Whatever you think of Britain’s unique national adoration for the pub, the reopening of bars on April 12th is a significant date. For many, it represents a light at the end of the tunnel; for others, it’s just what it says on the tin, bars are back! Most of us probably sit somewhere in between, and you just want to make sure you know where you can enjoy some long overdue drinks. For this, we’ve compiled a list of the best bars in Newcastle for you to kick off the return to normalcy.
1. Bar Blanc
Strawberry daiquiri? Yes please. £2 Tuesday? Don’t mind if I do. Bar Blanc has been a favourite for generations of students living in Newcastle, and their extensive outdoor seating is perfect for a reopening success story. Smack bang in the middle of Jesmond on the Osborne Road, Blanc is both perfectly located and incredibly affordable for those who are looking for a traditional student night out.
One for the aficionados, BrewDog is home to a wide range of exotic craft beers, board games, and exceptionally knowledgeable staff. Although it may not be your typical student bar, BrewDog is absolutely worth your time for a change of scenery. Located on Dean Street, near Quayside, Brewdog is a fantastic way to expand your drinking lexicon.
3. The Hancock
With arguably the best beer garden in Newcastle, The Hancock is a real gem of a student bar. Drinks are £2 with a student card, the atmosphere is always fantastic, and the food is to die for. Mix in the extremely convenient fact that it’s right next to the Robinson Library, and you have the perfect place to blow off some steam.
4. Bier Keller
The one thing you’ve missed the most the past few months is probably German-themed bars, right? With dancing on tables actively encouraged and steins everywhere, Bier Keller is the essential Bavarian experience for students in Newcastle. Located just around the corner from Central Station, Bier Keller is an easily accessible venue with a fantastic European touch.
5. Soho Rooms
The top student bar in the city centre. Doubling as a club, Soho is the ideal spot to set yourself up for the entire night. Once you have a taste for their famous blueberry trebles (which are disgustingly cheap), it really is hard to ever go back. With its near-legendary status, I’m sure everyone is looking forward to getting back to Soho ASAP.
6. 97 and Social
By far the most relaxed of the Osborne Road bars, 97 & Social is the perfect blend of traditional British pub life and a hip student feel. The food is ridiculously delicious and affordable, which makes 97 and social the ideal spot for lunch with a few drinks. The menu is updated fairly regularly, boasting an impressive vegan and vegetarian-friendly selection.
7. Tyne Bar
Last but absolutely not least, the Tyne Bar is gorgeous bar that boasts even better scenery. Sitting right on Quayside, the Tyne is a student favourite for a reason. There are few things better than enjoying the delicacy of a burger and chips with a cold pint in such a beautiful location. The Tyne Bar is the ultimate ‘welcome back’ venue.