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13 of our favourite bottle shops and wine bars in Newcastle

In honour of National Wine Day, we’re spotlighting the wine bars in Newcastle and local bottle shops that deserve your attention.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 24.05.2023

Pranzo Trattoria & Deli

16 Station Road, Whitley Bay, Newcastle upon Tyne NE26 2RA

This popular pizzeria is well known for its authentic Italian tapas, pasta, pizza and street food, but it’s the wine list here that keeps us coming back for more.

Sourced directly from Italian vineyards, you can find classics such as Vermentino Toscano, Chianti Classico, Aglianico Porconero and Cannonau Dolinova on the shelves here, making it one of the most varied wine bars in Newcastle.

When the clouds part, enjoy a glass or two out on the suntrap of a terraza.

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Sobremesa

207A Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5LJ

If it’s a laidback night out with friends you’re after, neighbourhood hangout Sobremesa, Heaton, is one of the most relaxed wine bars in Newcastle.

Specialising in some of the most innovative and highest quality Spanish wines on the market, as well as authentic Pintxos and sharing boards, you can spend your evening here supping, snacking and socialising to your heart’s content.

Heck, you can even take a Spanish class while you’re at it.

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The Vineyard Wine Bar

1 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6EE

Top of the list of Grey Street bars, The Vineyard offers a quirky slice of escapism amidst the bustle of Newcastle’s nightlife.

While they also offer cocktails, beers and ciders, it’s The Vineyard’s wine selection that has made it one of the most standout wine bars in Newcastle. Expect to find a wide range of worldwide red, whites and rosé wines on their menu, alongside Champagne and Prosecco – so you’ll always find a vintage to your taste.

And, with their late licence, you can even bring your dancing shoes along – their resident DJ is renowned for playing an epic mix of old-school RnB, Euro pop, salsa and Latino tunes.

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Victor Indigo November

Arch 12, Wellington Street, Gateshead NE8 2AJ

This dog-friendly wine shop and tasting bar offers a wealth of fine wines in the relaxed setting of an old railway arch.

Victor Indigo November’s main aim is to make wine tasting fun and accessible – and they succeed by providing curated wine flights, taster nights and food matching tips in a friendly environment.

You’re spoiled for choice with the range of wines from around the world here. Choose your own, or ask for a suggestion, and then unwind with a glass (or bottle) in the tasting bar.

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Carruthers and Kent

3A Elmfield Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 4AY

When HLN’s office was in Gosforth, it was a little too handy having neighbours like Carruthers and Kent…

This enoteca, bottle shop, deli and events space houses over 500 artisan wines at any given time, alongside a counter full of cheeses and charcuterie, so you could visit every day for a year and still find something new.

And it wasn’t just cheese and charcuterie on the menu – biscuits and chocolates are on the cards, too. We told you it was dangerous…

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Nest

258–260 Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5LQ

Nest made quite a name for itself when it first opened in 2021 – namely because it proved so popular, you couldn’t book a table for months.

But while the hysteria surrounding this fine dining restaurant has settled down, admiration for Nest hasn’t diminished. That’s largely because you don’t have to break the bank to tuck into their eight-course tasting menu – with its optional wine flight.

All wines have been chosen for their pairing qualities, but some have also been selected for not quite being ‘the norm’, meaning you’ll get the chance to try grapes or regions you may not have discovered yet.

If you fancy sipping and grazing, visit through the day.

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Kork Wine & Deli

74 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, Newcastle upon Tyne NE26 2NE

In independent wine shop Kork, you’ll find only the most well-travelled natural wines, along with fine local deli meats, bread and cheeses with which to pair them – making it a one-stop shop for everything you need before hosting your next get-together with the girls.

Inspired by a trip to Bar Brutal in Barcelona, the Kork team have made it their mission to travel to as many places as they can to find great natural wine. So, there’s a good chance you’ll taste wine here you’ve never tasted anywhere else before.

Make the most of it by popping along to one of their regular wine tasting events.

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Bawn

11 Main Street, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9NH

Having recently taken over the former Eleven on Ponteland’s Main Street, Bawn’s vibe is centred around the old adage: sharing is caring.

The epitome of relaxation inside, Bawn’s menu is a collection of sophisticated small plates and New York-style sourdough pizza, both ideal for social snacking while you make your way through their extensive natural wine list.

As well as aperitifs and a fine selection of red, white and rosé, you’ll also find sweet and sparkling serves on the menu here, as well as a rarer collection of skin contact wines.

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Kaltur

8 High Bride, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EN

19 Dean Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1PQ

Now one of the most recognised wine bars in Newcastle, family-run business Kaltur harvest their own olive groves in Spanish Andalusia, and have made it their mission to supply to North East with their home-grown Extra Virgin Olive Oil, alongside other carefully-selected Spanish foods and wines.

If it’s an intimate, cosy wine night you’re after, then Kaltur’s original premises on High Bridge offers an inimitable drinking and dining experience.

For businesses lunches, family get-togethers or larger gatherings, you’re probably better suited to Kaltur’s larger restaurant on Dean Street, which serves across two floors.

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Vineyard 72

10 York Road, Whitley Bay, Newcastle upon Tyne NE26 1DQ

Land of Green Ginger, 78 Front Street, Tynemouth, North Shields NE30 4BP

If it’s a sophisticated sipping and snacking experience you’re after, then Vineyard 72 is your vibe.

One of the most recognised wine bars in Newcastle – with two outposts along the coast – this intimate hangout offers fine wines, cheeses and continental meats from all over the world, whilst shining the spotlight on local suppliers.

Think the warm glow of fairy lights, a cosy ambience and only the most perfect pairings to indulge in.

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Boquerones Tapas and Cocktails

194A Heaton Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5HP

Bringing the best of traditional and modern Spanish tapas to Newcastle, Boquerones is a must-visit if your idea of heaven involves a banging picky tea.

You’ve got all your Spanish staples on the menu here – Manchego cheese, Serrano ham, Padron peppers, patatas bravas, croquetas, tortilla Espanola – including sangria and wine from Spain’s finest vineyards, plus a cocktail menu that grows by the week.

Whilst most of their selection of wines are, of course, Spanish, Boquerones recognise there are just some bottles no wine list is complete without. So, whether you want to play it safe or try something new, you’ll find your new favourite bottle here.

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St Vincent

29 Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DQ

Part wine bar, part restaurant, this city-centre venue enjoys a city-centre buzz.

The ideal hangout for after-work drinks, supper with friends or grazing with a glass or two, St Vincent has been inspired by the neighbourhood bars the team here discovered on their travels through France and Italy.

At the heart of everything they do is their wine list, which has earned St Vincent a reputation as one of the finest wine bars in Newcastle. Many of the organic wines are from small, independent producers recognised for their quality, although there are a healthy range of ‘big classics’ on the menu, too.

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rebel

150 Heaton Park Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5NR

When it comes to going against the grain, rebel are pros.

These guys have forged a path in the local fine dining scene whilst remaining committed to using small business suppliers and only the most seasonal and sustainably sourced produce.

The first restaurant for head chef Lindsay Rushton – formerly of Newcastle’s Michelin-starred House of Tides and Jesmond Dene House – tuck into a seven-course tasting menu at rebel, with an optional natural wine pairing, and savour the very best North East flavours.

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