When I think of The Gate, my immediate thoughts are as follows: the cinema, Tiger Tiger and Nandos. Make way for Rub Smokehouse & Bar. I first heard about Rub at the last ELLEfluence event I went to – which you can read about here – where I was left astounded by their pulled pork bun and chicken wings. I often assume somewhere that does good grub can’t really be good at cocktails too, surely it’s one or the other?! So as you would expect, I was intrigued to find out more about Rub’s 2-4-1 cocktails after an invite to their cocktail masterclass hosted by ELLEfluence.. Could we have found the place that can do both good food and booze?!
It was the rainiest, stormiest day I’ve ever seen since moving to Newcastle, and a fur coat was a huge faux-pas when it came to my evening outfit choice. A group of North East bloggers met at Rub Smokehouse & Bar for what was promised to be a night of pure cocktail goodness. As we arrived, we were met by the Lauras of ELLEfluence – Laura Pearman and Laura Dawson, where selfies were taken and everyone was handed a tropical-kiwi cocktail. I had previously visited Rub for food, but it was only at the event I really took in the aesthetic of the venue. We are all about honesty over here on stephmap.com, so I have to admit that, based on the overall look of Rub, I wouldn’t have ever put it up there with top places to visit in Newcastle. It’s somewhat similar to the kid’s section of McDonald’s in the 90s; primary coloured and plastic. It may be that I’m a young adult and blogger of the instagram-perfect age, but regardless, it just doesn’t float my boat.
That’s where the dislike ends though. Rub is, as it says on the tin, a smokehouse and bar. Slow cooked meat is something they pride themselves on and it cannot be denied that everything I’ve tasted from them is delicious. Lesson #1 – don’t judge a book by it’s cover.
At the event, we learnt that the idea behind Rub’s cocktail menu is essentially making those “guilty pleasure” old-school cocktails cool again. From a Woo Woo to a Sex On The Beach, the lovely lads from Rub taught us how to make some classic cocktails and got us all shaking and stirring up some delicious concoctions. A bit of friendly competition had us chatting to other bloggers and getting a bit too into making the best cocktail of the bunch. For part of the night, a few bloggers took part in a Facebook Live Video of a “Sweet or Salty” challenge, which had some bloggers confessing what they would love to feature on their blog, with others taking on tequila slammers! (I’m looking at you, Mandy!). We of course got to try some of Rub’s absolutely beaut food and much to my delight the pulled pork buns featured there. It was at this point I ordered my fave cocktail – an Espresso Martini. I have had some awful ones in my time but they killed it and I would have ordered another were it not for science-duties the day after.
With 2-4-1 on classic cocktails 11am-7pm and 10pm – close, they’ve smashed it out of the park. Other than the cheesy design (which again, is personal preference) Rub is fabulous and is a great option for those fancying some good grub and a few cocktails before their night out on The Toon. I personally think it’s a fantastic addition to The Gate and I will for sure be visiting again soon…maybe on a night out pre-Sinners (because that place right there is a guilty pleasure).
Have you tried Rub yet? What’s your fave cocktail?