Artisan cocktails and experienced mixologists are making a huge impression on Middlesbrough’s ever-growing late night bar scene.
Interior of Nuthatch
Linthorpe Road runs from Linthorpe Village into the centre of Middlesbrough, and is the perfect place to start a night out. Check out the array of restaurants with adjoining cocktail bars which have sprung up over recent years, including The Vine, Artizan, Olivellos, and The Copperstone. Make your way down Linthorpe Road and you'll find plenty more pubs and bars to sample, before you hit Southfield Road and Baker and Bedford Streets, which are all within a two minute walk of each other. For night owls, there are even more bars and clubs on Albert Road too.
Vibrant Linthorpe Village has recently seen a surge in stylish bars and restaurants, and is quickly becoming a destination for food and evening drinks.
Staff at The Artizan have influenced their menu with drinks inspired by Middlesbrough’s industrial heritage, and are brought bang up to date with hints of flavour from far-flung locations. Around the corner, Olivellos is another excellent choice for drinks – don't miss their very impressive cocktail trees to get the party started, before heading along Linthorpe Road to sample the other bars on the way into central Middlesbrough.
When you're there you can find a wide array of micro pubs, stylish bars, and clubs. The Nuthatch on Bedford Street is another top choice for out-of-this world cocktails and have the incredible accolade of making the Top 50 Cocktail Bars List – one of only a handful in the North. They also serve up a wide range of spirits, all set against a botanical backdrop. Infant Hercules is a name that relates to Middlesbrough's proud industrial heritage, it is also a friendly micro pub on Grange Road (parallel to Bedford Street) that won local CAMRA branch Pub of the Season 2017/18 and 2018 Pub of the Year for North Yorkshire, it is also the venue for Teesside University Real Ale Society (TURAS) and offers discount for CAMRA members.
The Dickens Inn on Southfield Road, close to popular student pub and beer garden, The Southfield, is an institution for the younger crowd – a must-go for the latest dance, house, and chart music. The adjoining cocktail bar, Dickens 2, offers a stylish and relaxed vibe with soul and R&B music, and the outdoor terrace is the place to be seen. DJs regularly play al-fresco in the summer months, and the white furniture and sun canopies give off a summery Ibiza vibe.
The Dovecot Bar has one of the widest selection of gins in Middlesbrough, with a plush interior and regular DJs playing anything and everything, from Motown to disco to reggae to chart music. Macy Brown's cocktail bar is another fantastic choice for music both old and new, with an incredible weekend vibe. Get there early to enjoy one of the booths! Butterfly Quarter is another top choice for amazing cocktails, and don't miss their delicious tapas boards, you won't be disappointed.
Head a little further out to Marton and try Bloc or the Wonky Carrot for some chilled drinks, before heading into town via The Rudds which is just two minutes down the road – a popular pre-night out pub in Middlesbrough with a brilliant atmosphere.
Cocktails at Dovecot
Baker Street and Bedford Street, off Linthorpe Road, are always the perfect choice, whether you're looking for some chilled drinks with friends, or a special date. The Twisted Lip, The Chairman, Sherlocks and Raffertys, all based on either Baker or Bedford Street, each offer something unique and are excellent choices for real ale lovers, with some also offering food menus and live music on selected evenings.
And real ale isn't just confined to Baker and Bedford Streets either – Middlesbrough has a huge range of different pubs serving a variety of real ales throughout the year. Check out the Cleveland CAMRA website to choose where you're going next!
For the perfect chilled out evening with friends or family, you could start in Linthorpe Village and enjoy the relaxed vibe of Persian Cottage or some tasty Turkish food at Meze Lounge on Linthorpe Road, followed by watching some top local musical talent at The Westgarth. It's one of the most sought-after gig venues for the UK's up and coming musical talent. Or you could round off the night with a visit to the Town Hall's hilarious monthly comedy club.
Or perhaps you'd like to give bowling a go at Lane 7, followed by a visit next door to the lively and popular Caribbean bar and restaurant Turtle Bay. There's always a buzzing atmosphere there at the weekend, and it's a top choice for residents and visitors alike. Look out for DJs and regular offers on cocktails, and don't forget it's perfect for a visit before a show at the Town Hall, as it's located directly opposite.
The Holiday Inn Express and Jurys Inn are both perfectly positioned in walking distance of Middlesbrough Empire, Middlesbrough Town Hall, Baker and Bedford Street, and many of the bars and restaurants on Linthorpe Road. Transportation links couldn't be closer either with Middlesbrough's rail station and bus station both a 10 minute walk from popular nightlife areas, making Middlesbrough the perfect night out, whatever you're looking for.