Newcastle travel to the Wearside on Sunday looking to end a disastrous run of defeats to rivals Sunderland. Neither team have been playing well in the Barclay’s Premier League but this fixture is one where form goes out of the window and pride takes over (or at least it should do).
With the game falling on a Bank Holiday weekend, many people will have the day off work on Monday expect town to be busy. Kick off at the Stadium of Light is at 4pm, later than previous derbies, and the match will be shown live on Sky Sports.
Here we pick 5 top places to watch the game this Sunday…
Pacific is a great bar to watch live sporting events, especially popular ones like the local derby, due to its size. It boasts many TV screens so that no matter where you are standing you can be sure to catch all the action. The bar also has an impressive selection of beers including its own ‘Pacific House’ by Wylam priced at just £1.95 a pint as well as popular draught lagers and many bottled beers. If you are starting early, why not take advantage of their great breakfast deal? You can get 2 full English breakfasts for only £5 before 12 noon each and every day – which seems like a bargain to us.
It may be an away game but there it’s always nice to watch the Toon play just a stones-throw away from St James’ Park. Fluid Bar always has a great atmosphere on both home and away games and is generally an excellent place to watch live sport. Again, this bar has plenty of large TV screens and is spread across two floors – perfect for busy match-days like the one on Sunday is certain to be. Beer fans will also be spoilt for choice in this bar but they have a vast selection of other alcoholic beverages on offer as well.
Jesmond’s Osborne Road is always busy on a Bank Holiday Sunday, even when there isn’t a local derby taking place! For this reason, Spy Bar makes it on our list as a good choice for those who will be spending Sunday in Jesmond. Of course, the result could have a huge impact on whether or not you want to carry on drinking after the game has finished!
The Rooftop Bar
If you are looking to avoid Town and Jesmond this Bank Holiday Sunday but still want to watch the match then The Rooftop Bar in Kingston Park would be a wise choice. This modern bar is located above Luciano’s Italian restaurant, just across from Tesco Extra. The Rooftop has plenty of TV screens perfectly spread across the bar so you will have no problem watching the big game. This is another bar with an extensive selection or lagers and real ales on offer – they also do 2 pint jugs for those who want to return less often to the bar to order the next round.
The Stadium of Light
Perhaps this place should be number one on the list, but the fact it is in Sunderland means it should never be top of anything. This is of course where the big game will be taking place. For those of you lucky enough to have tickets, we hope the Toon can put on a good performance and more importantly get those 3 points that we have dearly missed in recent games against Sunderland.
We do not recommend going to Sunderland if you don’t have a ticket (why would anyone want to do that?)