Unique ‘hidden gem’ bars in Newcastle that you must visit

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From secret cinema rooms to interactive gaming - enhance your night out by visiting these fantastic local bars.

Our amazing city of Newcastle upon Tyne, is known for its incredible nightlife.

In fact it is one of the main factors in why students choose to study here, and stag and hen parties from across the country travel to enjoy their ‘last night of freedom’ in the town.

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But did you know that amongst the fantastic clubs, bars and pubs Newcastle has to offer, there are also incredibly unique spaces to visit, to enhance your night out and make it one to remember.

Check out our list of the five most unique hidden gems in Newcastle’s city centre that are a must visit!

Mother Mercy

First on our list is Mother Mercy, a cocktail bar which is located on The Old George Yard in Cloth Street. The basement venue offers an extensive cocktail list, but the unique aspect of the bar is their ‘Twist of Fate’ option on the menu.

Customers can choose the Twist of Fate option, which will involve twisting a dispenser which will reveal a cocktail at random.  All Twist of Fate cocktails are the same price.


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Howlers which is located on Newcastle’s ‘Diamond Strip’ on Collingwood Street provides the party-goers of Newcastle with some childhood escapism as they have their very own ball pit within their venue!

Customers can take off their shoes and dive into the ball pit after enjoying a Bottomless Bonkers Ball which Howler’s and neighbouring bars Chachabuchi are now known for.


Newcastle gained its own NQ64 venue in August, after the chain of retro arcade bars found success across the country, in the likes of London’s Soho area.

The bar consists of classic consoles, and other various retro gaming machines from different generations. Alongside the fun of the gaming, customers can also enjoy specially-themed cocktails, craft beer and more.

The Wonderbar

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The Wonderbar which is located in The Gate in Newcastle’s city centre is also a gaming hub, with interactive darts. They also are a live music venue, and host various specially themed nights for important events.

They will even be hosting a Sam Fender warm up party before his upcoming hometown performance next month at St James’ Park.

The Town Wall

Finally, The Town Wall which is located on Pink Lane. The historic building in which the bar is housed is registered as a Grade II listed building, making it an exciting location for history-lovers in Newcastle.

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However, what makes it unique is that it has its own cinema room, alongside other private areas which can be hired for private events.

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