Caps Off- Craft Ale Bar & Bottle Shop

A craft ale bar where people can go to drink, eat and also buy drinks to take home from the bottle shop. It has a cosy, chilled and funky bar with an edgy character.

The bar is situated just a few minutes walk from the high street in Bishop Auckland and it is literally next door to the train station. The bar is in a small, long modern building adjoining the train station. There is a car park outside, you can park there for free for up to 3 hours. It is also next to Halfords and B&Q and over the road from Morrisons. And there is a park less than a minutes walk away. A very convenient location for shoppers, walkers, dog-walkers and anyone who is simply out and about.

When you walk inside the bar there is a few high tables with high stools and there is some seating outside also, including small 2-person tables right outside the building and some long benches at the outside space at the end (using up part of the Halfords car park). There is a container where Caps Off have their own kitchen facilities where they make their own street-food-style snacks and meals on there own menu. Their bar features a menageries of taps serving a selection of their own craft ales and other beers from local brewers. They also have their fridges fully-stocked with canned and bottled beers, ciders and also sell wine, gin and spirits. There is also a coffee machine serving hot drinks and you can buy refreshing soft drinks too.

They are currently open Friday to Sunday.

Why visit Caps Off Bar and Bottle Shop?


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Taken by Eric during his visit

You will not regret visiting Caps Off’s craft ale bar and bottle shop. It has quality-brewed beers on tap, available in varying styles- Eric was even allowed to have a smaller third-glass of one of the beers at a decent price! So you don’t have to feel obliged to order a full pint.

Craft Ale Bar

It is the ideal place for the start of a night-out, with it being on the edge of the heart of Bishop Auckland town centre, just five minutes walk from the big bars downtown. The bar always has a vibrant, high-energy atmosphere, complete with music playing, interesting deco, and friendly staff. The drinks are diversified to appeal to all preferences and taste. And there is a food menu to, made on-site on their own kitchen just outside the bar.


Bottle Shop

Caps Off may promote themselves as a craft ale bar, but they are more than just a bar, they open up early and people come for a cuppa and chill. And did we mention that they are also a shop? Yes, you can come and buy some of their cans and bottles of beer/cider from their fridges to take and enjoy at home. Their website also enables people to click and collect or even have drinks delivered to your doorstep! You can do all this by visiting their shop page on their website here.

If you’re interested in coming for a meal out, they have a diverse food menu which you can check out during their open time on their online menu.


  • Parking. There is plenty of parking around their venue, including outside the train station and also on Halfords and B&Q car park where it is also up to 3 hours free parking. There is disabled parking bays right outside the bar.
  • Public transport. Being located right in the centre of Bishop Auckland, there is plenty of bus stops just minute-walks away. The bar is next-door to the train station, people can catch a direct train from Darlington.
  • Dog-friendly. People are always visiting the venue with their furry friends. The bar welcomes dogs and offers doggie treats at the bar.
  • Family-friendly. People with kids and infants are also welcome. The atmosphere is relaxed and the venue offer child-friendly meals,  soft drinks and snacks.
  • Wheelchair accessibility. No awkward steps or stairs, wheelchairs and pushchairs can easily access and manoeuvre around the bar. There is more space outside and the pavement running along the front of the bar building is wheelchair/pushchair friendly too.
  • Outdoor space. For people who may feel slightly put off by lots of people and lots of dogs inside the bar, there is plenty of seating outside too. They also put up gazebos and sheltering for rainy days.
  • Patio heaters. Outside they have patio heaters so even when the harsh British winter comes in, people can still enjoy a pint of beer or cuppa outside and stay warm and comfy.
  • Diverse menus. People with dietary requirements are not left out, as the kitchen offers vegan/vegetarian-friendly dishes too. Some of the beers and other drinks are gluten-free and vegan-friendly. There is also zero- and low-alcohol beers available.
  • Baby-changing. There is baby-changing facilities available when needed.

If you are interested in Caps Off and want to visit the venue, then you may also be interested to check out their brewery where they have also recently opened a taproom open to the public. Eric has also recommended this so you can check that out here.

Q Can I book a table at the Caps Off bar?

Yes, they do have a booking page on their website but it is not mandatory to book a table. However, it is recommended during busier times to guarantee a table to sit at.

Q Can I get to the bar's location by train?

Yes, the train station at Bishop Auckland is right next to the Caps Off bar and bottle shop. You can get a direct train from Darlington, from Durham, York and/or Newcastle you would have to change trains at Darlington.

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  • Friday03:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Saturday01:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Sunday02:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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