May 11, 2018
Recently refurbished, the once retro Chase has been refashioned as one of Newcastle’s smartest spots. Based in the Quayside area, the interior is all glass and chrome, a giant padded bar and lots of TV screens giving it a slightly futuristic air. It’s pleasantly spacious and airy, big enough that it’s reasonably easy to get a seat, though like all the bars in that area, at weekends it’s liable to be packed. Drinks are reasonably priced, with the cocktail listed changing seasonably (though tending towards the sweet rather than the sophisticated) and decent food includes burgers, curries and sandwiches, with a variety of offers available at lunchtimes. The staff are friendly, the crowd is mixed but veers towards the professional types, unwinding after work or having a pre-dinner drink before heading to some of the Quayside restaurants, and it’s a popular spot for lunch, especially on Sundays when you can pop in after a wander around the Quayside and enjoy a hearty meal. At weekends, its prime location on one of the city’s main drinking routes means there’s a more serious partying vibe and the venue gets livelier with a younger crowd, drawn by the pounding soundtrack and the late opening hours, dressed to the nines in the way that Northerners favour: expect girls in short, tight dresses and men in their shirtsleeves. It’s also a prime spot for stag and hen parties, offering group bookings, private booths and karaoke ‘party pods’ where you can record your own efforts at the mic (which seems unwise to usß-) There’s Sky Sports on offer, though, on the bar’s widescreen TVs, so like all the city’s venues if there’s a Newcastle game on it gets busy: plan accordingly!