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18 of the Best Bars in Newcastle for Cocktails

The Society's picks for the best bars in Newcastle for Cocktails, Food and Party-Atmosphere

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.

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Best Bars in Newcastle for Cocktails

Best Bars in Newcastle If You Want to Party

Best Bars In Newcastle With Food


Newcastle’s Best Cocktail Bars

The Hudson

Neville St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DF

A cocktail tree at The Hudson, a Newcastle cocktail bar

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.

Check out The Hudson


Above, The Vermont Hotel

Lower, Dean St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JE

A cocktail in a Champagne flute at Above, one of the best cocktail bars in Newcastle

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.

Check out Above


Mother Mercy

The Old George Yard, 44 Cloth Market, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EE

A cocktail and ready to drink bottled cocktail House Gin Martini from Mother Mercy, one of the best cocktail bars in Newcastle

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.

Check out Mother Mercy


The Botanist Newcastle

Monument Mall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AL

The main bar at the Botanist Newcastle, featuring a tree under a glass domed ceileing

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.

Check out The Botanist Newcastle


Slug and Lettuce Newcastle

30 Grainger St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5JG

The cocktail bar at 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.

Check out Slug and Lettuce Newcastle


Tiger Hornsby

Quayside, 8-10 Close, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3RE

The interior of Newcastle cocktail bar Tiger Hornsby

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.

Check out Tiger Hornsby


WC Newcastle

WC, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1UW

The Victorian designed WC Newcastle cocktail bar, with a domed glass ceiling

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.

Check out WC Newcastle


The Alchemist Newcastle

5 Grey’s Quarter, Eldon Square, NE1 7AP

The bar at The Alchemist cocktail bar in 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.

Check out The Alchemist Newcastle


97 & Social

97 Osborne Rd, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2TJ

An orange cocktail with a flower garnish from 97 and Social cocktail bar in Newcastle

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.

Check out 97 & Social


Pleased to Meet You

41-45 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EW

The exterior of two cocktail bars in Newcastle: Pleased to Meet You, with The Viceroy downstairs

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.

Check out Pleased to Meet You


Best Bars In Newcastle If You Want to Party

Livello, The Vermont Hotel

Lower Dean Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JE

Partygoers dance in the Livello bar nightclub at the Vermont Hotel Newcastle

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.

Check out Livello



17 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE

Tokyo cocktail bar in Newcastle

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.

Check out Tokyo



Neville St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DH

Partygoers line up to get into Jalou, one of the best bars in Newcastle

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.

Check out Jalou



27-29 Nelson St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5AN

The interior of No28 Cocktail Bar in Newcastle

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.

Check out No28


Best Bars in Newcastle for Food

Lola Jeans Newcastle

1-3 Market St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6JE

A burger on a board from Lola Jeans cocktail bar in 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.

Check out Lola Jeans Newcastle



1 Market Ln, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QQ

A light blue cocktail from Horticulture cocktail bar in Newcastle

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.

Check out Horticulture


The Purple Peacock

Degrees North, 55 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BJ

A row of brightly coloured tables at The Purple Peacock cocktail bar in Newcastle

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.

Check out The Purple Peacock


Leila Lily’s

Leila Lily’s, 2-12 Grey St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6AE

Leila Lily's cocktail bar Newcastle

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.

Check out Leila Lily’s


Discover The Best Bars in Newcastle for Cocktails

We’ve just scratched the surface of the best bars in Newcastle. Let us know which is your favourite by tagging us on Instagram or Facebook #JoinOurSociety

Check out our Clubhouse blog for our guides to other UK cities including Manchester, Birmingham, and Leeds.

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