A new self-service bar is the latest venture aiming to bring back the busy nightlife of South Shields.
Tinker Smiths is now open for business in the town’s Stanhope Street and owner Peter Frail says the business is off to a promising start. The bar features self-service taps at booths, iPads to place drink and food orders, and a garden room.
Peter, from South Shields, who also owns The Ranch House and Dusk, in Coston Drive, and The Dolly Peel, in Commercial Road, said: “I think South Shields town centre is coming back massively.
“People say I’m stupid for saying that but I can see the changes. Everyone always says it’s not busy until at least 10pm, but we’re full at 7pm.
“I’m not daft, I know it’ll never get back to what it once was but the nightlife here is growing because there’s something for everybody here. Between the live music at the Ranch House, the re-opening of Dusk, and the new gin bar Hogarth’s, a lot of the bars have been recently renovated and are helping the town centre nightlife to grow.
“I think the bars in South Shields are beginning to rival the ones in Newcastle and people don’t need to travel there for a night out any more, everything is here for them.” People visiting Tinker Smiths can top up a card at the bar which then fits into a pump on their table and allows them to pour their own drinks until the credit runs out. Peter said: “We’ve got table service, iPads in the booths so people can order drinks, and we’re going to start serving food on December 29 so people won’t have to go to the bar, they can order everything they want from their seats. It’s a big cocktail-based bar and we really pride ourselves on our cocktails.
People are starting to realise they don’t need to go to Newcastle for a good night out.Peter Frail
“We’re going to have solo artists and duos performing to entertain people in the bar as well . I think this little part of South Shields around Stanhope Street and Coston Drive is going to be massive, it’s really up-and-coming.
“This is all a great thing for the town because it will create more jobs and generate more revenue – everyone will be better off if people stay here for their nights out instead of going elsewhere.”
He added: “We opened Tinker Smiths on December 4 and it’s been fantastic so far.
“The booths are fully booked up until January. People are starting to realise they don’t need to go to Newcastle for a good night out.”
Tinker Smiths is open seven days a week from noon to 1am. Food, such as a Thai menu and tapas from around the world, will be served from December 29. Go to the Tinker Smiths Facebook page to book a booth.