We often post photos to our Facebook page of old bars/clubs that no longer operate in Newcastle (we even have a photo gallery here).
It’s really interesting reading the comments and finding out which places people miss the most.
One name that often crops up is Julie’s, the famous club on the Quayside that is often credited with putting the Newcastle nightlife scene on the map.
Frequented by NUFC footballers, rock stars and locals alike, Julie’s became one of the most popular venues on Tyneside, attracting large numbers of revelers during the week as well as the weekend.
Since the good old days, the party epicentre of Newcastle has shifted from the Quayside up towards Collingwood Street and the ‘Diamond Strip’. But now the Quayside is regaining its popularity as many formerly popular venues are given a new lease of life.
Rachel Frame of Ponteland is the lady behind the new venture that will occupy the former Julie’s site. Although it will have a different name, her vision is based on what Julie’s was like back in its heyday. At 35, she was only a regular during the end of the Julie’s phenomenon but knows all too well what this place meant to the people of Newcastle.
The new club which is due to open this August, will be called Tiger Hornsby, named after a former Julie’s regular who Rachel met whilst in London.
The Quayside certainly is receiving a lot of attention from developers. Several other ventures are in the pipeline including a new boutique hotel by Gainford Hotels (owners of Livello and the Vermont) which is due to open in 2015 as well as the imminent re-opening of Popolo in its bigger, Quayside venue.
Exciting times lie ahead down by the river.
What do you think of the regeneration of the Quayside? Will these new ventures succeed? Let us know your thoughts…