The northern city of Newcastle has always been renowned for its nightlife, but recently a few rooftop bars have joined the scene.
These classy establishments are ideal places to enjoy some evening drinks while watching the sunset or grab a couple of pre-party cocktails before heading to a club.
1. Six BALTIC Riverside Bar and Restaurant
As the name suggests, this chilled-out rooftop bar is just next to the River Tyne!
With beautiful views over the city and the famous Tyne Beach, it’s a fantastic place to visit both during a hot summer’s day and on an evening.
However, given that Newcastle sees rain and clouds for the vast majority of the year, you’ll be pleased to note that the roof terrace here is covered, so you don’t need to worry about the weather when visting.
In terms of food and drink, there’s a special rooftop a la carte menu that you can choose from, while cocktails include the classics such as a mojito and signature options such as the Ginger Quay Cosmo.
Find it at: Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, S Shore Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead NE8 3BA
2. The Crescendo
The Crescendo bar has only recently opened, and if you didn’t know it was there, you could easily miss it since it’s nestled between two listed buildings.
As such, given it’s a relatively unknown venue (for now) and has space for 200 people, you should be able to find a table here year-round.
Depending on how many stairs you want to go up (or back down after a drink or two), you can choose between the terrace on the top floor or one at a slightly lower level.
From the top, you’ll enjoy epic views of the entire cityscape, including Newcastle’s quayside.
Find it at: Neville Hall, Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE
3. Revolucion de Cuba
Who would have thought that this Cuban restaurant and bar has one of the best roof terraces in Newcastle?
The popular chain of Revolucion de Cuba serves up Cuban cuisine (with some Central American and Caribbean staples in there, too) and delicious rum cocktails, with strong rum from Cuba itself.
Don’t worry if you don’t like rum – you can sample cocktails with other spirits, and they serve beer and other alcoholic beverages.
Food-wise, expect Latin-inspired tapas, delicious burgers, pulled pork and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.
The terrace is beautiful, with brightly coloured decorations and plenty of cushions. If you visit after sunset, the whole place is decked in beautiful soft fairy lights, giving it a gentle glow.
One of the best parts of this rooftop bar is that it’s all-weather; if it starts raining, the retractable roof can go over and keep you covered!
Find it at: 1 Cloth Market, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EE
From Cuba to Thailand!
This Newcastle roof terrace is fully covered and has views of Grey’s Monument and beyond.
However, this place is so much more than just great views as it’s home to a South-East Asian restaurant, with some fusion cuisine and other Thai staples.
If you’re looking to dine here, then be sure to check out the delectable Thai tacos, which have South-East Asian spices but are wrapped in a Mexican taco shell or go ahead and sample the classic Thai green curry, which is made from coconut, chilli and lemongrass.
Meanwhile, if you come to Chaophraya to grab a drink or two, make sure you experience one of the cocktails from the “classics reimagined” list, which includes Mai Tai and Poached Pear Gin Fizz.
Find it at: 15 Upper level, Grey’s Quarter, Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AP
5. Yolo Townhouse
Yolo Townhouse is a three-storey bar in the heart of Newcastle.
However, unlike some of the other bars with rooftop terraces on this list, it is small with just three tables and sadly doesn’t provide epic views.
That being said, it’s still a lovely open space, and the menu is full of delicious food and drinks including a classic steak and ale pie, veggie burgers and even a chicken katsu curry.
Find it at: 14 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EN
6. Pitcher and Piano
Pitcher and Piano has recently undergone a complete refurbishment and now features a rooftop bar perfect for basking in the sun on summer days or enjoying the city lights at night.
Located in the quayside area of the city, this bar has wonderful views of Newcastle’s many bridges and beyond.
Alongside this, you’ll find one of the most comprehensive drinks menus in the city with a range of cocktails, wines, beers and spirits.
Meanwhile, if you get hungry, there’s also a vast food menu featuring burgers, pizzas and salads with plenty of options for any dietary requirements.
Find it at: 108 The, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DX
7. Roof Thirty-Nine
As the name suggests, this bar has an excellent rooftop terrace complete with comfortable outdoor seating, oversized cushions and large tables.
The bar’s location means that it’s primed to show off some of the city’s finest architecture on the horizon, making it the perfect place to watch the sun go down at the end of a busy day in Newcastle!
With a comprehensive drinks menu and ample food menu, this place is well worth checking out during your time in the city.
Find it at: 59-61 Northumberland St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AF
Alvinos is one of the most popular rooftop bars in Newcastle, and for very good reason.
With street art on the walls, the atmosphere is decidedly hip while also boasting an incredibly chilled atmosphere, perfect for catch-ups with friends or a relaxed date night.
Sip on craft beers or delicious cocktails as you enjoy the bar’s resident DJ, who plays here every night until at least 9pm.
Find it at: 88 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6SG
Above is one of the best bars in Newcastle, with a phenomenal view of the city.
Situated on the roof of The Vermont Hotel, the bar is open to everyone (not just hotel guests). It serves a range of high-end food and drinks, including classic and signature cocktails as well as pizzas, burgers, sharing platters and more.
Find it at: The Vermont Hotel, Lower, Dean St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JE
10. The Botanist Bar and Restaurant
The Botanist is famous throughout the UK for its delicious yet stylish food and delectable drinks.
With a food menu covering both British samples such as fish and chips as well as international cuisine including curries and kebabs, there’s something for everyone.
When it comes to drinks, The Botanist is most famous for its cocktails which often include special effects and edible flowers.
Meanwhile, the rooftop terrace here follows the bar’s cocktail theme with floral decorations and wooden beams; it’s the perfect suntrap on a summer’s evening.
Find it at: Monument Mall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AL
Located in the old Bank of England, Barluga is one of the most unique bars that you can visit in Newcastle.
With huge rooms extending across the building, there’s plenty of space to enjoy the drinks, food and atmosphere.
The bar downstairs has lots of space, but the rooftop bar is the piece de resistance. Ideal on a sunny day, it has comfortable chairs with sturdy tables.
However, don’t worry if you don’t want to sit in the sun all day, as there are giant umbrellas which will give you plenty of shade!
Find it at: 35 Grey St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6EE
Horticulture is a cafe, bar and restaurant serving deliciously made cuisine and tasty drinks.
The terrace here is cosy and comfortable, making it the perfect spot to relax over brunch or chat with friends on an evening.
Open from 10am, this place is well worth checking out during your trip to the city – especially since it claims to have the largest espresso martini menu in the world!
Find it at: 1 Market Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QQ
13. Nitehawks Terrace Bar
Nitehawks is one of the best cocktail bars in Newcastle, serving up a range of themed cocktails throughout the year, including over special occasions such as Christmas and Halloween.
Much like the rest of the bar, the rooftop terrace here is small but is a fantastic place to grab a breather during the night.
Find it at: 100 Grey St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BR
Situated in the famous Gateshead area of the city, Tokyo is a must-visit when in Newcastle.
The rooftop terrace is stylish with exposed floorboards and plush read seats. There are also gorgeous fairy lights twinkling overhead, giving the entire area a magical feel.
Meanwhile, the drinks prices are some of the best, with cocktails starting from just £5.
Find it at: 17 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE