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Four New Bars, One Lovely Afternoon!

Last weekend I dragged my long-suffering boyfriend round town for an afternoon of his least favourite hobby, shopping! Feeling a bit guilty, I made the hazardous suggestion of interspersing our shop visits with bar visits and before I knew it we were sipping our fourth cocktail of the day, oops!

Needless to say my head was a little bit fuzzy the next morning but I can remember enough to tell you that Newcastle has some fantastic new bars to add to its already great list of watering holes! This is where we ended up on our bar crawl…

City Tavern

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Sipping champagne in the City Tavern, I’d soon forgotten what I wanted to go shopping for!

Just round the corner from Primark at the top of Northumberland Street, City Tavern is the perfect pit stop for shoppers. It’s recently been transformed from a bit of a dingy pub in to a stylish venue with real character and a fantastic choice of food and drink. The decor is really sumptuous and the vibe is laid back and friendly, not pretentious at all. City Tavern is dog friendly too and even has a special menu for pampered pooches!

Dat Bar

Dat Bar Decor

Dat Bar Decor

Dat Bar was formerly Pasquilinos, a lovely Italian bar/restaurant attached to Theatre Royal. It was one of my faves and I was sad to see it go but equally intrigued to see what it had become. The layout inside is pretty much the same as before but the decor is a lot more modern,  it features bespoke artwork from talented North East folk giving the place a unique character all of it’s own.

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Just SOME of the rather strong beers available!

As for the drinks, well, the De Giorgi family, (who have previously opened some of NewcastleGateshead’s best bars including Popolo and Alvinos) have pulled out the stops to offer something for everyone with a list of craft ales as long as your arm! There’s about 20 taps behind the bar, rotating over 50 types of ales and beers! The food looked pretty decent too, I was glad to see the sourdough pizza I used to love coming here for was still on the menu!

Harry’s Bar & Brasserie

Just across the road on Grey Street, we saw groups of people heading for Harry’s Bar and eager to continue our discovery of Newcastle’s newest bars we followed the crowds to see what all the fuss was about. First impressions were great, the atmosphere was really relaxed and friendly with a slightly older crowd, I think my James was the only person under 30 other than the staff who were all quite young and rather beautiful. The female staff wear shirts emblazoned with the words ‘beautiful, intelligent, cute, talented, Harry’s girl’ (this deliberately spells out ‘Bitch’ which seemed a bit out of character for what appeared to such a stylish place to be honest).

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I really fancied an Espresso Martini and was disappointed to see it wasn’t on the cocktail list but the bar staff happily offered to make me one anyway and it was perfect. So I’m giving Harry’s a thumbs up on the basis of excellent customer service!

Bonbar

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Bonbar’s main bar area

I had a sneak peek of what Bonbar had to offer when I was there for a bloggers preview of NE1’s Newcastle Fashion Week a few weeks ago and I was keen to go back and sample the menu* as it looked fab. James ordered a burger and I opted for chicken with a side dish of an ‘onion flower’ – I had no idea what this was going to be or whether it would go with my dish  but curiosity got the better of me and I’m pleased to say it tasted as good as it looked!

The curious 'onion flower'

The curious ‘onion flower’

Needless to say James was happy with his burger!

Needless to say James was happy with his burger!

The bar area also impressed, I could have happily worked my way through the whole cocktail list but as evening approached and people started to arrive in their glad-rags, I felt a bit under-dressed. I got the distinct impression that Bonbar is where the glamorous, party loving people of Newcastle come to show off their latest designer threads on a night out. I’ll definitely make a return visit but I’ll make sure my heels and my hair are both a lot bigger next time!

(*Our food at Bonbar was complimentary)

Have you tried any of the new bars, pubs or restaurants in Geordieland, what did you think? Where should I go next? Do you know about any others opening soon? Keep me posted people!

By Rachel Kershaw

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Rachel Kershaw

I'm a proud ambassador for all that's great about Geordieland and love sharing the best of what NewcastleGateshead has to offer. I may not be a Geordie born and bred but I've lived here for a over a decade and am proud to call this fabulous region my home!

4 Comments

  1. This is such a great idea! When my sister came up to Newcastle a few months ago we had a girly shopping day and she suggested popping to Barluga for a cocktail half way through our haul and it was such a fantastic idea. I loved it and wondered why I didn’t do it more often!

    Not been to Dat Bar yet, have to say I’m a little gutted that Pasquilinos closed before I’d had a chance to make a visit. Will be giving Dat Bar a try at some point though.

    Not made it to Harrys yet either, although I have had a lovely long look at their window display which is very impressive. Always exciting when something new pops up 😀

    And as for Bonbar, still haven’t been .. still dying to go! Need to pull my finger out! I’m thinking maybe one night mid week after work … before the glamorous folk arrive!

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

    • Hi Chloe, shopping and cocktails always makes for a perfect Saturday if you ask me! I’ve heard lots of rumours about even more new bars opening soon in the city centre too, exciting times! 😉

  2. I am LOVING all the new bars and restaurants popping up – seems to be one every week at the moment!

    I tried Sohe recently. Absolutely lush Asian Fusion restaurant at the top of Osborne Road, next to Berlise. Food was delicious, cocktails fantastic, staff really friendly. http://www.sohe.co.uk/

    Two Fifths is next on my hit list. It opened last week, some intriguing photos on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Fifths/180959901949596

    Metropolis and All Seeing Eye also opened last week. Metropolis is above Revolution I think and All Seeing Eye is above Perdu. I’m sure there’s a new tequila/Mexican-themed bar around there too. So many new bars Collingwood Street is actually having to expand upwards! x

    • Hi Carmel, it’s great isn’t it, loving your suggestions! I went to Two Fifths the other night, it was really quirky and lots of fun, Metropolis is next on my list! I’ve also by having a sneaky look through the windows to check out the building work going on at The Tyneside Cinema and the former Popolos, more nights out in the Toon are definitely on the cards!

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