BAR chains have a tendency to be soulless.
Once you’ve been in one you’ve been in them all, but that’s definitely not the case with The Slug and Lettuce in Durham.
Set in the city’s popular Walkergate complex, the bar is spread over two levels.
A scattering of chairs and tables take up the top floor with the main bar area on the sprawling lower level.
Catering for the masses that tend to pack out the bar at weekends, The Slug and Lettuce is far from small and its high ceilings and mass of windows make it bright, light and spacious.
In a bid to fill out the bar during quieter week nights, there are plenty of offers to tempt boozers inside.
Wine time Wednesday is great for wine drinkers such as myself and a bottle, not including sparkling wine and champagne, can be snapped up for £10.95.
Another offer that keeps me coming back is the two-for-one cocktail offers that run all day every day.
As well as all the classic cocktails, including margarita, sex on the beach and cosmopolitan, there are a selection of more adventurous drinks.
The jumping Jack is a must-try and is a delicious blend of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey with amaretto, cranberry juice and Red Bull.
There is also a lengthy list of twists on the traditional mojito – a personal favourite – with the bar boasting strawberry, rumberry (rum and raspberry), apple vodka and the matador (a traditional mojito served with a splash of Red Bull).
As well as the usual servings of lager, tasty bottles of strawberry and lime cider and pear cider are also served.
The Slug and Lettuce also offers customers a bite to eat to help soak up the booze.
There’s a long selection of platters to share, including nachos (£7.95) and crispy duck (£11.95), pasta dishes, burgers and curries.
And while the food isn’t anything to shout home about, it’s edible and fills a hole.
There’s several offers for foodies too with 50 per cent off food every Monday and two-for-one on curries every Tuesday.
The main problem with big bars like this is the staff are often too busy to clean up and it’s often difficult to find a table that hasn’t got a splattering of tomato ketchup on it or the sticky remnants of a split drink.
But, all in all, The Slug and Lettuce provides an easy place to meet pals for a drink.