The digital guide to Newcastle Nightlife

Party time in Newcastle upon Tyne

There’s no doubt that Newcastle has a reputation for partying and is one of the places to party in the United Kingdom. Enjoying the social buzz around Newcastle city centre at the weekend on a party night is well worth the experience.

There are so many amazing venues to choose from for a night out in Newcastle. You will never fit them all in on one night.

To ensure you enjoy your night out, we created a guide highlighting the best areas to go partying, together with recommendations for some of our best drinking establishments. 

The city has six main hotspots catering for a variety of different crowds.

The diamond strip is a must for those looking for a lively party night out. Whereas the Bigg Market, packed with bars, targets the more rowdy revellers. The Gate is a dedicated entertainment complex with everything all under one roof.

The area around Grey Street caters for in need of some real ale and craft beers. There are also some recommended hidden gems in this area worthy of a visit. The Quayside is for those with a more refined and sophisticated taste looking for fine dining and drinks.

Our final recommendation is just outside the city centre, Osborne Road in the ever-popular suburb of Jesmond.

Check out all the details below, together with recommended bars.

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The Diamond Strip bars in Newcastle upon Tyne

The Diamond Strip comprises numerous upmarket bars on and adjacent to Collingwood Street. These late-night venues and bars attract the more affluent clientele and are open to 3 am. Don’t be surprised if you bump into a footballer or a local celebrity in the area.

The five original bars on the strip comprise; Revolution, the vodka bar set with impressive marble pillars, the VIP bar House of Smith, Madame Koo, Florita’s and Perdu.

Do you like gin? Pop across to the new arrival on the block, The Continental, which stocks over 500 types of gin!

And if the queues are too big, why not pop round the corner to Tokyo, a classy venue with a rooftop terrace.

Don’t forget Tup Tup Palace, the boutique nightclub famed for its incomparable VIP experience and premium bottle service. It’s just around the corner on St. Nicholas’ Street.

If you prefer hip hop, urban and RnB, why not head along the road to Jalou, a low-lit bar with booths on nearby Neville Street next to Newcastle Central Station.

Bijoux is another popular bar nearby on Mosely Street, a favourite with the Geordie Shore cast.

Wherever you end up, expect a vibrant party atmosphere, an impressive range of cocktails, loud music and DJs. Make sure you take your bank card, it’s not cheap, but it’s certainly worth a visit.

The Gate is a purpose-built entertainment complex comprising bars, clubs, restaurants, a multi-screen cinema and a 24-hour casino. Like the Bigg Market, this is a popular venue for stag and hen dos.

PRYZM is brand new VIP Ibiza-style nightclub experience, set over three levels with four bars and four rooms, including a massive main club room with sensational sounds, visuals, and confetti cannons.

For indulging in beer, lager and ale look no further than the WonderBar or the Keel Row. For something a bit more upmarket, wander into Eden, the new bar and restaurant venue, set over three floors, that serves up some fantastic cocktails.

Party at the Gate
Partying in the Bigg Market

The Bigg Market is the rowdy part of town known for it’s loud and crazy reputation frequented by the Geordie masses looking for a banging night.

If you are looking for sophistication, look elsewhere. The Bigg Market is cheap and cheerful, loud and proud, buzzing with a down-to-earth crowd looking to get tanked up and have fun, possibly with a bit of karaoke and doner kebabs!

There are loads of bars in the Bigg Market, and our top pick is probably Filthy’s bar with an outdoor beer terrace and live music. Lager lovers should go to Bavarian-themed Bier Keller and neck a few steins of beer.

The bars around Grey Street & Dean Street and Pilgrim Street are more for the older crowd with traditional pubs, craft beers and sophisticated venues.

So if you are looking for real ale or craft beer in a bar where you can hear yourself speak, why not pop into Brew Dog on Dean Street, Dat bar on Market Street with an impressive range of beers, or Alvinos and Poison Cabinet on Pilgrim Street.

Need more beer on tap? More traditional bars serving real ale and craft bars exist nearby Newcastle Central train station and on Pink Lane.

Other notable bars of interest in the Grey Street area include Harry’s Bar, Pleased to Meet You and The Botanist.

Harry’s bar is opposite the stunning Theatre Royal on Grey Street. This venue has a fantastic atmosphere, buzzing with loud music and crowds of revellers.

Please to Meet You (PTMY) is a stylish, contemporary gin bar located on the cobbled street High Bridge, just off Grey Street. Well worth a visit to sample its craft beers, cocktails and gins.

Craft beers
The Botanist

The Botanist, in Monument Mall, is undoubtedly impressive to behold. The Botanist resides beneath a beautifully lit, domed glass roof.

The bar offers a world-famous selection of stunning cocktails, champagne, wine, craft beers and ales to savour and enjoy with your friends while listening to a live acoustic musical performance.

And if you climb the spiral staircase and explore upstairs, you’ll find the secret rooftop terrace with a fantastic view of Grey Street and Grey’s Monument.

The Quayside is a more upmarket and classy area for wining and dining, with iconic views of the Sage, Baltic Flour Mill, Millenium Bridge and Tyne Bridge.

The most popular venue on the Quayside has to be the Picture and Piano. The glass-fronted building overlooks the Baltic and Millenium Bridge, illuminated at night with multi-coloured lights. The bar has a large variety of cocktails, premium spirits, wine and lager on offer.

The premier glitzy bar in the quayside area has to be Livellos on Lower Dean Street. This upmarket, stylish venue, boasts an impressive list of exclusive cocktails, resident DJs and an outdoor seating area.

More traditional venues include the Bridge Tavern, found beneath Tyne Bridge, with an on-site microbrewery and the Red House serving up pies and mash with real ale.

Quayside bars

Last but by no means least is Osborne Road. Jesmond is the most desirable suburb to live in Newcastle, so its no wonder there are no so many students and young professionals in the area.

Osbourne Road, a ten-minute walk from the city centre, is the focal point of the nightlife in Jesmond.

Upmarket bars and chic cocktail bars line up along a 300m section of the street.

Osbornes is the most established and most traditional bar on the block. On the other side of the road are Bar Blanc, Quattro Bar, Billabong and Spy. Further up the street at the junction with Acorn Road are two stylish and sophisticated chic cocktail bars 97 & social and Sohe.

Unfortunately, the bars have to close at 11 pm due to local licensing rules. So if you want to continue drinking in Jesmond, you will have to walk or take a short taxi ride to Jesmond 360, NE2 1DB.

Once there go to As You Like It, a popular multi-room venue spread over three floors with four bars, an outdoor terrace, sofas, a dance floor and live entertainment.

Drinks promotions

Everybody loves a deal. So are there ever any offers or promotions for cheap drinks deals?

The bars in Jesmond are famous for their happy hours and 2-for-1 deals. Check their websites and social pages for what they have on offer.

Some of the Bigg Market bars often have drinks promotions and offers so if you are looking for a few bargains feel free to check them out.

Some venues also have cheap drinks on specific “student” nights during the week to tempt in the punters.

Just remember to try and drink responsibly and look after each other.

Wherever you go and whatever you get up to, we hope you have a fun time in Newcastle 🙂

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