Newcastle has some of the most diverse attractions in the UK and is arguably the focal point for entertainment in the North East. One thing is for sure, you’ll never be at a loss for something to do on a Friday or Saturday night (and a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night too). Here are five of the best and newest entertainment venues you’ll find in Newcastle.
The Escape Key
Escape rooms have gotten very popular, but some are better than others. The Escape Key is brilliant. Situated in an old warehouse in the historic Gallowgate area of the city, not far from St James Park, there are three themed rooms to choose from: the Plague Pit, Armageddon and the Witch. Of these, the Witch room is undeniably the best because it takes the participants back to the notorious witch trials of 1650 where local townsfolk were often rounded up and tried as witches, hence the reason why the surrounding area is called Gallowgate. Rumour has it the bodies were buried St Andrew’s graveyard located right under the Witch room.
Immotion VR takes you on an immersive virtual reality experience. The simulations you can explore include the Jinxed Thriller, where the mysterious Jinx will take you for a ride, sci-fi action with Delta Zero, an undersea adventure with Legend of Lusca (you have to watch the sharks), Raw Data where you get to be the hero and a VR Fun Lab. The most popular games though have to be the Racing Simulator and the new game Affected: The Manor, which is not only truly terrifying, it will stop you ever wanting to look behind you.
Bingo is definitely back on the menu. It’s places like Buzz Bingo that are making the game such a friendly environment to be in. Where else can you play a national pastime whilst knocking back a few sambucas or Jägerbombs amongst your friends and family, or just with your Mum. If you thought bingo was a quiet, subdued affair, you haven’t been to Buzz Bingo in South Shields. Bingo has been successfully reinvented for the 21st century and a new generation has arrived making it an exciting and colourful experience.
The Stand Comedy Club
Geordies like to think they have a great sense of humour; the city has produced recognisable stand-ups like Sarah Millican and Ross Noble. Their love for comedy is expressed with no fewer than five separate comedy clubs. One of the best is The Stand Comedy Club in the heart of Newcastle. It’s an intimate club attracting some of the best established and new talent, especially on their Wednesday Red Raw nights. It also features a bar and kitchen so you can really make a proper night of it.
Ever since it became independent in 2017, The Cluny has gone from strength to strength. It is perhaps the best venue to watch artists and bands like the Arctic Monkeys, the Futureheads or Mumford & Sons. Housed in an old mill, its decor, style, ambience and ability to attract the top acts make it a regular feature in the world’s best bars lists. You can also watch anniversary film screenings, drag shows and catch Black Sabbath when they are in town.