It is a well-known fact that NewcastleGateshead has a lively and vibrant nightlife. Whatever your taste, there is a bar to suit you. With new and exciting hotspots popping up all the time, you are never short of a new place to sip your cocktail, nurse a cold craft beer or pop open a bottle of prosecco (if you’re feeling flashy).

Whittling the bevvy of bars down to a pithy top ten is a challenge – but here goes…

1. Passing Clouds

One of NewcastleGateshead’s most recent recruits to the buzzing bar scene – Passing Clouds should be in your “must-visit” list. Ideally situated slap bang in the lively centre of Newcastle, Passing Clouds brings a touch of upmarket sophistication to the Bigg Market which might previously have featured on your “best-avoided” list. With lavish gold and velvet décor, high-end cocktails and soulful tunes you won’t need to explain your reasons for a night out in the Bigg Market anymore. This bar offers a touch of class and is definitely a rising star on the NewcastleGateshead scene.

2. Pleased to Meet You

This swanky, sophisticated and stylish gin bar has transformed one of Newcastle’s most historic Grade II listed buildings into a contemporary bar with a difference.

With over 50 types of gin available, and helpful staff on hand to help you make the right choice, the bar also has a wide range of local and international craft beers, cocktails and cask ales.

Stunning décor, high-quality food and a friendly and inviting atmosphere – Pleased to Meet You has it all.

3. BrewDog

Perhaps leading the craft beer revolution in NewcastleGateshead, BrewDog holds its own as a city centre haven for beer lovers. This relaxed and trendy venue is host to 33 taps of craft beer and head-swimming choice from all over the world. Hang out, compare beers, play board games and listen to live music in this bustling beer house.

4. The Botanist

Add The Botanist to your bar-hopping schedule if only to take in the vibrant atmosphere. Under a vast dome ceiling, star-studded with thousands of twinkling lights The Botanist is a captivating venue whose central bar is beneath an elvish tree which looks like it belongs in an enchanted forest. Head out to the terrace which provide stunning views overlooking Newcastle’s famous Grey Street. The Botanist boasts an imaginative cocktail list served in creative ways – I mean, who doesn’t love drinking a cocktail from a watering can?!

5. Lola Jeans

A chic bar in the centre of Newcastle, Lola Jeans combines elegant chandeliers with huge, imposing wall art to create a venue which cleverly blends edgy with elegance. Lola Jeans is well-placed in the centre of Newcastle which makes it the ideal place to start a night on the toon. If you fancy heading out of the city – Lola Jeans also has a Tynemouth outpost well worth a visit.

6. Alvinos

Alvinos manages to be uber-trendy without being pretentious. Revellers can rock up in jeans and t-shirt or full on glad rags ready to go “out-out.” Offering a great range of craft beers as well as cocktails – Alvinos caters for all tastes. The cocktail menu is an ever changing feast presented on old-school cassette tape sleeves or themed comic strips. Punters can enjoy their drinks on a number of floors, inside or out and stop off to play a game on the football table.

7. Tiger Hornsby

Tiger Hornsby is situated on Newcastle’s iconic Quayside and joins a string of classy bars, restaurants and eateries along the Tyne.  Oozing class, sophistication and a Roaring Twenties-meets-James Bond elegance – Tiger Hornsby promises to start any night out in style. Don’t miss its rolling programme of live music, DJ and themed events.

8. Bealim House

Bealim House opened in 2015 and is NewcastleGateshead’s first, authentic Gin distillery, bar and eatery.  Bealim House produce their own Newcastle Gin on the premises in collaboration with local artisan distiller, Durham Gin. Whether you’re a gin connoisseur or not, enjoy a drink and great atmosphere in this welcoming, urban-chic bar. The bare brick, industrial feel ensures Bealim House is any hipster’s paradise.

9. No.28

No.28 is adventurous, exotic and very “on fleek” – so it’s in no way surprising it won the award for Best Late Night Venue two years in a row.

Beautiful lighting and open brick walls create a stripped back, modern and industrious theme that contrasts yet compliments the elegance and detail of the bar’s food and drink. Hidden above the Grainger Market, you would be forgiven for walking on by but now you know, there is no excuse.

10. Sohe, Jesmond

Situated in the heart of NewcastleGateshead’s most upmarket district, Sohe is a cosmopolitan bar bringing the Far East to Jesmond, Newcastle. Sohe combines Pan-Asian flavours and styling to create the finest blend of exotic travel and sophistication through its food menu, drinks selection and décor.  If cocktails are your thing, Sohe is the place for you. Their standout cocktail list evokes exotic holidays and tropical climates including their Cambodian Cooler and best-seller Geisha in the City. Don’t miss their daily cocktail happy hour between 4-6pm.  Thai beers and Sake are also available for those wanting to reminisce about a long-forgotten holiday.

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