For this month’s Seclus Booze I travelled back to my old home town of Newcastle, UK. No, not Newcastle-under-Lyme; the real one, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
A little, but rapidly-expanding, area of Newcastle is the Ouseburn Valley. Beginning in the east end of the city and finishing at the Quayside, Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley is one of the greatest drinking spots in the whole of the UK.
There’s a whole tonne of really well-run pubs with plenty of focus on ales and live music, but the one I’m going to focus on is The Tyne Bar – though I could write whole essays on pretty much every pub there.
It’s an ace little pub with plenty of outdoor seating and even their own outside music venue that could rival most academies and student unions (I actually saw Joker play one of the best dubstep sets I’ve ever seen in that poky little yard). It’s a little small inside so I generally prefer to go in the summer months when you can take advantage of the huge amounts of outdoor space, but if it’s cold and quiet it’s a good spot to hide from the cold.
And if you’re like me and you’re too uncultured for real ales, they also have a load of lagers on tap as well as plenty of clear alcoholic drinks for rich white ladies on diets.