Food blogger Jeff Lyall, who writes the blog Newcastle Eats, has written us a guide to the best Dry January-friendly spots in Newcastle!

Right or wrong, Newcastle is still (in)famous for its nightlife, with dozens of city-centre pubs, bars, clubs all within walking distance of each other. It's part of what makes Newcastle great! But if you're taking part in Dry January this year, that's not to say you won't be well catered for. Most good bars in Newcastle will stock local soft-drinks brand Fentimans, whose ginger beer is probably the best in the world. Or try their tangy Seville orange "jigger" or the classic dandelion & burdock flavour. If you want something a little more creative on a night out, here are some cocktail bars which are a cut above the rest in terms of their offerings for non-drinkers.

Nitehawks

100 Grey Street, NE1 6BR

Nitehawks is the best place in Newcastle for cocktails, so it makes sense that they'd pay as much care and attention to their non-alcoholic drinks too. You're in safe hands here, so ask one of Newcastle's best bartenders Roy to whip you up something based on some flavours you like, and I promise you'll enjoy it. Pro tip? Head downstairs and get one of the most hidden, cosiest snugs in Newcastle where you'll definitely keep the winter cold off. 

Vicolo

Off Pilgrim Street, NE30 2HQ

As part of the fabulous independent Tyneside Cinema, Vicolo is part coffee shop, and part late-night hang out. The non-alcoholic cocktail list isn't huge, but the bartenders can normally knock you up anything you want, so ask for your favourite, or see what's on this week's loosely film-based specials. An absolute classic is of course the Virgin Mary - make it extra spicy to head into the New Year.

Alvinos

88 Pilgrim Street, NE1 6SG

Another of Newcastle's late-night cocktail haunts, Alvinos has long been a favourite of the student and hipster crowd seeking a better standard of drink and a night out with a good vibe. Enjoy one of their house non-alcoholic cocktails on the (heated) outdoor terrace, and you'll definitely not feel like you're missing out.

Pleased to Meet You

High Bridge, NE1 1EW

If you're on a "big" night out, you'll no doubt end up in Pleased to Meet You at some point. But for the real cocktail aficionado, head downstairs to Pleased to Meet You's sister speakeasy bar Viceroy where you'll find premium ingredients and sophisticated cocktails. Another hidden Newcastle snug, you can feel like you're having a proper night out, with top-class non-alcoholic cocktails and none of the Sunday hangover.

Colonel Porters

Dean Street, NE1 1LF

One of the newer bars of Newcastle, Colonel Porters offers a vibrant drinks menu in a "botanical garden". While primarily rum-led, there's a cocktail here for everyone - whether it's one from the menu, or one of your own creations, the bartenders will be happy to assist. Colonel Porters also offers a good feed so stay and enjoy the late night DJs.

Where's your favourite place in Newcastle for mocktails?

Check out Jeff's blog to read more food and drink reviews from Newcastle!