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Grey and Dean Street Stag Do Guide - Newcastle

Stag Nightlife Guide to Grey and Dean Street

Top Reasons to Visit Grey and Dean Street
Bars - Grey/Dean Street is a line of sophisticated bars - including real ale, wine and even speakeasy venues.
Restaurants - Famous for a huge selection of eateries, such as tapas, italian, and good, old curry.
Music - Moving down Grey and onto Dean, you'll pass massive numbers of bars with live music.
Shopping - Right next to Monument Mall, there's Newcastle's famous Eldon Square shopping centre.
Art - Bars, restaurants, shops and the city's most exclusive club - that's enough art for one weekend.

The long ‘strip’ of bars is a sophisticated option for your stag do – especially if you’re a real ale lover. Grey Street is brimming with wine bars and quirky venues, attracting all manner of locals. Due to its location, it's a cultural melting pot of tourists, with bars interspersed with restaurants and cool shops. This district also has several streets connecting it to the legendary Bigg Market, and is a fantastic start to an altogether different ending. This nightlife zone will see you sinking beer in a nice bar, and the Bigg Market will have you on the trebles whilst dancing on a bench at the Bierkeller…

Walking (stumbling) down Grey Street, you’ll get to Dean Street – the M.A.N of Newcastle’s nightlife zones. The venues range from those dedicated to hops, to all-out fancy bars and traditional pubs – it’s one of those places you can even bring your Father-in-Law. Dean Street is also home to one of the most luxurious clubs in the city, a regular for wor Cheryl Cole.

There's no other district in Newcastle quite like these famous brothers - packed full of the city's largest concentration of pubs, alongside bars and even the odd club.

Black numbered points of bars on a grey map of Grey and Dean Street, Newcastle

01. dAt Bar

datbar.gustouk.com

11 Market St, NE1 6JN

Three tiled images of dAt Bar, Newcastle - including people sat at a bar, and people sat in the restaurant

That bar? No, dAt Bar… The eclectic dAt Bar is what Grey Street was built on. That, and iconic monuments… Whilst this venue may cause confusion when asking for directions, once you are there – you’re in it for the long haul. The hipster-style bar/bistro is stripped back and urban, with the staff as quirky as the interior. It also has 20 ever-changing beer taps on rotation, rubbing shoulders with an epic 74 hour sourdough pizza menu and burgers dry-aged in a Himalayan salt chamber. dAt Bar doesn’t do things by halves.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: Outdoor terrace
  • Live Music: DJ booth
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 12:00 – 02:00

02. BrewDog

www.brewdog.com/bars/uk/newcastle

16 Dean St, NE1 1PG

Three tiled images of BrewDog, Newcastle - including one of a beer next to a bottle, one of the interior and another of the exterior window

BrewDog, the original craft beer pub, has a popular home on Dean Street – supplied with beer from the chain’s massive brewery. This place is credited with starting the Newcastle beer revolution, and boasts a loyal band of followers (all in checked shirts). Specialising in hops, the multi-level BrewDog has 18 draft beers, served alongside five rotating guest beers. Should you want more of a challenge on your stag weekend, the fridge is stocked with hundreds (literally) of different bottled brews. Need we say more?

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: No
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 12:00 – 01:00

03. Livello

www.barlivello.co.uk

Lower Dean St, NE1 3JE

Three tiled images of Livello, Newcastle - including one of sparklers in champagne bottles, one of the outdoor terrace and another of the the bar

If it’s a suave and sophisticated stag do you’re after – you ain’t going to get much better than Livello, marra. Livello is swanky with a no-fancy dress policy and the likes of wor Cheryl Cole on the guestlist. It’s one of those all-white bars with an even bigger VIP suite for you lot. The crowd is the best in the city, and this place regularly hosts Miss Newcastle… that tells you all you need to know. The lavish bar also has a seating area that wouldn’t be out of place in one of those posh magazines, with plush couches and seats, next to a giant, iconic and Instagram famous gorilla.

  • No. of Bars: Two
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: Yes (look out for that gorilla)
  • Live Music: Top DJs
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 12:00 – 03:00

04. Harry's

harrysbarnewcastle.com

77 Grey St, NE1 6EF

The exterior of Harry's Bar

Straight opposite the world-famous Theatre Royal, and with a separate entrance on Market Street, Harry’s is a dominant force in this nightlife zone. Past the huge seating area and into the spacious bar, it’s a far cry from any boozers you’ll have come across before. The modern venue features an American-style bar in the centre, and a more mature crowd than the Bigg Market. However, that doesn’t mean it’s any less loud than the district, drawing in huge numbers each weekend for the top scran, and even better drinks.

  • No. of Bars: Two
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Live Music: No
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Yes
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 09:00 – 03:00

05. Browns

www.browns-restaurants.co.uk

51 Grey St, NE1 6EE

Four various drinks set on a bar top

Browns is a classic and laid-back pub, right in the middle of Grey Street. Dating back to 1830, the building is a fitting backdrop to your smart stag do celebrations – especially in those posh chinos. The huge bar and restaurant has ample seating area for food, as well as an outdoor terrace to soak up the balmy North East air. The all-day brasserie has a seriously laid-back atmosphere, along with a load of beers on draught, in bottles and cans. Basically, this is one for the beer lovers.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: Outdoor terrace
  • Live Music: No
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 09:00 – 00:00

06. Fitzgeralds

sjf.co.uk/our-pubs/fitzgeralds-newcastle

60 Grey St, NE1 6AF

Four cocktails on a table

This traditional pub is one you’ll feel right at home in. A bit like everyone’s local, Fitzgeralds is a stalwart on Grey Street. It’s slap-bang in the middle of the ‘strip’, surrounded by all manner of bars. As you walk in – straight to the long bar - you’ll pass seriously comfy Grandfather chairs, before settling in with a pint. And, those pints are some of the best in the business, with the building built on said beers. They have won awards for their ale – along with CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016 – rubbing shoulders with guest beers, as well as a micro-brewery selection.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: No
  • Live Music: No
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 09:00 – 00:00

07. The Charles Grey

www.thecharlesgrey.co.uk

118 Grey St, NE1 6JG

The interior of The Charles Grey

Newcastle has got its own Mr Grey, and he’s thought of as a hero in these parts. The Toon’s world-famous creator of Earl Grey (you’re welcome), Charles, is honoured in Newcastle, with his very own monument – the actual Monument. Signalling the start of the popular Grey Street bar crawl, The Charles Grey is a comfy and cosy pub. Expect loads of beer, bottles, real ale, proper pub grub and a seriously large crowd. Whilst it may be overlooked by Newcastle’s biggest celebrity, this pub boasts an even better attraction – outdoor seating. Centred around the Monument, the pub’s tables and chairs are packed with only the slightest hint of sun. It’s a day drinker’s paradise.

  • No. of Bars: Two
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: Huge outdoor terrace around Monument
  • Live Music: No
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Cocktails - Everyday: 17:00 - 20:00
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 11:00 – 01:00

08. The Vineyard Wine Bar

www.facebook.com/TheVineyardNCL

1 Grey St, NE1 6EE

The interior of The Vineyard Wine Bar

The Vineyard Wine Bar has the most exclusive address in the whole of Newcastle. The cosy little bar, boasting Spanish influences throughout, is chock full of stylish Geordies (and those aforementioned hen groups) every weekday, and it’s always free entry as an additional bonus. As you might have guessed, the bar specialises in wine, with a whole variety to choose from, along with a massive selection of bottled beers.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: No
  • Live Music: No
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 13:00 – 03:00

09. Glass House

glasshousenewcastle.co.uk

Milburn House, Dean St, NE1 1LF

The interior of Glass House

Glass House is another impressive venue, steeped in 20s style history and hen groups to boot. Set in the impressive Milburn House, the James Bond of the ‘strip’, the inside is just as grand as the outside. This is where you artfully lean against the bar with a brandy and attempt to seduce those hens in fairy wings and L-Plates. Speaking of drinks, they are based on the prohibition (…), with an extensive whiskey list to impress your Dad-in-Law. We told you that to take him here… Should you want to give him more reason to like you, there’s an outdoor cigar terrace – as extravagant as you would expect – where you can opt for a cigar to pair with your liquid nectar.

  • No. of Bars: Two
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: No
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Yes
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 12:00 – 01:00

10. Babucho

babucho.co.uk

26 Side, NE1 3JD

The interior of Babucho

In the same vein, Babucho is sleek and stylish – a monochrome venue that has outdoor seating, delicious grub to prepare for a night in The Toon and drinks by the bucket load (literally). This American beauty is located near the waterfront, dedicated to food and drink inspired by the Big Apple. During the day, it’s one of those venues you soak up all the previous night’s booze, before it transforms into an adult playground after dark. It’s also directly opposite Livello, for those looking to experience that famous Geordie stag weekend. Whey aye.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Live Music: No
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri: Sat: 12:00 – 02:00

Cash, Cabs and Kebabs

Cash Machines

As the main shopping strip, this nightlife zone has the biggest concentration of cash machines out of all the others. You’ve got a huge HSBC, directly at Monument, to dip into the stag do purse, as well as various banks running down the ‘strip’. And, you won't be charged to withdraw.

Taxis

Grey Street is often thought of as the ‘centre of Newcastle’. The Monument is the unofficial meeting point for most locals, tourists and anyone else who fancies a weekend in The Toon. The nightlife district boasts High Bridge Street, connecting these lads to the even louder Bigg Market, and you’re only eight minutes from the Diamond Strip. If you continue walking down towards Dean Street, you’ll also eventually meet the Quayside. As you’re in the thick of the action – taxis are, pretty much, unnecessary, but you’ve got the city’s most popular rank just on the side of Monument.

Takeaways

Similar to the Quayside, Grey and Dean Street are chock full of restaurants, but you’ve got the likes of Greggs (there’s a running theme…), and a top takeaway in the middle of Dean Street. However, if you join High Bridge Street - connecting Grey to the Bigg Market - there’s a cracking burger van calling your name.

Your stag do is only just beginning, and you can build the rest of it over on our Newcastle stag weekends page.

*We know all there is to know about Grey and Dean Street, and all info on the zone was correct at the time of publication - 06/06/2017. Probably.

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