On Sunday 31 March, the clocks go back and despite that nip in the air it’ll officially be British Summer Time. We all know that means one thing: ‘tis the season to indulge in some al fresco drinking, come rain or shine. Hopefully the latter, but when have us Geordies ever been ones to let a little adverse weather deter us from a drink or ten?
So, what better time is there to take a look at all the amazing beer gardens and rooftop terraces the watering holes of Newcastle have to offer? For a city that isn’t exactly known for its sunny weather, we certainly have a lot of al fresco drinking options at our disposal.
In fact, we’re spoilt for choice. From the city centre and the Quayside to neighbourhoods like Ouseburn and Jesmond, there’s loads of great terraces and beer gardens in Newcastle perfect for a cold drink on a hot day. Here’s our round-up of the very best, area by area.
The City Centre
Since the city centre has so many beer gardens and rooftop terraces, deciding on what kind of drink and vibe you’re after is a good place to start when choosing where to head.
For a refreshing cocktail or crisp glass of wine, Barluga and The Botanist are always a good choice. The former has a lovely terrace out back while the latter boasts one of the best roof terraces in town featuring its own bar, cute garden sheds for shelter and some of the best views of the city you’re likely to see.
If it’s proper beer and laidback vibes you’re after The Telegraph’s real ales and roof terrace are great as is CAMRA approved pub The Bridge Hotel whose beer garden has gorgeous views of the Tyne’s many bridges. For a mix of both craft beers and cocktails, Alvinos or The Forth are ideal destinations and both have terraces that are small but cosy and quirky.
Gin fiends can’t wrong with a trip to Pleased to Meet You whose pretty terrace is decked out with cute sheds and greenhouses. And finally, for a bit of everything at budget prices the student haven that is The Hancock’s spacious beer garden is perfect.
Quayside hotspot Pitcher & Piano has two outdoor spaces – a roof terrace and a ground-level terrace – and its enviable position bang on the Tyne means unbeatable views of the Baltic, the Sage and the Millennium Bridge. A bit further upriver is The Quayside Wetherspoons. Perfect for budget drinks, it’s got a courtyard to the rear and a great beer garden overlooking the Tyne.
Tucked slightly away from the riverside is The Bridge Tavern which features a ground-floor beer garden and a rooftop terrace ideal for sampling its craft beers. Just a conveniently short stroll away is Aveika with a street-side patio that’s perfect for people watching and courtyard garden with handy retractable roof for when the weather’s not so nice.
Over on the Gateshead side of the Tyne, container community By the River Brew Co is a top destination for a drink or two in the summer sun. Grab a seat outside overlooking the river or head to the HWKRMRKT where there’s beer hall-style benches and street food aplenty.
A hop, skip and a jump away is The Central Bar where a roof terrace atop its quirky, wedge-shaped building is a lovely spot to sample its craft beers and real ales.
Lovely, leafy Jesmond has plenty of places perfect for an al fresco drink or two. Head to the bustling Osborne Road and its namesake Osbornes for happy hours drinks on its heated terrace before bar-hopping to neighbouring 97 & Social for cocktails on its pretty patio.
Closer to town As You Like It has a lovely little terrace decked out in fairy lights while over in Jesmond Vale, The Bluebell boasts one of the best beer gardens in Newcastle alongside a laidback vibe and top notch pub grub.
It’s no secret that al fresco drinks in gorgeous Ouseburn are a summertime must-do and with all its best beer gardens within easy walking distance of each other, it’s practically begging for a pub crawl.
Start at The Cumberland Arms where on Fridays you can enjoy beer and cider on its terrace alongside street food and live music. Next, pop along to The Ship Inn where the picnic tables out front are perfect for sampling its craft beers and veggie and vegan eats.
Across the Ouseburn and towards the riverside, The Tyne Bar’s beer garden is fantastic and its position under the Glasshouse Bridge means a bit of rain isn’t a problem. Finally, The Free Trade Inn boasts two beer gardens with unrivalled views of the Tyne. Better yet, all these Ouseburn pubs are dog-friendly so four-legged friends are always welcome.
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