Top ten pubs in Newcastle

Peter and Maud show you their top tier pubbing options on the Tyne.

multiple writers
8th March 2022
Credit: Maud Webster
For the last three years, we have been intensively studying the pubs, bars, ale houses and taverns of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Based on a qualitative assessment of drinks, prices and vibes, we present the findings of our in-depth study.
Credit: Maud Webster

The Carriage

A gorgeous pub, close to Jesmond Metro station, The Carriage has a prime location between Jesmond and the city centre. Located in the old Jesmond train station building, now decked out with a fireplace, free jukebox, arcade machines and cocktails on tap. On top of all this there’s delicious vegan food and a constantly updated supply of cask ales.

Crown Posada

A hidden gem by the quayside, under the arches of the Tyne Bridge. The old man vibes might be too much for some, but the cosy interior which looks like it’s been preserved exactly for the last 100 years is worth a visit alone. Check out the stained glass and sample some lovely beers (but be careful of one dangerously strong coffee-flavoured stout).

Cumberland Arms

Make the trek up the Ouseburn to this quirky, standalone pub building and be rewarded with nice old pub traditional-ish vibes, board games and a big ol’ fire. The Cumberland Arms has been around since 1899 (!) and has retained the same layout since. Look out for the schedule of folky gigs, especially as it celebrates its 20th anniversary (under current management) this year.

Tyne Bar

Cheapish pints, an expansive beer garden and nestled between the Quayside and the Ouseburn Valley: the Tyne Bar is a top spot for an evening down the pub. Head here on Thursdays for their Burger + a Pint deal to also sample some delicious pub grub. It also holds an array of music events, if that’s your jam. 

Free Trade Inn

A pub so iconic it has its own merch, head up the hill from Tyne Bar to the Free Trade Inn. As well as a cosy interior it boasts a beer garden with stunning views of the Quayside in all its glory. The bar offers a strong selection of casks to appeal to hardcore ale-heads but with a friendly atmosphere that’s neither too hipstery nor old fashioned. Don’t miss Pizza Nights on Wednesdays supplied by Sandyford’s Scream for Pizza.

The Punch Bowl

This place has a crazy variety of booze on tap as well as eccentric decor. It may be a little pricey but worth the visit on a special occasion if you're after fun and quirky vibes, and lots of choice in drinks. 


Student discounts, live sports and right by campus. There’s nothing exciting in the way of drinks here - a Guinness is your best bet in lieu of cask ales, while the food offered is standard, solid pub fare. That said, it’s fun, cheap enough and a good place to start a night.

Trent House

A first year staple, Trent House offers a cosy and intimate pub vibe and also a very good quiz every Wednesday for all you intellectual students. Sports on the telly and pool upstairs mean the “world famous” Trent House is the complete package.

Bar Loco

Trent House’s little sister, Bar Loco is a city centre classic. It’s a quick walk from uni and most student accommodation. Although less ‘pubby’ than some on this list; with cool decor, pizzas and cocktails Bar Loco has a lot to offer. 

Brinkburn Brewery

A bit of a wildcard choice to complete the constellation of Ouseburn establishments, this brewery has its own bar with impeccable vibes. It's not exactly ‘Spoons prices but then it’s not exactly ‘Spoons. There’s also a tent inside (?) full of sofas. Zany. 

If there’s a hidden gem we’ve missed, send us your recommendations so we can do more ‘research’!

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