With a booming flood of new bar and restaurant arrivals, Newcastle is moving further and further away from its Geordie Shore, night-oot stereotype. Trendy, artisan microbreweries and quirky independent street-food vendors are making the Toon’s vodka trebles and kebabs seem like a thing of the past (although we haven’t completely given them up just yet).
Earlier this year, it was even revealed the amount of bar and restaurant openings in Newcastle is growing at a faster rate than in London! We’re certainly noticing the similarities to the hip and cool capital, as Newcastle is becoming a foodie’s and craft beer drinker’s dream.
Here are some of the most-talked-about venues that have opened in 2018:
By the River Brew Co.
Following in the footsteps of Shoreditch’s famous Boxpark, the North East has created its own answer to the container craze. Stored in (you’ve guessed it) shipping containers underneath the iconic Tyne Bridge, By the River Brew Co. may just have one of the most stunning views in town. You can enjoy a schooner of locally brewed beer while overlooking the River Tyne’s breathtaking scenes, like the legendary Millennium Bridge - or fine dine in the mouth-watering Träkol restaurant, where everything from whole grilled turbot to crispy pigtails are cooked over an open fire.
If you’re after something a bit more casual, you can pop over to the HWKRMRKT, open weekends, for some award-winning street food. Get your chops around Dabbawal’s sensational Indian street food, Dastardly & Dutty’s loaded fries, Scream for Pizza’s flavour-filled Neapolitan creations or Papa Ganoush’s amazing mezze - to name just a few of the resident traders. There are cocktail and gin stalls to make your cheeky tipple feel a little fancier or prop yourself up at the craft-beer-only bar. The Tap Room has 20 key lines, which include the latest releases from independent breweries around the globe.
The Backyard Bike Shop can service your bike as expertly as your caffeine and cocktail addictions. By day, a brunchery and cafeteria - by night, a covert cocktail bar with mixologists who take their Frozen Caipirinhas as seriously as their carbon road bikes.
© By the River Brew Co.
Junk It Up
Just your typical fast food takeaway with fried chicken and Doner kebabs… except there’s just one slight difference… it’s 100% vegan. Yep, VEGAN. So why not get your mitts on a bucket of Southern Fried ‘Fricken’ for a tenner? Or a BBQ ‘Fricken’ Kebab for £6.95? It’s a ten-minute walk away from Heaton Park, which is a great picnic destination.
Found in the city centre, and just an eight-minute walk from Euro Hostel Newcastle, this incredibly colourful and quirky micropub is yet another home to independent craft-beer. It’s also starting to host events, which seem just as hip and happening as their venue. From live music gigs, to ‘Pedalling for a Pal’ - a five-hour fundraising cycle-ride that starts and ends at the pub – the Mean-Eyed Cat is hipster paradise.
Inspired by Austrian and Swiss ski lodges, Antler is a super unique and unusual venue. With views of the diamond strip and the Tyne Bridge, the whole thing is very Alps-meet-Newcastle - but the same “no coat” Geordie policy still applies!
Its food is authentic Alpine (you can expect schnitzel, sauerkraut, currywurst and Bavarian beef goulash), but its eclectic selection of adventurously-named drinks, cocktail sharers and shot selections scream Geordie-party. It’s also got some cracking entertainment – like cocktail masterclasses, karaoke parties and live music. If you can still muster the energy for a dance after the Ultimate Alpine Platter, we salute you.
More containers? Why not?! Stack calls itself a ‘creative social hub’ for entertainment, culture, work and play. This group of shipping containers on the other side of the river offers another huge range of traders including the usual suspects: street food and beer, but this time includes independent clothing stores, yoga therapy, a photography gallery, a barber, a pet shop, and a load of other outlets. You’ll never be bored in this stylish spot. It’s the bar area that seems to make Stack so popular, as its chic outdoor seating area has a constant buzzing atmosphere. It’s also super easy to find, as it’s bang in the city centre and five minutes away from EH! Newcastle.
Brinkburn St. Brewery
2018 definitely seems to be the year that Newcastle went craft-beer-crazy, because Brinkburn St. Brewery is yet another venue serving independently brewed beer. In true Geordie style, the Byker-based microbrewery claims that their ‘beers are like our bairns’ because they’re loved dearly and each one has a story. They also serve up ‘Northeast-inspired tapas’ using locally sourced ingredients and herbs grown in their garden. This is definitely the place to go if you want to experience some good, honest Geordie-ness.
The Starks team have taken inspiration from working and travelling around the world, combining their discoveries with training in classical French cooking. The exciting flavour combinations and eating experiences of Asia have been combined by the laid-back atmosphere of modern Australian restaurants, resulting in proper top-notch cooking in a cool, casual setting.
Their brunch menu is as big of a winner as their evening offering and their Bloody Mary prides itself on being mixed with handmade vodka. Not your typical Toon treble, that's for sure! Starks Kitchen has featured in the 2018 Good Food Guide as one of the reader's recommended restaurants. That's quite some going for a little, local cafe in Heaton.
Another addition to Newcastle’s celebrated Quayside, Charts is a small, relaxed pub and live-music venue. It serves your typical, pub-favourite pints, as well as classic pub-grub, with the yummy exception of Lebanese flatbreads and charred marinated kebabs. It’s also open at 8am on Sundays, so customers can stock up on a hearty breakfast before hitting the Toon’s famous Quayside market.
Some amazing trendy venues are popping up all over the city, so why not visit the bustling Toon to try them out for yourself? Our range of room options in the heart of the city include dorms, private en-suites and exclusive VIP Bunkalow that caters for up to 14 people. Whatever brings you to the Toon, stay the budget-friendly way with Euro Hostel Newcastle and save your cash for long days and nights amongst shipping containers, or indulging in our unique restaurants and breweries.