Jesmond Stag Do Guide - Newcastle

Jesmond is a leafy suburb, just outside the centre of Newcastle, and it’s anything but quiet. This is the home of Newcastle’s biggest student population and, subsequently, the best happy hour offers known to man.

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Stag Nightlife Guide to Jesmond

Top Reasons to Visit Jesmond
A black illustration of a stein of beerBars - With the largest concentration of students, the Happy Hour offers don't get better than this.
A black illustration of a knife and forkRestaurants - Bursting with traditional pubs, quirky bars and Asian-style restraunts
A black illustration of a musical noteMusic - These unique pubs all have one thing in common: live music. You'll be spoilt for choice.
A black illustration of a shopping trolleyShopping - This area has got food, clothing and a whole load of designer boutiques.
A black illustration of a paint brushArt - Cure your hangover, walking around the impressive Jesomond Dene Arts Market.

The crowd is lively, but it’s not just young‘uns… a huge number of Newcastle natives head over to Jesmond once the temperature reaches over 6°C (it is the North East). It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen (or heard) before, and the main bars on the legendary Osborne Road are within 100 yards of each other.

Just a short taxi, or even metro, from the centre of Newcastle – this district extends from Osborne Road, to neighbouring Archbold Terrace and Jesmond Vale. Recognised as the starting point to a night in the city, the bars typically open from 11am – it’s a day drinker’s paradise. Whilst there may only be a few venues open until the wee early hours (you’ll have stumbled into town…), it’s bouncing as soon as the sun rises.

Top 10 Stag Do Pubs in Jesmond

No stag do worth its salt is without pubs or bars. Jesmond just so happens to have a whole load, most with big screens, beer pong tables and even dedicated FIFA nights.

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

01. Osbornes

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

Osbornes, on Osborne Road (easy to remember after a few), is the Big Daddy. It’s the start of all good nights in Jesmond, and is slap-bang in the centre of it all. Osbornes has three bars, set over two venues, and is a sterling choice for craft ales and beer. All of this rubs along nicely with the epic Man Vs Food challenge and the regular FIFA gaming nights, as well as footy matches on the big screen, live music and beer pong. Osbornes’ ‘Sheesha’ Garden is the first of its kind in Newcastle, with exotic flavours ranging from Paan Masala to Double Apple.

  • No. of Bars: Three
  • Sports: Shown here
  • Beer Garden: Yes, with an impressive Sheesha Garden
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Fri: 17:00 - 19:00 & 21:00 - 22:00, Sat: 18:00 - 19:00
  • Opening Times: Mon - Sat: 11:00 - 23:00, Sun: 10:00 - 22:00

02. Spy Bar

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

Spy Bar, not as secret as you’d imagine, is another busy bar on the ‘strip’, and a stag do haven. It bills itself as ‘the home of big sports, big drinks and even bigger food’. Think American portions, and you’ve got the idea… There are dedicated drink nights, 12 speciality beers on tap and a huge number of screens – three big and eight flat, to be exact - for the sport. You’ve also got the infamous ‘Push the Button’ game to win free drinks during happy hour…

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: Shown here on 11 huge screens
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Fri & Sun: 16:00 - 18:00 & 22:00 - Close
  • Opening Times: Mon - Sat: 11:00 - 23:00, Sun: 12:00 - 22:30

03. The Bluebell

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

The Blue Bell is packed full of students and locals, come rain or shine. The traditionally English pub, and Jesmond Vale’s resident secret, is all-about comfort food and drink – serving a huge range of ales and craft beers. All of these can be enjoyed in, what it is often voted, Newcastle’s best beer garden. The mega garden (or field) is filled with benches, lights for when it gets dark and one of the busiest crowds after dark. It typically shuts at midnight on a weekend – just in time for you to go on your merry way into the centre.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: Shown here
  • Beer Garden: Newcastle's best beer garden
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Opening Times: Fri - Sat: 12:00 - 00:30, Sun: 12:00 - 23:30

04. 97 & Social

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

This cool, calm and luxurious bar is the finer side of the, already affluent, Jesmond. Based around an English manor house and garden, it’s dripping in exclusivity and booze. The Zombie, a Newcastle legend laced with spirits, The Freaky Tiki, Bitter Sweet Symphony and Alice in Sunder-Land are just some of the drinks you can sup in the stately grandfather chairs. All of this alcohol even comes in at happy hour, running twice on busy Saturdays. You’ve got 50% off rum and Tiki cocktails, selected pints at £2.20 and doubles at a mere £3.20. You’ve gotta love the north.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Sports: Shown here
  • 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 - 23:30

05. Bar Blanc

38-42 Osborne Rd, NE2 2Al

The empty seating area at Bar Blanc, Jesmond

Bar Blanc is aptly set in the White’s Hotel (fancy student area…), and is one of the premier destinations in the whole of the district for food and drink. Luckily for you, that’s exactly why you’re in Newcastle for your stag do. They also have the daily happy hour game, with the option of winning free drinks. The curious little challenge involves the ‘happy hour button’ - illuminated red and pressed for a chance to get another drink, completely free.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Sports: Shown here
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Fri: 17:00 - 19:00, 21:30 - 22:00, Sat: 17:00 - 19:00
  • Opening Times: Mon - Sat: 11:00 - 23:00, Sun: 12:00 - 22:30

06. Jam Jar

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

The Jam Jar is Jesmond wrapped up in a quirky venue. It’s unpretentious, yet eclectic - expect to bump into Rupert tucking into his statement burger and monstrous steak. It’s industrial and minimalist, and tailored tipples and gastro pub food are its forte. The cocktails are often laced with ‘special jams’ and there’s more than enough craft beer and continental lager to take you through the weekend. But, we’re here for the beer garden – and the Jam Jar has a massive one out front. On the same street as the gardens of Osbornes, Spy and the like – it’s always packed full, but there’s plenty of seating to rest those legs in preparation for the celebrations.

  • No. of Bars: One and a restaurant
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Serves: Newcastle's most famous burgers
  • Sports: No
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Opening Times: Wed - Sat: 10:30 - 23:30, Sun: 11.30 - 23:30

07. R U Bar: Kitchen

44 Osborne Rd, NE2 2AL

The exterior sign of R U Bar: Kitchen

R u ready for this bar? After undergoing a major renovation, it’s constantly heaving with a seriously plush terrace – filled with comfy sofas to fall into after a hard days drinking. This all overlooks the bustling Osborne Road – a road that you are, most likely, very familiar with. The venue offers a fantastic selection of beers, local real ales and has its own malt bar to work your way through, all nestled nicely against R U’s famous burgers.

  • No. of Bars: One, including dedicated Malt Bar
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Early Bird Menu: Mon - Sat: 17:30 - 19:00
  • Sports: No
  • Live Music: DJ every Friday and Saturday
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Opening Times: Fri - Sat: 17:00 - 00:00, Sun: 18:00 - 23:00

08. Billabong

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64-78 Osborne Rd, NE2 2AT

The exterior sign of Billabong, Jesmond

Billabong is home to throngs of Geordies in the summer – and one of the best names to say to a taxi driver after a few pints. It’s a modern bistro that is part of Jesmond’s foundations, and the ultimate hangover cure to sit down and drink. Or, you can get a massive pitcher from a list of 30 drinks and head on outside to prepare for your stag do in The Toon.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Fri & Sat: 18:00 - 20:00
  • Opening Times: Mon - Sat: 11:00 - 23:00, Sun: 12:00 - 22:30

Late Night Venues

Jesmond is the starting point of your weekend in The Toon, with plenty of venues to keep you occupied throughout the day. But, this swanky little district also has a few bars that go to the early hours, up its sleeve.

09. Mr Lynch

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

My Lynch, Part of the Madame Koo and Floritas, of the Diamond Strip, family – he is one gentleman. He plays house, rock, disco, techno, indie, Bhangra, Ska and soul, alongside drinks based on childhood. We’re talking Cherry Drop Bottle Rocket and Dip Dab ‘Tini… It’s one of the most decadent spots in the street – filled with leather, velvet and gorgeous girls - one that is guaranteed to up your stag do from 100 to 1000. It’s also open ‘til 2am for those staying out past their bedtime.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Smoking Area: Yes
  • Sports: Shown here
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Fri: 17:00 - 19:00
  • Opening Times: Mon - Sun: 12:00 - 02:00

10. As You Like It

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

Likewise, As You Like It – an eclectic, multi-room bar and restaurant that regularly hosts live music and huge events – is a few minutes down the road. It's set over three impressive floors, each one more good looking than the next, and you’ve also got to 2am to get to grips with the extensive drinks menu, and bands, before getting mortal in the centre.

  • No. of Bars: Four
  • Beer Garden: Secret terrace
  • Sports: No
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: Fri: 17:00 - 19:00
  • Opening Times: Sun - Fri: 12:00 - 00:00, Sat: 12:00 - 02:00

Cash, Cabs and Kebabs

Cash Machines

Cash machines are dotted around the district's takeaways, and there are even three within a five minute walk (the Geordies have got their priorities right). Tesco Metro is just off the main strip, on Acorn Road, along with Barclays, and for those feeling a bit too posh – little Waitrose ATM is directly on Osborne Road.


Jesmond may be just outside of the city centre, but it couldn’t be easier to get to – even after your craft beers, cask ales, cocktails… Jesmond Metro is at the start of the busy street, surrounded by bars, and West Jesmond is at the other end. To put it in perspective, it’s a three minute, direct metro to Monument. However, if manoeuvring a metro after spending the day down Osborne Road is as likely as you getting in before the next morning… there’s a taxi rank on the ‘strip’. The Hackney Carriages will take you wherever you so please – such as the legendary Bigg Market – for a mere £6.


You can go all that way with the help of a trusty kebab. The famous Osborne Pizza, loved by students, locals, businessmen, you name it... is just of Osborne Road. But, you've got the likes of A Taste of Persia and other cool restaurants on the doorstep of these big bars.

After all of that info, we can assume you are ready for the stag do in wor city. It just so happens that you can build your own celebration on our Newcastle stag weekends page.

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

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*We take pride in our work and all of the information in the guide was correct at the time of publication - 01/01/2020. Probably.
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