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3 new openings in Newcastle and Gateshead that you need to know about

The UK’s smallest speakeasy gin bar, a Mexican taco bar that’s set to spice things up and a swanky new sustainable lifestyle store – here are Newcastle’s newest openings...

Written by High Life North
Published 24.02.2022



WC – Gin Closet

4 High Bridge, Newcastle NE1 6BX

Gin lovers, listen up. Newcastle is now home to the UK’s smallest gin bar and we’re obsessed. The owners of WC Newcastle have expanded and transformed the former ladies’ toilets on Newcastle’s High Bridge into a small, sophisticated speakeasy bar that measures just 11 square metres inside.

Here you’ll be served a selection of bespoke gin from around the world, sure to give you a unique tasting experience. This gorgeous hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city’s nightlife can seat up to 15 guests and all tables have buttons on the wall for us to order our fave gins right to our seats.




Birria Bella

271 Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 1LB 

After spicing things up around the North East with their food truck serving us all the tacos, burritos and nachos that we need, now Birria Bella is set to open the doors of their very own Birria bar and coffee lounge in Jesmond.

Get a taste of Mexico with the scrumptious street food dishes on their usual menu, plus there’ll be some exciting new additions added, too. From tacos filled with locally sourced chuck and short rib braised in a home broth paired with chillies and cheese, to nachos topped with Birria meat, guacamole, jalapeno slices and sour cream, drizzled with chipotle mayo, here you’ll be served all your favourite Mexican flavours that’ll get your taste buds tingling. Plus, dishes can be vegetarian and vegan on request.






The Aviary, 14 -16 Brentwood Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3DH

Here at HLN, you know we love nothing more than supporting and celebrating the local creatives our region has to offer. Well, we’ve found a new lifestyle store that’s after our own heart – stocking a carefully curated collection of independent homeware brands all made right here in the North East.

Whether you’re after a gift for a loved one, yourself or even your four-legged friend (they’re dog friendly, too), there’s a wide range of long-lasting, design-led and sustainable homeware goods, refillables and art that’ll have you coming back for more at Nucasa. While you’re there, why not have a pit stop to refuel with a freshly brewed cinnamon cappuccino or deluxe hot chocolate, while admiring the beautiful backdrop of The Aviary’s art?


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