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The bar is a focal point of college social life and arguably the most fun spot in college. Situated in the Caedmon Complex, the Bar is open for drinks every evening from 6.30pm to 11.00pm, except for Friday and Saturday when it closes at Midnight. Its is open during the day for anyone to chill out. It also opens on various afternoons when there are sporting events on the big screen. But if you don't fancy a drink we have a Nintendo Wii set up on a giant plasma in the back bar, the cheapest pool table in Durham (20p), wireless internet, a darts board and an amazing table football table! This year it will also be open as a coffee bar during the afternoons, with real lattes and cappuccinos available for only £1!
The bar is a great place to meet new people and relax, have a few drinks and a good laugh. The prices are LOW, there will always be people there that you know, and it is right on your doorstep, making the college bar THE place to be. Most of our ents are based around the bar; the weekly bar quizzes, bands in the bar, the always popular karaoke nights and special one-off events such as Halloween Night.
The aptly named Dan Stout (pictured on the right) is our bar steward and token dismayed Newcastle United fan! A former Soho Bar Manager and college porter, Dan now makes sure that students are sufficiently refreshed in the Vernon Arms, which is no mean feat! The bar is restricted to students and members of college staff, but feel free to bring along any guests who are staying with you. If you are interested in working behind the bar (yes, you do get paid!), see Dan for details.
Although alcohol does play a part in the ‘social education’ of coming to University, it is a good idea to get the balance right. All draught soft drinks in the bar are sold at the lowest possible price (60p a pint) and are free at balls and other events. You can also request a personal attack alarm from the SRC if you should require one for reassurance on your journey home.