Many of those who’ve never been to Newcastle think that the city is all about coal and industry, in other words: not much fun. But Newcastle has changed a lot during the years, and has turned into a really cool, stylish urban city perfect for travelers looking for some awesome nightlife – because if it’s one thing they know how to do in Newcastle it’s to party. The best way to enjoy their famous nightlife is to stay in the center, and if you book early you can definitely find some great deals on Newcastle hotels in good locations close to bars, clubs and restaurants. There are more bars and pubs in this city to count, but here are my 5 favorite places for a night out in the “toon” (Newcastle lang for town)
Sam Jacks – For The Rodeo King
Located right in the middle of the action, in a heaving nightlife area of Newcastle, Sam Jacks is part of the Gate Complex on Newgate Street. It’s a two-floor venue, with a capacity of 1000 people; no wonder it’s said to be one of the busiest venues in the “toon” – open six days a week and all day on a Friday and Saturday, you’re guaranteed to have plenty of fun here. With a built in rodeo bull, available to ride for £1 a go, and the UK’s only “Dentist’s Chair”, where you clamber on stage, sit in the chair and drink a signature smoking cocktail for a bit of good-spirited fun.
The Cluny – For The Artist Wannabe
Definitely a bar for more of the artistic type, The Cluny is found by the river, on Lime Street, in a converted warehouse. With a gallery at the rear of the venue, and regular new exhibitions, combined with live music frequenting the stage, this chilled out bar is an artistic hub of the city and well worth a visit if you’re after a bit of down time away from the hectic Haymarket.
Browns – For The Super Stylish
Part of the popular chain of bars, this new establishment is on Grey Street in the city centre. Super stylish, offering good food as well as quality drinks, Browns is already building a fabulous reputation for itself. Ideally located if you’re seeing a production at the Theatre Royal, it is often heaving with diners and drinkers, local or otherwise, and has easy listening piano music played throughout the day.
Brewdog – For The Beer Lover
The Scottish beer bar is new in Newcastle and is well worth a visit to sample some of their quality bottled and draught beers. There’s surely something to suit your taste and, despite being found in the centre of sport-loving Newcastle, there’s not a TV in sight. With two bars to choose from, including one on the mezzanine level overlooking the main entrance, Brewdog is a refreshing addition to the toon pub scene and should be checked out if you’re in the area.
Trillians – For Rockers & Metalheads
One for the alternative types amongst you, Trillians is a rock and metal bar with DJs on Friday and Saturday nights and live music events during the week. Popular during the day with occasional drinkers and at weekends by the seasoned rocker, it’s believed by some to be the only rock bar in Newcastle so is a must for rockers and metalheads.
What is your favorite city in the UK for nightlife?