From Roker Beach to Sunniside, Jessica Chipman picks out five of the best cocktail bars in Sunderland for your alcohol-infused fruity fix…


The Manor Bar

Open Thursday to Sunday, The Manor Bar boasts an impressive collection of cocktails, from a Moscow Mule to a Kir Royale, there’s something to tantalise everyone’s tastebuds. 

Their cocktail menu prices range from £5.95 to £8.95, so not only are they delicious, but they’re affordable too!

Kick off the weekend the right way with a cocktail in hand served by a friendly bartender in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

4-5 Foyle Street, Sunderland, SR1 1LB 

The Manor Bar


Poetic License Bar

With a calming seaside exterior overlooking Roker Beach’s sandy shore, Poetic License Bar is the perfect place for any occasion.

Boasting one of the biggest beer gardens in Sunderland, and with a range of indoor and outdoor seating, it’s ideal for those warm summer days which are fast approaching.

Their cocktail menu is constantly evolving and assure that their bar staff are always on the lookout for cutting-edge beverages.

Every month they create an ‘Ever-changing Cocktail’, which as the title suggests, is ever-changing, as they settle for no less than perfection from their menu.

Poetic License Bar also has their own distillery, where they handcraft their own range of speciality gins. They are proud of the fact that their Gin Cocktails don’t have far to travel from distillery to glass.

Roker Terrace, Roker, Sunderland, SR6 9NB 

Poetic License Bar


808 Bar & Kitchen 

Head down to the ‘Sunniside’ of the city and grab a cocktail at 808 Bar & Kitchen. Their stylish and contemporary bar has some of the best cocktails the city has to offer. 

Grab one of their fantastic deals such as four tapas dishes and 2 drinks for £28, available all-day Friday to Sunday, or three tapas dishes for £15 on weekdays. 

Their Summer Spritz menu is launching in May and will feature seasonal delights like Aperol Spritz trees, perfect for sharing with friends in the sun! In the meantime, head down and try one of their Pink, Dry or Orange Gin trees. 

808 Bar and Kitchen also have areas of the bar that are available to hire for events – it truly is an all-around great place.

21 St. Thomas’ Street, Sunniside, Sunderland, SR1 1QD 


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Port of Call

If you’re looking for a stylish location to sip on an ice-cold cocktail, then Port of Call is the place to be. Located in the heart of Sunderland city centre, this stylish bar has three floors of comfortable seating and trendy décor. 

Their extensive cocktail menu is one of the best in the city and offers you tasty glasses of the likes of Tokyo Collins, Old Fashioned, and Mai Tai if a classic tipple is on your agenda.

They have also recently launched a brand-new selection of cocktails which includes Bees Knees (Honey Cazcabel Tequila, lemon juice, orange and sugar), Redrum (Bourbon, black spiced rum, raspberry shrub, Chocolate bitters), and their Gina Colada (Passionfruit Gin, Coconut, Pineapple, Lime, Cream soda).

1-3 Park Lane, Sunderland, SR1 3NX 


Bar Justice

Also located in the Sunniside Quarter of the city, Bar Justice is championed for its warm, inviting ambiance and contemporary furnishings. 

One of their most popular offerings is their Cocktail Making Classes, which are held in a private area upstairs in Tigerlily’s bar – making this the ideal setting for a private party or event. 

For only £18.50 per person, you’ll receive a glass of fizz upon arrival, a 90-minute cocktail masterclass delivered by an expert, shot games to really get the party started, and 2 cocktails to devour.

47 West Sunniside, Sunniside Quarter, Sunderland, SR1 1BA


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