Where: 10-12 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG
Price of single espresso: £1.50
Plug sockets: 11
Opening hours: 8am to 11pm
Privacy points: 2/5
If your conversation over coffee at the Tyneside Bar Café ever flags, a huge mural on one wall might provide inspiration or the diversion of a guessing game. It comprises 30,000 words of bar and café scene dialogue from classic films such as It’s a Wonderful Life and Star Wars.
“Dialogue”, by artist Graham Dolphin, highlights the bar café’s cinematic connections; the Tyneside, one of the UK’s leading independent film and media venues, is the country’s last surviving news theatre still operating full-time as a cinema.
The clientele of its recently opened bar café ranges, like the Tyneside’s screenings, from esoteric to mainstream; the city centre location and trendy, but not too trendy, atmosphere have broad appeal. The functional furniture makes laptop use easy; business discussions over a coffee or a light meal are possible; the rectangular tables seat four. But they are set close together and it can be very busy, so privacy is not assured. The seating area at the rear is an alternative, unless you coincide with one of the occasional free screenings.
In that case, you could retreat upstairs, within the cinema’s Grade 2 listed art-deco building, to the Tyneside Coffee Rooms, a local institution since 1938. There is no dedicated WiFi, though you can access the cinema’s. But relax: you can sit on red velvet seats and eat poached eggs on toast.
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