The 10 Best Bars in Newcastle upon Tyne

Unique tiles at Lola Jeans, Newcastle
Unique tiles at Lola Jeans, Newcastle | © Lola Jeans/Facebook
Photo of Richard Franks
Freelance Travel & Music Writer6 September 2017

Can’t decide where to go out tonight? We’ve rounded up the best 10 bars in Newcastle upon Tyne, including those specialising in craft beer, ales and cocktails.

The Cluny

Bar, Pub, Contemporary
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The Cluny, Newcastle
The Cluny, Newcastle | © Cluny/Facebook

Proudly independent, The Cluny is a bar and kitchen by day and a small music venue by night. The Cluny’s bar is home to one of the city’s finest selections of world lagers and ales, and its venues have played host to the likes of Mumford & Sons, The Futureheads and Arctic Monkeys. Finding its home in a former flax spinning factory, The Cluny is the only Newcastle bar to regularly feature in World’s Best Bars Top 100.

The Tyne Bar

Bar, Pub, Contemporary, $$$
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The Tyne Bar, Newcastle
The Tyne Bar, Newcastle | © The Tyne/Facebook

Music fans, listen up. Almost hidden away aside redbrick arches of Glasshouse Bridge, The Tyne Bar is one of Newcastle’s best kept secrets. Proudly serving a range of locally brewed craft ales and international lagers, The Tyne has also been providing free live music to the city for more than 30 years and houses a free jukebox.

As You Like It

Cocktail Bar, Gastropub, Contemporary, $$$
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Private dining room, As You Like It
Private dining room, As You Like It | © As You Like It/Facebook

Nestled in the up-and-coming area of Jesmond, As You Like It is a bar and restaurant set across three floors and a garden terrace. This eclectic bar is one of the quirkiest in the city, with stripped-back walls, odd furniture and random trinkets all over. As You Like It’s versatility means you can head here whether you’re looking for a private meal or to sip cocktails and party in to the early hours.


Cocktail Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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From the same team behind As You Like It, Florita’s is a cocktail bar with a distinct tropical theme. Their cocktail list – with quirks aplenty – offers Mojitos inspired by Cuba, sharing cocktails in treasure troves and one of our favourites, the Cheeky Tiki Punch.

Lola Jeans

Bar, Cafe, Cocktail Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Unique tiles at Lola Jeans, Newcastle
Unique tiles at Lola Jeans, Newcastle | © Lola Jeans/Facebook

One of the more elegant cocktail bars in the city, Lola Jeans combines sophistication and quirkiness effortlessly. Parquet flooring, commissioned walls and dazzling chandeliers make their latest opening so aesthetically enticing, with their contemporary food menu just the cherry on the top.

The Bridge Tavern

Bar, Gastropub, Pub, Contemporary, $$$
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Micro Brewery at The Bridge Tavern
Micro Brewery at The Bridge Tavern | © g-stockstudio / Shutterstock

The Bridge Tavern is unique in the sense that it offers ales from its on-site micro-brewery. This pub’s history dates back almost two centuries, with the original building demolished in 1925 and rebuilt to make way for the Tyne Bridge. The Tavern also boasts a food menu consisting of British classics.

Bealim House

Bar, Pub, Contemporary, $$$
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Bealim House, Newcastle
Bealim House, Newcastle | © Bealim House/Facebook

Is it gin o’clock yet? Housed within a former printworks, Bealim House is a gin distillery and bar. This industrial-feel bar and eatery is the city’s only working gin still, with The Newcastle Gin Company operating in-house. Bealim House also offers a seasonal food menu and is famous for its tapas.

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