Newcastle is known for its party life and busy pub crawls, but sometimes it’s nice to be a little classier, especially when the sun is shining.
With a pint in your hand, the sun on your face and the wind in your hair, roof top terraces are the go-to drinking destinations on a nice day. But hidden in the concrete jungle above our heads, they can often be harder to come across than you’d expect.
Here are some of the toon’s gems for outside drinking up in the air, with stunning views over the city or for sitting in beautifully decked out gardens watching the sunset.
The Forth Hotel
— Union Square (@UnionSquareNCL) June 24, 2015
Vibrantly decorated with light greys, charcoal colours and splashes of local art on the walls, The Forth Hotel is known by many as one of the best pubs in Newcastle. The roof-top terrace becomes a wonderful escape from the city, high up above the rush of the city and in its own little sanctuary. As they state on their website, ‘Everything is alright up on the roof,’ and once your eyes and bellies have feasted in the intimate garden space, with delicious food and thirst-quenching drinks, you’ll be stating that everything is definitely more than alright when up on the roof.
Pink Lane, NE1 5DW, 0191 232 6478, theforthnewcastle.co.uk
— The Botanist NCL (@TheBotanistNCL) April 6, 2015
Already renowned amongst many as Newcastle’s most popular garden-in-the-sky, and to students as the go-to place to take the parents, The Botantist is a must for an evening in Newcastle. With its fantastic view down the beautiful Grey Street and exquisite destination in the city centre, standing tall next to the monument, The Botanist newly opened its roof-top terrace in Easter. The atmosphere is homely, the perfect place to enjoy a drink in the centre of the city, but as if you’re in your back garden. As well as the terrace, sit underneath a glorious observatory-like conservatory that allows the sky to flood down onto you as you drink or enjoy a highly appraised meal.
Monument Mall, NE1 5AU, 0191 261 6307, thebotanist.uk.com
Pitcher and Piano
— Pitcher & Piano (@pitcherandpiano) June 10, 2015
Overlooking the quayside, this popular destination springs to life in the evening when the sunset bounces off the Tyne river and onto the roof-top terrace. Always buzzing with locals, visitors and anyone looking for a deliciously, decorated cocktail, it’s a good idea to get there early to choose from the extensive choice of drinks. Sit with the forever changing view of the quayside in front of you and enjoy the biggest jumble of architectural bridges in one place in the UK. With the city on your doorstep, The Pitcher and Piano is definitely one to tick off your list of things to do in the Toon.
108 Quayside, NE1 3DX, 0191 232 4110, pitcherandpiano.com
The Vermont Hotel, The Sky Lounge
— The Vermont Hotel (@TheVermontHotel) March 19, 2015
Way, way up in the air, The Sky Lounge sits on top of The Vermont Hotel with panoramic views of the whole city, from the Tyne to the castle. 200ft above street level, let the rare Newcastle sun shine down on you from all angles as you sip your Martini or glug down a refreshing pint. Take in the views and pretend your in Miami in this hidden yet exhilarating roof-top bar. Even at night the terrace comes alive with delicate lighting surrounding the decking and the buzz of Newcastle night-life encapsulating you from below.
Castle Garth, NE1 1RQ, 0191 233 1010, vermont-hotel.com
The Bridge Hotel
On the bar today… pic.twitter.com/LCX4Brdd
— Bridge Hotel SJF (@BridgeHotel_SJF) September 28, 2012
Another wonderful terrace with stunning views over the Tyne, and just a few minutes walk from Grey Street, this gloriously cosy pub serves the best local ales from within the medieval building. Stained glass windows paint magnificent colours all over the rooms but it is the terrace that has the best sights. Sit surrounded by a vintage atmosphere with beautifully detailed character overlooking the many bridges that frame the Tyne, and maybe even catch a live performance from some local artists.
Castle Square, NE1 1RQ, 0191 232 6400, bridgehotelnewcastle.co.uk