If you're looking for what to do in Newcastle at night time, you will not be disappointed. With countless bars, restaurants and clubs as well as venues to catch comedy acts, live music, theatre performances and films, there's a little something for everyone to do on a night out in the North East.
Whether you're looking for the best pubs in Newcastle to grab a beer or a quiet place to enjoy glamourous cocktails on the Quayside, Newcastle and Gateshead will be able to provide you with a proper Geordie night on the tiles. From the student nights at Newcastle or Northumbria University to niche music venues with excellent live music and the most popular clubs which regularly host sets by the world's best DJ's, make sure that your night out in Newcastle and Gateshead is one that you'll never forget. Take a look at ten ways you can enjoy a night in Newcastle:
Wylam Brewery's Palace Of Arts is a recent addition to Newcastle's nightlife scene but is already one of the best in the city. Located in the heart of Exhibition Park, the venue is housed in the former Museum Of Science and Engineering. Wylam Brewery itself, which was established in 2000 within the town of Wylam, acquired the building in 2015 and turned it into a stunning industrial style, vintage inspired venue with its very own micro-brewery, tap room, beer garden and events hall.
Serving up its own unique craft beers and lagers such as Jakehead IPA, Hickey The Rake, Haxan and Pilsner, Wylam Brewery has become a fantastic venue for every type of occasion from weddings to private parties, work nights out or a quiet bevvy while overlooking the lake. You can also experience live music to suit all tastes as this venue has welcomed international stars such as Mr Scruff to perform DJ sets beneath the Great Hall's impressive Art Deco glass dome.
More importantly, Wylam Brewey is regular host to a number of street food events such as Battle Of The Burger, Slice Wars and the Newcastle Gin Festival which means that its foodie credentials are right up there with the best restaurants in NewcastleGateshead. Forget the usual crisps and meat pie bar snacks; Wylam Brewery serve alternative nibbles packed with flavour such as pork crackling, oysters and pickled vegetables as well as a killer Sunday roast.
You can't beat a night out at Lane7 in Newcastle. Decked out as a 1950s style bowling alley-come-retro arcade, Lane7 is the perfect Americana-inspired night out for those bored with bars and done with dance floors. Thanks to its wide-range of leisure activities, you'll have to book in advance if you're visiting on a weekend because this place fills up fast! With two whole floors equipped with 10 full size bowling lanes, a 9-hole mini golf course, two ping pong tables, large American pool tables and custom tables for beer pong, this venue is a haven for those with a fun, competitive spirit.
The bar downstairs serves up everything from locally brewed pints and rich bourbon to specialty cocktails, alcoholic slushies and creamy spirit-infused milkshakes to keep you refreshed for hours while the food here is also top notch. Lane7 is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants to go to for a true taste of America. Sink your teeth into Stateside-style nachos and chicken wings to start or gorge on pulled pork sandwiches, juicy house burgers, smoky hotdogs and sticky ribs. Finish up with house whipped ice cream, brownies or cheesecake before heading to Lane7's karaoke booth, where a round of beer pong should allow you to belt out Springsteen's 'Born In The USA' with new found confidence.
Who doesn't dream of attending the Mad Hatter's tea party? The Poison Cabinet, which is cleverly disguised behind a mysterious door inside the basement of Bierrex Smoke and Tap house, is the ultimate place to pick up unique cocktails which look more like they've been concocted with a chemistry set than your standard liquor and shaker. Located on Pilgrim Street, this 'speak-easy' style bar combines 1920s Art Deco glitz with a touch of Victorian gothic glamour. Take your pick from the cult-handbook style menu to select a number of fizzing, bubbling and tea-infused cocktails which are served in crystal cut high-ball glasses, apothecary bottles and fine bone china to add to the elegant vintage feel.
The Poison Cabinet may be small but the secretive atmosphere is what makes this venue truly special. With cocktail classes available for booking, jazz and swing music blasting from the jukebox and a troupe of mustachioed, waist-coat wearing barkeeps at your service, you'll feel like you've been whiskeyed right back to the Prohibition era for an evening.
If you're looking to get glammed up and party in true Geordie style, then the 'Diamond Strip' which runs through Collingwood Street is the place to be. Lined with some of Newcastle's most popular bars and clubs, the Diamond Strip is the ultimate spot to see and be seen. Start your night with cocktails at the Miami-themed tropical tiki bar Florita's where they serve up Pina Colada's and Long Island Ice Tea's inside decorated pineapples and hollow coconut shells before heading across the road to Geordie Shore favourite, Bijoux for Newcastle's famous cheap trebles. You can then swing by Madame Koo's where you can hang out in the VIP booths or bust some moves to the latest chart toppers on the dance floor.
Those looking for a quick pick-me-up before heading to the club can stop by Revolution which boasts over 15 different flavoured vodka shots including cherry, chilli, birthday cake or peanut butter and jelly. When it comes to clubbing in Newcastle you're spoiled for choice. Check in to House Of Smith any day of the week and dance the night away at one of their renowned theme nights where you can choose between hip-hop, dance, pop and R'n'B. Tup Tup Palace is probably the best venue for celeb spotting and also hosts student nights as well as being equipped with a private room for special events and parties. The Diamond Strip is also ideal for stag and hen parties as you're just a short walk away from Perdu and Cosy Joe's; Newcastle's number one karaoke bar!
The Ouseburn Valley is in no way short of great pubs. From The Free Trade Inn with its spectacular views over the river Tyne to Tyne Bar's dog friendly heated beer garden and The Ship Inn with its fantastic vegan menu, you're guaranteed a great night out in Ouseburn's creative hub. Whether you start at The Cumberland Arms with its cosy fire, regular folk music events and excellent array of beers or try the new additions Kiln and Arch 2, a night in Ouseburn will have a chilled, informal and friendly vibe. One of the most popular venues is The Cluny which sits just beneath Byker Bridge. Opened in 1848, The Cluny became one of Newcastle's most notable music venues after it transformed into a pub in 1999. The Cluny has seen a number of local bands perform in this raw and intimate setting while the venue room has hosted everything from DJ sets and burlesque nights to private events and weddings. Many well-known indie acts including The Futureheads, Mumford and Sons, We Are Scientists, Graham Coxon, Kate Nash and the Arctic Monkeys have also taken to the stage at The Cluny as well as Solange Knowles and Maximo Park.
The beer garden makes The Cluny a staple of a summer in Newcastle with countless locals and music fans heading down to enjoy a pint in the sun. The atmosphere is definitely a lot more laid-back than other music venues in town and is especially popular with local artists, media folk and designers who work nearby thanks to its association with The Late Shows.
Self-described as 'A Night Like No Other', Boulevard is one of the best LGBT-friendly venues in Newcastle and Gateshead. Located just off Scotswood Road and St. James Boulevard, near the heart of Newcastle's Gay Village, Boulevard is a Vegas-style cabaret venue with seasonal shows by some of the region's greatest drag performers and Broadway dancers. From expertly choreographed dance routines to dazzling costumes, hilarious comedy acts and musical showcases, Boulevard really is the most fabulous way to spend an evening out in Newcastle.
The dress code here encourages you to turn up to the door at your most glamorous so don't think twice about donning some sequins. Fancy dress is also welcome, which is good news for stag and hen parties getting into the festive spirit. There's also an extensive menu of wine, champagne and fizz which you can enjoy during the shows. Perfect for bringing a little magic and fun to your visit, bookings can be made in advance to ensure you experience one of the greatest nights in the North East from the front row.
If a more low-key night is on the cards, Tyneside Cinema is the perfect venue to unwind with a drink and a good film. The beautiful Art Deco style cinema is Newcastle's only independent cinema and screens everything from quirky art-house films to popular Oscar-winning movies and cult classics. The intimate setting is ideal for couples and you can even grab dinner beforehand at the Tyneside Bar Cafe which has an extensive menu and even hosts themed supper clubs. During special screenings, Tyneside Bar Cafe also has themed cocktails such as Boozy Butterbeers for Harry Potter fans or Qui Gon Gin and Tonics for Star Wars fanatics.
The Tyneside also hosts a number of cult-film all nighters where you can watch all of your favourite movies until the early hours as well as private screenings for parties and premier screening events for the newest film releases so be sure to check what's on before your visit. After the credits roll you can also enjoy a delicious Italian coffee of sophisticated cocktail in the stunning 1920s inspired surroundings of Vicolo Coffee and Cocktail Bar which is a long-standing favourite for local cinema-lovers.
If you're in need of a good laugh, look no further than The Stand Comedy Club on High Bridge Street. While there are countless venues which host the most famous comedy acts in the UK, The Stand is by far the best thanks to its unique, intimate atmosphere and DIY feel. Home to its very own comedy nights including Red Raw which presents local talent, The Stand has also been the regular stomping ground for household names such as Kevin Bridges, Dylan Moran and Nick Helm.
Better still, you can also grab a decent meal and a drink before a show as The Stand Bistro regularly appears on lists of the best restaurants in Newcastle and Gateshead. With a menu that is updated seasonally with new and exciting combinations, there are also plenty of options for vegetarians (a rare treat compared with most restaurants!) as well as delicious locally sourced dishes such as sea bass, sirloin steak and crispy pork belly. Wash it down with a craft beer or a glass of wine to prepare yourself for a side-splitting performance and all-round feel good evening.
Among the many clubs to end your night in when visiting Newcastle and Gateshead, MSA, which stands for Music Slash Art, is one of the more unique and exciting venues to join the ranks. Hidden in the side streets between Grey Street and Pilgrim Street, MSA is a venue which goes by its own mantra of 'Our Vision of what a music venue ought to be'. Executed as an underground bar, this venue behaves as a 'blank canvas' for local artists and illustrators who want their work to be seen by the North East in-crowd.
Featuring photography, artwork and murals by 'outsider' artists and local talent, the colourful interior is only half the fun. Equipped with a dance floor, fully stocked cocktail bar, outdoor area and lounge, you can sit back with a drink to soak up the creative atmosphere and music. The DJ's here play a good mix of the best classics and coolest new tunes from every genre that matters. From soul and funk, to hip hop and grime, MSA is an eclectic night out for folks who dare to be different.
Sage Gateshead is one of our must-see sights in NewcastleGateshead, but it's also fantastic for a night out. This innovative music venue is home to several uniquely designed concert halls which have seen performances from some of the industries most notable artists and has even hosted acts from the BBC 6 Music Festival, solidifying Sage Gateheads' reputation as one of the world's coolest spots to watch live music.
Choose from comedy acts, lauded orchestras and dance groups or catch performances by famous artists like Grace Jones, Blondie and Dionne Warwick. There's performances of every genre and type suitable for every age and the stunning interior is just as awe-inspiring as the mirrored panels which make Sage Gateshead such a distinctive part of the Gateshead skyline. You can also make a night of it in The Brasserie, Sage Gateshead's fine dining restaurant or stop by the nearby Bridges Quarter for a drink. The Central serves pints by the plenty while Prohibition wows with its vintage interior. Why not grab a bite at River Beat, which fuses sea-food with Asian flavours before taking a romantic stroll along the Tyne to end your night.
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