A night out in Newcastle

by stokel

Take it from a local: not for nothing has Newcastle been declared eighth best party city in the world. If you're looking for the best nightlife in Britain, you've come to the right place...

Newcastle is known far and wide for giving you the best night out in the UK, and is perfect if you're looking to host a hen night, a stag night or are just a fun-loving person wanting to play in the most buzzing city in the country. From small, chic places to big-brand mega clubs, the city has it all. Whatever your taste in music or people, there is somewhere for you, and somewhere that will make Newcastle a memorable night.

Where to stay

You'll need a home base, of course - somewhere to come back to when you're all partied out (and we do party hard). The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead practically bridges the Tyne: it's a delightful and dependable place on the Gateshead bank of the river, with an expansive glass lobby and sleek modern design that makes it the perfect place to stay. You're within spitting distance of the Baltic, if you can shake off the hangover and desire some culture, and even closer to The Sage Gateshead, meaning you can start your evening off with a dignified musical performance, if you so desire.

The Malmaison is situated on the other side of the Tyne in the more established Newcastle, and offers unbridled luxury at decent prices. If boutique is more your style, then Hotel du Vin is near the Quayside area of bars and clubs and can give you decadence alongside your hearty portion of party.

Dress code

Be aware that you will be overdressed in Newcastle - not necessarily in terms of formality, but in terms of quantity of clothing. Newcastle didn't get its reputation as one of the finest party cities in the world for nothing: Geordies are weather-resistant and like to show off their going-out clothes just as readily in the queues as they do inside the clubs.

Warming up

You'll want to start off in a nice bar, and Florita's, near the High Level Bridge, is perfect. An exotic cocktail bar, it has a small jungle and barbecue terrace and is popular with monied locals, who use it as a happening stopping-off point before really kicking off their night. Comfortable and quirky decor makes you realise the extra effort Newcastle puts into its nights out: there are no staid watering holes here.

The Revolution chain has a bar here, just down the road from Florita's. Massive and high-ceilinged, in an old converted office building, it's perfectly adequate for shaking off what can be a cold winter chill (and sometimes a brisk summer breeze) but lacks the individuality to be found elsewhere. If you're more alternative, then go to the Manors region on the outskirts of the city and try to uncover Nancy's Bordello. Cheeky, cheap and incredibly small, it's so incognito that only the dedicated (and desirable) find their way in.

Time to party

Once you've warmed up, you'll be looking for somewhere to let your hair down. Mega-club Liquid, near the bottom of Northumberland Street (the main shopping throughfare in the city), plays dance music nightly and stays open until the sun rises. Digital, in Newcastle's own Times Square (somewhat less impressive than New York's), is smaller but more salubrious, and plays different music depending on the night. It's also close to Newcastle's Central Station, which is the main train station for the city.

Tiger Tiger is spread over three floors. It can be expensive to get in to - and sketchy at closing time - but is always busy; if you're looking to meet the locals, come here. World Headquarters is very niche, and the upper floor is barely bigger than a large sitting room, but if you're into electronic, drum'n'bass and minimal music, then you'll want to take a gander at it.

Tup-Tup Palace is where the rich and famous party, and is just down the road from Florita's, where you may have started your night. Coming out of the club to see a centuries-old cathedral and the Castle Keep, a millenium-old castle, makes Newcastle what it is: a contrast of old and new, proud of its past but always looking to move forward and provide the best time possible.

There are countless more places to see and be seen in Newcastle. If you're staying at the Malmaison, you need never climb a set of stairs, sticking instead to the lower ground of the Quayside and wandering from bar to bar before ending up less than a mile away from your hotel at Sea, an expansive nightclub that runs parallel to the River Tyne.

One of the best ways to explore the nightlife of the city is to simply wander round and see where the night takes you. It's one of the advantages of being in the eight best party city in the world that you'll rarely find a shady speakeasy.


Chris has been to almost as many places as years that he's lived. This 21-year-old writes regularly for magazines in his region alongside running his own publication, writing a book and promoting Northern Chords (www.northernchords.co.uk), a yearly chamber music festival for which he won the 2010 ncl+ Award for Arts and Culture. He has been appointed by the Simonseeks editorial team as a community moderator, to review and rate guides on a regular basis.

At some point, Chris hopes to live in Rome, taking in the sights and sounds of everyday Roman life. For now, however, he's just looking for a job to go to when he graduates this summer doing what he loves best: writing.

For Chris' portfolio, CV, and his constantly updated blog, visit www.stokel-walker.co.uk.