Newcastle upon Tyne is a typical English city that was a pivotal site of the industrial revolution, full of smoke, big factories, and a shipbuilding mecca. But nowadays it prides itself on being a center for higher education, technical innovations, tourism, social change, and thriving nightlife.
With two of England's top universities in Newcastle University and Northumbria University, the influx of international students has changed the culture of the city. From food, art, and social awareness, Newcastle has come to be the pride of the North East of England. The "Geordies" as they are called, have such a spirit that will infuse your soul that you can't help but have a good time while in the city. And if you really want to fully discover Newcastle, you have to get out at night.
But before you hit the cool bars, dive into the great food, or any of the other fun activities to do in Newcastle at night, drop your luggage at one of our safe and secure luggage storage locations here in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Hit a Comedy Club
Going to a comedy club is always a fun thing to do, because who doesn't like a good laugh? And when it comes to comedy, Newcastle upon Tyne has some brilliant comedy clubs. The Stand Comedy Club Newcastle has been hosting live stand-up shows for local and international artists for years. Rowan Atkinson and Ross Noble (both local boys), Kevin Bridges, Des Clarke, and Frankie Boyle have taken the stage here. It doesn't cost much, and who knows, maybe you are watching the next big comedian, right here in Stand Comedy Club Newcastle.
City Hall Newcastle and Tyne Theatre & Opera House are also outstanding venues for stand-up comedy with performers like Russell Brand and Rob Brydon. Of course, attending a show here will cost a little more. Tyne Theatre & Opera House offers more than just comedy, it is also a place to get a little culture too. The venue is the oldest Victorian theatre in the world that is still in operation. Live performances from music, plays, and, of course, opera all take place in this beloved theatre.
But even if it's a name you have never heard of, you are in for a great evening of laughs and giggles at any Newcastle comedy club.
Bowl a Couple of Rounds
You might not think about going to a bowling alley for a great night out but think again. Newcastle upon Tyne has some great lanes with extra fun areas for all ages. For those with kids, you will want to check out Eldon Leisure Centre. They offer 8 lanes of bowling, a soft play area, climbing walls, sports arenas, and more.
For something a little more grown-up, head to Lane7. This is not your normal bowling alley with plastic seats and 1960s tables, think more like a great bar that has awesome things to do in it. Besides the 10 bowling lanes, they have a mini-golf course, 4 pool tables, 2 custom-made beer-pong tables, and a karaoke room. And you can enjoy all of it with a fully stocked cocktail bar while eating gourmet burgers and pizza.
Catch a Flick at Tyneside Cinema
What's the difference between watching a movie at one of the big cinemas and watching one at Tyneside? Tyneside Cinema is an independent theater in a Grade II listed building that gives an atmosphere like no other. It has a cafe bar, an art gallery, and 4 screens that showcase the best films from around the world. Tyneside Cinema is not necessarily about big-budget movies, it is about bringing you a great experience and enriching lives through film.
The Tyneside Cinema address puts it right in the city centre close to clubs and restaurants, which means you can plan the perfect dinner and a movie night for your date night.
A Late Night Bite at Grainger Market
Grainger Market has been a part of the Newcastle scene since the 1830s and is still a thriving go-to spot for those looking for a casual bite to eat while pursuing the shops. With a whole host of street food vendors that any foodie would recommend and great shops, you are sure to enjoy a relaxed evening out.
There are even special events where you can listen to live music, craft workshops, and special presentations during Heritage Open Days. Located in the city centre, it is easily accessible by foot and public transit.
Take a Cooking Class
Whether you want to share an experience with that special someone or just looking for something new and fun to do by yourself, why not take a cooking class? There are several places around Newcastle upon Tyne that offer evening classes where you can learn to make just about anything. At Sapharee they offer short Thai cuisine courses, La Creme De La Creme for French pastries, and at La Chocolatrice it is all about chocolate.
But one of the most unique places is Blackfriars. The learning kitchen is above the Blackfriars restaurant, which just happens to be the UK's oldest dining room. The 13th-century medieval friary is an amazing and fun atmosphere where you can learn to cook World foods, cook on a budget, or just make bread the old fashion way. If you are not into the cooking aspect jump over to their Tasting Room for wine, whiskey, or beer tasting.
Dance the Night Away
From an industrial town to a party city, that is what Newcastle has become. For all those who love a good dance party, you are definitely in the right city. Diamond Strip and Bigg Market districts have some of the biggest dance clubs in the UK like the opulent Tup Tup Palace and the 1,500 capacity Lofts superclub. Right in Times Square, you will find the powerhouse club Digital with its cutting edge lighting and sound system, and on Mondays, select drinks are only around $1.50.
Many clubs and bars turn up the heat on certain nights and break out the Latin vibes that include Salsa, Bachata, and even Kizomba dance nights. If you don't yet know how to move your hips to the Latin beats, don't worry, as there are plenty of places that offer dance classes. Dance City is one such place, and it's just a short walk from Newcastle Central Station.
Take a Brewery Tour or Chill at the Pub
If you are someone that enjoys a good pint of beer, then taking a brewery tour in Newcastle is an absolute must on your to-do list. With over a dozen breweries and brewpubs to choose from, you could spend a whole vacation just touring breweries. Two great breweries that you will find right in Newcastle's city centre are Wylam Brewery and Newcastle Brewery.
You can go behind the scenes and see how Newcastle Brewery's famous brown ale is made and shipped throughout the world. Or go a little smaller and check out the Wylam Brewery, it has an amazing free-section pub open Thursday to Sunday. Enjoy a pint of lager, or if beer is not your drink of choice they offer some very fine smooth spirits and expertly chosen wines.
By The River Brew Co. microbrewery and pub is another great place to relax, with a great location sitting right on the River Tyne under the Tyne Bridge. The view is fantastic and the lager, food, and atmosphere are just as good as the view.
Looking for a dog-friendly pub? Then the City Tavern is the "spot". Established in 1923, the iconic bar is one of the best places in Newcastle to enjoy a relaxing night, drinking a pint of lager with friends.
Peruse an Art Gallery or Museum
Going to one of the many art galleries or museums in Newcastle may seem a little subdued for most people but they would be missing out on something very special. Having an evening of culture is never a bad thing, especially when it is free. You can start your evening a little early and check out the Discovery Museum, a science and local history museum. It has some fantastic family-friendly interactive exhibits that make education fun for everyone.
But if you want a "late night at the museum" experience you have to go to the Great North Museum. Dedicated to natural history and ancient civilizations it comes alive for adults only, with dance parties and sleepovers. There are also special talks and presentations so it is both educational and a total blast. After a terrific all-nighter, head to one of the best Newcastle brunch spots and discuss the highlights of the night!
Kick It at a Football Match
If you have never been to a football (soccer) match in the UK or Europe you are missing out on one of the rowdiest and most exhilarating events you might ever attend. In Newcastle, the main local team is Newcastle United Football Club, the nickname is the magpies. It will be even more exciting if it is the Tyne-Wear derby match against Sunderland, their arch-rivals.
Even if you are not into sports, there is an incredible stadium and rooftop tour that will give you a breathtaking view of Newcastle and the Town Moor. This is not one for people who are afraid of heights though as the platform stands 150 feet above the ground.
Go for a Wander
Taking a walk around Newcastle upon Tyne at night can be very romantic or just a great way to unwind by yourself. Strolling over the famous Gateshead Millennium Bridge (also known as the Blinking Eye Bridge), affords you a beautiful view of the River Tyne. The bridge is a walking and cyclist bridge so you won't have to worry about vehicles whizzing by.
Continue to the Quayside and take in the nightlife in Newcastle's city centre. This is one of the most happening areas of Newcastle, with restaurants, bars, clubs, and shopping. Depending on the time of year there are special events like restaurant igloos at Christmas. From Quayside you will be able to see all seven of the bridges that cross the River Tyne, including the iconic Tyne Bridge. During the summer months, there are live music performances on Sunday the Quayside Market is in full force with local traders and street food stalls.
Go for a Thrill Ride
For those that fancy themselves the next Lewis Hamilton or just looking for a little speed in their life, Newcastle has go-kart tracks that will certainly rev you up. Just 2 miles from Newcastle's city centre you will find one the most advanced tracks in England. Team Sport Go Karting has multi-level tracks, digital timing, and karts that reach speeds of 40 mph, ensuring you a thrill.
You can choose to run a few laps or buy an unlimited package to spend an entire day blasting around the track. If you get hungry you can take a pit stop at their restaurant or grab a drink at the Fuel Bar. And it doesn't even matter if it is a rainy day either, as it's an indoor track.
A Good Time on the River Tyne
As you can see, Newcastle is a diverse and exciting city at night, with a plethora of fun activities to discover. Whether you are looking for thrills and excitement or just chilling and relaxing, Newcastle has it all. So now when you visit Newcastle upon Tyne, you now know the best things to do when the sun goes down.