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Welcome to DSU Bars

DSU was named overall winner in the 2008 City of Durham Best Bar None awards, beating all the college bars, pubs and clubs in the city. Kingsgate was also crowned Best Bar in Durham.  Each year since, we have been Accredited and this means that your union is one of the safest and best run licensed premises in the city. Next time you are out, come and visit Kinsgate, the Best Bar in Durham 2008 and the safest student environment in the City.

Durham Students' Union has four different bars spanning over four different floors of the building. The main bar, Kingsgate, can be found on Level B and is open from 5pm Monday to Friday and from 1pm Saturday (closed Sundays).

The other bars, Riverside, Vane Tempest and the Ballroom are used during events and functions in the different rooms of the venue.

All of the bars combine on Fridays and Saturdays to form a nightclub dedicated to providing the special atmosphere that is Planet of Sound (Friday)

Kingsgate Bar

Kingsgate is the main Union bar. It's at the back of Level B past Reception - there is a good selection of lagers and beers on draught and a wide range of bottles and spirits. Prices of a selection of drinks are especially keen all through the week.

Kingsgate's location in Dunelm makes it a great place to meet up after lectures or possibly the best place in Durham to meet people when going out in the evening. You don't get a much more central spot for the price.

There is Subtv and 2 pool tables for your enjoyment. The celebrated 'Retro quiz' takes place here every Monday.

There's outside seating on the balcony and this is also the designated smoking area. It has one of the best views of the world famous Durham Cathedral looking out over Kingsgate bridge and the River Wear.  

Kingsgate Opening Times (term time only)
Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 12am
Friday : 5pm-2am
Saturday: 1pm - 2am
Sunday: (closed)


Riverside Bar

Riverside is on level C in DSU.

During the day time Monday to Friday, YUM provide a cafe facility.

The bar is not open during the day time but there is a pool table for use during opening hours.

This room, along with all the rooms in DSU, may be hired - please see 'Room Bookings'

On Fridays and Saturdays this room combines with the others for Planet of Sound.


Vane Tempest

Vane Tempest opens for functions and for Friday and Saturday event nights.

The room, along with any of the rooms in DSU, may be hired out. For details please see 'Room Booking'


The Fonteyn Ballroom 

The Fonteyn Ballroom opens for functions and for Friday events.

As for all rooms in DSU, this hall may be hired out - see 'Room Bookings'


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