Big on partying, astag weekend in Newcastlehas plenty of choice, and with several nightlife hotspots including the Diamond Strip, Bigg Market and Quayside it might be tempting to just stick to one area. The best thing is: you don’t have to - all the top destinations are just a short walk from each other in the city centre, meaning bar crawling has never been easier.
We’ve pulled together a route of some of the best bars so you can experience all the different atmospheres that Newcastle has to offer. From the classy drinking and dining establishments in Quayside to the rowdy fun of Bigg Market, you’re sure to have a great night out.
This Gatsby-esque cocktail bar is on Quayside, alongside nearby bars and restaurants. It’s a great place to start a night out with a couple of early evening drinks, but if you stick around, they also offer late night dancing, live DJ sets and occasional performances from contemporary dancers. The ever-changing cocktail list has unique and experimental choices.
This modern Japanese bar on the Quayside is inspired by ‘Izakaya’, combining drinks with food. This spacious venue is a stylish, yet relaxing place to explore new flavours. Both the cocktail and food menus creatively blend authentic Japanese classics with modern twists. Head over to the dance floor where live DJs play anything from house to pop until the early hours.
BrewDog - Newcastle
This popular brewery and pub chain on Dean Street brings proper craft beer to the city. The relaxed venue welcomes you with huge windows, making it a surprisingly light place to enjoy a beer or a board game. There’s a mezzanine level, meaning there’s plenty of space to hang out. Be spoilt for choice with up to 33 beer taps from around the world ready for you to sample.
Sister bar to Marbella’s glamorous venue, this busy little bar on the Diamond Strip is just as star-studded, being a favourite of the Geordie Shore cast. It’s close location to popular clubs, and cheap trebles deals (3 spirits plus a mixer) make it a top choice for pre-drinking. International DJs mix a playlist of commercial, house and R&B tunes.
This fun late-night hotspot brings Miami to the Diamond Strip. The Club Tropicana-inspired interiors with chandeliers, red leather sofas and art-deco details bring the beach vibes to you. There’s a number of club nights taking inspiration from Thailand's Full Moon, Ibiza and Beverly Hills. Drink out of real coconuts, pineapples and watermelons, and sample some of the best tropical cocktails this side of the Atlantic.
Concealed within a cave underground, Madame Koo is an opulent oriental-themed speakeasy with tons of hidden caverns and tunnels giving it a feeling of exclusivity. With lavish decor, alluring red curtains and plush booths, enjoy classic cocktails or try the Koo’s Zombie. Dance the night away at the sneaky basement disco to classic party tunes.
For a loud and lively night out, look no further than this quirky Irish-style pub on Bigg Market. Get past the fake grass, picket fences and stags heads, and you’ll find it's one of the best places for live music 7 nights a week. Grab a real ale, craft beer or jam jar cocktail and get ready for a rowdy night out - if you want a quiet drink, look elsewhere.
Stein Bierkeller Newcastle
Get a taste of Bavaria at Bigg Market’s Stein Bier Keller. Experience authentic Bavarian decor - think wooden benches, great for groups, live music by oompah bands and the best of German beers. Try locally brewed beer, Haus Stein cocktails and dig into a tasty food menu full of classics like frankfurters and pretzels. The lively party atmosphere is worth sticking around for.
Booking astag do in Newcastleis a top choice, so line your stomach, iron your shirt, and get cracking.