Whether you’re hitting the town for a boozy day out or a civilised afternoon, Jessica Chipman has got you covered with this list of some of the best places the city has to offer…
The calm before the storm…
What better way to welcome in the day than with the scent of coffee beans and a runny yolk? Head to Côte for a breakfast that delights. Their delectable menu is filled with all of your morning favourites, namely eggs benedict, quinoa yoghurt bowl, and a classic full english.
Sit back with a warm cup of Earl Grey and take in the serene setting, or, if you’re planning to start as you mean to go on, you can upgrade to the Champagne Breakfast which includes any breakfast dish with a hot drink or juice and a glass of Laurent-Perrier Nv Cuvée.
120-122 Grainger Street, NE1 5AF | cote.co.uk
Tucked away beneath the iconic Tyne Bridge, just a stone’s throw from the charming Quayside, you’ll discover a cosy, independently owned coffee shop. For those seeking a hearty breakfast, Quay Ingredient is an absolute must-visit, offering delightful homemade dishes straight from the heart of the toon.
Though it may be small in size, crowds flock every weekend to get a taste of their championed breakfast, so be sure to get down there early enough to secure your seat!
4 Queen Street, NE1 3UG | instagram.com/quayingredient
If you’re part of a crowd who loves a bit of competition, or simply a couple who like a challenge, Lane7 is the place for you. Offering a range of fun-filled activities including bowling, ping pong, karaoke, a batting cage, pool and snooker.
With various packages to choose from, most of which include a complimentary drink, it’s a great way to kick back and have some fun with your nearest and dearest.
80-90 St James’ Blvd, NE1 4BN | lane7.co.uk
Cocktail Masterclass at The Botanist
Known for its botanical-themed decor and extensive cocktail menus, The Botanist features a wide selection of cocktails, wines, and craft beers. Soak up the sounds of live Saturday afternoon singers at the bar, and look up to see a spectacular display of shrubbery and twinkling lights that lead to the glass dome which can be seen from the top of Grey Street.
Allow their team of experts to take you on an exciting journey as you revel in the creation of your own unique cocktail, artfully created from the most exceptional and delightful flavours.
Monument Mall, NE1 7AL | thebotanist.uk.com
If you’re looking for something to wind down after your morning of activities, Hibou Blanc is the place to go. Nestled in the historic Sunlight Chambers, it’s an architectural gem that dates back to 1902.
Their lunch menu is inspired by local ingredients and keeps their passion for flavour at the heart of every dish. To go hand-in-hand with your lunch, try one of their timeless cocktails – infused with a contemporary flair. So, whether you try the steak frites or the moules frites, pair it perfectly with a refreshing malfy spritz or a sweet honey paloma.
High Bridge, NE1 1EN | hiboublanc.co.uk
If a boozy brunch is on the agenda, then look no further than Yolo Townhouse. Their bottomless brunch package contains 90 minutes of guaranteed enjoyment, with three small plates per person, a whole pizza, plus a range of drinks that include the pornstar martini and hugo spritz, it really isn’t to be missed.
Bottomless brunch takes place throughout the venue’s three floors, including the roof terrace. Book a table now and sip and snack the day away.
14 High Bridge, NE1 1EN | yolotownhouse.com
Pleased to Meet You
Just along the road lies Pleased to Meet You. Delight in the exquisite assortment of classic and inventive cocktails, as well as the selection of diverse local and international craft beers, and a range of hand-pulled casks.
Additionally, you’ll discover an impressive selection of more than 100 gin and tonic combinations to customise just to your liking. Pop in on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday and enjoy live singing from their resident performers.
41-45 High Bridge, NE1 1EW | ptmy-newcastle.co.uk
Heading down Newcastle’s iconic Grey Street, our next stop is Barluga. The extensive selection of high-quality wines and exceptional cocktails are enough to draw you into this wonderful bar. With ground floor seating or an exceptional outdoor terrace with heaters and blankets, it’s an ideal setting for your afternoon drinks.
35 Grey St, NE1 6EE | barluga.co.uk
Back in the day, Colonel Porter and Archie Jones came together to create the wonder that is Newcastle Brown Ale. Colonel Porter’s nods to his chemistry by taking us to a world that honours this historical journey. It’s a haven where Newcastle Brown Ale is savoured in its classic form, alongside vintage cocktails, tipsy teas, real ales, rhum masterclasses, private event options, and intriguing surprises around every corner.
Ground Floor, Milburn House, Dean Street, NE1 1LF | colonelporters.co.uk
The Bridge Tavern
The Bridge Tavern is conveniently located nestled within the supports of Newcastle’s iconic Tyne Bridge. Remember that iconic photo of Sam Fender, Johnny Depp, and Jeff Beck having a pint together? That was here!
On the pub’s ground floor, you’ll find a fully operational 2-hectolitre microbrewery, or maybe a glass of wine under the outdoor heaters on the terrace is more to your taste? Regardless, you must pop in for a tipple or two.
7 Akenside Hill, NE1 3UF | thebridgetavern.com
Whether your preference leans towards a pint, a bottle, a can, or a glass, Redhouse has curated a diverse selection to cater to every preference. Housed within a Grade II listed building, one of the oldest in Newcastle, it’ll quickly become your favourite watering hole – with exposed wooden beams, roaring open fires, and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore, it’s the ideal spot for a drink with friends.
It’s also connected to its sister pubs, Offshore 44 and Bob Trollops, so if you feel like a change of scenery is needed, you can move through the venues without braving the elements.
32 Sandhill, NE1 3JF | redhousencl.co.uk
Dance the night away…
Located just a stone’s throw away from Redhouse, Tiger Hornsby sits awaiting your arrival. Often hailed as one of the finest cocktail bars in Newcastle, thanks to its intimate, refined, welcoming, and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. It represents a fresh interpretation of the splendid bars that graced this part of the city from the 1970s through the early 2000s.
From their award-winning cocktails to the exceptional talents of their resident DJs and other live musicians, we’re confident that your experience at Tiger Hornsby will be nothing short of amazing.
8-10 Close, NE1 3RE | tigerhornsby.co.uk
Livello is the talk of the town, with an effortlessly upscale bar that pulls out all the stops for weekend glamour. It’s one of Newcastle’s most desired spots for luxury nightlife; a place to sample one-of-a-kind cocktails and vintage wines against a chic, cabana backdrop and be entertained by some of the region’s most prolific DJs and live musicians. A late night hotspot for those who value luxury.
Lower Dean Street, NE1 3JE | barlivello.co.uk
Be At One
Opening back in April this year, Be At One is the ultimate venue for a good time in the toon! Whatever the reason for celebrating, they’ve got the music, cocktails, and atmosphere to set the mood just right.
With a menu boasting over 100 cocktails and the happiest of happy hours, it’s the perfect place to dance til’ the early hours. Watch out though, the bar staff are partial to throwing some shapes on the bar and swinging the lights around!
39 Westgate Rd, NE1 5SG | beatone.co.uk
Revolución De Cuba
Experience the essence of Havana’s golden era right in the centre of Newcastle. Located on the iconic Bigg Market, discover exquisite cocktails, delectable cuisine, and unforgettable Latin-inspired rhythms. And naturally, their bar boasts an extensive selection of rum to delight your senses.
Dance til’ you drop on the dancefloor, or head upstairs to the roof terrace if you’re looking for a low-key atmosphere.
1-3 Cloth Market, NE1 1EE | revoluciondecuba.com