A Guide To Newcastle Nightlife

Newcastle’s nightlife is one of its most well-known pulls as a city. If one thing’s for sure, there’s no shortage of ways to have a good time.

So where you go will depend on your idea of a fun night out. Do you enjoy a classy cocktail or a casual pint? Do you want to get on the dancefloor or chill with friends? Whatever you’re in the mood for, Newcastle won’t disappoint. 

Here’s our rundown of the best places to go for a great night out in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Nightlife in Newcastle: what to expect

With a thriving student community and creative arts scene, there’s always something to do in Newcastle. From Quayside and the Diamond Strip to the Bigg Market and Dean Street, its many different party districts come alive every day of the week.

Thanks to Geordie Shore’s international fame, a night on the toon is most commonly associated with crazy, high-energy club nights. But don’t panic if that’s not your scene. While it does have these in abundance, there are plenty of cosy pubs, cool eateries and fun events too.

The best nightlife in Newcastle: our top picks

But where to start? As chosen by locals, here are some of the must-visit spots.


Feeling peckish? Some of the best places to eat in Newcastle include the Fat Hippo Underground, which should be one of the first on your list. Its quirky location is worth a visit alone. But with burgers known for their extravagance, they certainly deliver in that department, too. Or for a fancier meal, head to Florence Jesmond for exquisite Italian food in a beautiful setting. Ideal for a date night or a catch-up with a friend.

Bars and pubs

Heard of a treble? If you’ve not already, you definitely will soon — and you’ll likely be drinking them at the famous Sinners. It’s one of the most popular student hotspots, and for good reason. 

If a cosy pint is more your scene, head to The Free Trade Inn. With views over the river Tyne and an extensive craft beer offering, it’s one of the city’s most iconic watering holes.


A hallmark of Newcastle student nightlife, Digital hosts some of the best DJs on the circuit and is a guaranteed good time.

You’ll also find some of Newcastle’s best club nights at Riverside. They host live music and comedy shows too, so be sure to keep your eye on what’s coming up.


Did you know that Newcastle is renowned for its many friendly and inclusive bars? With a number of cool places to have a drink and a dance just a short distance from one another, it makes for an inclusive and fun-packed night. Bobby’s is a casual spot at the heart of the scene, and you’ll find the best drag shows and performances at The Yard.

Events and activities

Whether you’re looking for gigs, markets or to try out a new hobby, head to Eventbrite, Skiddle and Chronicle Live to see what’s on in the coming weeks and months!

What day is best for a night out in Newcastle?

For starters, get Monday and Thursday in your calendar for clubbing.

On Monday, grab yourself a drink and dance the night away at Kandi Island, or why not enjoy the ever popular Digi Mondays at Digital too. 

Recover in time for Thursday, and head to Swingers or Kontrol for more great music and low prices. 

But of course, in a party haven, there’s something on every night of the week — you just need to know where to look for it!

Embrace life in Newcastle with Seekers

You’re ready for your next big student night out. But first things first — have you sorted a place to stay for your move to Newcastle

Find a place to call home with Seekers. We’re one of the city’s leading providers of student rental properties. Search for properties online to explore the options available. Got any questions? Feel free to get in touch with our friendly, knowledgeable team for a helping hand.