It’s no secret that Newcastle’s nightlife reputation is steeped in glory. Our most popular destination boasts a nightlife scene that rivals any European capital – it’s loud, legendary and unforgettable. The centre can be broken down into several drinking districts, all within easy walking distance of each other.
The Diamond Strip is dripping with decadence, home to the venues regularly showcased on Geordie Shore. This exclusive street is lined with ‘the’ bars and draw in glamorous women in their droves. All roads lead to the rowdy Bigg Market – the brash street is strewn with the city’s biggest clubs and bars, including the likes of Bierkeller and Filthy’s. Moving further up the Bigg Market, the glass-fronted The Gate stands tall. This is the city’s largest entertainment complex, and hosts a whole load of restaurants and bars and even a casino. And, let’s not forget The Quayside, littered with pubs overlooking the riverside attractions, and posh Osborne Road – the first choice for Newcastle’s wealthy students. We've got even more on this epic scene in our detailed Newcastle nightlife guide.
The north east has produced some of the finest comedians in the world – Rowan Atkinson and Ross Noble to name a few – and it’s no surprise that there is a huge amount of comedy shows to choose from. The Metro Radio Arena and City Hall host the likes of Lee Evans, but the more intimate venues showcase the new and upcoming talent. Take, The Stand, built on the success of its sister venues in Edinburgh and Glasgow – this basement venue is widely regarded as one of the best comedy clubs in the north east. There’s also The Terrace, formerly The Hyena, that works closely with the epic Jason Manford.
Newcastle activities pack an almighty punch. Get outdoors and experience the bracing north east air with the likes of outdoor paintball, white water rafting, clay pigeon shooting, quad bikes, rage buggies, mud buggies and the like, or just get ready for that imminent zombie apocalypse… That’s not to mention our huge list of restaurants, bars and club entries and even a bar crawl with our LNOF hosts to keep you entertained during the stag do.
We’re not ones to brag, but Newcastle has an unbelievable amount of accommodation options to suit every group size. We’ve got 4-star hotels, modern apartments and cheap-as-chips hostels available, set all around the city. The majority are slap-bang in the centre, within stumbling distance of the legendary bars.
Football is a big part of Newcastle. Scratch that, it’s the biggest part of the city. The Toon is home to the beloved St James’ Park, the massive 52,000 seater stadium and iconic ground of Newcastle United. You can get exclusive tickets to watch The Magpies on the hallowed turf, play on the pitch, or scale the roof of the stadium at a giant 91 metres tall… If you want to keep those feet firmly on the ground, we also offer tickets to the mighty Newcastle Falcons. The Rugby Union team is the only professional rugby club in North East England and has produced home-grown internationals, such as Johnny Wilkinson and his right foot and Kieran Brookes.
There’s no shortage of live music venues to get stuck into on your stag do. Newcastle is packed full of talent (we’re not biased…) and has a dedicated music scene that rolls through every night of the week. You’ve got the huge Metro Radio Arena and O2 Academy that sell-out to big names, as well as the massive Sage – a landmark music venue - but you’ve also got small and cool pubs, like The Cluny and Think Tank? for that all-important music session on your weekend.
The Geordies are the friendliest people in the world. Fact. You won’t meet a nicer fella or hinny, than one from The Toon and it’s this reason that Newcastle is consistently top of our stag do locations (that, and nightlife and activities etc…). A recent government survey even found that the north east is the friendliest region in England – need we say more.
Let’s get down to the essentials. There’s a huge difference in price between the north and south – and prices here are as sweet as they come. The average price of a pint is around £3, and Newcastle is even home to the eighth cheapest pint in the UK, found at The Centurion. Not only is the beer cheap, but this city is easy to get to, with the train station connecting to all major cities. You’ve also got the Metro, connecting Newcastle to Sunderland and the outskirts of the north east, but everything in the city is within easy walking distance (even after a skinful).
To build your own enquiry for our Geordie homeland, you can have a look at our Newcastle Stag Weekends page - jam-packed with packages, activities and accommodation.