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It seems like a week doesn’t go by without a new bar opening its doors in Newcastle – almost giving us too much choice, I’d say.
The city might be renowned as a party destination but if these new venues are anything to go by, we’re a much more sophisticated and discerning lot these days, seeking stylish Instagram-friendly surroundings and luscious cocktails and craft beers, whether it’s for a post-work natter or a dance your cares away sesh at the weekend.
I’ve rounded up six new drinking destinations I’ve been to in recent weeks which might just mix up your social life a little! Let me know if you have any new favourites to add to the list…
All Bar One
Newcastle’s very first All Bar One has replaced Browns on Grey Street. It’s had a swanky makeover, now featuring accents of copper, mirrors aplenty, smart lighting and ceiling foliage, cosy booths and hints of geometric art deco designs. The fruity selection of ‘gintonicas’ is a particular highlight on the drinks menu.
Tucked away on Market Lane – this new three-storey bar and eatery replaces Paradiso restaurant and even boasts what it calls a ‘sun and moon terrace’. The venue is beautifully decorated with plenty of greenery, potted plants and flashes of quirky neon signs, and it makes a really cool hangout for drinks, brunch or an evening meal.
Housed in what was formerly the legendary Gotham Town (remember the sticky floors and treble vodkas?) – Gunner Tavern is now a slick and uber polished bar and eatery. It’s much more in keeping with its Forth Hotel and Town Wall neighbours, swapping Saturday night party vibes for an altogether more chilled and respectable ambience.
Market Shaker is an independent bar, dance hall and garden on the Cloth Market, just a stone’s throw from Flares and Revolucion de Cuba. Glitter balls and flamingos meet ping pong tables and a fairy-light adorned pergola, with a lively playlist of 70s and 80s disco music. There’s Prosecco on tap and Scream for Pizza have taken up residency, dishing out their epic New York style pizzas.
Opening over the summer, Eden is a three-storey bar, restaurant and club that’s transformed Tiger Tiger into a more swish venue in keeping with current trends. The botanical-inspired ground floor bar is perfect for after work cocktails (take note – Herbaceous Happy Hour is every day 5pm until 9pm) or enjoy a bottle of Prosecco for just £15 all night every Friday.
If you’re venturing outside Newcastle city centre, look out for Red Door which is a classy new addition to Ocean Road in South Shields. The cocktail bar is owned by local lass, Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix fame and features an extensive and very eclectic cocktail menu. Decor wise – expect exposed brick and quirky framed prints, as well as a stage for live music.
There are lots of other new bars and pubs in and around Newcastle I’ve still to check out (Leila Lily’s, Slug and Lettuce, Wonder Bar and Punch Bowl to name a few) so look out for my latest finds ‘after dark’ over on Instagram at @nclsparkles.