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Eating, drinking and nightlife in Newcastle Gateshead

There’s no better way to relax after a long day of sightseeing than with a delicious meal, and in Newcastle Gateshead, you’re spoilt for choice. Whether you’d like to settle down with a comforting traditional dish or try something different, you’ll find every palate catered for.

And what about a pint of Newcastle Brown Ale to wash it all down? Or perhaps a cocktail? Whatever you like from your watering hole, Newcastle Gateshead has it. Newcastle Gateshead’s legendary nightlife scene is simply unmissable – the city comes to life at night with everything from international club DJs to classical concerts and plays.

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Step back in time for dinner

Step back in time for dinner

Housed in a medieval monastery in the city centre, Blackfriars is believed to be the country’s oldest restaurant, serving up classic British fayre using seasonal and local produce. But for dinner with a difference, book in for one of the restaurant’s authentic Medieval Banquets. Arrive in medieval costume and enjoy a sumptuous banquet of pottage and pies, roasts, cheese and pudding, all served by friars and town wenches.

Paint the town Grey

Paint the town Grey

If you can’t quite decide where you want to spend your evening, head down to Grey Street in the heart of Grainger Town for inspiration. This award-winning street runs from the city centre to the Quayside, and is lined with bars, restaurants and cafes – we guarantee you’ll find something to take your fancy. If the weather’s nice, grab an outside table and watch the city come to life as the sun sets.

An indoors night out

An indoors night out

The Gate is another great night time if you’re feeling indecisive - this indoor leisure and entertainment centre caters for everyone. Family night out? There are plenty of child-friendly restaurants to choose from, as well as a 16-screen cinema where you can catch the latest blockbusters. And you’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re out with friends – there are pubs, bars and nightclubs aplenty, as well as a casino if you’re feeling lucky.

Superclub on a shoestring

Superclub on a shoestring

NewcastleGateshead has been named one of the top three party cities in Europe, so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about nightclubs. Digital is one of the biggest clubs in the city, with two rooms hosting different club nights four nights of the week as well as special events featuring internationally renowned DJs. On a budget? Don’t miss Digital Mondays, when entrance is just 80p, drinks start at £1 and you can dance to classic 80s hits until 3am.

Music on the water

Music on the water

In the mood for a little music? Head to the Sage Gateshead. This isn’t any ordinary concert hall – from the futuristic curves of the stainless steel roof to the music education centre, everything about this place is different. Tickets to live performances start at £7 and you can catch everything from jazz and classical to dance, brass bands, experimental and folk music. Afterwards, head to one of the four bars and take in the magical views of the Quayside at night.

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Newcastle City

Explore Newcastle with this 24 hour ticket. You can hop on and off as many times as you like, aboard this open-top double-decker bus. See all the main sights including Britain's latest state-of-the-art centre for contemporary visual arts - the BALTIC, St. James' Park, The Sage and Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

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Unmissable experiences

Unmissable experiences

Be dazzled by the many things to see and do while on holiday in Newcastle. From shopping to seeing the Angel of the North, Newcastle offers a wealth of activities that are sure to amaze and inspire.

Newcastle’s nightlife

Newcastle’s nightlife

Nightlife options can be found in abundance in Newcastle. From Newcastle’s many bars and restaurants to lively nightclubs and other venues, there’s something to please all.

Top 5 Newcastle events

Top 5 Newcastle events

Read our pick to top 5 events taking place in Newcastle. From the Bupa’s Great North run to the annual EAT! Festival, Newcastle has plenty of events all year round.

Newcastle Gateshead and beyond

Newcastle, Gateshead and beyond

Head north from Newcastle and you’ll find yourself in the glorious Northumberland countryside with many things to see and do. Escaping the city, you’ll delight at the possibilities to be had, from seeing Hadrian’s Wall or in venturing south to Durham, home to the iconic Durham Cathedral and Castle.

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