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The North East’s best Dry January approved nights out

Dry January shouldn’t mean missing out on the fun – which is why we’ve found the bars in Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham and Northumberland with the best non-alcoholic serves.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 10.01.2024

NORTHUMBERLAND

SOBER IN THE GARDEN MORPETH

SOBER IN THE GARDEN

5 Wheatsheaf Yard, Morpeth NE61 1AJ

This quirky café-bar’s range of exotic, non-alcoholic drinks is so impressive, they’ve even committed to the dry life in their name. As well as coffees and soft drinks, here you can find 0% beers and ciders alongside the pièce de resistance: their mocktail range.

There are too many to name a favourite, but their non-alc Coco Blood-Orange Margarita is like a small sip of summer.

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HUMMINGBIRD AMBLE

HUMMINGBIRD

104 Queen Street, Amble NE65 0DQ

While we confess that we really love visiting Hummingbird when we can have an alcoholic drink, a good number of their signature, swanky range of cocktails can be served dry.

Hummingbird Smash (a peachy, non-gin combo), Spiced Highball, a cheeky Carajillo (espresso and non-tequila) or a Commodore (non-rum and raspberry ftw)… the range of mocktails on offer here is elegant and sublime.

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SYCAMORE CORBRIDGE

SYCAMORE

Princes Street, Corbridge NE45 5AD

You may be forgiven for thinking of Sycamore as more of a dining destination, but their ground-floor bar is a sophisticated hideaway to enjoy contemporary cocktails – and Dry January is no exception.

Whether alcoholic or not, the serves at Sycamore are all about flavour and the expert mixologists here will be sure to combine their knowledge with your ideal flavour profile to create delicious drinks, dry.

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NEWCASTLE

VICTORS NEWCASTLE

VICTORS

106 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DX

As well as being every ‘grammers dream, Victors also has an excellent choice of elegant, low-alcohol serves that will subtly see you through Dry January.

Tanqueray Zero’d is your non-G&T, Vibrante Spritz is ideal if you fancy a, erm, dry martini, Light & Stormy is the non-alcoholic answer to your rum-filled prayers, Mimosa AF for when the girls fancy brunch, and Morning Pornstar for when you need to pretend. Simple.

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TWENTY TWENTY NEWCASTLE

TWENTY TWENTY

5 Bigg Market, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1UN

Twenty Twenty’s name comes from their core range of 20 signature cocktails, as well as their massive 20-inch pizzas, so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about a good serve.

Which is true whether there’s alcohol in it or not. Sit back and savour Nojitos (including a summer fruits concoction), Soft Pornstars, and Apple & Ginger Collins that taste just as good as the real thing – without the hangover.

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THE MUDDLER NEWCASTLE

THE MUDDLER

69 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6EF

You may best know The Muddler as Grey Street’s elegant pan-Asian restaurant, but you’ll also find it’s one of the most refined bars in Newcastle – with a sophisticated range of cocktails and mocktails that you won’t find anywhere else.

Take the Samui Sunrise, for example: a zesty combination of passion fruit puree, gomme, lime, pineapple and egg white that transports you to exotic climes from the first sip. And there’s plenty more where that came from.

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SUNDERLAND

POETIC LICENSE ROKER

POETIC LICENSE

Roker Terrace, Roker, Sunderland SR6 9NB

When it comes to Dry January approved bars in Sunderland, Poetic License comes top of the class thanks to their own ‘Resolutions Re-imagined Menu’ – comprising clean food and non-alcoholic drinks that help keep us all on track this month.

Our pick of the bunch? Probably the Rhubarb & Ginger Glow, which not only tastes like a ‘real’ cocktail, but also like a health kick. But it’s the variety of choice here that we really love.

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STACK Seaburn

STACK Seaburn

Whitburn Road-Morrisons, Seaburn, Sunderland SR6 8AA

Dry January shouldn’t mean missing out on the party vibes, which is why STACK Seaburn is such a great shout if you’re looking for bars in Sunderland.

Both Barley & Me and YOLO have a good choice of bottled 0% beer and cider, with the former also stocking non-alcoholic Tanqueray behind the bar for all your G&T needs. YOLO, meanwhile, is where the mocktails are at. Virgin Passionfruit Martini, Berry Delightful and Virgin Apple Mojito – all dry, all only £4.00.

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808 BAR & KITCHEN

808 BAR & KITCHEN

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

Cocktails have always been the name of the game at 808, so it stands to reason that their January-born cousin, mocktails, are taking centre stage this month.

Ideal for if you fancy a handcrafted, sexy-looking serve that no-one would believe wasn’t alcoholic – as well as flavour combos you won’t find anywhere else.

A perfect pitch for a city-centre night on the town during Dry January.

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DURHAM

COSY CLUB DURHAM

COSY CLUB

The Riverwalk, Durham DH1 4SL

As well as being among the most scenic bars in Durham (thanks to its breath-taking views over the river at Durham Castle and Cathedral), Cosy Club is renowned for its cocktail – and, more importantly – mocktail offering.

For Dry January and beyond, enjoy any of the serves on the ‘Alcohol Free and Easy’ portion of their drinks menu, which includes a Rosehip & Pineapple Punch to die for.

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THE LIBRARY DURHAM

THE LIBRARY

46 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NU

The Library is one of our favourite sports bars in Durham, so it’s great to know that they have the alcohol-free serves to suit for Dry January’s matches.

A selection of their normal cocktail menu can be made as non-alcoholic serves – including their Aperol Spritz, Tutti Fruity and, a personal fave, the gin-based Twisting My Melon. So, you needn’t miss out on the next big game.

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THE CHAMPAGNE BAR – BY EBONY DURHAM

THE CHAMPAGNE BAR – BY EBONY

Walkergate, Durham DH1 1SQ

Dry January is no excuse to let your standards slip. We can all have just as swanky a night (or day) out as we always have done – and The Champagne Bar in Durham is here to prove it.

As well as alcohol-free substitutions of your favourite drinks behind the bar, the mocktails here are every bit as fit and flavoursome as their alcoholic counterparts – so you can still enjoy mojitos, Pornstar martinis and daiquiris at 0%.

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