Newcastle Quayside's


After undergoing major transformation over the years, Newcastle Quayside is now the city’s epicentre for music, culture and art.

This glorious metropolis, on the banks of the River Tyne, is home to some of Newcastle’s swankiest bars and clubs, from the uber-exclusive Sky bar to the relaxed Pitcher and Piano to the Tudor-esque Red House. After dark, the Quayside is the place to be, with the city’s bright, young things descending on the bars as the Millennium Bridge illuminates the night sky.

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1. Pitcher & Piano Newcastle

108 The Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 3DX

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

Set on the bank of the Tyne, the Pitcher and Piano has a seriously laid-back and chilled atmosphere to it.

As views go, the glass-fronted P&P is unrivalled – overlooking the award-winning Millennium Bridge, the iconic Baltic and the contemporary Sage – and, during the summer, this place really comes into its own. The bar spills out onto the street and visitors step out into the sun to relax with a cool beverage and enjoy the gorgeous views. The menu also extends to its achingly hip vibe, serving everything from real ales to craft beers to delicious cocktail concoctions.

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2. Slug and Lettuce Newcastle Quayside

Exchange Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DW

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

If you’re coming to Newcastle, you have to visit the Slug and Lettuce.

The bar / restaurant is located right on the Quayside, just seconds away from the world-famous Tyne Bridge (us Geordies are very proud of our bridges). The Quayside has a real buzzing vibe, day and night, and this is the place to get stuck right into Newcastle’s legendary nightlife. The Slug and Lettuce has a fantastic reputation in the city and, every weekend without fail, it’s packed to the rafters with people looking for a good time. You can even tuck into some delicious food here and stay for after dinner drinks to really soak up the lively atmosphere.

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3. Red House

32 Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 3JF

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

Discreetly tucked away behind the Quayside, Red House is a welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle of Newcastle city centre.

Set in a grand, Grade ll listed building, this place is cosy, friendly and relaxed – with a labyrinth of small drinking areas, dark wood furniture, exposed brickwork and warm lighting. The bar serves a wide selection of well-known and classic beers and ales, as well as limited edition and one-off brews, but the pies are the real stars of the show. The locally-sourced pies are handmade by the award-winning, Amble Butchers, and served alongside your choice of mash, peas and liquor.

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Lower Dean St, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 1RQ

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

This place is super luxurious.

The Sky Lounge so exclusive that it's only open for functions and celebrations, however, this bar does open up to us ordinary folk on extra special dates. The bar sits on top of The Vermont Hotel, 200ft above the heart of the city, boasting breathtaking panoramic views of the city. A hidden gem in the midst of the bustling city, this rooftop bar transports you to the chic streets of Miami, with the gentle breeze in your hair and the sun beating down as you delicately sip your Mojito Del Sol. As night falls, the bar truly comes alive as the delicate lights twinkle under the stars and the sheer exuberance of the city encapsulates you from below.

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48-52 Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 3JF

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

Inspired by the Big Apple, Popolo is a chic combination of a New York bar and an Italian coffee shop.

The popular Quayside venue, set over two floors with three bars, is certainly not lacking in style, and even the bar staff look the part in their braces and bows. The extensive menu is an effortlessly elegant mix of vintage and modern creations, with over 250 different spirits, craft beers and cocktails – including the terrifying titled Zombie (try this if you dare). This glamorous bar come club, located almost directly underneath the Tyne Bridge, is a little slice of New York in the gorgeous heart of Newcastle.

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6. Livello

Lower Dean Street, 39 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 3JE

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

Located on the lively Dean Street, just off the picturesque Quayside, Livello is the centre of the party.

The bar / club is sleek, stylish and sophisticated, with VIP booths, chandeliers and plush white furniture – this is where A-list stars, including Cheryl Cole and The Saturdays, come to drink and dance the night away. Let your hair down until the early hours in the bar, or wind down with a glass of bubbly in the outdoor courtyard against a beautiful cabana backdrop. The menu lends itself to the feeling of exclusivity and luxury, combining innovative and modern cocktails with gorgeously classic creations.

Get stuck into everything black and white, and find out everything you need to know about The Toon on our Newcastle Stag Weekend page.

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