When it comes to finding the right cocktail for you in County Durham, there is a huge variety to choose from.

Do you fancy a fruity strawberry daiquiri or something a little stronger like a Long Island iced tea?

Whether it is from a classic recipe or a 2-for-1 happy hour, there is something for everyone to enjoy now the evenings are lighter for longer.

That's why we have put together a selection of some of the best bars to try a cocktail in the county according to their Google reviews.

Some of the best places for cocktails in County Durham

33 Durham

Location: 33 Neville Street, Durham, DH1 4EY

Rating: 4.5/5

Someone said: “Absolute 10/10 visit to this place recently. I'm an avid cocktail drinker and this place truly exceeded expectations. We tried 6 from the menu (cannot remember all the names sadly) and loved every single one. One of them in particular has made it into my top 5 all time favourites (it had lychee and vodka I think?)

“Josh was a fantastic server. Friendly, great advice, good sense of humour and clearly knew his stuff. I'll 100% be coming back again.

“Oh and get the truffle and pecorino nut mix. Perfect savoury snack to accompany a cool sweet beverage.”

Dr.inks Cocktail Bar

Location: 3 Coniscliffe Road, Darlington, DL3 7EE

Rating: 4.4/5

“Lovely cosy atmosphere down in the snug. Great choice of mouth-watering cocktails in a fun funky bar,” wrote this person.

Another added: “Myself and my husband went for our anniversary we [had] afternoon tea, had a lovely time, enjoyed the cocktails. Thanks.”

The Juniper Tree

Location: 25 Grange Road, Darlington, DL1 5NA

Rating: 4.4/5

This customer posted: “Great cocktails, the gentleman behind the bar didn't stint of the quality ingredients. Resulting in one of the best cocktail I've had in Darlington for years.”

A reviewer also agreed, adding: “Best bar in Darlington, unreal service from all the staff and amazing cocktails.”

The Library

Location: 46 Saddler Street, Durham, DH1 3NU

Rating: 4.2/5

A visitor shared: “Me and a friend went for bottomless brunch, the food was nice and the cocktails were lovely! Amazing service from Acacia who made sure we always had everything we needed, including making sure we had enough cocktails to benefit from the bottomless brunch deal. Would definitely recommend bottomless brunch here!”

The Old Court House Bar & Kitchen

Location: Victoria Road, Consett, DH8 5AX

Rating: 4.3/5

A user said: “Great night out. Lovely meal, would recommend upgrading to filthy nacho fries, they’re delicious. Freshly made cocktails were well worth the wait. Very reasonably priced for the quality and portion size. Will be returning soon.”

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This person also commented: “Lovely place with fabulous menu. Appealing decor, nice atmosphere, great drinks selection including cocktails prepared how they should be and food is always delicious.”

The Curious Mr Fox

Location: 35a, The Riverwalk, Durham, DH1 4PW

Rating: 4.3/5

Someone left a review saying: “Love it, always worth a visit when in the City. Had great food cocktails and beer today. Service was good too. One of our favourite places to visit.”

Also recommending it, one account posted: “A fantastic bar with stunning views of Durham cathedral and castle. A good selection of cocktails ,beers and lagers. Sunday lunch is available as well as bar snacks. All of the staff are very friendly and attentive.My favourite place in Durham as it a great place to sit and just people watch.”


Location: Freeman's Place, Durham, DH1 1SW

Rating: 4.3/5

This person wrote: “Lovely little bar on the riverside. Afternoon tea was one of the best I’ve had! Cocktails were good quality and very nice. Definitely be back here.”

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One of the many other recent customers posted: “Just Wow! We're at here in CoHo for afternoon tea and a cocktail. The staff are so friendly, helpful and nothing is too much trouble.

“The afternoon tea is gorgeous, very fresh and tasty, loads of it. Lovely cocktails, good music.

“Watching other people in the restaurant, all the food looks fantastic, we're definitely coming back for tapas.

“Highly recommend this place!”