Legends of Sunderland: Amy’s Winehouse, the city’s most iconic off license

Amy’s Winehouse is an off license and convenience store located on St. Thomas’s Street, just off John Street in the city centre.

The name of the business has always been undoubtedly genius, making it one of the most recognizable and amusing shops in all of Sunderland, even to the point of attracting attention elsewhere.

Amy’s Winehouse is known not just for selling alcohol and spirits, but also for its fantastic deals on obtaining discount products in the form of sweets, snacks and fizzy pop.

This has long made the shop very popular with residents, as an old revenue reads: “Cheap for pop and snacks. Don’t waste £1.20 on pop in newsagents when there are usually 2 for £1 here“.

In 2021, the store was briefly closed down perhaps owing to the impact of the pandemic. After a change of ownership, the decision was then made in 2021 to rebrand the shop from its popular title to “Amy’s discount store”.

However, by 2022 the store was back to its former glory complete with its original name. Once again, Amy’s Winehouse continues to trade in Sunderland and is always worth a visit.

As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!