Beer gardens reopen blog NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD

Since the easing of lockdown, NewcastleGateshead local's, eager to get out of the house, have made good use of the rise in alfresco dining, pub garden catch ups and pavement cafe meet ups. 

The return of a near-normal way of life means that fun indoors is also back on the agenda as restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs have safely reopened their indoor spaces too! However - the choice is still yours - book your table to sit inside or stick with the great outdoors and soak up the thrill along the bustling streets of Newcastle, Gateshead and the Quayside. 

Whatever the weather, embrace NewcastleGateshead's great outdoors by dining alfresco and catching up with your friends in beer gardens, roof terraces and pavement cafes. If you're looking to go full 'out out deluxe' then check out our guide to rooftop bars in Newcastle here.

Read on for our guide to beer gardens, roof terraces and alfresco dining in NewcastleGateshead...


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

  • By The River Brew Co open seven days a week for drinks and snacks
  • The Hawker Market is open Fridays - Sundays
  • No pre-booking required.
  • Indoor restaurant, Trakol is taking bookings (and is very popular!)

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 3 years ago. By The River Brew Co is most people's top choice for alfresco beer sipping when the sun shines on Tyneside.

The Hawker Market makes a much anticipated each spring and has a plethora of independent street food vendors serving up their tasty goods! There is a sturdy canopy for all-weather outdoor fun and table service too. 

    Central Bar, Gateshead - roof terrace available

    • Gateshead's The Central Bar has a new pavement, outdoor area as well as a roof terrace.
    • Pop-up street food is often available 
    • Keep updated via The Central Bar's Facebook page.

    The Redhouse, Newcastle Quayside - outdoor seating available

    Newcastle city centre

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

      • Wylam Brewery invite you to join them on the garden terrace for beers and burgers from midday 
      • Walk-ups, no pre-booking
      • Table service only

      Wylam Brewery at Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park is in the perfect surroundings for outdoor dining and supping a beer. There is plenty of outdoor seating too so a good option for last minute beers with burgers. You can pre-book for Sunday Lunches inside by emailing with the date, time, and the number of people who will be joining you. 

      City Tavern, Newcastle city centre - outdoor beer garden 

        City Tavern is tucked away along a side street off busy Newcastle high street, Northumberland Street. It's a fantastic, dog-friendly pub that serves up some tasty grub seven days a week. The city centre pub has also got a well-hidden and covered, outdoor area complete with cinema screen. Wrap up warm and we'll see you for a pint soon!

          Old George Inn, Newcastle - outdoor courtyard

          ALWAYS worth a visit - Newcastle's oldest pub has outdoor seating along the cobbles of the covered side street. Sit (or dance) beneath the festive bunting all year round at the Old George near the Bigg Market. 


            The Tyne Bar, Ouseburn - Beer garden

              The Tyne Bar is arguably one of the most popular pubs and beer gardens in Newcastle. Just on the cusp of Ouseburn and a short walk from the main action along Newcastle Quayside, The Tyne Bar has a brilliant outdoor space protected from the elements by the road bridge above. Complete with glitter ball - get yourselves along for a great time at Tyne Bar! 

              The Cluny - outdoor seating 

              Another great spot in popular Ouseburn - head to The Cluny and sit outside on the green!

                The Cumberland Arms, Ouseburn - Outdoor seating

                The Cumby, as it is affectionately known to locals, is a great spot for drinks any night of the week. There is amble outdoor seating in their beer garden too.

                The Ship Inn, Ouseburn - Outdoor seating

                The Ship Inn has expanded their outdoor seating to include an inviting wooden pagoda and plenty of benches to gather around. Certainly an Instagrammable spot in the Ouseburn! 

                Under the Bridge, Ouseburn - Beer garden

                Under The Bridge is a recent addition to Ouseburn and a great outdoor beer garden, complete with shipping container bar, burgers and live music.

                Arch 2, Ouseburn is also a great spot and protected from the elements by the Byker Bridge which runs overhead. Gather round the fire pit or sip beers in the perfect indoor/outdoor space.

                Which bars and restaurants have outdoor seating?

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                Newcastle city centre

                Blackfriars Restaurant and Bar - outdoor seating area

                The award-winning and independent Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle city centre is a must-visit restaurant on any visit to the Toon and has adapted so that it can reopen with plenty of outdoor dining space. Enjoy dining out with a touch of class and book an outdoor table at Blackfriars to tuck into Sunday Lunch, afternoon tea or fine-dining in its historic setting. Never fear, Blackfriars are prepared for the chillier weather too providing heated parasols to snuggle beneath.

                The Hudson - Pavement cafe 

                Stylish hotel bar, The Hudson has a intimate pavement cafe with outdoor seating for you and friends to have a long-awaited catch up. Just turn up and take a seat, or why not head inside for a cocktail? Find out more on The Hudson's website.

                  Horticulture, Newcastle

                  Horticulture serves brunch, drinks and small bites as well as lunch and main meals in the evening inside their fabulous restaurant. They also have a stylish outdoor terrace.

                  Book online:

                    Banyan Newcastle, Newcastle city centre  - outdoor seating available

                      City centre bar, Banyan Newcastle have an outdoor seating area at the foot of Grey's Monument in the centre of Newcastle - right in the midst of all the action! Whatever your reason for being out and about in Newcastle, enjoy socialising with 2-4-1 cocktails seven-days a week! Their popular Bottomless Brunch also made a welcome comeback in 2021... so gather your friends and make a weekend of it.

                      Find out more from the Banyan Newcastle website

                      Chaophraya at Eldon Square, Newcastle

                      Stunning Thai restaurant Chaophraya in Eldon Square has a covered rooftop bar and restaurant area as well as bird's eye views of Newcastle city centre and Grey's Monument.

                      Book your table indoors and outdoors directly with Chaophraya online.

                        STACK Newcastle

                          STACK is the ultimate outdoor street food haven in the centre of Newcastle! Grab a bench at STACK Newcastle and take your pick of a wide range of flavours from sushi to Lebanese wraps, dirty fries to stonebaked pizzas. This is the perfect day-to-night venue and look out for the return of their popular live music events. With plenty of canopies and covered seating, heaters and fire pits - STACK is a great option for eating outside in Newcastle whatever the weather.

                            Kafeneon, Newcastle city centre - outdoor seating area

                              A firm favourite in Newcastle, Kafeneon serves up colourful plates of Greek mezze and some top notch cocktails! The city centre restaurant has expand its outdoor dining area so that even more of you can tuck into their flavour-filled Greek food, alfresco in Newcastle. Find out more

                                  Barluga, Newcastle city centre - excellent outdoor covering & heaters

                                        Situated on Grey Street, Barluga is a stylish bar serving up food and cocktails seven days a week. The city centre bar and restaurant has an impressive (and importantly, covered!) Alfresco Terrace too. Book a table and sit outside at Barluga where you will be well looked after with electric heaters, blankets and protection from the elements.

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

                                          If you've not been to Market Shaker for a slice of pizza and a cocktail then what have you been doing? A popular and lively bar beside Newcastle's Bigg Market which has a great outdoor bar area. Find out more on Market Shaker Facebook page.

                                            The Botanist, Newcastle - Indoor and roof terrace

                                            The Botanist in Newcastle is a great place to dine out or enjoy a drink in the centre of Newcastle. They have a covered roof garden and bar area with views of Newcastle city centre and the bustling streets below. Find a nook to cosy up or catch up under the twinkle of lights in The Botantist's atmospheric outdoor terrace.

                                              Revolucion de Cuba, Newcastle city centre 

                                              You might not have realised but Revolucion de Cuba in Newcastle's Bigg Market has an excellent roof terrace complete with canopy so you can enjoy cocktails, Latin-inspired flavours and pretend you're on holiday, all year round! Turn up to find a space for cocktails on the terrace or enjoy a meal indoors (or alfresco) with friends. Tuck into tasty Spanish tapas, Bottomless Brunch, long lunches or learn a trick or two on a Cocktail Masterclass.

                                                  YOLO Townhouse, High Bridge - outdoor seating

                                                  Yolo Townhouse along the cobbles of High Bridge Street in Newcastle has a set of outdoor tables as well as a secluded and intimate roof terrace.  Enjoy a cocktail and a catch up outside at YOLO Townhouse watch the world go by down popular High Bridge.

                                                    Leila Lily's, Newcastle - outdoor seating

                                                    Limited but certainly stylish, there is outdoor seating at Leila Lily's on Grey Street.  

                                                    The Muddler, Grey Street 

                                                    The Muddler has an outdoor pavement seating area which has some umbrellas as covering (but not in a heavy rain or if blowing a hooley!). Reserve your table here.

                                                      The Alchemist at Eldon Square, Newcastle

                                                      • No booking required - just turn up!
                                                      • The Alchemist is open for outdoor drinks
                                                      • Find out more.

                                                      Quayside and Ouseburn

                                                      Gino D'Acampo Quayside Restaurant
                                                      New to Newcastle Quayside - Gino D'Acampo Italian Restaurant

                                                      Gino D'Acampo, Quayside - outdoor terrace and indoor dining

                                                        Brand new to Newcastle Quayside and a must-visit for those looking for stylish Mediterranean vibes, head along to Gino's restaurant for a cocktail, Italian coffee and bite to eat. The outdoor terrace area is expansive and feels truly continental! 

                                                        Read more: Gino Newcastle Quayside Italian Restaurant

                                                          Livello - Courtyard

                                                          Livello's courtyard is a great place to sip a cold beer or glass of fizz.

                                                            Colonel Porters, Newcastle Quayside - outdoor terrace and garden area

                                                            Outdoor seating is available at Colonel Porters. 

                                                                Pitcher and Piano, Newcastle Quayside - ample outdoor seating available

                                                                Pitcher and Piano on Newcastle Quayside is a popular spot for those who want to while away their afternoon enjoying the view of Newcastle's iconic bridges. There is ample outdoor seating with views along Newcastle Quayside so we expect Pitcher and Piano to be a popular choice.

                                                                  Ernest, Ouseburn

                                                                  Ernest is an independent cafe bar in Ouseburn which has some great outdoor seating for dining or just drinks! .

                                                                    Cook House, Ouseburn

                                                                    One of Newcastle and Gateshead's best restaurants, Cook House has a very Instagrammable outdoor roof terrace and dining area. Find out more about Cook House here.


                                                                      Jesmond Beach Box at The Holy Hobo - full outdoor beached-theme beer garden

                                                                        Jesmond Beach Box launched in July 2020 as a way for visitors to enjoy time outside, eat street food (including Greek-food favourite Acropolis) and catch up over a drink. The outdoor garden area is home to a wide variety of food and drink stalls, lots of beach-vibes and even a tented area for anyone ready to brave the outdoors during the chillier North Eastern days and evenings.

                                                                        97 & Social, Jesmond

                                                                        Grab a seat outside in busy Jesmond and enjoy brunch, Sunday Lunch or a boozy afternoon tea at 97&

                                                                        Sohe, Jesmond 

                                                                        Pan-Asian restaurant in Jesmond, Sohe, has an outdoor area too.

                                                                        Book online at Sohe Jesmond.


                                                                          South Causey Inn, Gateshead - outdoor dining pods

                                                                            The Dining Pods at South Causey Inn are situated in our beautiful gardens and offer a safe and secluded dining experience where your own personal server will bring food and drinks. The pods are fitted with internal heaters, solid floors and doors, and festoon lights.

                                                                            Heaton and Byker

                                                                            Chucho's, Byker 

                                                                            Chucho's independent Mexican restaurant has a small but incredibly vibrant outdoor patio area.

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