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13 ‘hidden’ bars in Newcastle you might not know about

When it comes to Newcastle bars, sometimes the best are hiding in plain sight…

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 08.07.2023

LEAVE ME ALONE, LISA

79 Blandford Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3PZ

This neat little tequila bar is a hidden gem if ever we’ve seen one. Expect zingy cocktails, quirky urban décor and chilled-out tunes.

Monday – Thursday: 3pm – 11pm

Friday – Sunday: 3pm – midnight

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THE DUBLINER

12 Close, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3RE

One of the newest bars in Newcastle, having only opened last month, The Dubliner is well worth checking out if you enjoy live music, sport, and a taste of Temple Bar.

Opening times TBC

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PROHIBITION CABARET BAR

25–27 Pink Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DW

Step back in time to the roaring ‘20s in one of the most entertaining bars in Newcastle, tucked away on Pink Lane, and enter a world of slick style, hard liquor and live cabaret.

Wednesday – Thursday: 6pm – 11pm

Friday – Saturday: 6pm – midnight  

Sunday: 6pm – 10pm

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ALL SEEING EYE

11 Groat Market, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1UQ

One of the sultriest bars in Newcastle, if you can find the secret street entrance to All Seeing Eye, you’ll discover art deco interiors, cosy booths and a heavenly host of sexy serves.

Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 1am

Sunday: 12pm – 11pm

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WC GIN CLOSET

4A High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BX

Its sister venue, WC Newcastle, is a classic case of hiding in plain sight, having taken over the public toilets in the Bigg Market. But this – the UK’s smallest gin bar – is another boutique bolthole perfect for date night.

Sunday – Thursday: 4pm – 11pm

Friday: 4pm – midnight 

Saturday: 2pm-midnight

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THE WOBBLY DUCK

4 Old Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7JG

Newcastle bars don’t get much more fun than The Wobbly Duck. Tucked in one of the underground terraces lining The Green, this quirky micropub has craft beer galore and bags of character.

Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 11pm

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BLUES AND BOURBON

28B Nelson Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5AN

This dive joint has earned its place among the most popular bars in Newcastle with those in the know, haven taken over Billy Bootleggers’ stellar reputation for home-brewed moonshine, picklebacks and live music in the city centre.

Monday – Tuesday: 8pm – midnight

Wednesday – Thursday: 8pm – 2am

Friday: 6pm – 2am

Saturday: 3pm – 2am

Sunday: 3pm – midnight

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CHACHABUCHI

28 – 32 Collingwood Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1JF

You can easily spend all day and night in this swanky cocktail bar, where rustic glamour combines with bar games, live music and alpine-inspired food to keep the party vibe strong, (including their famous gooey cheese fondue).

Monday – Thursday: 5pm – midnight

Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 3am

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MOTHER MERCY

The Old George Yard, 44 Cloth Market, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EE

Voted one of the top 50 cocktail bars in the UK, this underground hideaway is for anyone who prefers a more sophisticated sip – without sacrificing their sense of fun.

Sunday – Thursday: 6pm – 1am

Friday: 6pm – 2am

Saturday: 4pm – 2am

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5 QUARTER

Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE

Drink in the history at this laidback café-bar hugging unique heritage venue The Common Room. It’s something of an oasis among other bars in Newcastle: as ideal for catching up over a coffee as it is for satisfying your cocktail fix. 

Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 7pm

Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 11pm

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THE EXCHANGE

Prudhoe Chare, Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AT

One of the most underrated bars in Newcastle, eccentricity, escapism and 1920s glamour prevail in this prohibition-style speakeasy, which serves up bottomless brunches, casual dining and expertly crafted cocktails.

Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 11pm

Friday – Saturday: 11am – 1am

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THE TOWN MOUSE

11 St Mary’s Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7PG

Probably one of the most overlooked bars in Newcastle, this underground ale house is nestled between The Five Swans and Greggs on St Mary’s Place. Fiercely independent, The Town Mouse shines a spotlight on the best of the North East.

Monday – Thursday: 2pm – 10pm

Friday – Saturday: 2pm – 11pm

Sunday: 2pm – 9pm

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TOKYO BAR

17 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE

Around the corner from the bustle of Collingwood Street lies one of the liveliest cocktail bars in Newcastle, where DJs spinning on the heated rooftop terrace take centre stage.

Monday – Thursday: 7pm – 2am

Friday & Sunday: 5pm – 2am

Saturday: 4pm – 2am

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