Market Shaker: a mini guide

Market Shaker opened its doors at the end of August 2019 and became an instant hit. This fantastic venue, which describes itself as a bar, dancehall and garden, has now firmly established itself as one of the most popular hang-outs in town. Complete with extensive outdoor seating, its an obvious choice for many during the summer months. 

If you’re new to the city, planning a night out in Newcastle or just haven’t managed to check Market Shaker out yet (where have you been?), then continue reading to see what awaits you.

What was there before Market Shaker?

The business which operated on these premises prior to the opening of Market Shaker was called Ember Lounge. Prior to this, it was also home to several other bars including Robinsons, Liquid and Circuit 1.

Back in 1882, a pub called the Nags Head operated in the same location, which was the first pub to occupy this position on the Bigg Market.

Market Shaker guide

Market Shaker Newcastle
Credit: Market Shaker Facebook page

Below is an overview of what to expect at Market Shaker, but check out their Facebook page (link below) for more photos and updates.

Location and address

Market Shaker is located on the Cloth Market, in the middle of the Bigg Market, opposite Revolucion de Cuba.

Market Shaker
34-36 Cloth Market
Newcastle upon Tyne

Click here to view Market Shaker on Google Maps.


Revellers at Market Shaker can expect a wide range of music genres, including disco, funk and soul.

Drinks menu

Credit: Market Shaker Facebook page

A great selection of cocktails, wines, spirits and bottled drinks are on offer at Market Shaker. 

Plenty of quality draught beers also available including offerings from Wylam Brewery. 

Food menu

‘Market Slice’ is the fantastic pizza menu on offer, with delicious, rustic, hand-made pizzas made by their award-winning resident chef. 

Pizzas can be ordered whole (various sizes available) or by the slice and there are regular promotions to enjoy. 


Market Shaker regularly has drinks and food promotions – it’s best to check their Facebook page for details of any current deals and the time of day in which they are offered. 

Recent promotions include 2 pints for £7, buy-one-get-one-free on cocktails and half price 14 and 16inch pizzas.

Opening times

Monday: 16:00 – 02:00

Tuesday: 16:00 – 02:00

Wednesday: 16:00 – 02:00

Thursday: 16:00 – 02:00

Friday: 12:00 – 02:00

Saturday: 12:00 – 02:00

Sunday: 12:00 – 02:00


The Market Shaker Instagram bio states that the venue has a walk-in only policy and that table bookings are not required. 

However, from previous posts it seems as though tables/booths can be reserved for special events that they are hosting. 

Market Shaker reviews

Market Slice - Pizza from Market Shaker
Credit: Market Shaker Facebook page

The venue currently has a rating of 4.1 stars (out of 5) on Google Maps, from a total of 281 reviews.

Recent reviews highlight the quality of the drinks menu and the music. Many reviewers also comment on how good the staff are – both the door staff and bar staff. 

Connect with Market Shaker

Market Shaker is active on Facebook and Instagram and can also be reached by email.

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