Unless you live here, it’s often assumed that Newcastle is too cold and rainy for outdoor dining and drinks, but if you know anything at all about the North East you’ll know that a bit of rain won’t stop us. Regardless of the weather our Newcastle bars and pubs have some fabulous beer gardens, outdoor terraces and spaces to enjoy a cold drink. I’ve put together this list of bars and pubs in Newcastle with outdoor terraces to see you through the summer, and the winter – as many come with outdoor heaters and blankets for the colder months.
Updated 6th & 14th July 2020 with COVID guidelines and info.
By The River Brew Company
The container community on the Gateshead side of the river, right underneath the Tyne Bridge. There’s grass space for families or if you want to just sit and enjoy the view, there’s picnic tables, restaurants such as Trakol open fire kitchen but you’ll need to book a table here, a coffee house and a cocktail bar. At weekends the food market opens with both resident and guest food options, including Lola Jeans burgers, Dabawal and pizzas.
COVID update: Trakol is open for table reservations but the food market isn’t reopening yet. For the terrace, you can turn up on the day as no reservations are required and it’s first come first served. You will have your temperature taken and need to give your mobile number. They’re operating table service only.
Another container community that has everything from pop up bars, food outlets – sushi, Lebanese, pizza etc, clothing stores, YOLO coffee and even a barbers. The outdoor centre is a hotspot for drinks, dancing and live music where you’ll pop in for one and still be there 5 hours later.
COVID update: Many of the food outlets are doing takeaway, I’d highly recommend Sushi me Rollin’. To visit Stack now you have to book a table, and your deposit payment can go towards food and drinks vouchers while you are there. You get your table for 3 hours, and there is a one way system in and out. Their Facebook page is the best way to get all the information they’re sharing lots on there so just search for Stack Newcastle.
This should really be in the Jesmond section at the end, but it’s right next to Holy Hobo and As You Like It which is kind of in between, and I also think this deserves to be quite near the top. Brand new post lockdown, this outdoor space is pretty good. There’s a bar, food trucks, the Holy Hobo menu (get the burger), table service, fire pits and a makeshift beach with deck chairs. Read my full review of Beach Box Jesmond here.
COVID update: designed with the current situation in mind all of Beach Box is outside, with some under cover seating. You get your temperature taken as you go in, it’s all table service, and all staff are wearing masks all the time.
One of the best city centre views, and one of the hardest to get a seat on pretty much year round. The Botanist rooftop terrace has a mix of picnic benches, little wrought iron tables, and the more private garden sheds. There’s plenty of seating with a city view straight over Monument and Grey Street, and there’s a bar out there too so you don’t have to go far to keep your drink topped up.
COVID update: The Newcastle Botanist is reopening on 10th July, and will involve table reservations, cashless payment, single use menus, ordering via an app. Full details here.
Revolucion de Cuba
I really like it here for their happy hour cocktails – the Seville orange gin cocktail is my absolute favourite. It always has a good atmosphere regardless of if you go through the day or in the evening, and the food is good too. They have an outside space at the front with tables.
COVID Update: They are reopening on Monday 20th July, encouraging contactless payment, ordering is available through an app, and you can walk in but booking is recommended.
Not open long and they can be found underneath the Botanist right next to Monument, Banyan have quite a few tables outside. It’s a great spot for a cocktail or glass of wine mid shopping trip, and the view of Monument and right down Grey Street is a good one.
COVID update: Banyan have reopened, and they’ve put a few different measures in place inside – full details can be found on their FB page they have a good video, or on their website. You can also get a table outside.
A quirky but really cool bar, you can visit for either food, which I’ve not tried yet but I’m told it’s really good, or just drinks. They have a small outdoor terrace upstairs.
COVID Update: Horticulture have been operating a takeaway service, but are now open for table reservations.
I’ve added these in as they’ve just opened their Market Shaker open air pop up, to comply with current guidelines. Check them out it looks great and you can book here.
Located in the old bank building on Grey Street, Bar Luga is a good one for after work drinks or a casual couple if you get fed up of shopping. They revamped their outdoor area last year I think, so it’s now much bigger with tables, parasols and plenty of seating.
COVID update: Bar Lula haven’t yet reopened and have advised to keep an eye on their website and social channels for info when they have developed a reopening plan.
Others on Grey Street – Harry’s, Dacantus and Las Iguanas
I’ve grouped these ones together because they’re all on Grey Street and all have small outdoor areas in the form of one row of tables and chairs outside the front. You have to time it right to be sat outside one of these bars in the sun, but they’re great for people watching the crowds that swarm by up and down Grey Street.
COVID update: Currently no info on Harry’s. Dacantus have removed bar seating and require booking at peak times. Las Iguanas haven’t yet reopened but you can sign up for updates on their FB page.
Pleased to Meet You
Out the back of Pleased to Meet You on High Bridge Street, you’ll find an outdoor space that was revamped a year or so ago. It’s got under cover tables, little sheds and space for standing. If you can get a table its sheltered and very pleasant to spend a summer evening with one of the many gins on offer.
COVID update: PTMY have reopened and you just need to call or visit their site to book.
I still think they could have named this place better, but further along High Bridge Street from Pleased to Meet You is YOLO townhouse. One of the bank holidays last year my friends and I spent a good few hours on this small but lively terrace, complete with DJ and handy bar on the top floor.
COVID Update: They haven’t reopened yet but will be announcing their reopening plan on FB so keep an eye there.
Colonel Porter’s rum bar and tavern can be found on Dean Street, and their Botanical Garden out the back is a small spot to enjoy a cocktail or two. A nice one to start at if you’re planning on heading along the quayside rather than up the hill.
COVID Update: No info yet.
I have a love hate relationship with this place, I hate it on a night out, but love it for summer outdoor drinks on their terrace. There’s a lot of seating, so usually not too much trouble to get one, and last year I spent many a Sunday Funday enjoying their seasonal gin globes. It’s far less pretentious, and much more chilled and enjoyable through the day and early evening than later on at night.
COVID update: no info yet.
This fabulous hotel has a rooftop terrace that is available through private hire only, so perfect for a function or party in the summer. If I had an occasion to celebrate, this is where I’d be booking, to sip champagne with a view of the castle and city skyline.
Right on the quayside Aveika has two different outdoor areas. At the front there are tables through the day to enjoy a sushi lunch and a glass of wine with views of the Tyne Bridge, and at the back there is a more decked out area with seating and tables similar to Livello that is open late into the evening. I can’t recommend the food here enough by the way – find out more here.
COVID update: Aveika have reopened and you must book a table for either the bar or restaurant. They have a 1 way system, preferred contactless payment, and disposable menus/chopsticks and condiments.
The Bridge Tavern
For proper pub food and ale brewed on site the Bridge Tavern is so good for comfort food and relaxed drinking. The rooftop terrace has a great atmosphere, right under the Tyne Bridge, and will easily be a spot you pass hours without even realising.
COVID update: You can reserve a table for food but they also have walk in tables for drinks on a first come first served basis. There will be no bar service, table service only, everyone will have their temperature checked and mobile number recorded.
Famous for it’s homemade pies and ale, the RedHouse is another impressive pub on the quayside with views of the Tyne Bridge. It doesn’t have a rooftop terrace, but instead has plenty of seating outside on the street. You don’t need to be high up to appreciate that view.
COVID update: You can make a table reservation by emailing them, they are also currently offering takeaway pints.
Pitcher & Piano
Speaking of views, the one you’ll get from the abundance of outdoor seating at Pitcher & Piano right by the river is pretty unbeatable. A hotspot on any day when the sun is shining on Newcastle, what better place to enjoy the beautiful River Tyne, Baltic, the Sage, and of course the toon bridges. Visit the quayside markets or seaside on the quayside in summer, followed by lunch here and you’ve got yourself a pretty good Sunday.
COVID update: they are open again and you can book a table on site. Their social channels show the measures they’ve put in place.
The rooftop garden at The Forth on Pink Lane is definitely a popular one in the summer, with space for drinks and alfresco dining if you fancy some good pub food in the sun. I tried a very nice rhubarb cider here last week, and I can see those going down a treat up there this summer.
COVID update: The Forth haven’t yet reopened.
The Town Wall
I like this outdoor space for how lovely the fairy lights make it look. It might not be on the roof, instead you’re down by the cobbled street of this old area of Newcastle, but it’s another great spot for after work or with a group of friends.
COVID Update: The Town Wall are owned by the same guys as Bridge Tavern, so the same rules as above apply here.
One of the oldest pubs in Newcastle this no frills pub is great if you’re a football fan. They have an outdoor courtyard that also has TV’s.
COVID update: They have reopened, and it’s walk in first come first served for a table. There is no standing space, and they can’t currently show live football.
Tokyo has recently gone under refurbishment but is back open again now. I do like a Saturday night spent out on their rooftop terrace. Freezing in winter but sheltered in the summer its always packed so good luck getting a seat – but it’s worth the wait if you do. I can’t fault their mojito’s either!
COVID UPdate – not currently open but keep checking their Facebook page for updates.
One of the only outdoor spaces that you go down to. This basement bar has outdoor seating outside, looking up at the street. It’s pretty intense inside, but the outside space is a good one to make the most of their cocktail offers on a Thursday night.
COVID Update: Jalou have reopened and you can book tables for cocktails but that’s it. There won’t be any DJ’s playing for the moment.
For a more casual or pub environment with plenty of outdoor spots then you can’t go wrong with any of the traditional alehouses at the Ouseburn. The Cluny, The Ship, The Cumberland, the Free Trade Inn and Tyne Bar are all simple but brilliant for a pub crawl in the summer. Outdoor spaces at all of them mean you can take the dog along too, and enjoy one of the many real ales on offer.
COVID Update: The Cluny haven’t yet opened but are this week, Tyne Bar are open from Monday 6th. Both require table reservations and are operating at a reduced capacity – details on their facebook pages. I can’t see that Free Trade are open but they are doing takeaway pints if you pre order and can collect.
I can’t talk about bars with outside terraces without mentioning Jesmond, especially for those who make a beeline for it every bank holiday Sunday. You will see all sorts of sights along there, especially outside of Spy Bar.
97 & Social is another one, which is incredible value for money if you’re wanting some tapas style sharer plates too. My friends and I went here last year and spent the whole afternoon enjoying the happy hour cocktails. We are always surprised by how cheap the bill comes to.
I can’t fail to mention Osborne’s either. The huge area of outside seating, with heaters for when it get’s colder later on, and right in the middle of Osborne Road makes it one of my favourites, as well as Jam Jar which serves some lovely gin cocktails.
COVID update: Jam Jar have reopened and you can book directly with them, would really recommend the Jam Jar brunch at a weekend, Osborne’s haven’t yet reopened, 97 & Social have reopened and you can book tables with them online.
Whichever style of bar you prefer, you have plenty choice in and close by to Newcastle to spend the light nights and afternoon out. Have I missed any? Where’s your favourite?
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