Friday 22 July 2016

Vicolo at the Tyneside Cinema

The Tyneside Cinema is one of my favourite places in Newcastle, whether it's to catch a film or to work my way through the brunch menu at the Tyneside Bar Cafe, I honestly can't get enough.

So when I heard that the Tyneside were going to be closing their coffee shop, Intermezzo (which has been part of the cinema for 15 years!) I was very intrigued to see what they had up their sleeves.

And here we have it! Introducing Vicolo, the Tyneside's brand new Coffee and Cocktail Bar.

Photo by Graeme Rowatt at Burns Rowatt Photography

Situated on the ground floor of the Tyneside Cinema at the corner of High Friar Lane and Pilgrim Street, Vicolo opens early and closes late serving the people of Newcastle coffee in the morning and cocktails at night.

I popped along a few days after opening with my friend Katie for a post shopping cocktail, just what we needed to rest our weary legs.

Stepping into Vicolo we were immediately won over by its charm. The bar might be small but it ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to dreamy interior. A beautiful white marble bar top, shiny gold details and stunning tiles make this place a little piece of the Continent in the North East of England!

Being huge foodies Katie and I were both keen to have a nose at the counter to see what scran is available to the hungry folk in Newcastle.

I'm pleased to say there's a great variety of light food served at Vicolo - freshly made pastries for the early riser, homemade soft serve ice-cream for the dessert lover and the fun "sandwich by the inch" for the hungry office worker. Each day Vicolo will be creating a huge sandwich which you can buy by the inch depending on how hungry you're feeling.

I'm definitely most excited about trying out the cakes though. I've seen some rather delicious looking eclairs popping up on social media that I'm desperate to try.

Photo by Graeme Rowatt at Burns Rowatt Photography

Grabbing a cocktail menu we both decided to order the Rhubarb and Ginger Fizz which went down a treat. As Vicolo is a little snug we presumed we wouldn't be able to find a seat so made our way outside to the pavement cafe, just as the first spots of rain appeared.

The pavement cafe looks like a great place to enjoy the sunshine but not wanting to get wet we headed back indoors as fast as possible and the lovely bar staff managed to find us a booth that was hidden away at the back of the bar - such great service.

Photo by Graeme Rowatt at Burns Rowatt Photography

Our cocktails were delicious, our booth was so cosy and the atmosphere in Vicolo was brilliant with a lovely warm feeling and a constant gentle buzz of chat from the tables around us.

As we left and strolled down the alleyway towards Monument we happened to glance up and noticed some fairy lights hanging above our head. We chuckled to ourselves that someone had obviously forgotten to take the Christmas decorations down but I've since learnt that this is Vicolo's very own canopy of lights, twinkling down on the pavement seating. I bet it looks stunning in the evening and I can't wait to return for a date night cocktail underneath the lights.

Photo by Graeme Rowatt at Burns Rowatt Photography

Vicolo is the cutest little place you'll find in Newcastle and the perfect place for a post shopping cocktail, an early morning croissant or a pre-movie coffee. I can't wait to take Simon!

Vicolo is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am - 11:00 pm, Saturdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm and on Sundays from 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Vicolo treated us to a complimentary cocktail each but all opinions are my own. 



  1. I love all the colours - especially the mint.

  2. I can vouch for the eclairs - yummy! It's our new favourite spot for coffee I think. The staff are lovely too xx


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