Speak to any former student, and it’s likely they’ll tell you that some of their best nights out were when they were at university. Newcastle is well known for being one of the best cities in the UK for nightlife, and especially student nightlife. From restaurants and karaoke bars to clubs and pubs, there’s something for everyone.
Newcastle’s nightlife is nestled in three main areas of the city; the centre, where the Bigg Market and Collingwood Street - known locally as the Diamond Strip - are home to glamourous bars and clubs. Right outside the city centre is Jesmond, where student-focused pubs provide a range of food and drink offers for any budget. To the east is Ouseburn, a haven for artists and music lovers, with galleries and trendy cafes side-by-side with some of the North East’s most famous pubs and gig venues.
With so much choice, how can you decide where to go for your big night out? Here are our recommendations for the best nightlife venues in Newcastle, whatever your tastes.
For big acts, award-winning superclub Digital boasts four floors and regular live shows. The club is best known for its Monday nights, Digital Mondays, spinning hits across all genres.
If you’re looking for more of a boutique experience, Tup Tup Palace is the place to go. Lovedough, on Tuesday nights, offers R&B, hip hop and afrobeat tunes, all in the heart of Newcastle.
Fancy a night out with a conscience? World Headquarters stands for diversity and unity in clubland. From legendary Halloween parties to 2000s hip hop nights, there’s an eclectic line-up of events across the week. The club also offers Newcastle’s first autism-friendly night every month.
Some of the most popular pubs for students are located in Jesmond, a popular suburban area for student properties. Spy Bar screens most major sporting events, offering burgers and their infamous Push the Button game, making it the perfect spot for getting a round in with your mates.
Head to trendy Ouseburn for live music at The Cumberland Arms, a Victorian pub with a long history of serving thirsty locals. From life drawing sessions to comedy nights, there’s always something to get involved with.
Just around the corner is The Cluny, one of Newcastle’s best known live music venues. It also serves a range of meals and bar snacks, as well as holding regular themed events, such as Oktoberfest.
Best of the Rest
If your idea of a good night out involves singing your heart out with a group of mates, head down to Cosy Joes in the centre of town. Their legendary karaoke stage and party pods mean you can choose your favourite hits to sing along to, right in the heart of Newcastle’s party district. Even the most ardent karaoke-hater will be converted!
For crazy golf with a twist, it’s back to Ouseburn for Ghetto Golf. This 18 hole mini golf course also includes a cocktail bar and bar menu, and is decorated with some of the wildest graffiti you’ll see this side of Brooklyn.
Forget sticky seats and inedible hot dogs, Lane 7 is nothing like the bowling of your childhood. From ten pin bowling to ping pong and American pool, spend an evening competing with your pals over several floors. Why not opt for a sit-down meal after your game to make a night of it?
Want to know more about what student life in Newcastle has to offer? Check out our guides to living in Newcastle.