Nightlife

Top Choice Pub in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Tyne Bar

An outdoor stage hosting free gigs, a free jukebox, beer-garden-style seating under one of the brick arches of the Glasshouse Bridge and a sprawling expanse of grass with knockout river views make this tucked-away w…
Cocktail Bar in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Lola Jeans

At this Jazz Age–styled bar with chandeliers, velveteen chairs and dazzling murals, cocktails served in vintage glassware include locally inspired concoctions such as Fog on the Tyne (Bols Genever, Newcastle Brown A…
Club in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

World Headquarters

Dedicated to the genius of black music – funk, rare groove, dance-floor jazz, northern soul, genuine R&B, lush disco, proper house, reggae and more – this brilliant club is a world away from commercial blandness…
Pub in Hadrian's Wall

Twice Brewed Inn

Beer was first made on this site over half a millennium ago. Today, the pub's own brews include Ceres (wheat beer), Sycamore Gap (pale ale) and the brilliantly named Ale Cesar. There's a large beer garden with live …
Pub in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Bridge Hotel

Dating from 1901, this traditional pub retains original features including Victorian snugs, carved woodwork, stained-glass windows and mosaic tiles. At least 10 hand-pulled ales are on tap; there's also a great whis…
Coffee in Holy Island (Lindisfarne)

Pilgrims Coffee House

Fairtrade organic beans and compostable packaging are used by this fabulous independent coffee roastery. The living-room-like dining space with Chesterfield armchairs and an open fire is a cosy spot for sandwiches, …
Pub in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Split Chimp

Covered in retro chimp montages but actually named for the wood that's wedged behind ale casks to tip them, this tiny, two-level micropub inside a railway viaduct has a 31ft-long skittle alley and hosts occasional l…
Pub in Durham

Shakespeare Tavern

Built in 1190, this authentic-as-it-gets locals' boozer is complete with dartboard, cosy snugs, a terrific selection of beers and spirits, and wise-cracking characters propping up the bar – as well as, allegedly, a …
Pub in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Ship Inn

Spilling onto a small green out front, this red-brick charmer in the Ouseburn Valley has been pouring pints since the early 1800s. Its current owners have breathed new life into its interior, with art on the walls a…
Teahouse in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Quilliam Brothers' Tea House

Set up by a trio of brothers as 'an alternative to Newcastle's boozy scene', this hip Hungarian-style teahouse with postindustrial decor has over 100 types of tea as well as a tiny cinema screening cult films, plus …