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Bars in Durham From a dark dungeon bar to a bright beer garden, Durham has plenty of cool bars and pubs to choose from whether you fancy sipping cocktails and wine, or just want a quiet pint.

One of the city’s most popular drinking holes is The Warehouse [map], which has a good range of cheap deals, regular live music and plenty of comfy sofas. But be warned this lively bar is a favourite meeting place for friends starting their night on the tiles, so you’ll have to get in early if you want a seat.

Another of Durham’s trendy venues is the Hogshead [map] on Saddler Street, which is part of a national chain so you should know what to expect. It is very popular with students and locals alike, and although it is fairly big you can often struggle to find a seat. If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a decent pub lunch though, you shouldn’t be disappointed here.

Also in Saddler Street is the Reef Bar and Bistro [map], which is perfect for quiet daytime drinking or an early evening meal. This place has a very chilled out vibe making it an ideal spot to relax and unwind.

If you’re looking for the funky young nightspots, check out Vennels [map], a touristy café by day that transforms into the hottest venue at night. Food is available until 8:00pm but after that the city’s trendy people arrive here to start their night out on the town in style.

Ostentatiously hip, Hide [map] is a bar and restaurant rolled into one, with a menu and drinks list to put Durham’s other venues to shame. This is certainly the place to be seen but you’ll stand out like a sore thumb unless you’ve got your Gucci handbag or Armani shirt.

Jimmy Allens [map] also attracts a young crowd, who are drawn in by the drinks promotions, comfy chairs and dungeon-style interior. This place also does delicious food throughout the day and pitchers in the evening.

Finally, for a bar with a beautiful outside terrace overlooking the river head to the Swan and Three Cygnets [map] on Elvet Bridge, which is popular student haunt. When the sun’s out the terrace is crammed full with students and locals alike, all making the most of the cheap drinks and fantastic scenery.

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