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Looking for Newcastle nightlife with a difference? If you would rather avoid the bustling restaurant and bar scene, Northern has some great ideas that are all easily accessible from the train.


Cook up a storm

Think of yourself as a bit of a culinary connoisseur? For something a bit different to do on an evening in Newcastle, Blackfriars Restaurant, in the heart of the city offers a fantastic Wednesday Cookery Club. With group sessions from 6-9pm every Wednesday, why not show off your skills or learn from scratch with classes including anything from their popular Sausage Masterclasses to American Cuisine and Desserts, all with a fun, relaxed, informative atmosphere. If you haven’t been before we also recommend you have a look around this award-winning restaurant, which is located in a 13th century medieval friary and houses the UK’s oldest dining room – definitely one to visit. Book a cookery class at Blackfriars here.

Photo credit: Blackfriars Restaurant 

Dance City

For those looking for more active nightlife, Dance City could be right up your street. Just a short walk from Newcastle’s Central Station you will find Dance City, a vibrant friendly place where young and old can experience a whole host of different dance. With evening classes ranging from contemporary salsa, ballet, tap and jazz to break dancing and Pilates there really is something for everyone, whether you’re a professional or aspiring dancer all from just £6.50 a session. Check out the range of classes at Dance City here.


The Quayside

If you’re not ready to get out your dancing shoes and are looking for something a little more relaxing, Newcastle’s Quayside really comes to life on an evening and is a great way to see the sights of the city from foot. Why not take a stroll along the river and stop along the way for a delicious cocktail in one the Quayside’s many bars? Take a trip after dark see the spectacular views of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge which lights up the Quayside at night – it’s a sight not to be missed.


Spot of culture

There’s an abundance of things to do in Newcastle, but if you’re looking for a little culture, we would recommend a trip to the Tyne Theatre & Opera House. As one of the city’s most loved entertainment venues, it’s also the oldest working Victorian theatre in the world. This Grade I listed building, which was built in 1867 offers everything from live performances and concerts, to comedy, ballet and musicals. Known for being Newcastle’s favourite live music venues, it really is the city’s social hub of entertainment under one roof. Ticket information and what’s on at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House can be found here.



Top comedy

If comedy is more your thing, The Stand Newcastle is sure to give you a night of fun and laughter. Attracting some of the biggest and best names in comedy, as well as giving the stage to up and coming local acts, there really is something for everyone at The Strand. The venue also has a delicious Bistro with an ever-changing seasonal menu, why not treat yourself to some pre-show dining. Check out what’s on at The Stand Newcastle here.

 Photo credit: Jay Dawson