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Hen's Guide to

As proud Geordies, we certainly know our way around Newcastle’s fabulous nightlife. You may have to brave the bracing North East climate, but, from a land where lasses are renowned for facing the cold without a coat – you can rely on your trusty booze blanket when celebrating in this cosmopolitan metropolis. With several illustrious party areas, you’ll be spoilt for choice – so, we’ve put together this handy insider’s guide for the ultimate hen weekend in The Toon…

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Grey Street / Dean Street / Pilgrim Street

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Running from the world-famous Grey’s Monument, to the glorious Quayside, lies the classy and chic Grey Street to Dean Street stretch; brimming with side-to-side bars and restaurants. Overlooking Grey’s Monument, the trendy boutique bar, The Botanist, is in a class of its own. With exotic, botanical themed drinks and food, and even a huge tree in the centre of the bar – this one lives up to the massive hype. Nestled within a fancy corner building at the very beginning of Grey Street lies The Vinyard; with a Latino wine/cocktail terrace vibe and great happy hour offers, it’s certain to get you in the party mood.

Another perfect place to start a classy night in the Toon, is the notoriously sumptuous, high-end gastro-bar Bar Luga, located centrally on Grey Street. It’s elegant, tasteful, and serves a delicious range of food to boot. Running parallel to this area, is Pilgrim Street – a must visit if you’re partial to a cocktail or two. Amidst a wide range of higgledy piggledy bars, you’ll find the unconventional cocktail bar, Alvino's – featuring an Argos catalogue themed cocktail menu, and an arty, heated outdoor terrace. One of the small side streets linking Grey Street and Pilgrim Street houses Lola Jeans – just a stone’s throw from the glorious Theatre Royal, the two level venue has great food and even greater cocktails.

The Diamond Strip

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The Diamond Strip is Newcastle’s cool, chic and exclusive place to party – attracting a VIP crowd from across the city. The area has also been thrown into the spotlight of late by the infamous Geordie Shore gang. Whilst this area isn’t exclusively student-free, it does attract an older, more affluent crowd – so, make sure to don your finest LBDs, ladies.

Just minutes from Newcastle’s Central Station, the main Diamond Strip lies on Collingwood Street and extends to a couple of bars on Mosley Street. The continuous flow of neighbouring bars and clubs on Collingwood Street are a bar crawl just waiting to be explored - each united by their bohemian-luxe interiors and sultry, seductive atmospheres, this area is a hen do paradise. With Revolution, Madame Koo, Florita’s, House of Smith and Perdu all adjoined, there’s no chance you’ll get lost here. And, venturing slightly further along, you’ve also got Bijoux, Tup Tup Palace and Ohso to choose from. Whey aye.

If celebrating on the Toon's lavish Diamond Strip sounds like your idea of hen do heaven, check out our fabulous Geordie Shore bar crawl.

The Quayside

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This gorgeous area of Newcastle and Gateshead lines the banks of the picturesque River Tyne – which has become the city’s epicentre for modern arts, music and culture. However, at night it comes to life with upmarket and trendy bars set against the glittering riverfront and combines its party atmosphere with stunning views. The Pitcher and Piano is by far the most popular venue here, for both its stylish glass-walled building and its proximity to the spectacular Millennium Bridge - illuminated at night by changing coloured lights.

A little further along the river, you’ll come to the two floor bar, Popolo. Inspired by the Big Apple, it’s a chic combination of a retro American bar and an Italian coffee shop. With over 250 different spirits, craft beers and cocktails – this is a fantastic place to sample a slice of the Big Apple, in Newcastle. The Bridge Tavern is a new, ultra-cool venue with exposed brickwork and an onsite two hectolitre micro-brewery - it takes itself a bit seriously, but in a good way. Nestled under Newcastle’s most iconic Tyne Bridge, it prides itself on quality, swanky drinks and a laid back party atmosphere. There’s even a gorgeous, heated terrace where you can indulge in a luxurious cocktail, whilst taking in that fresh North East air.

If you like the sound of a night out in this famous spot, check out our Newcastle Quayside bar crawl.

The Bigg Market

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The Bigg Market has a little bit of a name for itself, but don’t be put off by its rowdy rep – it’s a seriously cool place to party. If you’re after suave and sophistication by the bucket-load, it’s probably not going to cut the mustard – but for a cheap and cheerful Newcastle hot spot that doesn’t take itself too seriously, The Bigg Market will not disappoint. Cosy Joe's is an unrivalled haunt for hen parties, and welcomes (nay, embraces) fancy dress. They have a karaoke bar upstairs, play all the cheesy classics from across the decades, and even have ‘party-pods’ that you can book for your group with a push-button drinks service.

Filthy’s is a relatively new, quirky live music venue in the heart of Bigg Market, with a fantastic drinks terrace to spill out onto. And, directly opposite is a traditional German pub, Bier Keller - where you can channel your inner Fraulein and grab yourself a beer stein or a Haus Stein Cocktail. Mushroom Bar just around the corner is popular if you’re on a drinking mission - it’s almost impossible to not have a hilarious evening in Mushroom Bar – especially as the trebles are cheap as chips.

The Gate

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The Gate complex is known as a ‘proper’ drinking venue. It’s a plethora of trendy restaurants, drinking venues and even a cinema and a casino, all under one roof – a haven for big groups, including stag and hen parties. There’s the classic Lloyds No. 1 Keel Row – part of the Whetherspoons chain – which is renowned for its super-cheap drinks and rowdy atmosphere. There are also some upmarket bars, such as Bar B; with sophisticated, chic and modern décor, luxurious furnishing, opulent cocktails, and champagne if you’re feeling fancy. Whereas, Beyond is more of a glitzy lounge-club – upbeat and trendy.

You’ve also got the vast Aspers casino – open 24 hours a day, and boasting three gaming floors, a 200-seat poker room and a 30-screen sports bar – it’s a great place to spend an evening if you’re feeling lucky. Stepping just outside of The Gate (or through the handy undercover bridge), you’ll come to neighbouring clubs Tiger Tiger and Sam Jacks, where you can party ‘til the early hours.

Osborne Road, Jesmond

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To the north of Newcastle lies Jesmond, a fashionable, leafy suburb inhabited by a majority of young professionals and affluent students. Being just a short taxi/bus/metro/walk from central Newcastle – the nightlife is certainly worth checking out. Osborne Road is the main nightlife hub with many bars and restaurants lining the decadent street.

The Jam Jar is a rustic, charming and relaxed bar-come-restaurant with super daily deals. For example, on Mondays you have the chance to roll the dice for cheaper drinks. Osbournes is more of a classy haunt with exposed brickwork and vintage interiors, as well as a gorgeous, tree outside, illuminated by pretty fairy lights. Bar Berlise is also a fabulous haunt for a hen do celebration, with generous daily happy hours including 40%-50% off drinks.

If you like the sound of a night in the Toon, take a look at our hen party packages in notorious Newcastle.