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Jesmond Hen Do Guide - Newcastle

Hen's Nightlife Guide to Jesmond

Top Reasons to Visit Jesmond
Bars - Home to the finest Happy Hour offers, Jesmond’s bars make that hen party kitty stretch even further.
Restaurants - Jesmond has hearty Italians, pan-Asian restaurants, traditional pub grub and everything in-between.
Music - Apart from nightly live music, those Happy Hour cocktails really are music to our ears.
Shopping - With designer boutiques and trendy, high-end cafes – Jesmond is a great spot to shop, out of the busy city centre.
Art - Jesmond Dene Arts Market visits the area every month, with delicious food on offer to settle those hungover stomachs.

Jesmond, Newcastle’s picturesque suburb, may be beautiful, but it’s anything but quiet. The city’s most stylish students call Jesmond home, along with upmarket bars, high-end restaurants and traditional pubs. You’ve also got the city’s best Happy Hour offers - including the chance to win free rounds - laying claim to the district. Cocktails on you…?

This district spans from Osborne Road, all the way to Archbold Terrace and the stunning Jesmond Vale. Osborne Road is the beating heart of Jesmond – renowned as one of the busiest streets in Newcastle. It has more bars than you can manage on a hen weekend, and they are, mostly, within 100 yards of each other – perfect for a night in those killer heels.

Top 10 Hen Party Bars in Jesmond

The day drinker's paradise may be brimming with students, but it's also a haven for hen parties who are partial to a Happy Hour or ten.

Black numbered points on a grey zoomed map of Jesmond, Newcastle

01. Mr Lynch

www.mrlynch.co.uk

Archbold Terrace, NE2 1DB

Three tiled images of Mr Lynch, Jesmond - including one of a cocktail in a retro popcorn box, one of the interior and another of three people performing on stage

A little off the main road, Mr Lynch – one of Newcastle’s trendiest gents – is a real hen party favourite. The naughty little brother of Florita’s and Madame Koo, is just as sexy and illustrious. It has Oriental-style decor, with gilded mirrors and leather and velvet as far as the eye can see. Mr Lynch makes sure all eyes are on the cocktails – inspired by childhood tuck shops, our personal faves are the Cherry Drop Bottle Rocket, Dip Dab ‘Tini and Cherry Pop – served in a retro popcorn box.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Smoking Area: Yes
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Mon – Sat: 16.00 – 19.00
  • Opening Times: Mon - Sun: 12:00 - 02:00

02. Sohe

www.sohe.co.uk/

Archbold Terrace, NE2 1DB

Four tiled images of different cocktails and drinking areas in Jesmond's Sohe Bar

Elliptical bar-come-restaurant, Sohe, is another glamorous haunt on Osborne Road. Drawing inspiration from the Far East, you and the girl can tuck into delicious Japanese, Thai, Malaysian or even Korean food. Along with the sleek interior, the cocktails are Instagram worthy – featuring Empire of the Sun, Aladdin on Tour, Hemmingway on Holiday, Living La Vida Lotus and The Ladyboy.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Beer Garden: No
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Tues – Wed: 16.00 – Close, Thurs: 16.00 – 18.00, Fri – Sat: 12.00 – 17.00, Sun: 12.00 – Close – 2 courses and bottomless fizz, £26.99
  • Opening Times: Mon – Thurs: 16.00 – 23.00, Fri – Sun: 12.00 – 23.00

03. 97 & Social

www.97social.co.uk

97 Osborne Rd, NE2 2TJ

Four images of 97 & Social, Jesmond - including two of cocktails, one of people at the bar and another of one of the bar's many rooms

97 & Social is just thirty seconds down the road from Osbornes, and is based on a gorgeously cool English country garden and house. The bar is super luxurious with ornate ceilings and fittings, resting alongside a Baroque fireplace and stately grandfather chairs to rest those feet and enjoy the ‘freaky’ cocktails. From The Freaky Tiki, Bitter Sweet Symphony, Zombie and Alice in Sunder-Land – raise a glass to the English eccentrics.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Live Music: No
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Fri - Sat: 17:00 - 19:00, 21:30 - 22:30
  • Opening Times: Mon – Thurs: 16.00 – 23.00, Fri – Sun: 12.00 – 23.00

04. Jam Jar

www.facebook.com/jamjarjesmond

88 Osborne Rd, NE2 2AP

Four images of Jam Jar, Jesmond - including two of the menu boards, one of people in the bar and another of the exterior

Famous for their whopping burgers, Jam Jar’s fresh, homely and locally sourced food is renowned across the whole of the north east. This hipster haunt is the most stylish spot in Jesmond to grab a cocktail (served in a jam jar, of course) and a bite to eat. The comfortable, quirky and contemporary space is a great spot for an alternative hen party.

  • No. of Bars: One and a restaurant
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Opening Times: Weds – Sat: 10.30 – 00.00, Sun: 11.00 – 00.00

05. R U Bar : Kitchen

www.facebook.com/RuBarJesmond

44 Osborne Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2AL

The exterior sign of R U Bar: Kitchen

Elliptical bar-come-restaurant, Sohe, is another glamorous haunt on Osborne Road, perfect for your hen party celebrations. Drawing inspiration from the Far East, you and the girls can tuck into delicious Japanese, Thai, Malaysian or even Korean food. Along with the sleek interior, the cocktails are Instagram worthy – featuring Empire of the Sun, Aladdin on Tour, Hemmingway on Holiday, Living La Vida Lotus and The Ladyboy.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Beer Garden: No
  • Live Music: Yes - Live DJs
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Thurs – Sat: cocktail jugs £7.00 from 18.00 and 23.00: 2-4-1 cocktails on Thursday, House triples - £3.00, all bombs 3 for £10.00
  • Opening Times: Sun – Thurs: 18.00 – 23.00, Fri – Sat: 18.00 – 00.00

06. Bar Blanc

www.barblanc.co.uk

38-42 Osborne Rd, NE2 2Al

The empty seating area at Bar Blanc, Jesmond

Jesmond’s premier bar has plush interiors, generous Happy Hours and drinks offers (did someone say £2 Tuesdays?) and even a gorgeous outdoor terrace where you can soak up your vitamin D with a cocktail in hand. Bliss. There’s also an in-house coffee bar, Noir – ideal if you need a perk up the morning after.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Tues: £2 on selected drinks, Thurs: 2-4-1 cocktails and bottles of wine £8
  • Opening Times: Mon – Sat: 11.00 – 23.00, Sun: 12.00 – 23.00

07. As You Like It

www.asyoulikeitjesmond.com

Archbold Terrace, NE2 1DB

Three tiled images of As You Like It, Jesmond - including one of the exterior, one of the interior and another of the drinks menu

Set on Archbold Terrace, in an unassuming 70s office block, lies the rustic and quaint mystical land of As You Like It. With a cocktail and spirits menu longer than War and Peace – including sharing concoctions like Pornstar Punch and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. With four bars spread across three floors – it’s the perfect place to spread out with your fellow hens.

  • No. of Bars: Four
  • Beer Garden: Yes, a secret terrace
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Fri: 17:00 - 19:00
  • Opening Times: Sun – Thurs: 12.00 – 00.00, Fri – Sat: 12.00 – 02.00

08. Osbornes

osbornesjesmond.co.uk

New Northumbria Hotel, 61-73 Osborne Rd, NE2 2AN

Four images of Osbornes, Jesmond - including two of the exterior, one of people queuing at the bar and another of the empty bar

Join the Osbornes on your hen party (not those ones). Osbornes is the biggest and best Jesmond haunt, spread over two venues with three different bars. It’s the start of the night and draws in the rowdiest crowds – especially in summer, when people spill out into the heated beer garden in their droves. There’s even Sheesha Garden where you can sample the sheesha flavours whilst enjoying a cocktail or seven.

  • No. of Bars: Three
  • Beer Garden: Yes, with an impressive Sheesha Garden
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Push the Button Game – 10%, 25%, 50% off or free Mon, Weds, Fri and Sun: 17.00 – 19.00 and 21.00 - 22.00, Tues and Thurs: 17.00 – 19.00 and Sat 18.00 – 19.00
  • Opening Times: Mon - Sat: 11:00 - 23:00, Sun: 10:00 - 22:00

09. Spy Bar

www.spybarjesmond.co.uk

82-86 Osborne Rd, NE2 2AP

Four images of Spy Bar, Jesmond - including one of the busy beer garden, one of a Zombie cocktail and two of people in the bar

If you don’t leave Spy Bar stuffed, drunk or both – you just aren’t doing it right. Boasting Ginspiration Thursdays and Vodka Mondays, Spy Bar celebrates drinking on a school night (it’s like year 11 all over again). It’s also the original home of the Happy Hour, but like no Happy Hour you’ve ever known before – with ‘Push the Button’, you could even bag yourself a free round.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Mon – Fri: 17.00 – 19.00 and 21.00 – 22.00, Sat: 17.00 – 19.00, Sun: 17.00 – 22.30. 21.00 – 22.00 every day - £5 a round (£2 double house spirit and mixer, and one shot)
  • Opening Times: Mon – Sat: 11.00 – 23.00, Sun: 12.00 – 22.30

10. The Bluebell

the-blue-bell.com

Jesmond Vale, NE2 1PH

Four images of The Bluebell, Jesmond - including two of the beer garden, one of drinks on a table and another of people at the bar

Considered to be Jesmond Vale’s hidden gem (to those in the know), The Blue Bell is a friendly, traditionally English pub serving great food and even greater drinks. But, the jewel in its crown is the beer garden; on a sunny day you’ll be hard pushed to get a seat in this authentic terrace, just off the main streets of the busy suburb. You can even catch some live music too – with Sundays hosting the finest local musical talent between 18.00 and 21.00.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Live Music: Yes, on Sunday nights
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Opening Times: Mon – Thurs: 12.00 – 23.00, Fri – Sat: 12.00 – 00.30, Sun: 12.00 – 23.30

Cash, Cabs and Kebabs

Cash Machines

Those affluent Jesmond students need multiple pit stops to withdraw their alcohol tokens from – and with three cash machines within a five minute walk of Osborne Road, Jesmond is the district to deliver. Tesco Metro on Acorn Road is closest to the main strip, then there’s a Barclays cash point, and a little further out, there’s a Waitrose ATM on Osborne Road itself.

Taxis

Although Jesmond is a suburb of Newcastle, it couldn’t be easier to get to from the city centre. Jesmond Metro takes you right into the heart of the nightlife zone in three minutes, with all bars and restaurants well within walking distance – even in those stilettos, we promise. But, if the idea of manoeuvring the Metro to get to districts such as The Bigg Market and The Diamond Strip, after making the most of those Happy Hour cocktails doesn’t sound like fun, a taxi will take you there for as little as £6.

Takeaways

You’ve got to soak up all that Happy Hour booze somehow – and there’s no better way than with a take away. Loved by all, Osborne Pizza is located in central Jesmond, as is Acorn Chinese Takeaway, and, of course, there’s A Taste of Persia, Scalini’s and other cool restaurants surrounding the main strip.

We can only assume that after our in-depth guide to Jesmond’s best hen party bars, you’re ready to celebrate in the suave suburb. Why not create your own bespoke Newcastle hen party, and leave everything else to us.

*We know all there is to know about Jesmond, and all info in this guide was correct at the time of publication. Probably.

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