Newcastle is a city that’s pretty famous for its party scene, so where better for me to head to celebrate my 23rd birthday with friends?
Because Newcastle has the reputation of being a city that likes to party, there are some places that are always packed full of rowdy stag and hen groups visiting for a few days. My tip is to avoid these places, unless you want to be chilling with guys in matching t-shirts with lewd things shaved into their hair (seriously, we saw those guys walking down the street barking like dogs. WEIRD)!
So, here’s a few tips on the best places in Newcastle where you can eat, drink and dance with the locals, and steer mostly clear of the groups of stag and hen parties.
Marco Polo Restaurant
I had a really great pre-birthday meal in Italian Restaurant Marco Polo. The food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. I also loved the cosy atmosphere of the restaurant which was incredibly welcoming on a freezing weekend in March. The muted mood lighting and comfortable surroundings, combined with the great food made it a really perfect place to spend an evening.
Landmark Oriental Chinese Restaurant
This great restaurant can be found in Newcastle’s very own Chinatown. With a whole host of Chinese, Thai, Japanese etc restaurants lining the street, it can be hard to know which one to pick. This place was recommended to us by locals who swear by it, and it has certainly never left me disappointed.
Florita’s Miami Bar & Tropical Gardens
This place is seriously cool. As the name suggests, it has a bit of a tropical theme and is pretty quirky inside. It has cool artwork on the walls and serves the most delicious cocktails that won’t break the bank. They also serve come of their cocktails inside pineapples and watermelons so that, just for a second, you can sip your cocktail, close your eyes and imagine you’re on a tropical beach! It’s the type of spot where you can head for a few drinks before going onto a nightclub, or you can just go and enjoy a quieter evening drinking cocktails and enjoying the music.
Right next door to Florita’s, Madame Koos is a bar and self proclaimed ‘sneaky disco’, presumably because the nightclub can be found underground. It has great DJ’s, funky arches, exposed walls and a killer VIP area. If you want to be kept dancing all night then this is definitely the place to go.
Tup Tup Palace
Tup Tup Palace is only a minute from Madame Koos and Floritas, and is another great nightclub. It’s far bigger than Koos, but also has great DJ’s, and is the first spot celebrities hit when they visit Newcastle looking to party. Get your best outfit on and head to Tup Tup to see and be seen!
So, there you have it, my mini guide on where to eat and drink in Newcastle. It really is a great city if you’re looking to let loose and have a bit of a party, and I’m sure it won’t be my last visit!
Do you have any Newcastle recommendations to add to this list? I’d love to hear them!