All roads may have led to Ku, Chambers or Annabels after a night out in Sunderland in the 1990s, but there were pubs aplenty to sup at along the way.
Grab your pint of Labbatts, make sure your handbag is ready to dance round - and raise a glass to the pubs of the nineties...
1: Gillespies - the first stop of the night if your bus dropped you off in Fawcett Street. A Park Lane or Central Station bus might see you start at Digby’s, Idols or the Londonderry etc. Loud music, loud people, decent drinks.
2: The Vestry - or 5th Avenue/Christies/Bourbon Street, depending on which month/year you visited... £1 a pint on Wednesdays - and live music to boot. Partly an old, traditional pub with ceramic lampshades and a tiled bar.
3: Blueberries: Decent prices, easy to get served and great tables by the window to watch other pub-crawlers stagger by. More up market than some other watering holes...
4: Sinatra’s, Holmeside - A Vaux pub in the 1990s, with bright neon lights to attract the trendy/student crowd. Loud music, crush at the bar, and lots of shouting to make yourself heard.
5: Marlow’s - right next door to Sinatra’s, and always packed at last orders. Dry ice, wet t-shirt competitions and tough-as-nails bouncers. Woe betide you if you tried to get in wearing trainers...
6: Liberty’s/Bentley’s: Known for playing acid house music in the “small, cool” room - and dance music in the main lounge.
7: The Londonderry - serving great pints since Edwardian times.
8: Idols - underneath Annabels and featuring bar staff in skimpy clothes, as well as a piano and phonebox hanging from the ceiling.
9: Boulevard - popular lunchtime venue as well as night-time pub crawl material.
10: Digby’s - packed, hot and sweaty, but a must when doing the circuit. Loud music, crush at the bar etc etc etc.
11: The kebab shop in High Street West - especially if visited via Ku on a Tuesday night.
And if you were still standing after all that, there were several more pubs to tempt you - including Masters, Scotts, Park Lane, Kitty O’Shays, Continental, Blandford, Beehive, McCanns and Rosies...