Newcastle upon Tyne is usually known for one of three things. The birth of the industrial revolution in the 18th century, Alan Shearer and it’s buzzing nightlife. And because you’re here reading this, then we doubt you’re here for a history lesson on Robert Stephenson?
So what is it about Newcastle that makes it a great night out?
Small & Compact
Ever found yourself in a city where you have to take a bus or train or even a taxi to get from one bar to another? Newcastle doesn’t have that problem, you are literally in the middle of it already. This is part of the reason Geordies don’t wear coats or use cloakrooms. Even in winter, you are outside for around 30 seconds before you’re jumping into another bar.
The beauty of Newcastle is that is literally caters for everyone, even you’re 80 year old granny. The wild nights are found on Collingwood Street, (Also known as the Diamond Strip), the cool vibes are found on the Quayside and the more mature drinkers are found on posh Grey Street. Even then you have the real ale heaven of the Ouseburn Valley, the easily accessible Central Station circuit and it’s very own Gay area next to the Centre for Life. We really do have it all.
Friendly & Welcoming
Geordies are notoriously friendly, small talk isn’t really a thing in these parts. Want to know where to go? you might as well take them for a pint so you don’t get thirsty. This helps in creating a great night out, the mood is good, you can talk to anyone and make friends to last a lifetime or until the hangover subsides.
Newcastle is cheap. Trebles bars cater for partygoers every night of the week and with a large student population gracing the city, it has to be. The average pint costs £3.74 which is considerably cheaper than London, Barcelona, Berlin and even Sheffield. Hotels aren’t a problem either and they are all competing for your custom – check out our hotels guide to get the lowdown on a great nights sleep.
So where do we start? below is the TotalGuide of the Nightlife in Newcastle. We’ll give you the lowdown on the areas first, then tell you which bars are great to start off in before giving you a heads up on which Nightclubs to consider.
Remember, dress codes aren’t strict strict, but you can’t be coming here dressed like you’re an extra in Shameless. It may also be a good idea to remove any brands that carry a reputation such as Stone Island or CP Company (as an example).
So the Diamond Strip is actually located on Collingwood Street. There are 5 late bars & nightclubs along one short street and it’s where all the young trendy live for the weekend types hang out. Think of dark rooms, private sitting areas and magnums of vodka & champagne. It is expensive and you should be expected to pay on the door to get in. If you’re wanting to book a table check out HOUSE OF SMITH, MADAME KOOS, FLORITAS OR REVOLUTION.
The quayside is where your old uncle will tell you tales of his “night out in the toon” from days gone by, but it’s all changed. Its vibrant, cool and has the best views of Newcastle. If it’s a nice day, the Pitcher & Piano is popular as to is Aveika & Livello at night.
Once upon a time, the Bigg Market was the place everyone warned you about, it was lively, in your face, loud and the local’s playground for a “night out on the lash”. Fortunately for you, It’s changing. Dirty old toilets and Makina playing nightclubs have given way to fancy cocktail bars and posh rum joints. Still, it’s a great night out and it’s around the corner from “The Diamond Strip”. Check out Revolución de Cuba, Filthy’s, Stein Bier Keller and for karaoke, Cosy Joes.
Once voted the most beautiful street in Britain, Grey Street is also a great place to relax at the end of a hard day stomping all over Newcastle. Prices are on the steeper side here as Grey Street and the surrounding areas cater to the sophisticated drinker. You can find fancy cocktails at either The Botanist or The Alchemist, chow down on tapas and gin at Dacantus, or take in the vibrant late bar scene at Bar Luga, Harry’s or Pleased to meet you.
The beauty of this area of the city is that it’s always buzzing. Simply because it’s next to the mainline railway route from Edinburgh to London. Central Station is popular with the day drinkers coming from Durham & York to the south and Morpeth, Alnwick, and even Edinburgh to the north. The Centurion is a good start and with Revolution, The Waiting Rooms and The Gunner Tavern all in staggering distance, it would be rude not too.
This is for the Real Ale drinkers and the ones who aren’t really looking for too much nonsense. The Ouseburn Valley is a stones throw away from the bustling city centre but has all the charm and scenery you need to fall in love. The Ouseburn is a leafy little piece of Newcastle that serves up some of the best national and local real ales on offer. You can catch live bands at The Cluny, Chill out at The Tyne Bar and take in the best view of Newcastle from the Free Trade Inn. It really is a brilliant spot.
Pre Drink Favourites
To get your night off to a great start we have drawn up a list of places we advise to get the party started.
A great place to start your night out is All Bar One on Grey Street. Its relatively new, has a great vibe to it, there are tables to sit and romantically look at each other and they do happy hour from 4pm Sunday-Thursday.
Girls love cocktails so where better to start your night than at The Alchemist. Here’s where you’ll find the most devilishly dark drinks and a dazzlingly different dining experience – all served up with a distinctly theatrical flavour, by staff dedicated to giving you the most entertaining service you’ll ever enjoy.
Depending on where your hotel is located very much depends on where you’ll go for your first pint. Just head out of the hotel and dash for the nearest watering hole.
You can start the day right without leaving the train station at The Centurion Bar. Built in 1893 as a grand waiting lounge and bar for first class passengers it now serves up a wide range of drinks and ample room for small or large groups.
Tup Tup Palace
Newcastle’s World Famous Boutique Nightclub, known for its incomparable VIP experience, premium bottle service & amazing atmosphere Tup Tup Palace is a very popular nightclub. Club nights operate Tuesday-Sunday with VIP tables available to hire seating up to 15 people.
Founded by Aaron Mellor and opening in 2005 Digital was Christened “The Fabric of the North”. It’s played host to a history of dance music with Sasha, Jamie Jones, Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Erol Alkan, Seth Troxler, David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Deadmau5, 2 Many Djs & more playing in the shadow of its trademark Pixel Line.
This legendary club has won a host of awards including UK Best Club SoundSystem (BEDA Awards), UKs No1 Large Club (DJ MAG Awards), Club of the Year North (Mixmag), and ranked 11th Best Club in World by a DJ MAG poll of 1000 of the worlds best DJs.
House of Smith
In the heart of the famous ‘Diamond Strip’, Newcastle’s premium nightclub presents late night glamour and lavish extravagance.
Hidden behind crushed velvet curtains, House of Smith boasts luxurious booths with the finest service and a nightlife experience like no other. Dance underneath the glittering chandeliers, ooze opulence in the stylish VIP lounge and sip on your choice of our delectable drinks!
Let the hosts keep your glasses filled, your taste buds tingling and your feet dancing! Book one of the exclusive booths and receive first class service from start to finish. Whether you’re celebrating something special or fancy a night out, they can offer an evening to remember.
Black, white, gay, straight, religion or lack of it… This is Newcastle’s top & longest running underground Club. WHQ is located in Carliol Square away from the packed streets of Collingwood Street and so is separate from the rest of the city and do their own unique thing.
It’s Newcastle’s only independent, truly underground, word of mouth, musically driven Club & is laid out over the lower 2 floors of Curtis Mayfield House on Carliol Square.
Upstairs, with its game changing ‘Sound System Of Dreams’ & jaw dropping wall murals, is where it’s at for all the 360° bump ‘n’ hustle, block party action you’ll ever need. Downstairs is a laid back, lovely, leather couchy, versatile live lounge & clubbing venue, with flexible staging.
Make no mistake, there is nowhere else even remotely like World Headquarters and if you are visiting Newcastle from outside the area, it’s quite simply a must see.
One of Newcastle’s biggest and most popular night clubs, Powerhouse started life as gay club back in the 1980’s and became so popular that they now welcome all – because after all, it’s about the music.
Attitude free clubbing at it’s best. Powerhouse is the largest gay friendly night club in the North East and also one of Newcastle’s largest night clubs – they have a brilliant atmosphere and something to offer everyone.
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