Bars in railway stations are not usually places I recommend to visit but the Centurion Bar in Newcastle Station is a nice enough place to relax and have a drink, especially if have to wait around for a train or you’ve arrived on a long journey.
The bar is the station’s former first class waiting rooms and there are entrances from both the station and from Neville Street outside.
We stopped here for a quick pint after returning from a day-trip to Durham and again before the trip home to London. At 6 pounds for a beer and wine it's not cheap though they have a great selection of beers including Black Sheep, a good local bitter.
We stumbled upon this pub by accident. It serves some Ales and several lagers / ciders on tap. I had a Grolsh, which was of surprisingly top quality on tap. I had originally asked the barman for a Newcastle Brown Ale, but was told they are only really available in working mans clubs or Wetherspoons! The staff were friendly and the inside of the pub very cosy and comfortable.
Dress Code: Casual
Disco bar, playing top music with professional dancers on stage.
Bar also has bucking bronco `bull` and dentist chair on stage for `shots` drinking.
Dancefloor and plasma screens for sport on tv.
Bar is found in The Gate complex in north end of city above Bigg Market and Quayside areas.
Other bars in town include Mood,Tiger Tiger,Idols,Reflex,Flares,Fluid,Yates,Weatherspoons
and loads loads more.
Dress Code: Smart casual.
In the Newcastle city centre, the Gate has a vast amount of pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants all situated in a nice convenient central location. All with in throwing distance of each other, places like Tiger Tiger, Moods nightclub and plenty others to choose from are fabulously located that offer some great food, great people watching opportunities, dancing and drinks. There definitely is no lack of nightlife here. And in close proximity to the Gate is Bigg Market which is also famous for its nightlife. The main areas for partying in Newcastle would be the Gate, Bigg Market, Central Station, and the Quayside.
Dress Code: Typical club wear and dress code, some places don't allow jeans, although designer jeans seem to be accepted widely in most places.
As far as I'm concerned The Long is one of the most relaxed places in the Toon. Can be good crack at evenings, nice place for after work pint or even for pre-match drink.
Drink prices are average for Newcastle terms, but probably the best thing about it are happy hour (5-7pm) consoles allowing you to win FREE DRINKS, drinks at 1/2 a price, 2 drinks at the price of one, or pay full price for your round if you're unlucky enough.
Although there's fairly enough place to sit down, it is very likely you'll have to stand here.
Not being too big, the Long still has two levels and two separated bars.
Dress Code: Nowt special, seen both smart looking lasses and lads wearing their football colours.
Best real ale drinking bar in Newcastle. Hasjust been voted CAMRA 2005 winner of best real ale bar in Northumberland and North Tyneside.
An extensive range of local real ales are served with regular guset ales on offer.
Dress Code: No Dress code
The Strawberry is an historic pub being one of the few to survive the rebuilding which took so many of the city centre pubs. Rumoured to have once been a brothel in the 19th century (when it was attached to a hotel behind where it now stands).
It is now the closest bar to Saint James Park and therefore the bar of choice to diehard Newacstle fans. It is now a modern, well appointed bar which despite its varying clientele, retains its "local" reputation.
This bar is impossible to infiltrate on a match day, and you must be in very early to have any chance of getting served.
Dress Code: Casual, very casual, football colours, so long as they are black and white, defo allowed!!!
This pub looks like a typical Gothic club, but it's not just that. It's also a regular pub where you could watch the news or sports.
There are lots of decorative ornaments such as antique chairs and swords.
This will appeal to anyone who likes a themed bar, especially a vampiric themed bar.
Dress Code: It's a pub so anything is fine. As I said, all sorts of people go in there so it's no trouble whatever you wear. Mostly everyone gets on.
A ship moored under the Tyne bridge sounds a little romantic - but forget that, this is Newcastle's nightlife in the raw.
For the past 15 years or so it's been a rite of passage for any student in the North East. I havn't been in many a year, but rest assured my sources tell me it hasn't changed a jot in all that time.
The revolving dancefloor is still there (apparantly) along with the cheesy DJ's, greasy old blokes, Stag & Hen parties and hoardes of girls wearing little more than a belt, prabaly with the slogan 'slut' or 'up for it' on it.
Despite the name I doubt if a Tuxedo has ever been worn by anyone there, and certainly no princess has crossed its gangplank. Don't expect much sophistication, this former ferry is just packed with people just dying to get off with each other.
Thus opinion is divided, some see it as a smelly, vomit-inducing vision of hell in search or an iceberg, whilst others write comments on websites along the lines :
"It was fcuking great, met some bird after 10 minutes and ended up S**gging in the toilets"
I think you get the picture.
Dress Code: No jeans, no trainers, but that's about it.
This is Newcastle, don't be soft puffy southerner and wear a coat.
This historic building has been sympathetically restored by the giant Wetherspoons chain. The bar itself aims at a slightly younger crowd than you normally get at a Wetherspoons - and is branded within it's 'Lloyd's No1' chain.
Prices are still however keen, and the food is reasonable.
Of more interest to the tourist is the impressive outdoor patio area situated right on the Quayside in the midst of the bridges spanning the Tyne (see must see activity tip)
A great place for a stop on a walk along the Tyne banks.
Dress Code: pub
It's normally the Wetherspoons pubchain that gets to old banks first and convert them into very large bars - but this time the Revolution chain got to the prize first - and what a good job they have made of it.
The high ceilings, stylish counter and partitions make for a very convivial atmosphere if there are half-a-dozen people in the place, or if it is packed to the rafters.
Regular promotions (usually based on vodka) are a common feature, as is a menu that often uses the Russian spirit of choice in the preparations.
I'm a beer man myself, and Wetherspoons is only a few doors away - but a great bar all the same.
Several people mentioned that this was the latest 'in' place in Newcastle before I visited - so I had to check it out, but I suspect that already means it's already passe.
The bar is wide and spacious with maroons, browns and creams combining to form a cool colour scheme inbetween the widely-spaced leather sofas. It has something of the feel of a five-star hotel bar, rather than a pub, but the salsa nights and DJ's soon whip up some atmosphere.
We found drinks a little on the expensive side, although regular promotions mean it's good for an early evening drink.
It was constructed as part of the regeneration of Swan house - the former (rather sad) office building is now the home of luxury apartments.
The name itself refers to the line of latitude (or Longtitude, I always mix them up) that passes through Newcastle. It was also the name of a recent cop show that was set in the city. The main character would have no doubt inhabited a place such as this.
The 11,000+ seater purpose built Metro Radio Arena Newcastle (formerly the Newcastle Arena) was the brainchild of former Animals stars, late Chas Chandler and his partner in Park Arena Nigel Stanger.
Some of the biggest names in the entertainment world have paraded their talents, featuring the likes of: Oasis, Shirley Bassey, Wet Wet Wet, Phil Collins, Simply Red, Neil Diamond, Diana Ross, AC/DC, Elton John, Michael Flately's Lord of the Dance and the internationally acclaimed Riverdance, Disney on Ice, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones and Cher.
Ronan Keating ,Westlife and Sting are all parading this year 2004
Dress Code: Owt you Like !
There is something for everyone in Whitley Bay.....especially when it comes to Nightlife ..
Extremeley popular throughout the UK for parties...pub after pub down South Parade it is a great night out ...
and well Policed ......
Dress Code: Smart dress is required
Baha Beach club and the Tuxedo Princess are here ...both popular nightclubs ...cost around £10 to get in
Baha's disco is brilliant with top DJ's from Metro radio giving away prize after prize... the boat is also a good night ....watch the rotating dance floor .!! can be a bit of a challenge after a few broon ales....
Watch out for the Beggars on the Bridge
Dress Code: Dress up for these clubs ...Doormen are strict