Think you know where the best bars in Newcastle can be found? We’ve created a list of 13 Bars in Newcastle that we think you really must check out when you next visit Newcastle. If you think you know better – that’s alright with us! Make your recommendations in the comments below our blog and we will add a “Your Choice” top bar or two to the best bevvy of bars already listed.

It is a well-known fact that NewcastleGateshead has a lively and vibrant nightlife. Whatever your preference, 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.

Whittling all the Newcastle and Gateshead bars down to a pithy top list is a challenge – but we have given it a go.

Colonel Porter's Newcastle

Colonel Porter’s

Step into a whimsical world; a tavern, a botanical garden, a rhum bar just up from the iconic Quayside. Colonel Porter’s decor can only be described as eclectic… when you have a vintage cocktail firmly in your hand or a tipple of rum on your lips, the menagerie of stuffed animal heads and assortment of colour, fabrics, lights and ornaments will whirl into a maelstrom of good vibes! Colonel Porter’s is a delight for all the senses. Enjoy regular live music and DJ events throughout the year at Colonel Porter’s which is a great stopping point in the middle of the well-trodden path between the bustling Quayside bar and restaurant offering and the many city centre bars. If you're planning on hiking up Dean Street, you'll deserve a well-earned stop off at Colonel Porter's along the way!

Prohibition Bar in Newcastle city centre

Prohibition Cabaret Bar

Prohibition Bar has a new home in an iconic location on Newcastle’s Pink Lane. The 1920s-inspired bar has taken up residence in the former home of the much-loved Jazz Café. Relive the opulent spirit of twenties and thirties jazz. Indulge in everything from variety, cabaret, music hall and vaudeville acts while sipping cocktails and catching up with mates at this classy, toe-tapping venue. Prohibition Bar is both cosy and charming with a hit of cheeky; exuding the charisma of a bar run by people passionate about giving punters a jolly good time.

Decantus Bar on Newcastle's Grey Street

Decantus

Decantus is the ideal pre-theatre meeting point. It’s stylish yet relaxed atmosphere also lends itself to a post-work debrief or a pitstop for thirsty shoppers wanting to share some tasty bar snacks and catch up over a “fish bowl” of gin. Decantus is situated on beautiful Grey Street and is a classy option for a sophisticated night out in Newcastle. The long and narrow bar adds to its intimate feel and will quickly be bustling on a Friday and Saturday night.

Billy Bootleggers in Newcastle city centre

Billy Bootleggers

Bourbon is a staple at the American-influenced, underground speakeasy bar. Part of the same family of bars as popular venue, No.28, Billy Bootleggers resides beneath the historic Grainger Market and is another must-visit bar for live music and dancing til your frilly socks fall off. You’re guaranteed a good ol’ knees up any night as you sip moonshine and channel your inner rockabilly. We shouldn’t really be telling you about Billy Bootleggers, sorry, we know you’ll be feeling smug that you think you’re the only person who knows about this gem!

Alvino's Bar in Newcastle city centre

Alvino’s

Alvino’s 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 – Alvino’s caters for all tastes.  Punters can enjoy their drinks across a number of floors, inside or out and stop off to play a game on the football table. Alvino’s promise the best music from local DJs to play you through your visit; lose yourself to every type of music genre from funk and soul to “minimal twinkling techno.” Intriguing!

Pleased to Meet You Newcastle City Centre

Pleased to Meet You

This swanky and sophisticated gin bar has transformed one of Newcastle’s most historic Grade II listed buildings into a contemporary bar with a difference. Pleased To Meet You is a popular choice situated on High Bridge; the cobbled street linking Grey Street with the Bigg Market is gaining momentum as a stylish food and drink hub.

Whatever you do, don’t ask for a G N T… at a time when Gin is THE go-to drink, revellers will still be blown away by the countless options of gin, tonic and complementary foliage. Fear not, with over 50 types of gin available, helpful staff are on hand to help you make the right choice. Gin not your thing? The bar also has a wide range of local and international craft beers, cocktails and cask ales.

Stunning décor, high-quality food, quieter booths and nooks for having a good catch up well as somewhere to get you ready for a night of dancing, Pleased To Meet You’s inviting atmosphere will see you return again and again.

Newcastle Tap

Craft beer, stone baked pizza, music, are there many other ingredients necessary for a great night out?! Newcastle Tap is another recent addition to the Newcastle food and drink scene and another top place to stop off for a drink or meet friends for a handmade pizza. Craft beer aficionados will be delighted to start working their way through Newcastle Tap’s extensive beer list. Situated opposite Newcastle’s Central Station – the self-proclaimed “beer Mecca” provides the ideal drinking hole for visitors making a day trip to the Toon and is in easy walking distance of the rest of Newcastle’s vibrant food and drink offering.

Ernest in Ouseburn Newcastle

Ernest

A regular haunt for weekend brunch amongst locals – Ernest is perhaps a surprising choice for our top bars in Newcastle compilation but bear with us! With a late license until 1am on a Friday and 2am on a Saturday – a night at Ernest is one to add to your “to do” list. Ernest’s drinks list is an impressive piece with all flavours and tastes covered – retro pop, bottles and cans, spirits, wines and even a signature cocktail or two. The relaxed ambience makes Ernest a key player on the Ouseburn scene and offers a different experience to Newcastle’s city centre bars. An eclectic event programme includes live music, DJ sets, a night of bring your own vinyl and open mic nights to give you just a flavour of what's on offer. Come as you are and dance until the small hours under the glitterball. You can always roll back in the following morning for a popular hash bowl or Eggs Ernesto.

97 & Social

97 & Social is a Newcastle bar on leafy Osbourne Road on the edge of the city centre. It is one of the many popular bars situated on the go-to social hub in nearby suburb, Jesmond. 97 & Social has a great cocktail menu, a friendly vibe and, if you feeling like spicing up an traditional Afternoon Tea – you can even indulge in a signature Tipsy Tea and sip your exotic cocktail from the finest of china!

The Botanist Newcastle City Centre

The Botanist

Add The Botanist to your bar-hopping schedule if only to soak up the vibrant atmosphere and take in the views. Under a vast dome ceiling, star-studded with thousands of twinkling lights, The Botanist is a popular venue. The central bar is beneath an elvish tree which looks like it belongs in an enchanted forest. Head out to the roof terrace and take in unrivalled views overlooking Newcastle’s famous Grey Street. The Botanist’s imaginative cocktails are served in creative ways – who doesn’t love drinking a cocktail from a watering can?! Regular acoustic nights and live performances ensure that The Botanist masters both the chilled atmosphere for early evening catch ups and a livelier soundtrack for the party-goer’s night in Newcastle.  

Lola Jean

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, tucked around the side of Theatre Royal, making 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.

Pitcher and Piano on Newcastle Quayside

Pitcher and Piano

Newcastle’s Pitcher and Piano has unrivalled views along the Quayside. Positioned at the edge of the River Tyne beside the iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Pitcher and Piano is a guaranteed hotspot for post-work drinks on a Friday or chance to unwind whilst looking at the bridges. At the first glimpse of sunshine (regardless of temperature) you’ll find revellers sipping a cool drink in Pitcher and Piano’s outside seating area which hugs three sides of the venue. The stylish Quayside bar and restaurant has recently been refurbished making it a popular choice.  

Tiger Hornsby on Newcastle Quayside

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 will start any night out in style. Don’t miss its rolling programme of live music, DJ and themed events.

You can find out a list of our top 13 pubs in Newcastle and Gateshead here too. Don’t forget, we want you to let us know your favourite bars in Newcastle and Gateshead by commenting below and we will add a “Your Choice” to our list.

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