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A local’s guide to the Newcastle bars you might not typically have heard of

From City Centre to further afield

Newcastle’s range of bars and clubs is massive, meaning that many can often get overlooked. So, for any new students coming from across the country or even world, or for Newcastle born freshers who are sick of the same old, here’s a list of some of our city’s best bars and clubs that you won’t be seeing on any freshers bar crawls – from a Geordie gal who knows the craic.

Revolucion de Cuba

Located in the Cloth Market and serving both food and drink, Revs de Cuba brings a little bit of Latin sunshine to the city centre. With 2 for £10 cocktails served Monday to Friday, a huge roof terrace which is often jam packed and an undeniably summery vibe, it’s THE place to be when the sun is shining. They even offer bottomless brunch on weekend mornings- the perfect hangover cure.


Located down near central station, Tokyo is a plush cocktail bar but also hosts house and techno DJs all week long, which many uni students don't realise! Open late, their unique rooftop terrace featuring a disco ball is a great place to either get your night started or to party all night long.


Located near Central Station, Jalou is a local's favourite hip-hop bar in the city. With an extensive cocktail menu (we'd recommend cookie monster) and happy hour from Monday to Friday, Jalou is perfect for either sit down drinks or dancing all night.


If you’re fancying something classy, Aveika, located on the Quayside, is the place you want to be. Perfect for celebrating your new uni mate’s birthdays, they cater to parties of all sizes with booth or full venue hire. The perfect night out when you want to go all out and spend that student loan.

Mimo Metropolis

Perfect for pre-drinks, this Miami themed gem is perhaps lesser known than the city’s other trebles bars – but with 3 for £7 Monday to Thursday, you can’t go wrong. Also, at the weekend, Mimos becomes two venues with upstairs sister club Metropolis, playing everything from R&B to techno to 90’s classics.

Cosmic Ballroom

Cosmic is slightly out of the city centre, residing in Chinatown and is THE club of choice if you’re an electronic music fan. With their Ill Behaviour Tuesday parties hosting different DJs each week, as well as ticketed shows such as Kettama and Mella Dee, it’s worth partying in the ballroom ASAP. As another plus, it’s located next to Spot White, another surprising hidden gem in the form of a snooker and pool club open until 6am, so you can keep the party going.

Colbalt Studios

Cobalt Studios may not be Ouseburn's most well known bar, but this live music venue is certainly worth a visit. With everything from live bands to electronic music sets, as well as art exhibitions through the day if that's your vibe, Cobalt is Ouseburn's buried treasure.

Gosforth High Street

Not specifically one bar but rather a whole street of them, Gossy high street is like a quieter, more reserved Osborne Road, and is only a 10-minute taxi ride away from the city centre.

Perfect for a chilled night with the girls or for pres before a big one, it includes everything- a classic Wetherspoons in the form of the Job Bulman, posher pubs such as the Brandling Arms and stylish yet relaxed cocktail bars such as Barca and Barluga, situated inside an old church! It may not be as popular with students as Jesmond, but I, as a local, love it and recommend you give it a go!