We've dug into our picture archives to find some of those where last orders have been called once and for all - how many of these did you used to drink in?
The Painted Wagon was a western-themed bar situated on the corner of Holmeside and Park Lane in Sunderland centre. It opened in 1974, and closed when the ABC cinema which housed it closed in 1999.
Situated in High Street West, The Old Twenty Nine opened in the mid '70s, and was a popular watering hole, hosting lots of gigs - especially by punk bands like The Toy Dolls and Angelic Upstarts - until it shut in the late '80s.
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One of Southwick's landmark pubs, The Dray & Horses in Thompson Road pulled its last pint in 2012, but the building lives on as The Mill pub and Italian kitchen restaurant.
This prominent bar in High Street West was one of the go-to places during the 1980s, even if the music was deafening and there was a crush at the bar.
This boozer in Ryhope Road, Grangetown, was a popular place for a few pints from the mid-60s, but closed in the 1980s.
This pub was a well-known landmark on The Broadway for thousands of motorists using the A183 every day. It closed a few years ago and the building now houses a 24-hour gym.
This bar in Crowtree Road was a popular city centre pub during the noughties, but closed for the last time in May 2013.
Another popular stop-off in the High Street West circuit, Idol's achieved a certain notoriety - or popularity - after two bikini-clad girls held up a Newcastle United shirt while it burned.
Once a popular estate pub in Emsworth Road, Witherwack, The Dagmar closed in the mid-2000s and was demolished in 2007 to make way for a care home.
Attached to Vaux, The Brewery Tap's demise was inevitable after the closure in 1999 of the Sunderland institution which made its beer. Sid Bicker was the 160-year-old pub's last manager.
The Argo Frigate was a favourite with Echo staff of a certain vintage, as it stood next to the paper's old offices in Bridge Street. It was also a staple of the 1970s pub crawl circuit.
This bar in High Street West epitomised 1980s nightlife in Sunderland, with the men in leather box jackets and women sporting huge perms. Happily, like the bar, they're no longer with us.
The Eagle in Portsmouth Road was your typical estate pub, where everyone knew everyone else. It served Pennywell from 1959 to 1996, and then, as this picture shows, was ravaged by fire.
This magnificent building on the corner of High Street West was the former home of the Lambton family, and still looks like a pub. If you look closely you can see old lettering on the tiles. Does anyone remember when it closed?
Immortalised in song by The Toy Dolls, this Park Lane club was the place to be if you loved to dance. It was a fixture of Sunderland nightlife from the late '70s to 2001.