Quality Hotel Boldon
Boldon Business Park, Witney W
Boldon, EN NE35 9PE
Phone: (44) 191 5191999
Fax: (44) 191 5196035
Factory is an intimate club in Sunderland which tends to be frequented by the student community, artists, young backpackers and old time regulars. DJ's invited here play all genres of music ranging from Northern Soul, reggae, indie, ska, punk, mod and more. Global artists have also played at Factory and it's no surprise that it has got the attention of international artists. This club has played host to concerts held for social causes against racism and fascism, most of them being free.
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!)
This charming nightclub in Sunderland has a very underplayed ambiance which is the secret of its popularity. The theme nights here are often highly attended. 7even is surely worthy of a visit.
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.
This large pub is part of the Fitzgerald's chain, and as such offers the usual range of pub grub and drinks at reasonable prices. The clientele is nicely mixed, and this creates a cosmopolitan but friendly atmosphere. Known locally as The Chilly, it is situated right next to the exit from the Chillingham Road Metro station. The decor is smart without being flashy, and its size means that you are almost always guaranteed a seat. There is a spacious lounge area, and a couple of pool tables and a darts board to ensure that you won't get bored. A decent sized function room is available upstairs. This is ideal to book for private parties, and is sometimes used to stage live music by local bands.
They say you should do what you are best at. Well, the Cluny seems to be best at everything, and manages to juggle the separate skills of being a cafe/bar, a live music venue, and a visual arts exhibition space with great aplomb, and without any of these things detracting from the others. Situated on the edge of the city center, it is not the easiest place for non-locals to find, but it is worth taking a street atlas and making the effort. If it just a drink or a meal you want you will find the place cool and uncluttered, with a good selection of wines and beers, including some ales from the local Mordue brewery. The menu is varied and contemporary, and not too expensive. As a venue for bands it is attracting top local names, and a sprinkling of nationally known artistes as well.
Part of the John Barras chain this roomy and comfortable pub offers good beer, good food, and also an overnight stay if you get drunk enough! Seriously, the Corner House, one of Newcastle's landmark pubs, also doubles as a bed and breakfast hotel with rooms available at decent prices. The pub itself is large and spacious with three bars, and plenty of spots for a quiet drink and chat with friends. Its front is dominated by glass so you can perch and watch the world go by. A hearty range of food is also available alongside the traditional pub drinks.
Small, sweaty, and definitely not for the pretentious, this fun club offers uncomplicated entertainment. Diva devotees specialize in getting drunk and dancing daftly. A student favorite, Diva is the sister club to the larger Ikon next door. So if your idea of fun is standing on the club's stage swaying to the sounds of Oasis, Diva is the place for you.
This venue attracts all the music-enthusiasts. There is music with great beats, to ensure that the floor is occupied always. In fact, few months back there was Salsa Dance night and sessions held too for the interested ones. Please contact for further information.
Basically this is a club on board a steam liner (hence the local nickname 'The Boat'), moored under the Tyne Bridge. As well as the novelty of being on board a boat, if you head down into lower deck disco, you'll also be confronted by another rarity - a revolving dance floor. This simply has to be tried, but beware - it can come back to haunt you, especially if you have drunk more than is wise. Or you can always head out on deck to admire the view of the Quayside -especially pleasant in the summer. See their website for further information.
The building may look unprepossessing from the outside, and it may be in a neglected and unfashionable zone on the edge of the city center, but Foundation is a hugely popular club that never fails to draw the crowds to its famous club nights. It is for the internationally renowned Shindig on Saturday nights that Foundation is best known. This festival of sound for lovers of house has attracted top DJs from all over the world. Admission prices vary from night to night.
The Golden Fleece is one of the many clubs in Sunderland which regularly has live gigs and rock concerts, well attended by the student population and visitors passing through. Weekends can get packed and the beer flows freely, much to the delight of patrons who revel in this heady combination of good music and drinks. The ambiance is warm and inviting; chances are you would return to soak in some more of the high energy vibes. Prices are reasonable and you definitely won't be fleeced at the Golden Fleece.