Drinking Copiously: A Light Venture into Newcastle’s Bars

Drinking Copiously: A Light Venture into Newcastle’s Bars

By Maxine McMorrow

Living at Keele, the SU and the campus bars are your go-to place for drinking. Sure, maybe you stray towards Wetherspoons or Revolutions once in a while, and maybe even all the way to Hanley if you’re in the mood to get stabbed. But the area has some great, *undervalued pubs on offer that are well worth a visit in Newcastle-Under-Lyme. To help you out, we’ve explored them so you don’t have to. Here are a few options if you’re looking to leave the Keele bubble:


The Kiln                                                                                                                                                                                6/10

Range is key here. There’s a huge variety of cocktails and they’re usually good quality, and the 2-for-1 is a huge bonus. The décor is a bit generic, but the drinks make up for it. It’s basically a cheaper version of Revs, with better music. A go-to place for any socials.

Lemmy: 6/10 for vibe                                      Ryan: 6/10 for vibe                                                       Max: 5/10 for vibe

Lemmy: 8/10 for drinks                                 Ryan: 7/10 for drinks                                                  Max: 7/10 for drinks


Hogarths Gin Palace                                                                                                                                                           8/10

This is not a typical student venue. It’s on the expensive side and if you’re looking for anything other than gin, it’s a pretty basic range. That said, their gin range and knowledge is exceptional, and it’s a great place to go for a special night out. Also, the décor is fancy. Like, chandelier fancy.

Lemmy: 10/10 for vibe                                           Ryan: 9/10 for vibe                                              Max: 10/10 for vibe

Lemmy: 7/10 for drinks                                         Ryan: 8/10 for drinks                                          Max: 5/10 for drinks


Black Friar                                                                                                                                                                            7/10

A friendly, comfortable pub. Might not be your kind of place if you’re not into the rock scene like me, but Lemmy and Ryan were big fans and even I had to admit it had a great atmosphere. Kind of a limited range of drinks, but it gets extra points because there was a dog there and we got to pet her.

Lemmy: 10/10 for vibe                                          Ryan: 8/10 for vibe                                                Max: 8/10 for vibe

Lemmy: 6/10 for drinks                                       Ryan: 6/10 for drinks                                            Max: 7/10 for drinks


Bar Social                                                                                                                                                                             4/10

Our least-favourite pick. I have no idea what the décor is trying to achieve, but its failing. The drink range is limited and kind of boring. The only redeeming quality is the frozen cocktail menu.

“The poster boy for mediocrity”- Ryan

Lemmy: 4/10 for vibe                                               Ryan: 5/10 for vibe                                              Max: 3/10 for vibe

Lemmy: 6/10 for drinks                                          Ryan: 7/10 for drinks                                         Max: 7/10 for drinks


The Rigger                                                                                                                                                                            7/10

A pretty good atmosphere here, and the décor is well thought-out. Again, if rock isn’t your thing it might not be the best place for you, since its basically Black Friar on a bender. The jukebox is here a nice touch, but the only notable drink here is the go-go juice.

Lemmy: 8/10 for vibe                                            Ryan: 8.5/10 for vibe                                              Max: 8/10 for vibe

Lemmy: 6/10 for drinks                                         Ryan: 7/10 for drinks                                          Max: 5/10 for drinks


The Lymestone Vaults                                                                                                                                                     6/10

On the small side, and a little on the pricey side. If you’re looking for a quiet place its great, and it has some really unique drinks to try.

Lemmy: 7/10 for vibe                                                Ryan: 7/10 for vibe                                             Max: 6/10 for vibe

Lemmy: 6/10 for drinks                                           Ryan: 7/10 for drinks                                        Max: 7/10 for drinks


The Ten Green Bottles Co                                                                                                                                                 8/10

A little on the expensive side, but a pretty nice place. They have a good range of liquors and IPA’s, and the outdoor area is small but has a nice atmosphere.

Lemmy: 8/10 for vibe                                                Ryan: 8.5/10 for vibe                                          Max: 8/10 for vibe

Lemmy: 8/10 for drinks                                            Ryan: 6/10 for drinks                                       Max: 7/10 for drinks


Thirsty Giraffe                                                                                                                                                                     7/10

Some unique drinks and comfortable seating, but it’s fairly unremarkable. They’re REALLY invested in the giraffe theme. However, there were TWO dogs in this one, so I’m giving it full marks.

Lemmy: 7/10 for vibe                                   Ryan: 6.5/10 for vibe                                     Max: 6/10 for vibe

Lemmy: 6.5/10 for drinks                            Ryan: 7/10 for drinks                                 Max: 7/10 for drinks


Our Top Pick: Mellards Bar                                                                                                                                             10/10

Our favourite by far. The refurbished warehouse vibe is great, they have some really unique drinks. The staff are a huge bonus, they really know their products and are always friendly and helpful. The outdoor area is great for sunny days.

Lemmy: 10/10 for vibe                                                 Ryan: 7/10 for vibe                                          Max: 9/10 for vibe

Lemmy: 9/10 for drinks                                             Ryan: 7.5/10 for drinks                                   Max: 9/10 for drinks

With special thanks to Emily Valintine and ed. Ryan Hutton for accompanying me on a research-based pub crawl. Here’s a little picture of our venture pre-drinking:

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