The Undercroft Bar

Marilyn, the Undie’s most loyal patron

The Undercroft Bar, affectionately known at ‘The Undie’, is the main social space in college and undoubtedly the best bar in Durham. The combination of being the focal point of the college – a place to meet, chat, dance and relax (and even revise during the day in exam period) – with a wide selection of drinks at prices that will bring you back night after night, and the characterful setting makes the Undie a very special place indeed. Our college drink is ‘Smenergy’, Durham’s oldest college drink, so make sure to give it a try!

The Undie plays hosts to regular events (‘Ents’) – live music (‘Mundie in the Undie’), Balls, Karaoke nights – as well as being transformed into a private nightclub on occasion during freshers’ week as well as for ‘Hounds’ (which are Castle only). We also host occasionally host pub quizzes and often open early to show major sporting events on our tv screens.

The Undercroft Bar

The bar is now run centrally by Durham University (as of the start of the academic year 2023/24), and students of any college are permitted to apply to work behind the bar. Many members of the JCR do so, and this is a great way to socialise both with colleagues and patrons on a given night. Previous experience of working on a bar is not essential, and it’s a great way of integrating with other academic years.