Bars in Newcastle
Famous for that infectious Geordie charm, cheap and cheerful drink deals and a unique party atmosphere, Newcastle offers one of the best nights out in the UK. We’ve taken the trouble to put together a list of the best bars in the toon, filled up with a mixture of sneaky disco dens, trendy hangouts and homely neighbourhood watering holes. Read on to discover our recommended bars in Newcastle and find your perfect spot today.
Last updated on 23rd May 2017
River Bar Washington on Bonemill Lane has made a name for itself in Newcastle's nightlife circles, serving guests a variety of hearty Southern-inspired comfort food that's been paired with equally fiery cocktails. Laid back and offering a welcoming atmosphere, you'll leave this spot with a huge smile on your face.
Serving delicious comfort food and carefully crafted cocktails in an idyllic setting, 97 & Social is a lively party bar based in Jesmond. The venue has become a favourite spot for the city's many students, locals and after-work drinkers.
A stalwart in Jesmond, Spy Bar is arguably one of Newcastle's most popular bars. Based on Osbourne Road, the offers ice-cold drinks and delicious pizzas during the day. At night however, things are kicked up a notch, with resident DJs playing party tracks long into the wee hours.
Jalou in Newcastle has created a reputation for itself by serving amazing cocktails and hosting huge nights out in Newcastle. The venue's bartenders are constantly experimenting with different ingredients and recipes. If that wasn't enticing enough, the venue's resident DJs take control on the weekends, playing dance, house and pop tracks long into the wee hours of the next day.
Any place likely to drop a holy trinity of Kylie, Elvis and Dolly is a true winner in our eyes. Collingwood Street’s hidden bar and sneaky disco like to go long into the night; there’s a seriously diverse mix on the speakers ringing out until 3am each night. Grab a cocktail and get those hands in the air, just watch out for those deadly 10-man Mojito mixes; there’s a full bottle of Bacardi involved.
Kitted out with vintage vinyl records, pinball machines and industrial styled lamps, Alvinos is one impressively hip hangout. Take in these quirky surroundings at the dinner table, where a diverse menu serves stone-baked pizzas and wallet-friendly burger feasts. Cocktails are just £6.95 a pop, and the first floor outdoor terrace is an ideal spot for alfresco drinks in Newcastle come the warmer months.
Dig out those Hawaiian shirts and revel in the summery delights of this kooky holiday shack. Hungry? Get stuck into a Tex Mex inspired menu of burgers and tender steaks, washed down by zesty cocktails priced at a very reasonable £6 a piece. Live DJs inject further exotic flair with a mash-up of funk, soul, hip-hop and dubstep beats until 2am.
Lola Jeans is a real jewel in the Tynemouth crown. Slotting in neatly in the heart of the neighbourhood, there’s a sprinkling of NYC, Paris and East London influences but the place does well to retain its homely vibes. Fresh menus are created using trusted local producers, and there’s a playful cocktail list to keep an eye out for while you’re at it. An eclectic playlist will have those toes tapping throughout your stay.
Any given list of the best bars in Newcastle will surely feature Bonbar; a sleek restaurant-cum-bar in the city centre. Come for a cocktail masterclass, settle in for afternoon tea or pop by at dinner-time; you can pick up three courses for just £16. Cocktails are a treat for all the senses, and starting at £6 value for money is safely assured. There’s DJs too, so feel free to get loose on the dance floor once the plates are cleared away.
This Jesmond favourite is a mouth-watering harmony of gourmet burgers and booze. Tuck into an 8-ounce patty of 100% Northumbria beef for £8, or take on their Captain Cook beast (three burgers, bacon, cheese and fat hippo sauce) for a cool £14. There’s ample craft beer and wine, with a strong choice of liqueur-laced milkshakes if you’d prefer something sweeter.
Searching for a big night of cocktails in Newcastle? Revolution delivers the goods, with guests supping on all sorts of liquid delights in a fun-loving and unpretentious atmosphere. Daily happy hours make it an after-work haven, with a huge choice of classic concoctions, vintage tipples and all manner of Mojitos on call to cater for all tastes.
A classy hangout bedecked with jewelled chandeliers and quaint rustic furniture, Pleased To Meet You is a perfect destination for date night in Newcastle. Hungry? Good, because there’s a neat little selection of soft shoulder of pulled pork and crab linguini treats to help see to that. Come for dinner or pick a seat at the bar, where craft beers, real ales and chic cocktails offer an embarrassment of riches.
Few can compete with Jam Jar’s tastebud-tingling signature cocktails. Shaking up all manner of spirits with hearty spoonfuls of tangy jam, these £5 drinks are a joy to behold. Plonk your cocktail on the side of a plate of something tasty; this leading Jesmond bar serves statement burgers, steaks and roasts served in hearty portions. Check out their own brand of ale while you’re in.
Packed out with plush leather booths, glitzy disco balls and funky furnishings, Bar Livello offers a stylish night on the tiles on Lower Dean Street. Pick up a Marshmellow Martini for a sugary treat and head over to the dance floor, where a handsome crowd get jiggy with it late into the night.
Florita offers up a fusion of Miami cool and Cuban flair to deliver a big night out in Newcastle. Join an ultra stylish crowd who generate a great atmosphere at one of their regular club nights out throughout the week. Come at the weekend for a fun-loving evening rife with cocktails, good company and dancing like no-one’s watching.
With vintage leather sofas, a cackling open fireplace and antique lampshades, Mr Lynch is a sophisticated affair in the heart of Jesmond. Cocktails like the Dib Dab Tini offer a nostalgic taste of your childhood for only £4.95, and a varied setlist of house, hip-hop, RnB and reggae means there’s always something funky to shake those hips to.