Newcastle Triple Hop
World Best Bar
May 26, 2018
26 November 2020
With such a tasty selection of watering holes in Newcastle, there really is no right or wrong way to go about quenching your thirst. You don’t have to stray too far to find a decent place to sink a couple of drinks. Some of our favourites are around the Central Station area, but it’s worth straying further afield if you have a whole night in front of you. If you’re new to Newcastle, you’ll want to find out why the city is name-checked in so many ‘best of’ guides to the world’s nightlife. And you won’t be disappointed. If you’ve been here before, this three-bar jaunt will remind you of just how much the city has to offer.
1. The Cluny
Housed in a former bottling plant by the river The Cluny is the perfect antidote to the brash excesses of Haymarket. The bar has the look of a New York loft apartment, albeit one with something distinctly Newcastle underlying the post-industrial aesthetic. Craft cider and artisanal ales await you. The bar food is decent and live music is big on the agenda. There’s even a theatre space next door making this something of a destination for theatre types. Start your evening off with a pint or two before gearing up for the next stop on our hop.
In Tokyo you’ll find a slightly younger, hipper crowd, but the ambience is just as welcoming. Hit the basement bar first for a Lemongrass Margarita or Ginger & Lemon Mojito. Here you can chill in the plush seating enclaves or warm up on the dance floor. Up the stairs is where you’ll want to go next. The top-floor bar opens onto an outdoor terrace, where you’ll be able to soak up the music while enjoying a Summer Breeze – no matter what the season. As you’d expect from the name, an Eastern theme runs through Tokyo, but it’s all done in an understated, stylish way. In fact, this bar is all about style, which leads us nicely to a venue just up the street.