Real Ale Pubs in Darlington Town Centre

1 Archer Street
This pub is a bit off the town centre circuit but serves 4 real ales and has a friendly local feel to it. It was voted Darlington CAMRA's pub of the year in 2005.
Darlington Snooker Club
1 Corporation Road
Darlington CAMRA's club of the year from 2004 to date, CAMRA's North East club of the year 2004 to 2012. Always four or five real ales on tap, including a real stout. Opens late Fri & Sat. There is a small lounge for those not playing snooker. Free entry for CAMRA members, nominal charge for others. Occasional beer festivals (free) and visits by snooker celebrities (admission charge). Contact Peter Everett for more info: 01325 241388.
Glittering Star
9 Stonebridge
Samuel Smith pub with very reasonable prices. It's a shame that Sam Smiths stopped brewing Museum Ale a while back as it was one of my favourites, I find the Old Brewery Bitter just a bit ordinary.
Half Moon
130 Northgate

Only just in the town centre, they have up to six real ales on offer plus a craft keg beer. The Crafty Pint bottle shop is incorporated within the pub. Occasional live music, usually folk/blues.
Hole in the Wall
Market Place
A recently modernised Market place pub with a cafe upstairs specialising in gourmet pies. Up to 6 real ales on tap, usually including a Rocket Town brew. They have outdoor seating in summer.
43 Blackwellgate
A town circuit pub on a night but a bar/cafe earlier. Now with 2 real ales.
Number Twenty 2
22 Coniscliffe Road
A bar which is very popular with theover 30s. They have an impressive range of real ales including beers from Hambleton and Village Brewer plus 6 or 7 guests. Erdinger Weissbier and bottled Frambozen are also available (although expensive). It was voted Darlington CAMRA's pub of the year 2007 and 2008. Mobile phone use is discouraged. Closed Sundays.
Old English Gentleman
99 Bondgate
Formerly the Tap & Spile, Doom Bar and Landlord on tap. Live music on weekends.
The Old Vic
95a Victoria Road
A bit out of the centre but handy for the railway station, and, as far as I know, the only place on Victoria Road that serves real ale. They stock 3-4 real ales, usually from local breweries, and also 4 real ciders. They have a pool table as well. Recently voted joint 4th in Darlington CAMRA's Pub of the Season.
Quaker Coffee House
Mechanics' Yard
A small pub in an alleyway that has the most impressive selection of real ales in the town. 10 regularly changing real ales are always available, plus real cider. It has been voted Darlington CAMRA's town pub of the year in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and is the current 2013 winner. They have live music on Wednesdays and open mike sessions with Fudjit on Mondays. Open till midnight Fri & Sat.
The Quays
5 Tubwell Row
A small bar with two regularly changing real ales.
Red Lion
37 Priestgate
Not as popular as it used to be once, I don't really know why. They usually have Greene King IPA on handpull.
22 Grange Road
A new bar with a modernish interior. They have one, possibly two, real ales on tap, and also a few continental beers. It's quite a climb up the stairs to get to it. Open until 1am Fri & Sat.
Tanner's Hall
62-64 Skinnergate
A Wetherspoon's outlet with 4-6 real Ales at reasonably cheap prices, sadly not as cheap as used to be though. The beer situation seems have been improved lately, more beers are actually on now, and "Coming Soon" clips are put on empty pumps (still not ideal, but better than having to ask if it's on or not). Open till 1pm Fri-Sat, 12pm weekdays.
Tapas Bar
98 Bondgate
Another pub with outdoor seating in summer. Old Peculier is always available plus 4 guests. It can get crowded at weekends with people waiting for meals but it has a good pub atmosphere. Popular live sporting events are shown, and it can get very busy at those times.
3a Houndgate
A small wine bar and pub, although they also have a large lounge area upstairs. They usually have one UK real ale on tap, along with various continental brews. They also stock a well chosen, and ever changing, range of continental bottled beers. They know about their beer, and the range usually includes hard to find Italian microbrews. Note that the Italians don't just brew Peroni lager, they also brew surprisingly good ales as well.
Voodoo Café (Cantina)
84 Skinnergate
Now with four beer pumps including two real ales, usually from local brewers. Also a large selection of bottled beers from North and South America, and a few Belgian ones.
William Stead
Crown Street
Another Weatherspoon's pub, branded as a "Lloyds No1" pub, which is like Weatherspoon's but with music. It has a covered but semi-open walled area for the benefit of smokers. Prices higher than at Tanners Hall (above) and they advertise more variety than they actually have available, four beers out of the six clearly on display in front of me were not available the last time I went in. However I went in 06/04/12 and they had "Coming Soon" clips on the beers that were not available so maybe the situation is improving. Open till 1pm Fri-Sat.
Woolen Mill
A new pub from the Hungry Horse chain. 4 real ales. It's early days but it looks promising. Quiz nights during the week are popular.
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