A bit of mystery is cool. And every city has its’ secrets. When you first arrive in a new city it’s sometimes a good idea to explore and get lost. You discover things even locals haven’t found. Those little backstreet, hard to find but life-changing bars known only by the discoverer.
Newcastle nightlife has seen some great new bars open these past few years. So if you’re tired of the big city bars (The ones featured on Geordie Shore), then check out our list of the best secret and newest bars in Newcastle. They’re not all secret or even hidden; mostly just new additions, unassuming, quirky or quaint.
Sorry for ruining your secret!
1. LOLA JEANS
Suave. Vintage. Oozing cool… Lola Jeans Bar and Kitchen opened its doors on Market Street in Newcastle City Centre in 2014 with the aim of providing a down-to-earth neighbourhood retreat, where it’s encouraged to ‘come as you are!’ The fantastic vibe and relaxed atmosphere is a stark and welcome contrast to Godfather, the restaurant that it replaced.
Elegant and cool with a huge selection of drinks, this bar is exclusive yet welcoming. But remember, it’s our little secret!
Newcastle 1-3 Market Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6JE
2. TOKYO BAR NEWCASTLE
Tokyo bar is tucked away on Westgate Road near Newcastle’s Central Station. The elegant bars’ understated facia does not prepare you for the 3 floors of pleasure that await inside. With a heated Roof Garden and bar on the top floor, the Main Bar area on the ground floor and the impressive ‘Tokyo Below’ in the basement.
Tokyo’s chic interior boasts chandeliers, candelabras, brick-walled booths and quirky decorative items. This sumptuous interior certainly contributes to this stylish bar’s overall charm.
17 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE
3. No. 28
Multi-award winning late night bar/bistro, No28 is well-known as Newcastle City Centre’s finest hidden gem. Winner of Best Late Night Venue two years in a row, this stunning venue is tucked away on Nelson Street.
Open till 3am every night, Newcastles’ ‘best kept secret’ offer the finest made to order cocktails from fruity twists right down to the classics; served to you shaken, stirred and thrown by their master bartenders. The setting is chic, warm and intimate, making No28 a place where you’re always guaranteed to enjoy a great night out.
27 Nelson Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
4. Tiger Hornsby
The sophisticated cocktail bar, formerly Julie’s nightclub, opened on Newcastle’s Quayside in 2014. This sleek, versatile venue offers everything from early evening drinks to late night dancing, live DJ sets and even performances from contemporary dancers.
Tiger Hornsby pride themselves on constantly adapting and developing their drinks menu, with experimental as well as unique cocktails for their guests to try. Their menu is updated fortnightly making sure there’s something new to try on every visit.
Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3SP
Bold and Beautiful – Ernest is a cosy café bar situated in the top end of Ouseburn. It’s not the easiest venue in Newcastle to find as its tucked away under a bridge, by the Biscuit Factory. However, once you’ve found Ernest…you’ve found Ernest!
The unmistakeable building with it’s bright facia and12ft Darth Waiter mural (you read it right) lets you know, not so subtlety, your at the right place. This hidden gem rewards the curious visitor with great food, fantastic drinks and cool rustic decor. Ernest are all about dinner, drinking and dancing (with some Star Wars thrown in for good measure)…what’s not to like?
1 Boyd St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AP
The modern Japanese Restaurant & Late Bar, formally Chase bar, takes its inspiration from the Japanese concept of an ‘Izakaya’. (Izakaya – Japanese drinking establishments that also serves food). Located on Newcastle’s Quayside, AVEIKA opened its doors in 2015 and has since been a huge hit on Tyneside.
The spacious venue boasts a magnificent restaurant along with a cocktail bar and dance area – where Live DJ’s play a mixture of lounge, house and popular music till the early hours -7 days a week.
10-15 Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3AF
Situated in Jesmond, Mr.Lynch is more of a hidden gem than a secret bar. This diverse venue deserves its place on the list for constantly surprising us with innovative events, unique offerings, cool crowds and great interiors. It’s a cosy hideaway that’s fun and lively, yet chilled out and stylish.
With killer cocktails and a speakeasy vibe, Mr.Lynch is one of Newcastle’s best bars – well worth a visit if you’re looking for something a little different when it comes to Newcastle nightlife.
Archbold Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1DB
Onne of Newcastles’ newest bars, The Gentleman Cocktails and Kitchen, opened in October last year in what was, the Little Saigon restaurant.
Cultured, courteous, And refined The gentleman is a stand out joint, in what is a largely commercial bar strip. The beautifully decorated bar, adorned with top hats, umbrellas, and vintage musical instruments, serves good food with a contemporary twist as well as a vast range of cocktails.
6 Bigg Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1UW
The luxury champagne bar opened in 2015 and is located in the magnificent Milburn House on Dean Street. With suitably attired 1920’s staff and decor, the whole place echoes the prohibition era where the likes of Gatsby ran the show. With a vast array of whiskeys, wines and champagnes, Glass House will tempt you into trying something new or to indulge you with your favourite selections. There’s also live, background jazz and swing music provided on certain evenings.
You can even, sit back and relax on Glass Houses’ luxurious outdoor cigar terrace as you enjoying their varied selection of cigars to accompany your drink.
Milburn House, Dean Street, Newcastle upon, Tyne, NE1 1LF
10.THE BOTTLE SHOP
The Bottle Shop Bar and Kitchen opened in 2105 and is quite simply a beer drinker’s heaven! Located on Waterloo Square, in the former Electric East restaurant, this craft beer hotspot stocks rare brands from across the globe.The food menu, which changes daily, features a selection of tapas dishes with recommended beer pairings, and bar snacks.
The bar features 12 (keg/cask) draft lines, more than 40 bottled beers and a selection of wines and spirits. the popular venues’ beer list is without doubt the most comprehensive in town.
Waterloo Square, St James’ Blvd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4DN
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