Newcastle is a city with a rich and vibrant history. Whether you’re looking to bring the party, or relax in a sophisticated bar, “the Toon” has it all.
We’ve compiled our guide to the best bars in Newcastle Upon Tyne for cocktails so you can enjoy the best that this northern gem has to offer.
Newcastle’s Best Cocktail Bars
The Hudson is named about George Hudson, AKA “the railway king”, who dominated the railway industry in the 1800s.
The bar takes inspiration from the railcar dining experiences of old to create a luxurious, art deco influenced atmosphere.
In the evenings an extensive cocktail list features all the classics you would expect including Espresso Martinis, Negronis, and Margaritas.
Their cocktail tree is a decadent treat for a special occasion.
Above, The Vermont Hotel
Enjoy a cocktail whilst watching the sun go down on the city. Bliss.
Not content with having just Livello (see below), The Vermont’s upstairs rooftop terrace bar Above is another jewel of the Newcastle bar scene.
The royal blue décor and incandescent lighting sets the mood as soon as you walk in.
The cocktails take inspiration from the skyline, with the signature cocktail “Above The Clouds” mixing Tanqueray gin and blue Curacao sweet and refreshing serve.
The saying “Mother knows best” was never so true than at this trendy basement cocktail lounge. Drinkers can take a spin on the “Twist of Fate” and receive a random drink.
The drinks are a mix of timeless classics like the Amaretto Sour, and originals created by Mother Mercy’s bartenders.
Our favourite was The Bae, including Haku vodka and Cointreau.
Mother Mercy has a good range of alcohol free creations and a sweet merch line featuring bottle cocktails, tee shirts, and more.
The Botanist Newcastle
Another mainstay of our other city guides, The Botanist has venues all across the UK including in Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds.
Under a domed glass room in Monument Mall, the Newcastle venue is a stunning location for a cheeky beverage.
The Granny Smith’s room is an ideal meeting or events space, or the setting for a cocktail masterclass.
Slug and Lettuce Newcastle
We’ve all heard of the Slug and Lettuce chain, but the Newcastle branch takes it up a level with some seriously slick design.
It’s a bright, welcoming space perfect for catching up with friends over a cocktail.
Situated on Newcastle’s famous Quayside, Tiger Hornby is elegant, yet relaxed.
Their cocktail list is substantial and includes plenty of unique cocktails. If you love the Negroni, you’ll be enchanted by Tiger Hornby’s selection of variations on this classic cocktail.
The “Umami Vice” twist on the Pina Colada is well worth a sample.
The bar’s name has an interesting history. A few years ago, owner Rachel Frame got talking to a woman at a party in London.
Her name? Tiger Hornby, of course.
With a name like that, she’d be hard to forget, but Rachel was also impressed by the woman’s “old-school, groomed glamour”.
There’s no sign of a reunion so far, but Tiger Hornby remains one of the best cocktail bars in Newcastle.
Who knew drinking in a toilet could be so glamourous?
Let’s back up a second.
Way back, the late 1800s were boom time for Newcastle. The industrial revolution brought new industry to the city. New technology was also emerging, with Newcastle boasting the first street to be lit by electric lighting.
They also brought a public toilet, opened for the people of the city to use.
Jump to 2020, where an enterprising soul saw the original Victorian architecture and imagined the potential of opening a venue.
This subterranean beauty offers an impressive wine list, as well as delicious signature serves from their cocktail list.
The Alchemist Newcastle
Theatrical drinks, inspired by chemistry and a touch of the arcane.
If you’ve read our other city guides, you’ll know we rate The Alchemist. Discerning drinkers obviously agree, with the chain winning Bar Brand of the Year at The Casual Dining Awards 2020.
97 & Social
If gin is your spirit of choice, then look no further than 97 & Social.
The Jesmond bar, north of the city centre, boasts a creative gin based cocktail menu.
There is also the chance to win free cocktails by posting a picture of their “Ginstagram” cocktail on your social media. #Blessed
Osborne Road is the centre of Jesmond’s chic scene, with bars and restaurants nestled in by clothes boutiques. Well worth a try.
Pleased to Meet You
We were more than pleased to meet this fusion of modern mixology and nostalgia for the days of old.
The hip bar sits pretty in the city centre in a grade II listed building.
Downstairs from the main area, The Viceroy bar’s cocktail list is inspired by faraway distant shores, using techniques and ingredients inspired by the colonial era.
Best Bars In Newcastle If You Want to Party
Livello, The Vermont Hotel
An amalgamation of 1930s splendour with contemporary luxury, the Vermont Hotel is one of Newcastle’s unparalleled hotel venues.
Downstairs is their lively Livello bar and nightclub. Boasting a wide array of weekly events, cocktail masterclasses, and a variety of areas of private hire, this is Newcastle’s party destination.
Livello, lives up to its name (meaning “on the level”) offering straightforward and honest nighttime exuberance.
Tokyo serves an extensive cocktail menu. As you might expect, these are influenced by Japanese culture, with drinks like the Samurai Black and Midoriyama (short) in the spotlight.
Whisky lovers will rejoice at the extensive list of Japanese spirits on offer.
Its best facet is the rooftop beer garden. Exposed brick and beautiful flowers make for a spirited and atmospheric location to enjoy a cocktail or three, whilst listening to local DJs playing deep house and techno.
This hidden gem is tucked away beneath a hotel on Newcastle’s bustling Neville Street.
Jalou is a proudly a party bar first and foremost, with regular DJ sets and happy hours. What’s not to like?
For cocktail lovers, the Jalou team really know their stuff, and constantly push the envelope to create exciting and unique mixology.
Drinkers with a sweet tooth will love their Candy Shop menu, including a Lemon Sherbet cocktail with Limoncello, Midori and a Sherbet rim.
No28 proudly owns its status of “Newcastle city centre’s finest hidden gem”.
We’d agree, and so do others – the bar won a TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice award in 2021.
Tucket away at the top of a hidden staircase, finding No 28 is all part of the experience.
Food is available from the nearby Zucchini’s and on weekends you can hit the dancefloor.
Looking for a treat? Seek out No28’s boozy afternoon tea, starting with a prosecco followed up by a Cosmopolitan teapot.
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Lola Jeans Newcastle
Lola Jeans combines period décor with bright, modern design. It’s a classy and relaxed venue to enjoy tasty food and drinks.
Owner Paul Sample has talked about dreams of a Michelin starred burger joint, and Lola Jeans has won local burger competitions in previous years.
Feeling hungry yet?
The cocktail list is as vibrant as the décor. The “Margatiki” featuring one of our favourite Tequilas Aqua Riva Reposado tequilas is an absolute winner.
Planning an event? The Confession Rooms Speak Easy is also available for private hire for 30-50 guests.
Their custom cocktail list is designed around seasonal ingredients, so you know that the drink you’re enjoying is on-trend, as well as mouth-watering!
Horticulture also earns it’s place on our list of the best bars in Newcastle for points for being sustainably minded.
They use leftover fruit skins to make juices and infusions for their cocktails.
There are an impressive 40 different Espresso Martinis on offer. You read that correct. 40.
Don’t forget about the scrumptious food created by chef and owner Peter Breckon, who has worked at venues owned by Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal.
The Purple Peacock
For an extravagant drinking and dining experience, you’d be hard to top The Purple Peacock.
Asian-fusion menu, Gin Trees and booths designed like a large, golden birdcage. The Purple Peacock really does have it all.
Live music plays at weekends, and their Bottomless Drunch (drinks and brunch, get it?) with Laurent Perrier Champagne and Crispy Korean Chicken rolls is to die for.
Leila Lily’s floral design makes for an Instagrammer’s paradise. Award winning dishes from Newcastle’s only Mibrasa Charcoal oven allow for a smoky, barbeque inspired British culinary experience.
The cocktail list has plenty of unique characterful drinks, including the Sweet Little Leila, a mix of Ketel One Vodka and Raspberry liqueur.
If you’re in Newcastle for a city break, Leila Lily’s is part of the boutique Grey Street Hotel, which has 49 rooms with a contemporary design.