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There are plenty of places to go after dark in Newcastle upon Tyne, depending on personal preference. A few good nightclubs are Stage Door (Stowell Street), a small club that can get rather crowded, but has a good DJ and cheap drinks and Krash on Market Street, which plays a variety of music.
The student unions and the Gate always provide good cheap entertainment. Newcastle Union nights - "CCTV" (Saturdays from 9pm); and regular events on other nights, Northumbria - Wiggle (students only, Saturdays, from 9:30pm).
The Gate is an indoor complex, complete with casino, cinema, two nightclubs and several bars. This is a good place to go if you don't fancy walking to far or the weather isn't too good as they are all in the same vicinity and it means you are inside if you need to queue for the bars or clubs.
There's a thriving comedy scene with The Stand, Hyena and 1 or 2 other comedy clubs usually under £15 entry.
If you're gay or lesbian and like to be 'on the scene', Times Square and surrounding streets are home to Newcastle's Gay Village, enough bars and a couple of clubs give the punter a good choice and usually a good night out. Entry to the main club, Powerhouse, varies from £3 Mondays to £10 Saturdays and is spread across five floors. Digital, while not a gay club, has a mixed clientele and is located on Times Square. It plays host to many club nights including Stonelove and Shindig.
Liquid and Envy are two interconnected clubs (the former being the larger) located on New Bridge Street, just at the end of Northumberland Street next to the Laing Art Gallery. Housed in a beautiful listed building the decor is thoroughly modern, open-plan and spacious featuring a unique 360 degrees projection system above the dance floor. The door staff enforce a strict 'no drinks on the dance floor' policy which is great if you don't enjoy dancing in puddle of broken glass.
Tucked away on Carliol Square, not far from Legends, is World Headquarters, with tunes (and clientele) from the funkier end of the spectrum - expect plenty of hip-hop, funk, soul, electro, anything with a solid groove. Popular with those after a more laid-back vib
More entertainment can be found at the Bigg Market, which has restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Parties here can get very loud and the atmosphere can feel intimidating to outsiders. Popular with groups of all ages.
The Quayside area provides a slightly classier environment for a night out. Home to a number of clubs and even more bars, this is a recommended area for most people who want a memorable night in Newcastle. However, drinks and entry fees can be more expensive here than in other areas of Newcastle.
On the weekend you find the hen and stag parties are mainly centered around the quayside, especially Chase bar on the corner and Jimmyz and Blue. There are some good reasonable Italians around the quayside, (Uno’s, Pizza Express, Prima Pasta to name but a few) and the Big Mussel which is a seafood restaurant (hence the name) but also serves a range of other food. As you walk down to the quayside and pass Chase on your left, if you turn left and follow the river you will come to the Pitcher and Piano (beside the Newcastle eye bridge). This is classed as a more expensive bar and has a fantastic view over the Tyne. Behind Pitcher and Piano are two restaurants, La Tasca Spanish restaurant and Est Est Est Italian restaurant. Also around this area is Malmaison Hotel and several other bars.
There is also a Salsa scene around Newcastle. The Cooperage (very old original building down the quayside (opposite Lloyds quayside bar) has Salsa music all week through and lessons on a Wednesday. The best atmosphere is on the weekend when the Peruvian band play, the people here are friendly and fun. Salsa lessons are also at the Black Swan (Westgate road, the Arts Centre) every Friday evening. They have different salsa teachers each week and the atmosphere here is also excellent. The lessons start with beginners up to intermediates.
A 15 minute walk will get you to the Ouseburn area. You can do a great pub crawl taking in: The Tyne, Free Trade, Cluny, Tanners and Cumberland..all serve real ale and have a more sophisticated, relaxed atmosphere. Several have a mix of music, especially at weekends.