Out on the Town

Newcastle nights are characterised by rum guys and girls queuing for ‘toon’ nightspots, wearing next to nothing whatever the weather. Get wise to this and wear a coat. The fact one in seven people living in Newcastle are students means there is plenty on offer in the way of discounted admission, cheap drinks and cut-price cloakrooms.

For impressive visiting performances, keep up-to-date with what’s on at the O2 Academy Newcastle on Westgate Road or the Metro Radio Arena Newcastle by central station.

As well as the bars along the Quayside, the Venue on Market Street offers nights to suit all. Expect everything from punk, rock and ska to live bands, salsa, indie and old school. Admission is discounted with a student card. For cheap prices, cheaper ale and very cheap pool choose the Hancock. It’s a favourite among students who want to listen to alternative music while catching up with their friends over a few drinks.

For house music check Shindig and for indie do not miss Bulletproof at the 02 Arena or the Other Rooms in the Centre for Life and StoneLove at Digital. Music fans can also increase the peace at Jazz Cafe for food, music and admission for £3.

Laugh off university lectures by making a date with the Hyena Comedy Cafe on Leazes Lane. It advertises itself as the ultimate one night stand. Entrance is expensive, but can be purchased with a two or three-course meal. A great place to visit for on a special occasion.

The Theatre Royal is an enticing architectural masterpiece from the outside, but it is what is inside that counts. Several theatre companies rest their laurels here on global tours, with recent productions including Blood Brothers and West Side Story.