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The Bacchus is still one of the best, if not the best pub in Newcastle city centre, in my opinion. It was quiet at around midnight on my midweek visit. I think we were the last out. But once again, there was a decent beer selection - Fyne Ales Jarl, Anarchy Blonde Star, Bandwagon All Smokey, Hadrian and Border Ouseburn Porter, Abbeydale Voyager IPA, Three Kings Canadien Gold, Flash House Table Beer, Errant The Passenger & Yorkshire Dales Askrigg Bitter. The cider was Thistly Cross Whisky Cask. A must visit.
blue_scrumpy - 2 Feb 2018 21:46
excellent atmospheric bar with great range of beer
reynedd - 28 Aug 2015 23:31
A slightly older clientele and the lights were too high in the mix, but decent enough in a beer lover pleasing sort of way - a Hazelnut milk stout was excellent but came at the end of a long day of imbibing so probably wasn't as enjoyed as much as it could have been.
BoehmBawerk - 21 Aug 2015 21:49
Extremely busy in midweek with mostly middle-aged clientele. At least 10 taps, mostly from microbreweries and a huge selection of world beers. Refreshing free of TVs or fruit machines and the music was not intrusive. Extremely clean bar area. The only downside as far as I'm concerned is that, although the seating is very comfortable, the place itself doesn't have a comfortable pub feel - it's much too big and impersonal for that. A special mention for the two young barstaff - a woman and a bespectacled bloke - despite the bar being mobbed, no one was kept waiting for long. They were superb.
Kenny260556 - 11 Jan 2014 23:50
Don't usually go into pubs that require bouncers/heavies/security but this is a great place for ales. However on Good Friday it was so crowded and noisy to make being there uncomfortable. We enjoyed " Handrawn Monkey Porter" and Nottingham pale and both were good condition. There were a further 7 ales on of which 2 were a stout and a porter.
Steamer1 - 1 Apr 2013 18:55
Just about as good as it gets..excellent beer selection and superb quality. My favourite of a large range of quality beer pubs in Newcastle. Always on my list whenever I get the chance to be in the area. Cellar runs available if time permits. Has been local CAMRA pub of the year for the last 4 years, and it is easy to see why!
PoorBeerHater - 28 Jan 2013 20:50
Paid a 3rd visit late on Friday night, to find it as busy as ever but with a pretty mixed crowd, and for the 2nd time I found superlative beer quality. It was too busy to identify the beer (Goodwood ?), but a wonderful stout. Great pub.
mtaylor40 - 16 Dec 2012 00:01
A refurbished look gives it a kind of modern bar feel but it is still a decent place for a pint. The Jarrow Rivet Catcher was top notch.
Snarling_Mallard - 7 Feb 2012 16:19
Much agreement to the fact of not many recognised ale in this pub, however, enjoyable atmosphere and folk a-like. Shall revisit on my next visit up to something more north than Watford.
summerrivers - 23 Jan 2012 23:52
Taken here by a local as it is the winner of camra awards. Bewildering choice of beers - none of them that I recognised. Allowed a sample and made the correct choice. You could lose yourself in here.
Mappiman - 14 Nov 2011 20:53
One of the best pints of my life here. Beer is exactly as is should be.

The Wetherspoon/wine bar atmosphere may not have been to my liking, but I'd go anywhere to drink beer this good.
jjsint - 26 Jul 2011 12:40
Great pub Great night
Splashthepaint - 24 Jun 2011 21:46
I agree with previous posts- a terrific pub. I was in last Sunday night and had the Rivet Catcher, a 4.5% stout and a Welsh beer (Inn Stable?- I really should take notes) which was 6.8%. I think the last, the most expensive, was £3.50. Very clean and stylish and a big selection of Belgian beers. Blimey I'm thinking of moving to Newcastle.
jagsfan - 18 May 2011 12:56
Still my favourite pub in Newcastle City Centre. Yesterday's visit was far busier than my previous visit 2 years ago. But I'm sure this was due to Newcastle playing at home. The interior still seems very much like a wine bar. But the drinks range is fine. Yesterday, Jarrow Rivet Catcher was on at least 3 handpulls. But they also had Daleside LAF (Lager-Ale Fusion), Art Brew Tempest Stout and Yorkshire Dales Bacchus Citra Zing. The cider was West Coast Dry.
blue_scrumpy - 6 Mar 2011 12:50
Great pub- tend to go here when I'm up for Christmas with the folks. It's always been very busy when I've been, but the bar staff seem to do a pretty good job at keeping everyone happy.

Really good wide selection of beers; one of the best I've seen. Food looks good but have never eaten here.

Pin - 4 Feb 2011 12:31
Good pub for the center of Newcastle, a good range of ales, would visit again
chippy111 - 1 Dec 2010 12:14
A fantastic pub which is modern but still feels like a proper pub It has a huge range of beers and ciders. My favourite at the minute is Fischer's Hell. The food is also very good.
Toml79 - 24 Oct 2010 11:45
Excellent Ales, excellent decor and very friendly and helpful staff. A good pub. just what we need.
stepenwolf67 - 11 Oct 2010 15:37
Great selection of well-kept beers; efficient (and in some cases, well-informed) and friendly staff. Gets noisy though when they turn up the music that no-one listens too anyway...
osceola - 25 Sep 2010 15:39
Flipside Sterling Pale and various others including Holdens, Magpie Midnight Porter, Wentworth, Brewdog Punk IPA, Orkney ipa, Yorkshire Dales, Jarrow plus Meantime keg and foreign beers on draught. Looked like there were some decent bottled beers including Belgian large bottles such as the Chouffe beers. Looks a bit upmarket but don't be put off. Fabulous
GuideDogSaint - 13 Sep 2010 19:18
Excellent drinking venue. Clean, smart and the beer was in tip top condition. Not only is the cask selection good but the keg, particularly the Meantime, is also. Professional friendly service. Recommended.
Slake - 27 Aug 2010 14:42
really good serious drinkers venue.
reynedd - 24 Aug 2010 00:54
Very busy pub when I visited last weekend. Good selection of beers,only one local brew (Jarrow Rivet Catcher) rest were from far and wide.
Ales tried were well kept.
Food looked interesting but only served at lunchtime.
bloomfieldjpm - 15 Apr 2010 05:42
Great pub with great beer. Current Tyneside CAMRA Pub of the Year.
f1_mw - 3 Aug 2009 17:09
Busy city centre pub but usually can get served quickly due to efficient staff. Fabulous range of real ales, all well kept and staff well informed. Good to meet or to sit in a nice armchair and watch the world go by. Excellent.
keith253 - 2 Jul 2009 00:39
Visited here on Sunday evening as it was opening (7pm). There's a good range of 8 real ales - Yorkshire Dales Citrus Spring, Jarrow Rivet Catcher, Salopian Lemon Dream, Otley O2, Dunham Massey Light Mild, Dunham Massey Porter, Blackwater Desperado and Hopback Summer Lightning. There was also a real cider (Gwynt y Ddraig Happy Daze) and a real perry (Moores) available in the cellar. Whilst the beer and cider range are good, I prefer a more old-fashioned pub rather than the open-plan interior here. However the range of drinks available would certainly bring me back here.
blue_scrumpy - 5 May 2009 20:37
Noisy floor? That's what gave me the headache ... or was it the six pints of Rivet Catcher?
Gerremin - 15 Apr 2009 17:21
More of a bar than a pub with many pictures of ships around the walls. To be honest it does feel like a ships lounge when sat in the seating area at the back. Has a decent range of ever changing guests on the bar a little pricier than most around the area, but still not too bad. The main problem for me is that it really is a big barn with a wooden floor and the noise really echoes around. It doesn't matter if it's music or loud conversation it's still noisy. Not bad though.
ROBCamra - 19 Jan 2009 14:50
Late comment from August. Enjoyed the ales in this pub. What a choice. Mallinsons, Outlaw and 2 Brewdogs (one 8% and one 10%) all good condition and very much enjoyed.
gillhalfpint - 15 Jan 2009 10:45
Not the same since they did it out a few years back. Was much better the way it used to be. Pity, was a canny bar back then. Been in a couple of times and not much atmoshpere and quite expensive.
scoreboard1 - 22 Sep 2008 13:12
NEWS JUST IN! The loud music doesn't make us drink more; we just leave and head for the Crown.
osceola - 22 Jul 2008 18:10
Good range of ales. Clean. Friendly. Recommended.
Slake - 27 Apr 2008 14:32
Great choice of real ale and a very nicely fitted out pub. The toilets are a bit of a climb but worth it for the superb photographs of Newcastle on the way.
GeorgeXXIII - 21 Jan 2008 23:23
PhilK - 12 Dec 2007 10:16
Relatively trendy city centre pub down a side street. Nicely fitted out (the aim being to resemble the bar of an ocean liner I believe) with eight real ales to choose from.
Rich66 - 19 Aug 2007 23:49
Having been a semi-regular at the old Bacchus, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the new bar. Of course it's not the same, but piecing the old place together would have been impossible, and absurd. (Shouldn't have knocked it down in the first place, but that's another issue.)
Fist off, the beer choice - and quality - is excellent. The clientele is as mixed and as un-charverish as you could want. The design is, I think, tasteful - not garishly trendy, but not affectedly Olde Worlde. The old black mark is the Burberry carpet on the stairs which, in any event, is looking a bit tatty already.
Good 'snug' area for cosy gatherings.
Decent wine - but a bit pricey.
Gorodish - 1 Aug 2007 15:32
Tried to visit the pub on Friday night, but it was over-crowded and noisy, so we went back Saturday noon for a few pints and some lunch food. The atmosphere was quiet and relaxing then, the Landlord bitter was quite tasty, perhaps a bit cooler than Iím used to. The food we had was just ordinary quality though.
hgr - 14 May 2007 13:05
This is a great pub!
Brilliant atmosphere and often filled with the pre and post theatre crowd.
I can't comment on the beer but the vodka is good!
Good place to while away a few hours!
Tracee1 - 8 May 2007 16:14
The cask ales are generally spectacularly good but the ambience resembles that of a furniture showroom.
pubconnoisseur - 13 Mar 2007 14:43
It used to be a good bar, but since it was rebuilt from scratch a few years back, it has lost it's soul.
speshal_kay - 17 Feb 2007 17:08
Well kept beers abound; the toilet's clean (a rarity among city-centre pubs); the clientele are okay (though some of the women have smoked too long); don't like the design at all.
anonymous - 18 Dec 2006 17:45
Went there Saturday night - fantastic pub and night out. Good selection of real ales, though not quite fair they list the up-coming ales - perhaps that's just to get you back again!!!
azp74 - 5 Dec 2006 21:55
Don't know why but I thought this place was a classic, in the way that the Cumberland or Free Trade are classic pubs, but clearly at different ends of the pub spectrum. Absolutely superb beer in a high quality setting. Should be better known.
mtaylor40 - 30 Aug 2006 22:29
I don't know why but I just don't like this place. Don't get me wrong, the beer is good and stuff but I just can't get myself to be happy inside the walls of this pub.
kevbaggs - 22 Aug 2006 00:02
Good beers but the bar takes up too much room; in fact the whole layout of the place is just wrong. Not a patch on the original. What's with the burberry stair carpet?!
anonymous - 14 Apr 2006 20:45
I really enjoyed my hour and a half in here the other night. They had 4 or 5 real ales in tip-top condition and the price was reasonable to say it is quite trendy.

cobbo - 6 Apr 2006 19:02
Really handy when you're looking for a clean, ccol looking bar which at the same time serves decent beer. There are not too many of this type about but bacchus is a shining example of the fact that ale bars do not have to look overly traditional. The beer is exceptionally good, the seats are really comfy and the ambience is friendly and unthreatening. Don't get me wrong, I've not fallen off my horse on the road to Bacchus - I'd still rather drink in the Bodega or the Crown Posada - but as horses for courses go, this one is a winner
Joe_Cundy - 4 Dec 2005 20:19
Decent boozer but not a patch on the old Bacchus...when i visited the place last week for the 1st time in ages I was expecting a refurb., not a demolition/rebuild job. What was once a fantastic toon pub is now an overpriced wine bar! However the staff/food/beer remains good quality.
3scoopsman - 10 Oct 2005 13:27
Good place in just about every way. It gets very busy when the Toon are at home, but they all vanish at exactly 23 minutes to kick-off. Excellent beer.
joegreen - 28 Sep 2005 13:00
Visited 15/9/05. Good atmosphere, pleasant bar staff and a good selection of well-kept ales. One of the few city centre pubs the wife and I both like. As someone else rightly pointed out, it is a 'pub' not a 'bar' - albeit a very stylish pub.
glyjanna - 16 Sep 2005 20:07
The wife and I went in here last saturday when we were in Newcastle and the fact I remembered seeing mentioned on this site. Cannot agree more than with some of the previous comments, clean, well presented, good selection of beers and the food looked good. Even the wife liked the place!!
wmon - 30 Aug 2005 13:02
This is a VERY nice pub/bar...they had an excellent selection of ales, seemed to be regularly rotated, and my personal favorite Bitter & Twisted as standard. Reasonable selection of whiskies too. My only reservation would be that it seemed slightly more posh than my normal kind of pub. But certainly decent for a city centre bar.
Muzthing - 23 Aug 2005 22:18
Upmarket refurbed bar-excellent beer...Not much moreto say!
EdgarBriggsMI5 - 20 Aug 2005 13:56
When a much loved pub closes and reopens sometime later,you naturally worry when recrossing the threshold. There was no need to worry, The Bacchus has retained its' original charm, but is now brighter and cleaner than before. Beer still of a high quality, which is ,let's face it why we visit pubs!
ericmarco - 17 Aug 2005 15:05
Very fine, smart pub. Immaculately decorated and furnished but still with enough atmosphere to be a pub rather than a bar. Great choice of beers and lagers - I had draught Budvar and at a reasonable price wife liked the place too. Great stuff!
Boothers - 24 Jun 2005 09:45
Couldn't agree more with thesmogman and sulticune about the cocktails and the great selection of bottled beer, and cask ales oh and also the food is great too. The staff are top notch (...,.....), and really friendly.
Darklord - 8 May 2005 01:16
I agree with the Smogman. Great pub, probably the best in Newcastle. Great cocktails, exceptional food, good bottled "Beers of the World" and great cask ale. Oh, and if you have a pint of "Bitter and Twisted" keep the jokes to yourslef, they've had the beer for about a year, and the jokes got REAL old after day 3. Cheers!
Sulticune - 8 May 2005 00:58
Fine pub, just added a new cocktail menu that is top notch. Fine cocktails and real ales a spanking combination and great food as well!! what else can one person ask for? well worth a visit!
Smogman - 7 May 2005 18:00
Lush beer!
billysugger - 21 Nov 2004 21:22
Lovely selection of Real Ale. mmmmmmm
Jim - 30 Oct 2004 17:19
Very nicely done trad pub, with comfy seats and plush surroundings. Great for a quiet drink after a hectic day's shopping up-town. Staff are really friendly too.
Jim - 4 Jul 2004 23:11

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