. The bar on the ground floor is the perfect space to relax and sip your favorite drink. So drop in here at the Gatsby bar in Sunderland, for a fun-filled evening.
Bar 1 is a popular joint in Sunderland often filled with a hip crowd. Often held here is a range of amazing gigs. Do visit if you wish for a drink or two in an unpretentious ambiance.
With spectacular views of the rugged English coast, the aptly named Smugglers Pub is often frequented by travelers visiting exhibitions at the nearby wasted shipyards. During sunny weather, additional gigs are held on Sunday afternoons; bands invited cover many genres of music like acoustic rock, blues, folk and jazz. Although a bit disconnected from the main city center, the home cooked meals, friendly banter with locals, varied choice of spirits and refreshing sea breeze, more than make up for this.