A city famed for its classical buildings and impressive architecture, Newcastle-upon-Tyne has not only gained a reputation for its stunning cultural revival but also its impressive nightlife. Lauded as the party capital of the North, the city centre is filled every weekend with revellers hoping to have a belta of a night out.
Whether you’re on a lads’ weekend away or a hen party looking to celebrate, we’ve found the best places eat, drink and sleep in our ultimate party guide to Newcastle.
Delicious homemade pie at The Redhouse
The Redhouse is situated on Newcastle’s quayside and is renowned for its traditional British fare. Serving Newcastle’s best pint and pie, this modern English pub is ideal for anyone looking to start their night with a pint of Ale or even a glass of aromatic Belgian beer. The Redhouse is famous for its delicious homemade pies – a staple Northern dish, these tasty meat-filled pastries are served with lashings of creamy mashed potato, mushy pies and gravy.
Described as a proper pub with proper beer, The Broad Chare prides itself on its authentic and warm atmosphere. The bar’s stripped-down interior, with painted brickwork and high bar stools ensures there’s no pretence here. With premium-quality craft-beers on tap, choose from a selection of Ales, Stouts and Lagers, as well as a quirky collection of whiskies.
Alvino’s large outdoor terrace
Spread across three floors, Alvino’s is home to two bars and one lovely outdoor terrace. Offering a vast selection of cocktails and other alcoholic delights, Alvino’s is Newcastle’s premier cocktail bar. This funky bar is the perfect location from which to start a raucous night out. Feeling a bit peckish? Sample some of the hearty fare on the menu.
A cocktail served in an ice-filled top hat at House of Smith
Florita’s is a tropical themed bar and club situated in Newcastle’s city centre. Full of character, this exotically-decorated venue is ideal for an in-house pub crawl. Connected to two other nightclubs – Madame Koo and House of Smith – revellers are sure to have a fun-filled night, no matter which club they choose to party in. For a stellar night out, make sure to reserve a table in advance, so you can enjoy your sumptuous cocktails in luxury.
Famous for its many appearances on Geordie Shore, Perdu is one of Newcastle’s best late night venues. Each weekend you can expect to find glamourous Geordies sipping champagne and cocktails in this sophisticated bar. With as much substance as style, Perdu offers the best in live music, delicious drinks and friendly service, all within the confines of this truly fashionable club.
Experience VIP treatment in the Jewel Bar
Tiger Tiger is Newcastle’s leading party venue. Split across several individually designed bars, it’s perfect for either a quiet cocktail with friends or a night on the tiles. Each bar is uniquely decorated to reflect its party theme. Dance the night away at the Tiki-inspired Kanaloa bar or relive colonial grandeur at Raffles.
Tiger Tiger also offer an amazing cocktail masterclass which is a perfect activity for a hen do. Book a class and let Tiger Tiger’s expert barmen show you how to craft the best Cosmopolitan.
Peace and Loaf’s flavoursome seasonal dishes
Peace and Loaf is a dining experience that’s not to be missed. Head Chef Dave Coulsen, who competed in 2010’s Masterchef: The Professionals, has created a locally-sourced seasonal menu that brings exciting meals to the table. Inspired by traditional British cuisine, each dish is meticulously hand-crafted with a real depth of flavour. The perfect setting for a formal night out, Peace and Loaf has a wide selection of excellent menus available to suit any taste and budget.
Whether you’re looking to grab a delicous snack on-the-go or cure your hangover from the night before, Tommy’s Good Times Sandwich Co. is your one-stop-shop for a delicious Stottie – that’s a sandwich to us non-Geordies. For the very reasonable price of £3.00, order a freshly prepared Bacon and Sausage Stottie, which comes with a free cup of tea or filtered coffee.
The Good Times Sandwich Co. also has a large selection of tasty sandwiches, perfect for lunch. We highly recommend the classical Coronation Chicken sandwich.
Artisan fare at The Earl of Pitt Street
A stone’s throw from St. James’ Park, The Earl of Pitt Street blends British and Asian cuisine to create an outstanding menu full of old favourites and British classics. With everything from Thai Green curry to North Sea beer-battered cod, there’s something here to suit every palate.
This quirky ‘pub’ was recently renovated and is now under the ownership of renowned Geordie restaurateur Mark Lagun. The interior design is certainly…different. Described as Alfred Hitchcock meets Vivienne Westwood, guests are greeted to portraits of chickens and mismatched furniture.
Afternoon Tea being served at The Vermont
Afternoon Tea at The Vermont is the perfect way to kick-start your hen do celebrations. Take tea in the sumptuous and elegant surroundings of the hotel’s lounge where you’ll be presented with a selection of freshly-prepared sandwiches, scones and pastry delights. For ladies who fancy something a bit stronger than tea, why not try The Vermont’s Cocktail Afternoon Tea? Here, guests will be treated to a cocktail of their choice as well as tea or coffee.
A day at the spa is the ultimate treat for any bride. The Malmaison’s decadent spa is the ideal place to relax and unwind with your dearest friends and family. The spa provides excellent beauty treatments and therapies which will ensure you look your best on the big day.
For an indulgent experience, book the Half Day Holistic treatment, which consists of an aromatherapy facial, back massage, manicure and pedicure.
Dance City offers amazing dance classes – perfect for any hen party
Another fun activity for a hen party is a private dance class. Dance City, situated in the city centre, it has excellent packages available to suit any bride-to-be and her back-up danc… ahem friends, I mean friends.
There are a variety of themes to choose from, but our personal favourite is the Burlesque package. Unleash your inner femme-fatale and learn the how to sexify your pose, posture and walk, all of which will leave your man in a spin.
Enjoy a day of banter and friendly rivalry with The Quadfather – photo by Chris Parfitt
There’s no better way to freshen up after a night out on the toon than driving a quad bike through an eleven acre off-road course. Just a short ten minute drive from Newcastle, The Quadfather caters for all group sizes and guarantees you exclusive use of their track and facilities. They’ll even arrange a pick up from your hotel and come armed with delicious bacon butties to cure your hangover.
Clay Pigeon Shooting is a great activity for any stag party – photo by Dennis van Zuijlekom
The most gentlemanly way of standing in a field, clay pigeon shooting is the ideal activity for any stag do that likes to partake in some friendly sporting rivalry. Fury Events, near Durham, will guide you through every aspect of clay pigeon shooting, from safely handling a shotgun to hitting that perfect shot. Take on the challenge of mastering various sporting targets using several different 12 bore shotguns – for the more adventurous there’s even a three shot pump action gun.
The Gory Tour is a great alternative for any stag parties not blessed with superior hand-eye-coordination or driving skills. Run the Iles Tours, the Gory Tour is designed to showcase Newcastle’s darker past. Expect to learn all about the city’s murky history, gruesome murders and its dodgy characters. The tour can also be done at night – prime time for meeting spooky ghouls and ghosts.
One of The Vermont’s elegantly decorated City Rooms
Steeped in history and opulence, The Vermont is one of Newcastle’s finest hotels and offers guests a truly extravagant experience. The hotel is situated in the city centre, opposite the historic Moot Hall and is the perfect base from which to explore Newcastle’s many bars and nightclubs.
The hotel’s luxurious City Rooms feature a large double-bed, crisp white linens and a soft velvet throw as well as a marbled bathroom fitted with a large mirror and excellent lighting – perfect for getting ready for a night out.
Sky Lounge at The Vermont
The Sky Lounge is an exquisite rooftop terrace which boasts incredible panoramic views of Newcastle. This atmospheric setting is the ideal location to unwind with a glass of wine.
Situated on the banks of the River Tyne, Hotel du Vin was originally home to Tyne Tees Steam Ship Company. Subtle nods to the building’s maritime past are found at every corner, from the rope banisters, characterful paintings lining the walls to the deep mahogany furniture – reminiscent of the cargo ships that once thronged Newcastle’s quay.
Light and airy double room
All rooms and suites at Hotel du Vin feature stylish soft furnishings. Each room is decorated to the highest standard and fitted with a comfy hand-sprung mattress and luscious Egyptian linen.
Relax in Hotel du Vin’s cosy leather armchairs
The hotel’s grandiose Cigar Shack is the quintessential man-cave. Relax in the cosy leather armchairs, order a dram of whiskey and simply savour the atmosphere.
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