42nd Street

42nd Street, Whitley Bay: Address, Phone Number, 42nd Street Reviews: 4/5

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Where cleanliness and service are a foreign country
Aug 2018
Thanks to the reviews here, I understand that this hell-hole of a night-time bar is about to close. The one redeeming feature of the place: courteous door staff. And that’s where the fun ends. Anyone who wasn’t unlucky enough to live through the threadbare bits of the 1970s, and who likes the immersive museum experience, should catch this place before it goes forever. With only the beer lights to guide us we stepped up to the bar. It took several moments to get there as every step involved a kind of slow-motion peeling off as the floor tried to reclaim the soles of my shoes. You only get that experience with years of neglectful cleaning - the kind where soap and water are never used; instead the proprietors insist on those spray bottles of antiseptic cleanser for tables and floors, each layer trapping the history of the previous night, a conundrum for future archaeologists. All the props were present in this macabre theatre of despair: distracted barman; gang of four inexperienced drinkers, play-fighting at the bar over who would get the right to buy the round, thus claiming Beta Male status in front of the gaggle of pretty girls opposite; the girls, looking-but-not-looking at the overexcited lads, while comparing spray-tans and nail treatments. It was the pre-punk Seventies all over again. A superannuated dee-jay announcing to the ten or twelve forlorn souls that the evening was being live-streamed to some social media / radio / blog / local website. God alone knows why. If this broadcast was about to bring the entertainment-hungry, sticky-floor enthusiasts of Whitley Bay, Seaton Sluice and North Shields piling in, we had better be quick with our order. Six minutes passed as the lads were served liquids of orange and blue. I was next in the queue and leaned in for service, as the callow youth behind the bar turned away to attend to something vital under a distant draining board or countertop. It was hard to tell in the lowering gloom. Maybe pipework, perhaps a rat or mouse. He returned and immediately spun round to serve a girl who arrived after us; admittedly prettier and in more urgent need of anaesthetic to dull her senses in this place previously uncharted by Dante. Served, he turned away from me to acknowledge the lank-haired dee-jay who by this time was chatting to any of the impeccably-turned-out girls willing to listen, as some incongruous R&B (not the Seventies kind) blared out from the speakers and the decks console by the far wall, which appeared to be glistening through the murk. After ten minutes, the bar boy found something else to catch his eye, missing my wave yet again. At this point, my long-suffering wife, who had found the least-dirty place to sit, had peeled herself from the seat and waded across the floor to see what the delay was. After nearly fifteen minutes of waiting, we decided to leave. Sadly we weren’t able to check out the delights of the toilets, but other reviewers have confirmed that their filthiness was fully in keeping with the non-lavatorial areas of this godforsaken bar; though it sounds hard to tell which is which. We left, thanking the doorman as we exited, and me, for the first time in my life, commiserating with him about the worst bar I had been in for several years. He smiled; I turned and seconds later, exiting the poorly-lit lobby, managed to miss the step and stumble-fell to my knees, bruising my side on an outdoor bench as I hit the rain-washed paving stones. At least they were clean. If I’d fallen inside I would still be there now stuck forever like a Jurassic coast dinosaur. It was instant karma. I am still sore... Places like this deserve to fail and close. The management should be struck off as ‘unfit’ and not be allowed to reopen them under a new name. Probably not allowed to trade again without retraining. After all the effort of the local redevelopment (nearby, the restored Spanish City, and the Links areas are a delight), places like this just let the side down.

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Laura A
Whitley Bay12 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
We are local so are regulars to 42nd Street and it's "snug" The George. The staff are so welcoming and friendly and I can highly recommend the food which is SO tasty and you can tell it's homemade unlike a lot of other establishments.
Written August 2, 2016
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solotraveller89
London, UK11 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
When we went to this pub we was in two minds weather to have food here has it was quite but we decided to order....what a fabulous choice we made. The staff was very friendly and service was 100%. The food was amazing they was big and so tasteful. They was presented well on the plate. I was struggling to eat it has I was so full but didn't want to leave any cus it tasted so good. Homemade chips cooked to perfection.
We ordered a starters too of loaded nachos.. definitely a starter to share it was massive and probably the best nachos we have had. 100% recommend this place. This place is just opposite the sea and has outside seating avaliable if your lucky enough to have nice weather. Situated perfect.
Written July 12, 2015
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Rodger R
2 contributions
Me and my partner I have been a few times for food and we love it.
I had the rack of ribs while my partner had a all day breakfast and we couldn't fault it full of flavour in the ribs and well worth the money.. Breakfast was spot on as well for only £4.95worth every penny for what you got. It filled her right up.. Every Time we have come here the service from the staff has been excellent they are all really friendly and as for the drinks they have great choice of beers and wines and I heard they do some great cocktails as well.. So keep up the good work and we will be back soon that for sure..
Written March 5, 2015
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David N
York, UK7 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Thanks to the reviews here, I understand that this hell-hole of a night-time bar is about to close. The one redeeming feature of the place: courteous door staff. And that’s where the fun ends.
Anyone who wasn’t unlucky enough to live through the threadbare bits of the 1970s, and who likes the immersive museum experience, should catch this place before it goes forever.
With only the beer lights to guide us we stepped up to the bar. It took several moments to get there as every step involved a kind of slow-motion peeling off as the floor tried to reclaim the soles of my shoes. You only get that experience with years of neglectful cleaning - the kind where soap and water are never used; instead the proprietors insist on those spray bottles of antiseptic cleanser for tables and floors, each layer trapping the history of the previous night, a conundrum for future archaeologists.
All the props were present in this macabre theatre of despair: distracted barman; gang of four inexperienced drinkers, play-fighting at the bar over who would get the right to buy the round, thus claiming Beta Male status in front of the gaggle of pretty girls opposite; the girls, looking-but-not-looking at the overexcited lads, while comparing spray-tans and nail treatments.
It was the pre-punk Seventies all over again. A superannuated dee-jay announcing to the ten or twelve forlorn souls that the evening was being live-streamed to some social media / radio / blog / local website. God alone knows why. If this broadcast was about to bring the entertainment-hungry, sticky-floor enthusiasts of Whitley Bay, Seaton Sluice and North Shields piling in, we had better be quick with our order.
Six minutes passed as the lads were served liquids of orange and blue. I was next in the queue and leaned in for service, as the callow youth behind the bar turned away to attend to something vital under a distant draining board or countertop. It was hard to tell in the lowering gloom. Maybe pipework, perhaps a rat or mouse. He returned and immediately spun round to serve a girl who arrived after us; admittedly prettier and in more urgent need of anaesthetic to dull her senses in this place previously uncharted by Dante.
Served, he turned away from me to acknowledge the lank-haired dee-jay who by this time was chatting to any of the impeccably-turned-out girls willing to listen, as some incongruous R&B (not the Seventies kind) blared out from the speakers and the decks console by the far wall, which appeared to be glistening through the murk.
After ten minutes, the bar boy found something else to catch his eye, missing my wave yet again.
At this point, my long-suffering wife, who had found the least-dirty place to sit, had peeled herself from the seat and waded across the floor to see what the delay was.
After nearly fifteen minutes of waiting, we decided to leave. Sadly we weren’t able to check out the delights of the toilets, but other reviewers have confirmed that their filthiness was fully in keeping with the non-lavatorial areas of this godforsaken bar; though it sounds hard to tell which is which.
We left, thanking the doorman as we exited, and me, for the first time in my life, commiserating with him about the worst bar I had been in for several years. He smiled; I turned and seconds later, exiting the poorly-lit lobby, managed to miss the step and stumble-fell to my knees, bruising my side on an outdoor bench as I hit the rain-washed paving stones. At least they were clean. If I’d fallen inside I would still be there now stuck forever like a Jurassic coast dinosaur.
It was instant karma. I am still sore...
Places like this deserve to fail and close. The management should be struck off as ‘unfit’ and not be allowed to reopen them under a new name. Probably not allowed to trade again without retraining. After all the effort of the local redevelopment (nearby, the restored Spanish City, and the Links areas are a delight), places like this just let the side down.
Written August 27, 2018
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Tony F
Greater London, UK22 contributions
Feb 2014 • Solo
Hi i visited this bar for the first time on Thursday and i started in there snug bar called the King George where i had a local real ale and was served by a very knowledgeable member of staff called Claire who told me all about the beer.The locals made me more than welcome and then the landlord introduced himself and explained the weeks forthcoming entertainment.When it got late i went into 42nd which is a very lively bar with good music with all the old skool and latest tunes.Had a great night and i think i am now part of the official Thursbay club!!Highly recommend that you visit 42nd as it is by far the best bar in the area!!
Written February 8, 2014
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LiamA999
7 contributions
Oct 2013
It's nice to see a local pair of lads fighting to protect what they believe in, an enterprise created from their own ambition, belief and love for their local seaside town, I walk in on a busy Saturday night and I was greeted by one of the managers himself Gary,he told me of the offers available and even gave his own recommendations, a personnel touch you just don't get from nameless PRs outside some bars,once inside despite the queue at the bar I was quickly and very professionally served by the bar staff who seemed to know their trade inside out especial Claire she seemed to be switched on and appeared to be Incharge of the bar staff ensuring they served customers in a timely manner, I think Whitley bay as a whole need an injection of these local heroes that are willing to protect, conserve and rebuild the local economy of this beautiful sea side town and I wish them all the luck
Written October 25, 2013
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lighthouseWhitleybay
whitleybay10 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
We often go to 42nd St and when the weather is fine we like to sit outside and enjoy one of the best sea views in Whitley Bay
On a Friday night they have live music which varies to everyone's taste.
Also we can enjoy a meal there as they are keen to promote the restaurant side of the business and have always found the food to be very tasteful and plentiful and the Sunday lunch is excellent and especially good value
We wish them every success for the future and will continue our regular visits

Written October 16, 2013
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flyboy1977
Seahouses, UK72 contributions
May 2012
Whent with friends on a night out after hearing about the re opening , had a good night it was quiet early on but got busy later , the drinks were well priced and the music was great It has a realy nuce atmosphere . and the toilets were spotles ! The bouncers were really good I saw them turn several really drunk people away was very impressed
Written April 28, 2013
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lainsey746
Whitley Bay, UK12 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
As a frequent visitor for a drink at The King George. attached to the back of 42nd street , I was already aware that there was good food on offer. As I was in a lazy mood last Sunday, we decided to go there for lunch. Instead of going to the King George, we settled for 42nd street as it has sea views. We got the soup of the day and roast beef lunches, both were delicious Generous portions of lovely thick cut, roast beef and huge Yorkshire pudding, mash, roasties and the usual veg. Yum. Sadly neither of us had room for dessert. But hopefully next time!
Written September 5, 2016
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Barbara Armstrong
cumbria16 contributions
Aug 2016
We went for a birthday meal here it was excellent food it was very busy but the staff was very friendly nothing was a bother to them.we had a bit of an accident with the salt but we all had a good laugh about it.Would like to thank the man behind the bar who cleaned up after us.
Written September 4, 2016
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