The North East Bars you Need to Try
167 Walker Road, Hoult’s Yard, Newcastle NE6 2BS
0191 481 4114
Awarded the 2020 Beer 52 Newcomer of the Year, Full Circle Brew Co offer an immersive experience from their base in Hoults Yard. Settle into the glass-fronted tap room overlooking the brewery and beer production while sipping on one of the 20 different cask and keg products on offer. Alongside the brewery’s vast selection of seasonal ales and guest taps, there’s an award-winning selection of local wines, spirits and tasty cocktails to choose from. Scream for Pizza are also on-site, providing tasty treats to complement your tipple of choice.
63 Bridge Street, Morpeth NE61 1PQ
This former auction house has a new lease of life as a stand-out bar (with rooms due to open soon) in the heart of Morpeth, serving delicious signature cocktails and statement drinks with molecular techniques, for impressively Instagram-able beverages. Bottomless brunch runs Thursday through to Sunday in this quirky new bar.
Kork Wine And Deli
74 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay NE26 2NE
Inspired by the natural wine they found travelling in Barcelona, Kork Wine and Deli specialise in organic and natural wines and local produce. Filling a gap in the market, making limited international wines available in the North East, Kork now provide unique drink servings to customers across the region, as well as a handy delivery service throughout the UK too.
Carruthers & Kent
3A Elmfield Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 4AY
With over 500 artisan wines and counters full of cheeses and charcuterie, Carruthers & Kent is a great wine and bottle shop in the heart of Gosforth. The first enoteca in the North East, you can meet friends, relax in the lounge or bar and choose from a selection of 16 wines which change monthly, order a flight of wines, or choose a bottle from the shelf to pair with small bites. Carruthers & Kent also provide in-store try-and-buy services and monthly subscription options – a one-of-a-kind service in the North East.
77a High Street, Yarm TS15 9BG
Try new and exciting wines, or rediscover old favourites, at this cosy bar and shop which has more than 200 in stock. Their team of experts will guide you through the ever-changing wine list which you can buy to enjoy at home, or why not pull up a stool and enjoy a quiet glass with friends, accompanied by charcuterie and small plates from the deli?
375 Walker Road, Byker, Newcastle NE6 2AB
0191 265 2828
Founded in 2011, Tyne Bank Brewery caters to the North’s historic love of beer under one massive roof – a 13,00 square foot warehouse, complete with tap room and event space – on the edge of the Ouseburn. They pour passion into every beer and craft ale they produce, as well as hosting an array of events and performances. The brewery serves everything from Rhubarb & Custard Oatmeal Pale Ale to Monument, a British bitter with dark berry character.
Slainsfield, Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland TD12 4TP
Located on the Ford & Etal Estate, Cheviot Brewery produce locally-inspired, traditional cask and bottled ales, as well as hosting brewery tours and tasting sessions at the on-site tap room bar. The brewery are about to launch Cheviot Glamping, so you can booze in style while staying in one of their comfortable pods among the rolling Cheviot hills.
9–11 Bedford Street, Middlesbrough TS1 2LL
The Nuthatch in Middlesbrough invested in a copper pot still at the start of the pandemic. Since then, they have perfected their recipe and created the first gin distilled in Middlesbrough, offering a range of delicious flavours and distills. They also use their gin in the delicious cocktails available from their quirky bar, so you can try The Nuthatch’s carefully crafted recipe on-site.
The Cheese & Wine Shop
8 Clarks Yard, Darlington DL3 7QH
Serving hard-to-find local cheeses and fine wines since 1999, The Cheese and Wine Shop have long been charming the North East with quality and expertise. Whether it’s an everyday bottle to spruce up your dreary Monday evening, or a fine wine to wow your guests over the weekend – the experts here will guide you in finding a memorable bottle, bespoke hamper or even a celebratory grazing box and wine flight.
The Black Olive
10–12 Middleton Road, Hartlepool TS24 0UJ
For a first-class wining and dining experience, check out Hartlepool’s Black Olive Champagne and cocktail bar. Sip on an expertly-mixed cocktail and peruse the extensive menu, carefully crafted by skilful mixologists. Be sure to try out the bar’s retro Sweet Corner cocktail menu, filled with sweet treats and boozy twists on your classic cocktail favourites.
1 St Bede’s, East Boldon NE36 0LE
0191 536 3762
Working with passionate wine experts to produce an extensive wine list, Blacks Corner bring the very best of international wine to East Boldon. From small family-run vineyards to the best organic growers, they offer a specialist wine experience in the comfort of their restaurant, or you can order and enjoy at home.
39 Front Street, Bishop Auckland DL14 9HL
Enjoy a selection of funky IPAs, pale ales and stout beers from the characterful tap room here, or join a guided tour with brewery founder Danny McColl, that takes you through the brewing process and includes three free beer tasters of your choice.
Foxtons Wine Bar
26 Hide Hill, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1AB
This popular wine bar not only serve up a delectable food menu, but they are renowned for their extensive wine menu, bringing a superb selection of international wines to the heart of Berwick. Foxton’s also host a fun-filled Bottomless Boozy Brunch, with unlimited prosecco and mimosas served alongside their brilliant brunch dishes.
The Drunken Duck
91–91a Claypath, Durham DH1 1RG
With a decked out treehouse terrace and funky decor and lighting throughout, The Drunken Duck, formerly The John Duck, is a now a newly revamped cocktail bar serving an array of witty cocktail recipes to sip on while enjoying live music and DJ performances. Stop by for a buzzing atmosphere and a refreshing summer drink.
The Old George Yard, 44 Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE
Tucked away in the Cloth Market is Mother Mercy – a hidden gem in the heart of Newcastle. This basement cocktail bar boasts an extensive cocktail list, as well as takeaway bottles of booze to enjoy at home. Can’t decide what to drink? The bar host a Mother Knows Best Twist of Fate spin. Take a spin and see what is served up – it could be anything from your favourite cocktail to one of the killer prizes.