Summer means many things.
Drinks with your pals, beach days, and bringing your A-game, floaty outfit out from the winter shadows.
But is there anything better than basking in the sun, refreshing drink in hand, chatting away with your nearest and dearest?
We are, of course, talking about rooftop bars.
And specifically, rooftop bars in Newcastle.
Newcastle, with its delightful mix of chain and independent rooftop bars, has something for everyone.
Whether you’re looking for a chilled-out catch-up with your friends, or fancy something a little more extravagant, you’ll find something to suit you.
So get in the summer spirit with a list of the best rooftop bars in Newcastle (in no particular order).
1. Revolucion de Cuba
Address: 1 Cloth Market, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EE
Phone number: 0191 917 7076
Revolucion de Cuba has one of the largest rooftop terraces in Newcastle and holds the number one spot for the most vibrant.
So that instantly makes it one of the best rooftop bars in Newcastle, right?
Colourfully patterned cushions are scattered across roomy benches, and the whole deck has artfully placed pops of colour.
Fairy lights and industrial pendants provide ample soft lighting, perfect for nighttime gatherings in this Cuban-inspired bar.
Indulge on tapas dishes, burritos, and Cuban main dishes while you sip on (or gulp down) iconic drinks, including rum or “not rum” beverages. Most range around the £8-£10 mark.
Address: 15 Upper Level, Greys Quarter, Intu Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AP
Phone number: 0191 662 0014
Chaophraya is so breezily refreshing to look at, with faux grass covering the entire floor, industrial fairy string lights across the deck, and great views of classic architecture.
Above the tables hangs birdcage-inspired lighting.
After soaking up the decor, you can gorge on Thai-inspired dishes, including Pandan Chicken and Thai Tacos.
Similarly, the drinks menu is equally as enticing, with very Instagrammable Thai Origin Cocktails alongside the classic drinks.
Address: 88 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6SG
Phone number: 0191 261 5656
Located on Pilgrim Street, Alvinos offers a relaxed rooftop atmosphere, hipster-esque décor and amazing drinks.
They range from excellently quirky cocktails to craft beers and continental lagers – something for everyone!
Visit Alvinos and you’ll soon find yourself sitting back and relaxing on signature red leather booths and indulging in the bar’s “Holiday” cocktail menu worthy of an Oscar nomination.
Drink names play on different themes, such as the fittingly named “Golden Sands”, “Donkey Ride”, and “Beach Bum” cocktails.
And an added plus: all cocktails are a very reasonable £7, with a two for £9.95 on cocktails Sunday to Thursday.
So grab yourself a drink and get dizzy listening to the funk and soul DJ’s from later on in the week from 9 pm.
4. The Crescendo
Address: Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3JA
A newly opened rooftop bar big enough for 200 people, The Crescendo is tucked away between two listed buildings.
The rooftop bar is set against a mesmerising Quayside and city skyline backdrop.
Choose between three levels of seating as you gaze across the stunning view, drink in hand and food on plate.
While there’s no information regarding what it serves just yet, the Gainford Group owns the bar.
They also manage Livello and Aveika so you can be sure that they’ll serve drinks with a side of glam!
5. The Botanist
Address: Monument Mall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AL
Phone number: 0191 261 6307
The Botanist is famed for floral decoration and extravagant dishes and drinks, and its rooftop bar does not let this reputation down.
It’s surrounded by natural light, with rooftop beams making it feel enclosed and cosy.
This rooftop bar has a very quaint garden-esque feel about it, with its traditional patio style setting the perfect scene for those summer catchups.
Soak up the sunny vibes with the team’s famed cocktails from their refreshing strawberry and Basil Mojito to their traditional Pornstar Martini.
After drinking to your heart’s content, soak up the alcohol with some delicious food, including burgers and their delicious hanging kebabs.
Address: 17 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE
Phone number: 0191 230 3318
If booking ahead isn’t your thing, Tokyo is a walk-in only bar that plays house and techno background music.
With a central location and cocktails starting from a fiver, there’s nothing to lose.
The bar has a cosy rooftop terrace with exposed wooden flooring, aesthetic fairy lights, and comfy red leather seating.
If you’re someone who loves a weekday tipple, you’re in luck as the bar has drink offers from Sunday to Thursday.
These include tastebud-tantalising £5 cocktails, two bottles of Sol for £5, and a spirit and mixer for a mere £3.
Also on offer is an array of beers and ciders starting at £4.10 a pint, and a hefty collection of wine.
Address: 35 Grey St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6EE
Phone number: 0191 230 2306
Barluga’s team have nailed the rooftop bar, with simple yet effective décor alongside flowers and Parasol umbrellas, making it a perfect hangout spot.
Fancy sitting on the roof of the former Bank of England?
The view from the deck is very picturesque, with a backdrop of city buildings.
As a big plus, the vast list of red and white wine is locally supplied and exclusive to Barluga, so you can be sure that it will be a unique tasting experience.
Not only this, but the bar also supplies champagne for those extra-special moments.
Its cocktail and gin list has all the classics; there’s something here for everyone.
Unsurprisingly, the food menu is just as extensive and is made using locally sourced produce.
The delicious meals on offer make choosing just one dish difficult.
Meals include juicy burgers (vegetarian and vegan options available), mains, grill, sandwiches, and sharing platters.
They accept walk-ins, but it’s better to book in advance to avoid missing out!
8. Six Riverside Bar and Restaurant
Address: Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, S Shore Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead NE8 3BA
Overlook the River Tyne as you sip on locally produced cocktails, gin, wine, and so much more at Six Riverside.
The bar and restaurant both have a wonderfully simple, contemporary layout.
After all, you don’t need to go hard on décor when you have the Tyne bride as a view.
Situated on BALTIC’s top floor, the restaurant has breakfast, brunch, and lunch available Wednesday to Sunday, while the evening menu is available Wednesday to Saturday.
The menu is equally as bougie, with the lunch menu offering meals like their Goat’s Cheese Tartlet and Bulgar Wheat Salad, and the evening menu including Pan-Fried Halibut, and Confit Duck Leg.
Or if you’re craving an afternoon tea, Six offers three different types – classic, prosecco, or champagne – all for around £30.
9. Yolo Townhouse
Address: 14 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EN
Phone number: 0191 230 3002
Decorated with wicker furnishings and warm lighting, Yolo Townhouse’s rooftop terrace is snug and small with only three tables.
What the terrace lacks in view – the bar overlooks a building – is made up for in deliciously homely food and sip-tastic drinks.
The price list is full of bargains, with a special offer of two courses for £11.95.
Gorge on the best comfort food around including halloumi fries, steak and ale pie, and fish and chips.
For the caffeine lovers (and needers), Yolo Townhouse’s hot beverages are neatly and artistically served.
10. Pitcher & Piano
Address: 108 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DX
Phone number: 0191 232 4110
Thanks to its two-week revamp back in 2016, the well-known and well-loved Pitcher & Piano’s rooftop bar is perfect for those summer nights.
The chain restaurant is situated on the quayside, providing second-to-none views of the infamous Newcastle bridges.
And its rooftop bar has a clean, sophisticated look with faux grass, wooden flooring and fairy lights twinkling away.
The drinks, including everything from classic cocktails to wine, are reasonably priced.
Similarly, the food here is deliciously decadent.
This is the place for you if you’re a breakfast person, as they serve breakfast dishes until 12 pm.
And the bar is also home to one of the best bottomless brunches in Newcastle.
More classic lunch options, such as steak, curry, chicken, and burgers, are also available and are usually around the £10 mark per dish.
11. Roof Thirty Nine
Address: Fenwick, 39 Northumberland St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AS
Phone number: 0800 783 1783
Opening at Fenwick in the city centre, Roof Thirty Nine encapsulates summer vibes with tropical hues and seating scattered with comfortable cushioning.
The bar only takes walk-ins, making it one of the best rooftop bars in Newcastle for those last-minute decisions.
Surround yourself with the bar’s array of fragrant flowers and herbs as you dine on summer staples, including charcoal-fired and grilled food.
While you chow down on some delicious food, you can also soak up the views.
The outdoor bar has the central Northumberland Street as its view, so you can be sure to have a drinking and dining experience surrounded by Geordie magic.
12. The Forth
Address: Pink Ln, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DW
Phone number: 0191 232 6478
If you’re after a pop of colour, The Forth is the place to be.
It’s hard to miss thanks to its vibrant yellow exterior; paradoxically, it sits on the corner of Pink Lane.
The colour continues outside on the eclectic roof terrace, with vibrant leaves painted on the walls, accentuated by rustic string lights.
The colour scheme is artfully displayed in the seating areas too, where green chairs and orange sofas are surrounded by greenery.
And as if it could get any more hipster, amazing artwork covers the inward-facing wall.
Similarly, the food is just as amazing, with mouth-watering burgers, nachos, and chicken just some of the delicious delicacies up for grabs.
Oh, and the team have absolutely nailed the Sunday lunch.
Want yet another great reason to visit the former 1920s brothel and site of illegal boxing matches?
Well, The Forth also hosts an array of staple drinks and cocktails. Yum!
13. Nancy’s Bordello
Address: 13 Argyle St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6PF
Phone number: 0191 260 2929
Nancy’s Bordello on Argyle Street is known for its boho-floral décor and inventive cocktails, and now you can enjoy it all from the comfort of their roof.
The bar pairs simple wooden décor with neutral-toned seating to create a relaxing space.
The food is also hearty and delicious, making for a great addition to their drinks.
It serves a vast list of mouth-watering food, including gourmet dogs, burgers, ribs and wings, and pizza.
Happy Hour is 4 pm – 7 pm with 2 for 1 on selected drinks, and Cocktail Club Sunday and Monday allows you to get any two cocktails from its Tuckshop menu for £7.50.
For the non-cocktailers, a selection of spirits and pints are also available.
This is a hidden gem well worth a visit.
Address: Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1RQ
Phone number: 0191 233 1010
Sitting above (sorry) the Vermont Hotel, ABOVE’s rooftop bar pairs glamour with the best views of Newcastle and the Quayside bridges.
If you’re after great views, this might just be one of the best rooftop bars in Newcastle for just that.
Opening in June 2021, the £2 million bar is decorated with ultra-modern light features and furniture.
Because it’s opening this month, menus aren’t available.
However, it’s under the management of the Gainford Group like the Crescendo, so you know the menus are going to be top-class.
15. The Bridge Tavern
Address: 7 Akenside Hill, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3UF
Phone number: 0191 261 9966
This gastropub stands nestled under – you guessed it – the Northern gem that is the Tyne Bridge.
The team have absolutely nailed the décor, opting for exposed brick and natural shrubbery alongside a brown leather chesterfield sofa. It just oozes comfort.
As for food, it’s all locally sourced comfort food. (Aka the best kind!)
Think a haggis toastie, chargrilled squid salad, and more classic mains like cod and potatoes, steak, and a rib burger.
They serve food until 9 pm Monday to Saturday, and until 7 pm on Sunday, where you can indulge in a Sunday roast for £13.
Most of the drinks are bespoke brewed in The Bridge Tavern’s own microbrewery, which is in association with the Wylam Brewery, the region’s leading craft brewer.
It’s safe to say that Newcastle has a rooftop bar for every taste and for every occasion.
All that’s left to do now is go, go, go.
Which of these rooftop bars in Newcastle are you going to visit first?
Or maybe you make a bar crawl of it!
Let me know in the comments below.