Small but perfectly formed, The Shakey is the place to go in Durham for a pint of real ale and maybe a game of dominoes!

A well-liked pub in the city centre close to the Cathedral. Refurbished in 2014, the interior comprises a small bar and a larger back lounge. The pub was originally a haunt for 19th-century theatre actors and patrons, hence the name. Despite recent alterations and other ill-judged attempts at change over the years, it has largely maintained its character. It is very popular with locals and students, and there is folk music on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 8.30pm. Four real ales are available.


  • Cocktail bar
  • Real ale
  • WiFi free
  • Live music
  • Football
  • Terrestrial TV