Best Student Bars in Newcastle
Check out our picks for the best student bars in Newcastle!
Newcastle’s students are known for being some of the biggest party animals in the country, and it’s not surprising given the wealth of nightlife on offer! Newcastle’s best student bars offer everything from cheap drinking holes and down-to-earth brewpubs to chic garden-themed cocktail bars and swanky celeb hangouts. Here’s our guide to making the most of your uni years by finding the best student bars in Newcastle without blowing that student loan!
Easily one of Newcastle’s favourite student bars, Florita’s tropical-themed goodness keeps the punters coming back for more with great drinks offers and a fun, light-hearted vibe. Tuesday nights are THE time to be seen here when the bar hosts their legendary Wakiki party. Fusing influences from Ibiza, Las Vegas, Hawaii and Cancun, this epic night is guaranteed to drive away the blues and make you forget all about those grey Newcastle skies.
Students also love Monday nights at Florita’s which are given over to Club Tropicana which tends to be a bit more dressy than Wakiki. Cocktails are definitely the drink of choice for Trop regulars, and the menu features all the classics as well as more unusual offerings like the Cherry Pop sharer which comes with popping candy. Another fun one is the Milk Bottle Slushies for two people which come served up in six miniature milk bottles with old school straws.
Cocktail prices start at £7.50 and you can pick up a beer for under a fiver, but the savvy students know to stock up during Happy Hour which runs from Sunday to Friday between 5pm and 10pm. During that nice long 5-hour window it’s two-for-one on everything on the drinks menu!
The Botanist (£££)
With a very Instagramable decor and amazing views out onto Grey’s Monument, this gorgeous oasis is unbeatable for a romantic date night or special evening out with the girls. If the weather’s good get there early to snag a table in the cute garden or sit near the bar under the lofty ceiling dome which floods the interior with bright natural light.
When you can finally bear to drag your eyes away from the scenery to check out the menu, head straight to their impressive plant-themed cocktail list which includes delights like the Poppy and Pomegranate Martini and the spicy Thai Chilli Crush which is served with Tanqueray gin. If beer’s more your thing, they also have a very strong selection of lagers, IPAs, ciders and speciality Belgian beers so you’re sure to find something you like. Prices start at £7.50 for a cocktail or £4.20 for a bottled beer.
Food options range from simple but delicious bar snacks like pork crackling, chipolatas and calamari through to hearty classic British mains like fish and chips and steak and ale pies. For those who are feeling a little more adventurous, try their famous “Hanging Kebabs” which come served on a long vertically-suspended skewer!
Fans of Geordie Shore will love this little bar on Mosley Street which is a fave pre-club stop for the infamous cast. Though it might be small on the inside, it’s incredibly popular with students almost every night of the week thanks to the intimate vibe, free entry, and possibility of ending up in the background of the show!
Bijoux’s celeb connections mean it tends to draw a stylish crowd so be sure to scrub up a bit before heading down there. That doesn’t mean that you’ll have to fork out a fortune on drinks, though, thanks to their great offers like three vodka trebles or three bottles of beer for a modest £5.95! If you fancy a more glamorous party experience or you’re celebrating a big birthday, consider booking one of their three VIP booths along with one of their sharer drinks packages which start at £100.
Bijoux boasts live DJ sets seven nights a week which focus on R&B, house and urban tunes guaranteed to get you on the packed dance floor. The favorite night for students is usually Tueday when Bijoux hosts Prekiki night to get you in the mood for Newcastle’s biggest student club night, Wakiki at Florita’s!
The Bridge Tavern (££)
This unpretentious, anything-goes brewpub is a firm favourite Newcastle student bar for serving up authentic real ales that are made right there onsite. Their microbrewery is set on the ground floor of the building and they even have an in-house brewer who toils away every day making small batches of cask and keg ale!
As well as the stunning ales, The Bridge Tavern has an inspiring food menu that’s sure to win the heart of even the most demanding foodie. Nibble on some Beetroot Pickled Eggs or Sichuan Pickled Veg while you wait for your huge Meat Plank sharer, Barbecued Lamb Curry, or Ground Short Rib Burger. If you can, try to save space for their heavenly Sticky Date Pudding served with Butterscotch sauce.
Given the hipster vibe and strong presence of well-groomed beards, you might be surprised to learn that prices are pretty reasonable. Bar snacks start at £1.95 and mains from £9.95, while their generous sharer platters cost £13.95. With a pint setting you back around £5-6, this is the ideal spot for a delicious treat rather than a regular hangout, but once you’ve tried their ales we’re sure you’ll be back! Definitely worthy of a slot in our Newcastle student bars compilation!
Pleased To Meet You (£££)
If you’re looking for somewhere fancier than your average Newcastle student bar to take your hot new date or to impress your parents, Pleased To Meet You has everything you need and more. Set in a gorgeous Grade II listed building, the venue is home to a gin bar, a cool underground cocktail bar called The Viceroy and a 100-cover restaurant.
Start out in the main bar with one of their quirky cocktails like “Black Berry Had a Child” or “The Lumberjack”, or try their fun craft beer tasting flight which includes three samples of cask ales for £4. If you’re after a bargain, make sure you drop by between 5pm and 7pm Monday to Friday for their £5 cocktail offer which is valid on 5 different cocktails.
When you start to feel peckish, check out their 3 for £10 on small plates offer or head over to the restaurant for a delicious meal. Pick two courses from their full dinner menu for a very modest £12.95 if you order before 7pm on Monday to Friday. Highlights include the Scottish Mussels, Open Lasagne of Summer Squash and Slow Cooked Pork Belly. If you’re still up for more after that feast, head down to The Viceroy in the basement where you can enjoy lively DJ nights at the weekend and the same great drinks offers that are available upstairs.
Spy Bar (£)
The Jesmond suburb just north of Newcastle city centre has become a popular student hangout thanks to its bustling bars and pubs which are concentrated on and around Osborne Road. You’ll find some of Newcastle’s top student bars here like the popular Spy Bar which boasts a chic modern interior, buzzy outside terrace and plenty of budget-friendly food and drinks offers.
Head down on Tuesdays to get two-for-one on their delicious pizzas from midday to close or pick up BOGOF cocktails on weekdays between midday and 7pm. If you’re planning to hit the clubs after, take advantage of their bargain £5 Round which is available every day from 9pm to 10pm and includes two double mixers and a shot. Spy Bar is especially popular with students on Sundays when Happy Hour lasts all day with free or half-price drinks up for grabs with their push-the-button game.
Spy Bar is also the ideal place for sports fans thanks to the ten 40-inch screens spread throughout the venue which show all the big games. They even offer an 8-pint beer “sharer” to and a great selection of generous American-style burgers to keep you fed and watered throughout the match.
If your idea of a good night out is cheap drinks, loud tunes, and a big dancefloor where you can party like you just don’t care, Digital is the perfect Newcastle student bar for you. Once ranked the 11th Best Club in the World by DJ Magazine, the bar offers not one but four dance floors, capacity for 2,200 people, and a constant lineup of top DJs spinning the decks.
Monday night at Digital is the city’s oldest running club night and an institution for Newcastle’s student population thanks to the 80p entry charge before midnight and great music which leaves no genre untouched. It’s the kind of place you can come with all your mates knowing that everyone will find something they like. To keep you fueled up for all that fancy legwork, Monday nights also come with a selection of £1 drinks offers.
If you fancy heading out at the weekend, don’t miss Saturday nights which are curated by Digital’s resident DJ, Felix Leiter. Entry is just £6 before midnight if you’re on the Guest List and you can also get special student drinks prices like £2.50 double vodka and mixers with your entry.
Bar Blanc (£)
Last up on our best student bars in Newcastle list is Bar Blanc. Set in the heart of the upmarket Jesmond neighbourhood, Bar Blanc is one of Newcastle’s most popular student bars thanks to their super cheap drinks offers. Head down on Tuesdays to enjoy £2 deals on selected draught beers, Jagerbombs and double vodka and mixer. Girls will also be happy to know that Thursday nights are Ladies Nights when you can get your hands on a bottle of wine for just £8 or two-for-one cocktails.
As if that wasn’t enough, Bar Blanc also has a legendary Happy Hour from 5pm to 7pm Monday to Friday. Punters hit the button on the bar to be in with the chance of scoring a free drink, half price drink, two-for-one offer or a £1.00 pint! Those who are particularly unlucky will have to pay full price, but with a glass of wine costing just £3.00 and cocktails starting at £3.95, even that feels like a good deal.
Inside the vibe is cosy and inviting with plenty of space for large groups of mates. If the weather’s warm there’s a pleasant outdoors terrace that’s perfect for sipping a chilled pint or two and indulging in a spot of people-watching.
There we go! That rounds up our picks of the best student bars in Newcastle. We hope you’ve enjoyed your read, check out some of our other posts to explore the nations favourite student bars in other cities.