Away from the well-known larger pubs, there is a world of independent drinking options out there.
We all know about some of the top bars and pubs across the North East, but what about those which are off the beaten path or offer an alternative experience?
These are the top micropubs in the North East according to Google reviews.
1. The Blues Micro Pub
The Blues Micro Pub, in Whitburn, has a 4.9 rating on Google reviews from 67 reviews. Photo: Frank Reid
2. The Yard
The Yard, in Blaydon, has a 4.9 rating from 27 reviews. Photo: Google
3. The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse, in Roker, has a 4.8 rating from 46 reviews. Photo: Google
4. The Town Mouse
Tucked into St Mary's Place, in Newcastle's city centre, the Town Mouse has a 4.7 rating from 654 reviews. Photo: Google