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Newcastle and Gateshead nightlife venues

Newcastle and Gateshead are famous for the thriving nightlife filled with many clubs, bars and restaurants. On the so-called Diamond Strip you will find the Florita’s Miami Bar with its VIP suite and huge tropical outdoor garden; the opulent Revolution bar housed in a former bank; the boutique Perdu with its alfresco drinks area and Madame Koo, boasting an alluring Oriental interior.

On the Quayside stands the Pitcher & Piano, offering an unrivalled view of the Millennium Bridge. On the outskirts of Newcastle city centre is Wylam Brewery in Exhibition Park and if you enjoy a decent pint try the Ouseburn Valley which has some of Tyneside’s finest pubs, hunt out The Free Trade Inn, the Cumberland Arms or The Cluny.

Hidden away on Hood Street between Grey and Pilgrim Streets is MSA (Music Slash Art), an intimate, high-energy nightspot catering to no more than 300 people at a time that strives for quality over quantity. Set against a backdrop of photography, art and murals, there’s two bars, a dancefloor, and an outdoor area to relax while you soak up the music and creative atmosphere at what is one of Tyneside’s more exciting venues.

The Stand Comedy Club on High Bridge is the place to go if you fancy a good laugh. The intimate venue has hosted everyone from Dylan Moran to Frankie Boyle and even Games of Thrones’ Eddison Tollett (aka Newcastle actor Ben Crompton) over the years. Lane7 is a 1950s-style leisure emporium combining good food and drink with a 10-lane bowling alley, mini golf, pool and ping pong tables, as well as a private karaoke booth. Or you could enjoy an out of this world experience at Mr Mulligan’s. The galactic-themed adventure golf venue boasts three nine-hole courses, a restaurant and bar, and there’s even DJ nights and dancing.

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Live music

Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QG

STACK is a vibrant city centre urban village made from over 50 shipping containers filled with local independent retailers, eateries and bars that truly reflect the culture of the North East. The outdoor plaza area offers visitors a communal space to gather and have a great time come rain or shine with partial cover, heaters and fire pits throughout. There are a variety of different street food operators serving everything from pizza to Korean poke bowls making it the perfect place to grab a bite to eat whilst enjoying the regular live music and events that take place on the stage. Visit website

Yolo Townhouse

14 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EN

Yolo Townhouse is a social experience for Newcastle city centre. A bar, eatery and roof terrace spread over three floors on Newcastle’s historic High Bridge, serving great cocktails, fantastic wines, superb prosecco, Champagnes and a quality cold pint. Yolo Townhouse provides a warm, relaxing space to enjoy unlimited filtered coffee with all breakfast items. Fancy a bit to eat? Whether it’s a sharing dish, a light bite or one of the delicious classic pub food favourites, the restaurant caters for all tastes. Visit website

The Botanist

Monument Mall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AL

Get away from the hustle and bustle of Newcastle’s city centre and relax in the ambience as you indulge in delightful food and an expansive array of real ales, bottled beer, cocktails, Champagne and wine at The Botanist. You can hire one of the marvellous spaces for events, parties and drinks any time of the day. The private areas are available to hire from groups as small as nine to parties of up to 80 guests. Visit website


35 Grey St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6EE

Set in the midst of one of Britain’s most beautiful streets in the former site of the Bank of England, Barluga’s Grey Street location is a unique and unforgettable venue to enjoy with good company. Guests can expect to see a varied and imaginative menu at Barluga offering delicious modern British cuisine in a unique setting. The extensive wine list and superb cocktail selection will exercise the mind as much as the palate. Visit website

Brinkburn St. Brewery
Brinkburn St Brewery

Ford St, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1LN

Brinkburn St. Brewery has been brewing quality craft ales in Byker since 2015, and has now established its own tap house to showcase its beers. All of Brinkburn’s food is locally sourced and prepared in-house. All of the beers on the bar are either brewed in-house or by some of the best local breweries. Visit website

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