Thursday 26 May 2016

The Best Cocktail Bars in Newcastle

Welcome back to my monthly guides to the North East.  If you missed my previous guides, then make sure you check out my Guide to Adventuring in the North East Without a Car, The Best Afternoon Teas in Newcastle and The Most Romantic Dates in the North East.

As Summer is creeping closer and we've had a few days of lovely weather, I have decided to dedicate this month's guide to the best cocktail bars in Newcastle.  I don't know about you but as soon as the weather gets sunny I love nothing more than grabbing a few glasses of something fizzy and fruity with my favourite ladies.

Newcastle has so many places to order cocktails it's tough to pick out the best, but here is a little list of what I believe to be the best cocktail bars in Newcastle.

The Gentleman

Quite a recent discovery, you may remember that only a few days ago I wrote about date night at the Gentleman.  I was so impressed with the quality of the cocktails that I knew I had to include the Gentleman in my guide.  Each cocktail is expertly made, you get a decent amount of drink without your cocktail being watered down by ice and the decorations these guys do with fruit are stunning.

Please note, since writing this post the Gentleman has unfortunately closed.

The Botanist

Of course no guide to Newcastle's cocktail bars would be complete without mentioning the Botanist. It's probably the first place most people think of when asked to name the best cocktail bars in Newcastle.  I challenge you to find a larger cocktail list than the epic book of drinks that the Botanist has.  I've been trying to work my way through them all for a while now and I've barely scratched the surface.


If nights out in Jesmond are more your thing then cocktails at Sohe are a must. There are plenty of fruity cocktails to choose from and my favourites all come decorated with beautiful flowers.  Sohe also happen to do fantastic sushi, making it a great location for a night out.


Gusto are no stranger to this blog and I'm forever telling anyone who will listen how great the food is, but it's not just the Gusto Burger and Peking Duck Pizza that has me loving Gusto, the cocktail list is just as good.  The bar staff at Gusto really know their stuff, making it the best place to go if you are after recommendations.

Pleased to Meet You

If gin is your tipple of choice then Pleased To Meet You will definitely be up your street.  If creating your own gin and tonic isn't really your thing then the cocktail list is a delicious alternative. Every time I go I promise myself I'll try something different, but Joan Collins has my heart every time.

Las Iguanas

It might be a chain but judging by how rammed it always is, it's one of the most popular places in Newcastle for a cocktail or two.  So much so that this month saw a second Las Iguanas open in the city with a brand new larger bar on the Quayside, complete with a huge outside seating area. I can't wait to head out on the terrace with a cocktail this Summer.

There are plenty of other bars in Newcastle that do decent cocktails but these tend to be the places that I head first.

I'd love to hear your thoughts, do you agree with my list or is there anywhere you'd add?


  1. I love cocktails, I have nothing else to offer but that statement, haha!

  2. I'd literally just added 'The Gentlemen' to my 'places for cocktails' list then read it had since closed! I've had the Joan Collins at PTMY before, that's my kind of drink too, citrusy and refreshing. I've still not been to the Botanist yet but do have it booked in for the end of June! The cocktails at Central Oven & Shaker are nice incase you haven't tried there yet x


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