THE last time I ventured near this end of town The Corner Flag was a dusty, boarded-up shell, and next door its sister bar, Indigo Rooms, was still known as Jay Dees.
Now there has been a complete overhaul and this shady corner of the city has found the light.
Situated on High Street West, this dedicated sports theme bar is still gleaming with fresh paint, clean upholstery and shiny floors.
It was a Saturday night when I ventured inside with my fiance John, and I could not believe how quiet it was – a venue like this should be wall to wall people.
With its sports memorabilia décor, it should be every sports fans first choice, especially as there are huge flat-screen TVs everywhere – 23 to be exact – and just to make sure you don’t miss any of the sporting action they also have booths with small-screen TVs built in.
We made our way to the bar and decided to try out the cocktails. I went for the Monster, which includes Snakebite, Vodka and Blue Bols, and John had a pint of Skittles, which was made up of Blue Bols, Vodka, Taboo, fresh orange and lemonade.
They both cost £3.95, and although we enjoyed the Skittles, I think the Monster needs a bit more work.
If cocktails aren’t your thing, there’s a wide range of beers and ciders, including Budvar, Bittburger, eight real ales and specialist ciders from Green Goblin and Thatchers Gold, meaning there’s a drink to satisfy every taste. For a refreshing summer tipple there are Timmerman’s Fruit Beers, with flavours such as strawberry, peach, raspberry and cherry.
On match days you can get selected meals such as burgers and pie and peas with a drink for just £4.99.
If that doesn’t whet your appetite, SAFC season ticket holders get a further 10 per cent off at all times.
John and I found a table next to the window, so we hopped up onto the high stools and perused the menu.
We had just eaten, so there was no room to sample the food, but they had some great meals available.
You can choose from a delicious menu of daily specials that include Curry Day on Monday, Mexican Day on Wednesday and a lip-smacking Sunday Lunch from only £4.99.
As well as daily meal deals they also host events such as A Question Of Football on the last Thursday of every month, in association with The Roker End, hosted by Eric Gates. Tickets are £10, including Pie and Pea Supper.
As we polished off our drinks a few more pub-goers had ventured inside which gave the place a bit more of a buzz – but despite it’s lack of supporters I’d still give it man of the match when it comes to rating Sunderland’s sports bars.