TripAdvisor: The Best Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs in Darlington

After looking at what Darlington has to offer when it comes to food, we’ve now rounded up the best places to grab a drink in the northeastern city.

The venues on this list offer a wide range of options from champagne and wine tasting to a classic bitter at your local.

While the list dwells on where to grab a drink, some venues may also offer a bite to eat while you’re there.

Prices will also vary on this list, with some venues offering a cheap drink and others offering a great nighttime experience.

Take a look below for the best pubs and nightclubs in Darlington for a drink according to TripAdvisor.

1. Crooners Champagne Bar, Houndgate Mews, Darlington

Photo: GOOGLE STREETVIEWThe owner of Crooners in Darlington Photo: SARAH CALDECOTT

Described as “Darlington’s most exclusive bar”, the venue offers a selection of champagne, prosecco, wine, beer and cocktails.

The place also offers a “great selection” of alcoholic and non-alcoholic bellinis.

During the day, the company serves tea, coffee, hot chocolate and soft drinks.

It ranks number 1 for night light in Darlington and has received rave reviews on TripAdvisor.

Crooners received 97 five-star reviews out of a total of 117 total reviews.

One person said: “We had another great evening with Ian and his team. Great cocktails with great tutorials.

“Lovely relaxed atmosphere, not rushed into our next cocktail. Ian was very considerate, wearing his mask at the bar. The refurbishment looks fabulous. We will be back.”

2. Orb Micropub, Coniscliffe Road, Darlington


Orb is Darlington’s first micropub to offer “the highest quality real local ales, craft beers and a wide range of single malt whisky”.

A long with these, it also provides bottled beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.

Its description on TripAdvisor adds, “The definition of a Micropub is ‘a free little house that listens to its customers and fosters conversation’ and we want to give our customers every opportunity to get involved.”

Also highly rated, the venue received 22 five-star reviews out of 29 overall.

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One person said: ‘I came across this bar a few months ago on a work trip to Darlington, loved it so much I brought my whiskey loving son on a two day trip to sample some of the over 50 whiskeys available.

“Great staff, great atmosphere, great beers and great whiskey choices.”

3. Baydale Beck Inn, Coniscliffe Road, Darlington


Offering more of a pub atmosphere, the Baydale Beck Inn has been praised by guests for its ‘nice’ pints.

While not as highly rated as previous sites, it has 18 five-star reviews and 10 four-star reviews out of a total of 38 total reviews.

One person said: ‘We called in for a drink after our 7 mile walk and sat at a table outside in the warm sunshine.

“We were tempted by the varied menu and settled for cod and fries. The food came quickly and was very good.

“It was very hot and the portions were very generous. I ordered tea to come with my meal and the staff did not disappoint!

“The cost of the food was very reasonable and we would, based on our experience, recommend this place. Our thanks to the friendly and helpful staff!”

4. Red Lion, Priestgate, Darlington


Although not the highest rated venue on our list, the Red Lion offers great drink at a reasonable price.

Praised for its atmosphere and friendly staff, the company has received nine five-star reviews and six four-star reviews out of 18 total reviews.

One person said: ‘I was in red lion with a friend on Easter Sunday, the atmosphere was fantastic with a singer, she was brilliant, the bar staff were very friendly and brilliantly engaged with customers, well done.

Another person added: “Great pub with a pool table. A bit off the main street so away from all the rowdy, noisy people on the weekends.

“Has no sky sports but the team are happy to change Chanel so we can watch cycling. Great range of gins including unicorn gin!”

5. Angels Cup, Duke Street, Darlington


Although people have described Angels Cut as a “small place”, they point out that it’s a lovely place to have a drink.

The venue received 12 five-star reviews out of a total of 16 total reviews, although reviewers were keen to point out that the venue is not cheap.

One person said, “Small place but absolutely fabulous. I like a little drink here. The staff is really knowledgeable and very helpful.

“They make all kinds of drinks. Not a cheap pint but a tasty drink.

6. The Half-Moon and Craft Pint, Northgate, Darlington


The Half Moon also has a great selection of drinks, a long one with a great atmosphere providing plenty of conversation.

Although it only has 11 reviews, four are five stars and six are four stars.

One person said: “Great pub, new friends to make, great company and you’ll definitely want to stay for a 2nd and 3rd drink, this pub is amazing and the girl behind the bar is a lovely lovely girl.

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Another added: ‘This pub is great for conversation and getting to know the locals. The pub itself is just lovely and very clean so first of all hopefully to the lady/gentleman who keeps this place spotless.

“Someone at the bar or sitting down will always start a conversation and you will never feel lonely unless you want to be left alone.

“We will be back on our next visit and can we just say the hostess is a lovely young lady. These prices will show the working man/woman that it’s possible to switch jingles with a smile.

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Richard Dement

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