Newcastle is one of the best places in the UK for nightlife with some of the top nightclubs in the country for party-goers and music fans. There’s a great variety of nightclubs, ranging from the commercial mainstream dance clubs, to small independent venues which embraces the fringe music scene. Plan a great night out with this selection of the most popular clubs in Newcastle:
Digital is a superclub that attracts some of the top DJs from around the world. The nightclub has a top reputation in Newcastle for the quality of music, which is spread between three rooms and an outside terrace.
Monday and Thursday are top student nights with cheap entry and drinks. Every Friday of the month offers a different genre of music, including Turlulence on the last Friday of each month, which is the best drum and bass night in the North East. Saturday nights in Digital are for everybody: 3 rooms playing different music including dance, RnB, Soul, Funk and Disco.
Standard opening times are 11pm – 3am and entry ranges from 80p (Monday before midnight) up to £15 for tickets to dedicated nights on a Friday. Saturday night costs around £10.
Liquid is one of the top entertainment venues in Newcastle. Its a nightclub with 6 bars, 3 rooms, including VIP areas and booths. LQ pride themselves on a state of the art sound and lighting system and fancy furnishings. The club hosts cheap drinks nights on Monday and Thursday, which are popular with students. The party really comes alive on a Friday and Saturday with the latest dance and chart tunes. The club is very popular with hen & stag nights.
Prices vary all the time with different entry promotions and themes. Expect anything from £1 to £8.
Bambu (formerly Blu Bambu) is a popular nightclub in the heart of Newcastle’s infamous Bigg Market. The nightclub certainly doesn’t have the best music, furnishings, drinks or venue, but there’s something about Bambu that drags in the crowds every weekend. Local favourite amongst Geordies.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights cost around £5. You can often get cheaper entry before midnight. Thursday is the standard student night at Bambu and you can get cheap drinks and entry all night.
Tiger Tiger Newcastle
Tiger Tiger Newcastle is a large nightclub/ restaurant/ bar venue with 8 bars and 6 rooms, spread across 3 floors, that is joint onto The Gate. The nightclub draws in the poser crowd, who care more about how they look and what they’re wearing, than music and unconscious fun, but its nevertheless busy on a Friday and Saturday. The best night of the week is Koosday, which is the most popular night in Newcastle on a Tuesday.
- More information: Tiger Tiger Newcastle Facebook page.
Powerhouse has become a phenomenally popular club in the ‘Pink Triangle’, near the Centre for Life. The nightclub is marketed towards the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, but attracts and welcomes clubbers regardless of their preference. Powerhouse is usually open later than most other nightclubs in the city (4am/5am), so it’s worth checking out, even if its not your first choice for a night out.
Mood nightclub in The Gate lives for the weekend. The club and sports bar is open Thursday – Sunday and aims to attract locals and visiting revellers to have a good drink. There’s nothing fancy about the venue, but it can be good on a Friday and Saturday when it’s busy. Upstairs there is an urban room that is dedicated to RnB music, so if that’s your sort of music, you’ve come to the right place.
More information: Mood Facebook page.
Legends certainly offers something different. The nightclub isn’t the largest or most popular nightclub in Newcastle, but it has loyal following of locals. Clubbers are attracted by a mix of tracks including disco, indie, metal and rock.
O2 Academy Newcastle (formerly Carling Academy) is a great venue and one of the largest in the city. The venue hosts music gigs most nights during the week, with the top artists in the UK and from around the World performing on a regular basis. The Academy turns into a nightclub on a Friday and Saturday: Friday provides what is billed as ‘Newcastle’s biggest student night’ and Saturday is one of the biggest Indie nights in the country.
Tup Tup Palace
Tup Tup Palace is a relatively new nightclub in Newcastle with a reputation as one of the most upmarket, stylish and premier nightlife venues in the city. Situated on Newcastle’s Diamond Strip — just down from the infamous Bigg Market — it is in the heart of Newcastle’s clubbing scene. The boutique club says clubbers should expect to “enter a bohemian world of escapism, luxury and eastern finery. The nightclub is synonymous with quality music, drinks, and service, but it can be expensive night out.
Riverside (formerly Sea) is the most popular nightclub on Newcastle Quayside, and it comes alive every Friday and Saturday. The club has become notorious as a result of featuring on MTV’s Geordie Shore and has continued to attract capacity crowds, entertaining artists and celeb guests.
Venue nightclub is located in Newcastle City Centre and always attracts a loyal crowds, every Friday and Saturday night. The two nights contrast tremendously: Friday is a very popular student night with good music, cheap drinks and a fun atmosphere; whereas on Saturday, the club is overtaken by Krash: an Alternative/ Rock / Pop Punk night that attracts an eclectic set of visitors. Not the fanciest of nightclubs in Newcastle, but most people enjoy their night out in Venue.
More information: Venue Facebook page.
World headquarters is unlike most nightclubs you will have ever visited: they care about community, culture, the meaning of music and people, ahead of sharp marketing campaigns, cheap drink offers and big-name DJs. The independent club is predominantly known for their Black music, but they embrace any good record: Funk, Hip Hop, Soul, RnB, True House, Reggae– they’re don’t care for genre boundaries. An intimate nightclub, which offers a subculture you must experience for yourself. Check it out for an interesting, non-mainstream night out. Located in Newcastle City Centre.