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Vampire Rabbit Cocktail Bar is Coming to Newcastle

Opening on July 25, Vampire Rabbit is opening as the latest cocktail bar offering in Newcastle, promising a bold and experimental drinks menu

On Thursday 25 July, Vampire Rabbit launches as Newcastle’s latest bar offering. The bar’s name is an ode to the local legend of the famous Vampire Rabbit statue. It is perched above the rear door of the Cathedral Buildings that has overlooked the back of St Nicholas’ Cathedral for over a century. 

Vampire Rabbit is in prime position for Newcastle’s buzzing nightlife. Conveniently located at 29 Collingwood Street, it sits on the conjunction of Collingwood Street and Neville Street. Only a short walk from the city’s train station.

Vampire Rabbit Newcastle

Oliver Knox, the director of Vampire Rabbit, builds on the existing success of the team in the Newcastle hospitality scene. He is responsible for bars Filthy’s, Passing Clouds, and The Points. 

Four unique spaces make Vampire Rabbit a venue worth exploring and offer guests an intriguing, diverse drink experience. Areas include: the Grand Cafe which contains the main bar, the Peacock Room, and the snug room and vault room both reached via the staircase.

Whilst enjoying a cocktail, guests are still able to see the vault where valuables were historically stored when the venue operated as a shipping office.

Vampire Rabbit Newcastle: Cocktail Highlights

Vampire Rabbit will offer a full guest experience, with visitors greeted at the door and taken to their table, where table service will continue throughout their visit. Every night guests will also experience entertainment consisting of relaxed, live music and singers. 

The bold and experimental cocktail menu has been curated by master mixologist Connor Hughes and his coveted team. Cocktail highlights include the Rhubarb and Custard Martini. It’s a sweet pink drink that comes in a signature flamingo glass. It consists of premium vanilla vodka, rhubarb cordial, freshly squeezed lemon juice, double cream and Vampire Rabbit’s house rhubarb bitters.

The Brûlée White Russian is an ode to Vampire Rabbit’s heritage. Coming in a classic tea cup, the delicious cocktail contains Absolut Citron Vodka, Pimento Dram, Bristol Caramel Syrup, lemon juice, and double cream with a disc of sugar tuila, which adds that extra element of fun as guests get to spoon crack this themselves.

Other signature cocktails include the summery Strawberry and Peach Paloma, a staple Ginger Sidecar and the Pear Drop Martini. With a gorgeous fizz to it, the Strawberry and Peach Paloma consists of El Jimador Tequila, Bristol Strawberry Syrup, peach liqueur, lime juice with London Essence Pink Grapefruit Soda, giving it the baby pink hue. 

Something for Everyone

A twist on a classic, the Ginger Sidecar contains Martell Brandy, lemon juice, homemade lemon, ginger and honey syrup, and it comes in an elegant glass.

For those who prefer zingy, fruity flavours, the Pear Drop Martini hits the spot. All whilst referencing the nostalgic Pear Drop sweet. Consisting of Absolut Pear Vodka, Xante Pear liqueur, freshly squeezed lemon juice and Bristol Caramel Syrup, it is a perfect balance of sweet and sour. 

Vampire Rabbit’s concept comes from Newcastle’s maritime heritage. The earliest known use of the venue as a shipping office and headquarters of Captain Black Bob Douglas.

The notorious sea captain and trader operated ships out of the Port of Newcastle in late Georgian and Victorian England. Legend has it that one evening, as the Captain passed the famous rabbit statue, its eyes glared red at him. The following morning, he discovered that his favourite ship had sunk.

Commenting on the launch of Vampire Rabbit, director Oliver Knox said: 

“I couldn’t think of a better place to open Newcastle’s latest cocktail bar. Encapsulating a twist of history, fun and our bold, unique design, we have paid homage to both the city and the building’s heritage throughout Vampire Rabbit. From the name choice to the interior design and menu curation.”

Launching on 25 July 2024, Vampire Rabbit will be open from 12 noon – 2 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. With an earlier close of midnight throughout the rest of the week. A creative breakfast and brunch menu is still to be announced. 

Photo credit: Amelia Read Photography