Bars in Durham

Renowned for it's nightlife, Durham has a multitude of excellent bars scattered throughout the city centre. You will discover a contrast of contemporary and sophisticated champagne and cocktail bars alongside venues steeped in history and dating back centuries. Whether you choose to party the night away or opt for more of a chilled vibe, you are guaranteed a memorable night out. We've complied a list to show the diverse range of bars in Durham, proving that there is something for everyone in this vibrant city  



18 Elvet Bridge, Durham, DH1 3AA

Located on the city’s Elvet Bridge you will find Durham’s smallest gin bar. Despite it's petite size, the bar offers an extensive range of gin with over 300 varieties. The drinks menu features carefully selected botanicals to create unique flavours you won’t find anywhere else. Why not experience a gin tasting session with full attention of the Ginologists who will be happy to match a gin and mixer to your preference.


CoHo ·

Freemans Reach, Durham, DH1 1SW

Described as a ‘sanctuary in the city’ CoHo offers a chic, laid back environment complete with great food, snacks, drinks and delicious cocktails, Cleverly combining a café, eatery and cocktail bar into one venue, it’s the perfect drinking and dining destination to socialise or unwind after an action packed day. Located in the heart of Durham city, on the banks of the River Wear you can enjoy great views of the city including Durham Castle and Cathedral.



Elvet Riverside, Durham, DH1 3AF

The Boat Club is situated on the banks of the River Wear. The 500 year old building covers two floors and features a Tomahawk Steakhouse and a cocktail bar with panoramic views of the medieval Elvet Bridge and Durham city. As evening falls, the relaxed daytime vibe slowly evolves into a lively and vibrant atmosphere as music from in-house DJ’s takes you into the night.


Champagne Bar ·

8 Walkergate, Durham DH1 1SQ

As luxurious as the name suggests, the Champagne Bar by Ebony is the perfect venue to add a touch of glamour to your evening. You will find a vast drink selection including vintage and non-vintage champagnes, over 40 different cocktails, wines, beers and spirits. The Champagne bar is conveniently located in the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw from the Gala Theatre.


The Butterfly Room ·

Unit 3 Walkergate, Durham, DH1 1SQ

A chic cocktail bar with a laid back vibe, the Butterfly Room is a great destination if you are looking for a fun night out. Specialising in cocktails, champagne and gin you can choose from a sensational selection of drinks including 50 classic and signature cocktails and sharing cocktails. As well as stylish lighting and décor, you can expect live music with regular DJ appearances for a lively, fun filled evening in the vibrant city of Durham.