Ahhhh…the pub! A quintessential part of the English culture and one of our favourite places to socialise with friends and family, as well as having a nice relaxing drink!

And after long deliberation, and some great nominations from our social buddies on Twitter and Facebook, we’ve came up with the Top 10 Pubs in NewcastleGateshead.

1. Free Trade Inn

Stealing the top spot is the Free Trade Inn; this great pub oozes character and certainly has the charm to win the hearts of many a Geordie. With traditional décor, a great selection of local ales and lagers, regular music events, and a great outdoor area overlooking the Newcastle Quayside – this pub ticks all the boxes.

2. The Bridge Tavern

Situated betwixt and between the stanchions of NewcastleGateshead's iconic Tyne Bridge, The Bridge Tavern is one Newcastle's newest pubs.

With a smart interior, an on-site micro brewery, brewing bespoke real ales which are served directly to the pump, and an emphasis on seasonal comfort food with a local twist - this pub has really hit the ground running.

A welcome addition to our city's nightlife and our top ten list.

3. The Forth

Not far behind at number two is the classy and inviting pub, The Forth. Nestled in the heart of the Central Station area this pub is drenched in local history and offers a great selection of beers and ciders, wines and high-quality pub food. With an outdoor terrace and walls adorned by local art this has always been a fan favourite in Newcastle.

4. The Tyne Bar

Often referred to as Newcastle’s best kept secret this little pub has big character and sits right on to the riverside. This gem has not grown by chance but has been engineered through years of experience in the local alternative pub scene. Huge outdoor spaces and regular events make The Tyne Bar another champion in Ouseburn!

5. Crown Posada

One of the oldest pubs in the toon and certainly one of the best! Mixing original features with nostalgic pictures and décor this public house creates a cosy atmosphere that sums up the Newcastle spirit. A great choice of beers and a friendly welcome make it a must see on your next pub crawl.

6. The Bridge Hotel

This huge pub certainly offers a lot with two separate seating areas and a function room upstairs. A lovely outdoor seating area downstairs makes summer drinks even more enjoyable, as well a huge selection of real ales. This attracts a diverse crowd and it’s easy to see why – faultless across the board.

7. The Telegraph

Another little hide away has just missed out on the top five, The Telegraph. A wonderful place to relax and unwind – this is one of Newcastle’s best independent pubs and with live sports, large screens, an outdoor balcony, and free Wi-Fi – it’s pure pub perfection.

8. Bacchus

A busy, warm and inviting pub that has deservedly won Tyneside pub of the year on many occasions, perfect for shoppers, business people and partiers alike. As well as a good range of imported beers, this pub boasts a good selection of ales and wines – something for everyone has never been such a fitting statement.

9. The Cumberland Arms

Situated between student town and the city centre this charming little boozer overlooks the whole of Ouseburn. Perfect on a sunny day and constantly rammed with budding musicians – this pub is unique to Newcastle. Its dazzling character wins visitors over time after time and with good beer and good food, how could they lose?!

10. Central Bar

Flying the flag for Gateshead is the recently refurbished Central Bar, seeped in history this fantastic building is slowly restoring itself to stardom. With a flashy new rooftop terrace and various function rooms to compliment the ever beautiful front bar – this hotspot for music activity is also a great place to find world beers.

So, there you have it our Top 10 pubs in NewcastleGateshead! However, we know that one thing about picking your best boozer is it’s all down to taste and it’s certainly very hard to put them in a specific order!

Let us know which ones we’ve missed off the list that you would’ve loved to see on there but please note that we will be doing a separate list for bars e.g. Popolo’s, Revolution, The Empress etc.

By David Morton


The Free Trade Inn

One of Newcastle's oldest and best loved real and craft ale pubs, The Free Trade Inn is a local favourite and is proud to champion local ales, serving great craft beer from the North East as well as further afield.

The Bridge Tavern

The Bridge Tavern is situated betwixt and between the stanchions of NewcastleGateshead's famous Tyne Bridge.

The Forth Hotel

The Forth has long had a reputation as one of the best pubs in town. A wide mix of people create a cracking atmosphere and it has one of the best jukeboxes around. Be warned:get settled into one of their comfy sofas and you may never want to leave...

The Tyne Bar

The Tyne Bar promises a 'civilized blend of wonderful beer, great music and innovative food'. Visit the pub's website for news of gigs coming up or just head down to sample the very best of locally brewed real ales or enjoy a coffee in a beer garden

Crown Posada

As one of the most famous pubs in Newcastle – and the second oldest in the city - the Crown Posada has a big reputation to live up to.

The Bridge Hotel

Situated right next to the historic High Level Bridge and Castle Keep, this pub has been serving happy customers for over 100 years and remains as popular as ever.

The Telegraph

A friendly and welcoming place to enjoy an evening, a lunchtime, or a function. No matter what the occasion, everyone is welcome!


You’ll find the Bacchus in the heart of Newcastle city centre, where it was recently refurbished with a subtle grand ocean liner theme.

The Cumberland Arms

The Cumberland Arms is a traditional pub which is popular for its live music and open mic nights, where you can listen to story telling, comedy acts and poetry. The Cumberland Arms is also known for its real ales.



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