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The North East is home to some marvelous cultural venues and some mighty fine eateries. There are a smattering of incredible venues that double up as both. We’ve pulled together five of our favourites from around the region that you can pay a visit to for some awesome shows across the arts and a bit of top scran.

The Stand, Newcastle
The Newcastle version of The Stand (it started in Edinburgh and Glasgow) is highly respected as one of the best comedy venues in the country. Pulling in amazing acts for its hugely popular Weekend Shows, Red Raw (a total bargain at £3) which is a sell-out most Wednesdays and touring shows, the venue brings comedy to Newcastle seven nights a week.
The food is equally special, with an exciting new menu just launched, it’s all fresh and exciting with everything made from scratch and served up in their bistro which houses a wonderfully warm atmosphere. Snapping up food before a show is a popular choice (and a full three courses is always a joy), but popping in through the day for a light bite is a great option too.

The Exchange, North Shields
A beautiful venue which hosts everything from poetry and comedy to music and art. With a large theatre style space and a picturesque bar area with top ales on tap, this a popular haunt for lovely drinks and some delightful pub style food.
It’s still a burgeoning venue in its current guise as an incredible space for the arts, but well worth popping in day or night for food.

ARC, Stockton
No. 60 is ARC’s cafe bar which last month started making the most of their new kitchen and dining area, with the brand new Food Lovers Club. The idea of No 60’s Food Lovers Club is all about celebrating the dishes and flavours that leave a lasting impression, the ones that once tasted are never forgotten. They might focus on a specific cooking style, explore international dishes, or celebrate local produce. Each month they will choose a different theme for diners to enjoy.
Home to mesmerising theatre shows, it’s well worth a bite to eat before any theatrical entertainment.

Holmside Coffee, Sunderland
Tip-top coffee makes this quirky little venue popular, but also popping in for a toastie is never a bad choice. Sunderland is ever growing for its cultural scene and venues like this are what it’s all built around.
Gorgeously decorated and dreamily quaint, it’s an ideal place to go chill out and do some creating of your own before visiting the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens for some arty fun.

Surf Cafe, Tynemouth
Beautifully intimate, the Surf Cafe has hosted some legendary music gigs and branched out into comedy shows last year. With tour shows selling out, it has a name for putting on shows that are long talked about.
It’s the food where this venue first made its name though, with splendid food throughout the day to be enjoyed on this coastal venue, top breakfasts and light lunches all the way through to evening time. As we get into summer this place will get ever more popular.

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