Where to enjoy a pre-show dinner date

With a star-studded line up on offer at the M&S Bank Arena over the coming months, we're shining a spotlight on some of the best spots on the dock to get you in a mood for an evening of entertainment, with cocktails, small bites and even a few happy hours!

Maray

While light on the stomach, Maray’s abundant selection of small plates is heavy in flavour, making it the ideal location ahead of a night full of singing and dancing. From buttermilk fried chicken with harissa to braised carrots in hazelnut butter, Maray’s eclectic menu is perfect for vegan or gluten free visitors.

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Revolucion de Cuba

A trip to Revolucion de Cuba is guaranteed to set the pace for an exceptional evening ahead. With happy hour lasting from 3pm-7pm every Sunday-Thursday, this Cuban-inspired venue is the ideal location for a pre-show tipple.

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Turncoat Bar and Pizza

This independent bar and pizzeria offers revolutionary flavours in both its cocktails. G&Ts and wood-fired pizzas. If your arena tickets fall between Monday-Wednesday, pop into the venue to enjoy 2-4-1 cocktails from 12pm-8pm.

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Miller and Carter

If you’re heading to the arena with a special someone, enhance the evening with Miller and Carter’s Date Night Menu, available from 3pm every Thursday. With irresistible starters, magnificent mains and decadent desserts to choose from, this three course menu just might steal the show!

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The Long Shot

Set across two levels with 13 giant screens, this sports bar is the superb spot if there’s an unmissable game before your show starts. Wash down its snacks and sandwiches with its happy hour running from Monday-Friday 5pm-7pm and on Sunday 5pm-close, with deals like two cocktails for £12 and a pint of Amstel for £3.50.

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Revolution

Get the show on the road and your evening off to a great start with a trip to Vodka bar and restaurant, Revolution. Offering a plentiful drinks menu for visitors with its happy hour running from 3pm-7pm, Sunday to Friday you can enjoy classics like pornstar martinis, mojitos and Woo Woos.

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Madre

A winning combo of a Margarita & taco will be sure to get you in the mood for a lively evening at this Mexican hotspot, and to take away the hassle of choosing, why not go with the 'Let Madre Choose' option where you'll be surprised with a feast of their favourite things from the menu for just £25pp.

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Lerpwl

If you're celebrating a special occasion with dinner and a show, Lerpwl is the place to go for a memorable experience with all the frills. The Capricious menu is perfect for quick quality dining, offering the finest seasonal produce with a creative flair for just £35pp.

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The One O’Clock Gun

Only time for a quick pint and a pie? The Gun has you covered! This throwback New York style modern pub offers a variety of quick bites and heartier options, from Mega Loaded Fries and proper pies from the Great North Pie Company, to the classic Gun House Curry and a veggie friendly Aubergine Lasagne.

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