New cocktail bar to take the place of The Continental bar on Collingwood Street

Opening on July 25th, Vampire Rabbit is Newcastle’s brand new bar offering Opening on July 25th, Vampire Rabbit is Newcastle’s brand new bar offering
Opening on July 25th, Vampire Rabbit is Newcastle’s brand new bar offering | Amelia Read Photography
Newcastle’s newest bar, The Vampire Rabbit, is set to open later this month

The bar’s name is an ode to the local legend of the famous Vampire Rabbit statue, perched above the rear door of the Cathedral Buildings that has overlooked the back of St Nicholas’ Cathedral for over a century. 

The bar, which has taken over the corner site on Collingwood Street and Neville Street, is promising an intriguing, diverse drink experience and will be run by the team behind city centre favourites Filthy’s, Passing Clouds, and The Points. 

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The bar will be divided into four areas, the Grand Cafe which contains the main bar, the Peacock Room, the snug room and vault room. The latter two can both reached via the staircase.

Guests will be able to enjoy full table service as well as live music and singers every night the bar is open.

The cocktail menu has been curated by master mixologist Connor Hughes and his coveted team. Drink highlights include the Rhubarb and Custard Martini; a sweet pink drink that comes in a signature flamingo glass and consists of premium vanilla vodka, rhubarb cordial, freshly squeezed lemon juice, double cream and Vampire Rabbit’s house rhubarb bitters.

The Brûlée White Russian is an ode to Vampire Rabbit’s heritage. Served in a classic tea cup, the delicious cocktail contains Absolut Citron Vodka, Pimento Dram, Bristol Caramel Syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice, double cream and is topped off with a disc of sugar tuila.

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Amelia Read Photography

Commenting on the launch of Vampire Rabbit, director Oliver Knox said: “I couldn’t think of a better place to open Newcastle’s latest cocktail bar.

“Encapsulating a twist of history, fun and our bold, unique design, we have paid homage to both the city and the building’s heritage throughout Vampire Rabbit, from the name choice to the interior design and menu curation.”

Launching on Thursday, July 25th, Vampire Rabbit will be open from 12 noon until 2am on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, with an earlier close of midnight throughout the rest of the week. A breakfast and brunch menu is still be announced. 

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