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Life is not normal at the minute in NewcastleGateshead and the North East and we're all getting our heads around the latest round of restrictions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in the UK.  However, bars, pubs and restaurants across Newcastle and Gateshead are still open and offer you a chance to escape the same four-walls for a swift half with your household or 'support bubble', we all must work together to be responsible and stick to the new government guidelines which were brought in on Friday 18 September and then further tightened from Wednesday 30 September.

Tightened local lockdown restrictions in NewcastleGateshead and the wider North East means that restaurants, bars and pubs:

  • will only provide table service
  • will close at 10pm (with many serving last orders about 9.30pm).
  • table numbers are limited to 6 people.
  • it is a legal requirement that you only go with members of your household or support bubble.

Whilst most pubs and bars remain open, others like Barluga, Bealim House, Pacific House and Mushroom in Newcastle have decided to close temporarily, until restrictions lift.

Individual venues may have implemented further changes too and all pubs and bars in NewcastleGateshead have worked hard to adapt how they cater for visitors and ensure they keep you and their staff safe and prevent the spread of coronavirus. Measures include spaced out tables for better social distancing, essential pre-booking at some venues and new apps to enable visitors to order from their table and avoid crowding at bars - let's be honest, table service in bars is a real plus! Let's keep enjoying ourselves but making sure that we look after ourselves, the staff and our loved ones too. 

Don't forget, in order for bars, pubs and restaurants to be fully closed at 10pm in line with government restrictions, they will need to implement their own last orders which will mean that you will have to finish up and be out before the 10pm. Thanks for helping these businesses stick to the new 10pm curfew by being patient and following their individual time frames.

Local brewers and pubs have kept fans of craft beer in good supply with delivery and takeaway beers during recent weeks and pubs such as local favourite The Free Trade, will continue to provide a click and collect service until they are ready to reopen.

Read on for a list of bars, pubs and breweries that are ready to welcome you in NewcastleGateshead.

Which pubs are open in NewcastleGateshead?

BREWERY Trakol at By the River Brew Co HERO

By The River Brew Co. Gateshead Quayside - seats on outside riverside terrace  

  • Now open Wednesday - Friday from 5pm; Saturday & Sunday from 12noon.
  • No pre-booking, walk up only
  • Table service only
  • The Hawker Market is remains closed but Fat Hippo will be selling takeaway food on the terrace.

With chilled vibes, excellent locally brewed craft beer and unrivalled views along the River Tyne – By The River Brew Co quickly became a must-visit destination on Gateshead Quayside when it opened 2 years ago. Be aware that By The River Brew Co is likely to be on a lot of people’s must-visit list and will be busy. The Tap Room bar area inside has been absorbed into Trakol restaurant to accommodate seated diners. It is essential to pre-book a table if you wish to sit inside and use the restaurant.

Punters arriving for a beer at By The River Brew Co will be greeted and escorted to a table on the riverside beer terrace.

    CLOSED Town Wall, Newcastle

    • Town Wall has decided to close temporarily due to the restrictions imposed around covid-19.
    • Walk up, no pre-booking
    • Table service only
    • Serves food and drink

      The Redhouse, Newcastle Quayside - outdoor seating available

      • Now open
      • Pre-book a table by e-mailing: and a member of the team will be in touch to confirm your booking.

      The Akenside, Newcastle Quayside 

      • Now open
      • Bookings are advisable

      CLOSED Wylam Brewery at Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park - beer garden available

      Unfortunately - as a result of recent and tightening local lockdown restrictions in Newcastle, Wylam Brewery have decided to temporarily close their Tap Room at Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park. Any scheduled events have also been cancelled.

      During the closure of Wylam Brewery at Palace of Art, why not consider purchasing your beers directly from their webstore or in the numerous wonderful independent pubs, bottle shops and beer bars that are still currently trading.

        South Causey Inn, Gateshead - beer garden available 

        • Now open
        • Book in advance for a special welcome back event - Pie and Pint! - on Sunday 5 July.

        The Bridge Tavern, Newcastle Quayside - outdoor, sheltered roof terrace available

        • Now open
        • No need to pre-book

        City Tavern, Newcastle city centre

        • Now open
        • Pre-book online for food and drink
        • City Tavern have introduced a new ‘isolation lounge’ for groups of 6 people to enjoy a standing only drinks experience!

        Old George Inn, Newcastle

        • Now open
        • First come, first served walk-ups.
        • Download the 'My Pub' app to order your food and drink.
        • Tables may be limited to 2-hours only and it will be a strictly seated situation! (no standing with your pints!) operation.

        Brewdog, Newcastle

        • Now open
        • Pre-booking available but walk-ups will be accommodated subject to availability
        • Staff will monitor numbers and it will be at table service only.
        • Pizza and drinks.

        Tyne Bar, Ouseburn - beer garden available 

        With a new glitter ball in place and a lockdown revamp to the interior, The Tyne Bar have been busy during lockdown. The go-to Ouseburn pub, however, will not reopen on the first Saturday but will wait until Monday 6 July to reopen their doors. More details are set to be announced about how this will work.

        The Free Trade, Ouseburn - beer garden available 

        • Not opening on 4 July - the small pub is understandably taking their time to make sensible plans for reopening and have promised that more details will follow soon.

        The Free Trade have been offering a Click and collect service during lockdown which will continue for the time being. 

        The Cluny, Ouseburn - outdoor space on the green in Ouseburn

        • Reopened on Monday 6 July
        • Inside it will be an at table service only while takeaway drinks can be enjoyed outside.
        • There are no plans for the return of live music events just yet.

        The Cumberland Arms, Ouseburn - outdoor space

        • The Cumberland Arms has reopened with spaced out, outside seating and will provide table service.

        Dog & Parrot, Newcastle - roof terrace available 

        • Dog & Parrot is now open and taking advanced bookings as well as allowing for some walk-ups.

        Earl of Pitt Street, Newcastle

        • Earl of Pitt Street will be reopening for food and drink from Thursday 10 September.

        Central Bar, Gateshead - roof terrace available

        • Has now reopened and ready to welcome you for a pint!

        These bars and pubs are temporarily closed:

        • Barluga
        • Bealim House
        • Quilted Camel
        • Mushroom
        • Pacific House

        Which bars are open in NewcastleGateshead?

        Masterclass HERO Banyan

        Banyan Newcastle, Newcastle city centre  - outdoor seating available

        • Now open
        • Pre-booking essential for the first two weekends.
        • Table service only  
        • Food and drink.

        97 & Social, Jesmond

        • Now open
        • Inside tables only -  pre-book here. Some walk ups available now too.
        • Maximum table booking is 6 people.
        • Just drinks - 97 & Social will not be serving food just yet.

        Aveika, Newcastle Quayside 

        • Now open for bar and restaurant bookings 
        • Advanced booking essential for reserved tables in the bar area (minimum spend and group size apply)
        • Contact Aveika directly (0191 233 372 or online bookings)

        Pleased To Meet You, Newcastle

        • Now open
        • Pre-book via email: or telephone 0191 3405137
        • All bookings will be provisional and confirmed on a first come first served basis for both food and drinks.

        Pitcher and Piano, Newcastle Quayside - ample outdoor seating available

        • Now open
        • Pre-booking strongly advised for indoor seating
        • Food and drink

        Where there is ample outdoor seating, summer weather along Newcastle Quayside is obviously very unpredictable and Pitcher and Piano can’t promise providing indoor seating if the weather turns!

        The Continental, Newcastle

        • Now open
        • Pre-booking advised – it’s a narrow and intimate bar so best to plan ahead. Book via email or contact the bar via their Facebook.
        • Just drinks

        WC Newcastle

        • Now open
        • Pre-booking is essential at the city centre wine bar.

        The Holy Hobo, Jesmond - full outdoor beached-theme beer garden

        • Now open with a new outdoor beach-themed beer garden in Jesmond.
        • Advanced table booking is advised

        Market Shaker, Newcastle city centre - outdoor, sheltered beer garden

        • Now open with a brand new outdoor, pop-up cocktail bar! 

        Stack Newcastle - all outdoors! 

        • Now open
        • Pre-book your table
        • There will be no live entertainment or events for the time being but you can bring the vibe!
        • Street food and drinks

        The Botanist, Newcastle - roof terrace available 

        • Now open
        • Pre-booking restaurant reservations up to 6 people.
        • No drop in for bar area
        • Food and drinks

        Lola Jeans, Newcastle

        • Now open
        • Order collection or delivery food, cocktails and beers from Lola Jeans in Newcastle and Tynemouth using their online booking form, seven days a week.

        Leila Lily’s, Newcastle

        • Now open

        Colonel Porters, Newcastle

        • Now open

        The Muddler, Newcastle

        • Now open and taking bookings

        Alvino's Bar, Newcastle - roof terrace

        • Now open

        Mother Mercy

        • Now open

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