Despite now being able to drink and dine indoors, many people still prefer to catch up with friends al fresco.
It’s meant that many city businesses have been creative with their outdoor spaces, from converted car parks to pavement seating. Here’s some of the new al fresco hot spots to try out in Sunderland.
13. Beach Box, The Palm, Hylton Riverside
The Palm has transformed its front car park into Beach Box which has doubled its outdoor capacity. It's a great spot for some creative cocktails and street food. There's also live sports and DJs to enjoy. Photo: JPI Media
14. Halo, Low Row
After the site has stood empty for a number of years, Halo has opened in the former Bud Bigalows bar with a large capacity indoors, as well as outdoor seating for food and drinks. Photo: JPI Media