To point out the obvious, nightlife in The Toon is pretty darn special. With several illustrious nightlife zones, Newcastle will sweep you up in a whirl of classy bars and clubs, reasonably priced drinks and lasses with nee coats. Probably the most well-known nightlife area in the whole city, The Diamond Strip, lies conveniently just minutes from Newcastle Central Station. Synonymous with MTV’s Geordie Shore, its collection of effortlessly cool, chic and exclusive bars and nightclubs attract hen parties from across the globe with their seductive VIP atmospheres and attractive crowds.
Other nightlife areas include the iconic and stylish Quayside, the lively Bigg Market with its live music venues, the massive Gate complex filled with bars, restaurants and even a casino, the premium Grey Street / Dean Street and Pilgrim Street collection of watering-hole lined streets and the decadent and leafy Osborne Road, situated within an affluent suburb of the city. If you’d like to know a little more about each of these areas, check out our Insider’s Guide to Newcastle Nightlife.
Thousands come from far and wide to sample a slice of Newcastle’s world renowned retail therapy – and for good reason, too. With the lengthy Northumberland Street, leading into Eldon Square Shopping Centre with its 150-strong shops, to the quaint and historic Grainger Market, to the largest shopping and leisure centre in the UK, the MetroCentre - with its 340 shops occupying almost 2,000,000 square feet - for a shop-a-holic hen, this is the place to be.
Restaurants and Cafes
From independent cafes, to Michelin Starred restaurants, to luxurious afternoon tea venues – if you’re peckish, Newcastle will deliver. Dotted across the city, in various vibrant gluttonous pockets – all manner of cafes and restaurants harmoniously coexist. The recently developed Grey’s Quarter, rubbing shoulders with some of the city’s hottest shops, boasts over 20 shiny, glistening - in true Eldon Square style - new restaurants. Then, you’ve got the Grey, Mosley and Dean Street crossover area, with restaurant lined pathways enticing hungry revellers into their lavish establishments – including the earthy, plant-laden Botanist, the BBQ meat-filled Longhorns and the Great Gatsby-esque Glass House.
You’ve also got the stunning Quayside, with the likes of Slug and Lettuce, the Michelin Starred House of Tides and the fabulous Six Baltic boasting renowned panoramic views of The Toon, and exclusive champagne afternoon teas. There’s even a couple of recently opened cat cafes, where you can have coffee and cake surrounded by furry feline friends. Whether you’re wanting to wine and dine in opulent surroundings, or fancy a hangover curing breakfast – the eclectic mix of haunts in Newcastle is sure to have something for everyone.
Whether you and your group are after lavish luxury on your hen weekend, or just want a place to crash between all that partying among the Geordies – Newcastle boasts a rich offering of hotels, apartments and hostels to accommodate your group’s tastes, requirements, as well as budget.
We’re sure you don’t need us to tell you, but Newcastle is jam-packed with iconic landmarks and cultural and historical sites. You’ve got the glistening Quayside’s Tyne Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Sage and Baltic, as well as Grey’s Monument and St James’ Park to name drop a few of the big ones. Your hen party selfies will have one hell of a spectacular backdrop.
Races - Ladies Day
Boasting one of the finest all-weather racecourses in the whole of the UK, Newcastle is the perfect place to host a hen party at the races. Set in an affluent and leafy suburb of the city, Gosforth Racecourse is the place to get dressed in your finery, have a cheeky flutter on the horses and hopefully top up the kitty with your winnings. If you’re lucky enough to get tickets for Ladies Day, you’re in for a treat – we can sort you and the girls out with entry into the Premier Enclosure, to kick start your celebrations in chic, VIP style.
We all know that a cocktail workshop on a hen party is a given - it’s basically a rite of passage. We offer a massive range of cocktail classes for you and your group, through a plethora of cracking venues - where you can learn to mix, twist and shake like mixology pros. If you’re feeling particularly brave, there’s even a Fire and Ice workshop, with a mixture of smoking and flaming drinks to concoct.
Naked men, alcohol and a room of screaming women… need we say more? Newcastle is brimming with sizzling striptease acts to get you in the mood to party. With chiselled cheekbones, rippling abdominals and a cheeky twinkle in their eyes – the boys are out in force, prepped and preened, ready to make your hen party take flight. From the Greek god-like bodies of the Adonis Cabaret boys, to the seriously experienced acrobatics, dance routines and sexy outfits of the Dreamboys – remember to pick your jaws up off the floor before you leave.
Whether you’re waiting at the Metro stop, or queuing to get into a club – us friendly Geordies never pass up an opportunity to have a natter. In fact, according to a recent government survey, Newcastle was found as the friendliest region in the whole of England.
Finally, let’s strip Newcastle down to its bare essentials. We all know there’s an obvious north/south divide when it comes to cost of living – which puts our Geordie hometown at the top when it comes to a reasonably priced night out. Your average glass of wine will cost around £3.20, and the average cocktail will set you back a mere £4.50 - making your hen party kitty stretch a lot further. The Toon is also a fantastic city for transport links, with Central Station taking visitors directly into the heart of the city, and Newcastle International Airport just out of the centre - you can even see if there's a flight to Newcastle near you, using our handy Flight Finder. And, with everything well within walking distance one you get there – you’ll save money on buses, Metros and taxis from the off.
If you think a Newcastle hen party might be just up your street, why not see what we can offer your group in the ultimate hen party paradise?