After a hard day’s work, many of us like to relax at home, feet up and TV blitzing our way through the night which of course is what we do provide for our guests staying in Middlesbrough or the Teesside area, especially with our townhouses located in in the town centre of Middlesbrough (TS1).
However, we also recognise that some of our guests also like to taste the local night life too and experience perhaps some expertly crafted cocktails at trendy late-night bars or attend film clubs or open mic sessions, there’s always something to do and hopefully can add to your calendar.
So, here I list just 5 things to do of an evening in Middlesbrough, Teesside.
1 Open Mic Fridays with Jade Lowrey
Join the Bedford Street Social for a weekly open mic night (and is hosted each week by talented local musician, Jade Lowrey), where local musicians are very welcome to perform live. You will also receive a free drink!
Bedford Street Social is a quirky bar, bottle shop, and brasserie serves great food and drink in the heart of Middlesbrough’s busy cultural quarter and is in easy walking distance from our serviced accommodation homes.
There is also Baker Street and the pair of terraced streets are slap-bang in the middle of the town centre which have been transformed in recent years.
Whether you’re looking for a traditional boozer, swanky cocktail bar, or cosy micro-pub, Baker and Bedford streets have it all.
With a huge range of drinks including perfectly kept cask and craft keg ales, plus bottled and canned craft beers, there is sure to be something to enjoy. Or if premium spirits and wines are your thing, Bedford Street Social will always have something to enjoy.
This popular pub’s electric and buzzy atmosphere makes a perfect space to relax with a drink, enjoy food from its ‘small, but perfectly formed’ menu, or maybe both!
2 Middlesbrough Theatre
From the best comedy and singalong shows to the finest drama and amateur productions.
Middlesbrough Theatre is just a short drive or bus ride from the town centre (around 1 mile from our serviced accommodation townhouses in Middlesbrough) and features a packed programme of entertainment to suit all the family.
The 484-seat venue has a wonderful atmosphere loved by all and is often described as cosy and comfortable and perfect for an evening (or even for the afternoon matinee) of entertainment!
3 Middlesbrough Town Hall
Located right in the heart of the town centre, this venue plays host to the world’s biggest and best performers. From comedy to music and drama, as well used for stage weddings and conferences.
The building represents both the heart of civic life on its municipal side, and a unique performance space for artists and visitors alike.
From entertainment to weddings, events, conferences and beyond, expect to be both entertained and awed by the gothic exterior and lovingly restored interiors, which are not to be missed.
4 The Empire
The empire is your club nights and gigs and the DJ sets the scene from the biggest names in music.
Since he bought the venue 1991, Barry Faulkner has transformed the derelict building into one of the country’s finest venues and nightclubs.
The Empire retains all its former glory (thanks to £350,000 funding from the Arts Council) with three floors purely dedicated to style and music.
It hosts regular club nights such as Creeps and the Dead Rebel Club, and live concerts all enhanced with the installation of a brand-new state-of-the-art sound system and lighting rigs.
Visit Cineworld which has 11 screens of the recently released Hollywood blockbusters as well as the retro favourites.
It’s located in the heart of the town centre with capacities ranging up to 400.
All screens are air-conditioned, with stadium seating, and the cinema boasts a mezzanine bar.
Its unique 4DX auditorium offers customers the opportunity to experience the latest movies from high-tech motion seats, engineered to work in perfect synchronicity with the action on screen.
Nandos, McDonald’s and Pizza Hut are available next door in Middlesbrough Leisure Park for a post-movie chat.
Cineworld is served by a large car park and great local transport links too.
Of course, there is much more to explore in Middlesbrough and the surrounding areas of Teesside.
Couples in Middlesbrough also have a host of gorgeous food and drink establishments to enjoy together above and beyond as listed here.
Middlesbrough’s shopping district offers an eclectic mix of high street names, family-favourite brands, and independent stores.
For the walkers, you can clock up the steps on the 2.5 mile trail through Middlesbrough’s parks and historic quarter.
Using the Huntee app, the trail takes in the town centre and ‘over the border’ and features several notable sites with proud histories. It visits the former homes of ironmasters, the national acclaimed Arts and Crafts Webb House building, and a few regenerated historic buildings.
If you prefer the culinary experience, you’ll never be short of a delicious place to eat, or a trendy bar to enjoy a drink, and couples in Middlesbrough also have a glut of country offerings to choose from – from high end to cosy – on the outskirts of the town, and in its surrounding villages and countryside.
For example, in Berwick Hills (about two and half miles), there’s the hidden gem the Prickly Pear Bistro (https://thepricklypearbistro.co.uk), which serves dozens of parmo flavours from around the world in an intimate Spanish courtyard-style setting.
Check out other places too like Vine in Linthorpe (walking distance) which specialises in seafood and is next door to the popular Artizan cocktail bar, which has a roof terrace perfect for those warm spring and summer evenings.
In Middlesbrough town centre, you’re spoilt for choice!