Newcastle is rightly renowned for being a killer night out. And it is killer – your head will not be quite the same after a night on the toon. I’ve been to a few fabulous bars recently with new menus and new things going on, so thought I’d share them here to help you plan your next girls night out!
The Botanist is a beautiful bar right at the heart of Newcastle. It has an open air roof terrace (with a bit of shelter if it rains!) that has just the most stunning view of the Monument and down Grey’s Street. They have recently launched their new summer menu and I had a little sneak peek of what’s going down there.
As you’d expect from The Botanist, there are some beautiful botanical cocktails on their menu, including watering cans and gin carafes – perfect for sharing with your gals. I would recommend sticking to what The Botanist do best – some of their new cocktails didn’t really hit the spot with me. The Pimms teapot was so laden with dry ice, it was undrinkable and just made me feel as though they’re trying to rip off The Alchemist. Stick to what you know best, I say.
Colonel Porter’s Emporium
This new bar has opened on Dean Street, replacing Canteen & Cocktails. The Emporium is a literal treasure trove of slightly weird shit. There is taxidermy stuck to almost every surface, a huge tree, plush armchairs and a whole other secret room hiding behind a fake bookcase. Think prohibition era style with a serious twist!
But it’s not all about the decor, and the bar shelves are LADEN with bottles of rum. I also plan on heading back at the weekend to try their Sunday lunch.
You only live once, right? Well that’s the motto of this new bar that’s opened on High Bridge, a beautiful cobbled side street that also hosts Pleased to Meet You, The Stand and Kultar. YOLO is stylishly decorated and offers both food and drinks. Lucky old me has tried both!
I loved the look of the pizzas – hand pulled bases with generous portions on top – but I tucked into the beef salad, which was super tasty with really tender meet.
If you’re having a bevvie, you can’t go wrong with a tower of cocktails – their espresso martini was to die for, very strong with both booze and caffeine!
Where’s your favourite bar in Newcastle? Have you tried any of the new ones we’ve got?
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