Hats ‘on’ to a little bit of Cuba

Label shot of Little Cuba - Vine Place, Sunderland...
Label shot of Little Cuba - Vine Place, Sunderland...
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AFTER a tasty meal at La Toscanina on Thursday, I dragged Katy Wheeler round town looking for somewhere new to enjoy a few drinks.

It was slim pickings – even though it was quite busy everyone has their favourite bars so anywhere new gets over looked.

We tottered by The Beehive (formally Savannah) and thought about having a mooch inside, but then we heard an out-of-tune version of Bryan Adams – Everything I Do – blaring out of the karaoke and saw the only three couples in there draped over each other, we decided to give it a miss.



Still on my mission to find a hidden gem in Sunderland, I headed towards Ttonic in search of a cafe bar I had noticed earlier in the week.

Wheeler was not convinced and spent her time complaining she had eaten too much and needed to go home to bed.

Finally we stumbled upon Little Cuba, perched at the top of Vine Place. This orange-fronted bar was just what I was looking for.

When we walked in there were only a few people inside, including a man sporting a questionable Hawaiian shirt, but the music was good, the token Cuban barman was welcoming and who can say no to a free shot with your first round?

The great thing about this bar is you can sit right in front of the huge window and people-watch all night long – this is one of my favourite pastimes and the streets of Sunderland on a Thursday night are more entertaining the The Only Way Is Essex.

From one boy’s naughty white linen trousers to girls’ fake tan disasters, we had the perfect view as we watched the night unfold.

Drinks are reasonable and nibbles on the table are definitely a novelty in Sunderland.

I felt like I was on holiday and I managed to get Wheeler to pop on a Panama hat and kept her from her bed for an extra hour.

My only issue was it only has one toilet, girls can be messy enough, but sharing with boys is a massive no no in my book.

So, although I’ll be heading to Cuba again, I will be making my toilet stops before and after.