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The best bars in Newcastle 

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The best bars in Newcastle

Famous for its vibrant nightlife and entertainment, Newcastle is the perfect spot for a night out. After a day of exploring and sightseeing the city, you can dance the night away or unwind on a rooftop terrace with a few cocktails.

Explore Newcastle's best nightlife areas, pubs and cocktail bars in this handy guide.

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The best nightlife areas in Newcastle

Wondering where to go on a night out in Newcastle? Worry not! This city is brimming with lively venues for all tastes and budgets.

Our top picks of the best nightlife areas include; the Diamond Strip, Bigg Market, the Quayside, Dean Street and the Pink Triangle.

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Diamond Strip

Best for: Glamorous parties

Glamming up is almost imperative on the Diamond Strip. Sitting in Newcastle's beating heart between Collingwood Street and Central station, this area is packed with slick and exciting venues. Enjoy some of the best DJs in town and live music all night.

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Bigg Market

Best for: Students

Between China Town and Collingwood Street, Bigg Market comes alive with students between Thursday and Saturday. Most venues have themed nights during the week and fantastic live entertainment over the weekend, so the party never stops!

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The Quayside

Best for: Food enthusiasts

Once an industrial area, the Quayside has become one of Newcastle's best nightlife spots, with a prime location and cosy gastropubs. Fringing the banks of the River Tyne, Quayside is famous among food lovers, thanks to the variety of eateries serving British classics.

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Dean Street

Best for: Beer lovers

Beer lover? You're not alone! Nearly everyone choosing Dean Street as their nightlife go-to shares this passion. The road connects Grey Street with Newcastle Castle and has a varied selection of breweries and pubs. There is also a handful of wine bars, in case beer doesn't tickle your fancy!

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Pink Triangle

Best for: LGBT+

Newcastle's leading LGBT+ nightlife district is home to some of the city's best bars. Lying west of Central station, the Pink Triangle promises great fun, with karaoke, themed nights, and fantastic live entertainment year-round.

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The best cocktail bars in Newcastle

__Prohibition Cabaret Bar__

Eclectic and original, Prohibition Cabaret Bar is a treat for the senses. Enjoy vintage cocktails, brilliant entertainment and pub quizzes in this lively venue.

__Alvino's Bar__

It may look small, but Alvino's Bar has three floors, two bars and a beautiful outdoor terrace. It serves delicious vintage and contemporary cocktails.

__Mother Mercy__

This award-winning gem is tucked behind Bigg Market and boasts an intimate atmosphere. Step into the stylish cellar and let the knowledgeable staff guide you through the menu.

__The Continental__

Tasty cocktails, brilliant entertainment and friendly staff; it doesn't get much better. The Continental is all about celebrating with great company.

__WC Newcastle__

Located underneath Bigg Market, where the public Victorian toilets once stood, WC Newcastle is a sophisticated venue serving cocktails and wines. Join a Wine Wednesday class or enjoy live music in this intimate setting.

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The best pubs in Newcastle

Pub aficionado? Here are some of Newcastle's best pubs and gastropubs, whether you're up for a quick bite or a fun-filled evening.

__Colonel Porter's__

Colonel Porter's is no ordinary pub. With a tavern, botanical garden and rhum bar, it's a journey through history. The venue is famous for inventing the Newcastle Brown Ale, now served in 40 countries worldwide.

__The Bridge Tavern__

Whether drinking, eating, or both, The Bridge Tavern won't disappoint. This gastropub offers local classics with a twist, real ales and wine, which you can enjoy on the outdoor terrace.


The Redhouse is everything you want from a classic pub and more. Tuck into one of the hearty meals (think pie and mash!), or enjoy some drinks outside for an alfresco evening with friends.

__The Broad Chare__ 'Big on warmth, low on fussiness' is this venue’s motto, which sums up the whole experience. The Broad Chare is about hearty British classics, traditional ales and great company.

__Old George Inn__ Dating back to the 16th century, the Old George Inn features low-beamed ceilings, open fireplaces and a convivial atmosphere. Enjoy a drink under the outdoor canopies while dancing the night away.

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