Nightlife in Sunderland

Apr 27, 2022
Nightlife in Sunderland

This part of the UK is known for its vibrant nightlife. From old, traditional pubs offering 100 different ales to chic bars for fancy cocktails, every taste is catered for in Sunderland. Whether you’re planning a weekend of fun with your friends from South Shields or Durham, or a romantic day trip with your partner, we’ve highlighted the city's hotspots for a night to remember.


A stone’s throw from Sunderland train station, the Independent is one of the most popular clubs thanks to a great mix of DJ nights, live music and pure rock ‘n roll. Often the springboard for new bands, this casual bar offers a welcoming atmosphere and is home to the famous Blue Pint.


Found opposite to the Empire Theatre, this halfway house between a late-night bar and a full-on club experience promises fun and music all night long. With DJs playing their best tunes every day of the week, various events and karaoke Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, the Establishment is a brilliant place if you fancy dancing your socks off until the sun rises.

Bar Justice

Located in Sunniside Quarter, Bar Justice is a must-go for a night like no other. This eccentric, dark lit and laid-back bar is the perfect gateway if you want to relax while enjoying a stylish cocktail. With plenty of drinks packages and a buffet to die for, this club surely knows how to impress. And if you want to improve your drink-making skills, their upscale bar offers classes for less than £20.

Gin & Bear it

Calling all the gin lovers. This is for you. This bar offers endless possibilities to create your Gin Tonic, with over 50 types of gin and various favours tonics to add to it. It also has a wide range of cocktails, wines and hand-crafted beers for those not that passionate about gin. With its casual, industrial feel, this place won’t disappoint.


Next door to Sunderland Museum, this cosy pub offers everything, from beers and ales, wines and cocktails to suit all tastes. It has been running for over a century and is almost an institution in Sunderland’s nightlife. And if at some point you start to feel hungry, the food menu is equally varied. Handmade pies, smoked haddock and the fish and chips are just some of the classics you can enjoy.

808 Bar & Kitchen

Perfect for a quick bite, a casual meal or some fancy post-dinner cocktails, this bar relies on the motto “feel good”, and succeeds pretty well. The tapas menu is delicious, with meat, fish and veggie-based dishes. It also has platters to share and pizza, if you fancy experiencing the authentic Italian cuisine. And what better way to finish your meal than with a dessert?

 The Saltgrass

Situated in the heart of the historic Depford and Ayre’s Quay, this laid-back pub offers exquisite food along with a selection of hand-crafted ales. Enjoy a well-deserved rest while listening to some of the best live music in the city.