Newcastle pub-goers give their opinion on the city’s ‘roughest’ bar on social media

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Locals have taken to X to give the city centre boozer its title.

What do you look for in a good pub? A wide variety of drinks, a welcoming atmosphere or maybe a great location with a stunning view?

Newcastle locals and tourists alike have taken to X - formerly known as Twitter - this week to crown the opposite with the Black Garter being described by many as the roughest pub in the city.

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The conversation began with a post on the social media platform saying “Right let’s get this going, what’s the roughest pub you’ve ever been in and why?”

Pub goers from across the country were quick to reply, but a trend began to emerge from those who had spent time in the North East.

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“The Black Garter in Newcastle, rose wine in a pint glass and opens at 8am with a queue says it all like” said one punter with another also bringing up the site, saying: “The Black Garter in Newcastle or Three Legs in Leeds.”

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The Black Garter in NewcastleThe Black Garter in Newcastle
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“We always end up in the Garter on a works night out, always interesting!” added another poster.

Other North East pubs were also given mentions including the Old Post Office in Byker and the Fat Ox in Whitley Bay, but there were none with the universal experience of the Black Garter.

The pub has been a city centre staple for decades and can be found on Clayton Street near Grainger Market.

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