Newcastle offers great restaurants of different price ranges to cater to different moods. From the classics like Nando’s and Frankie and Benny’s, there are hidden gems such as ‘As You Like It’ and Jam Jar in Jesmond! You can also check out the great world buffet at Za Za Bazaar if you didn’t get a chance to during Freshers’ Week, and other great eateries at the Gate and on Grey Street. There is also a great range of international restaurants such as the Mannaza Korean Restaurant on Monk Street, and Happiness 2 (the hidden version of the Happiness Inn on Percy Street) on Stowell Street, famous for their hot pot (Chinese New Year done right!).
If you want to have a chill evening with a couple of cocktails, Newcastle offers a great range of budget bars. Luther’s is right on campus with a great range of drinks (now even a Stu Brew!) at amazing prices! Another option close to uni is The Hancock Pub which is basically on campus ofers great student deals and has a fantastic outdoor space for those scarce sunny days! There are various student watering holes in Jesmond including 97&Social, Bar Blanc, and Spy Bar, all of which have happy hours! If you want to watch the game with a brewski, Osbornes is also a great place to cheer your favourite team on! If you live and breathe beer, there is also a great range of drinks on tap at Brew Dog near Quayside! Newcastle’s own version of the German Oktoberfest right here at Times Square is also great fun! There’s also a bunch of places with chiller vibes that will appeal to the guilty hipster in you! Check out Bar Loco near St. James, or the alternative scene in Ouseburn, including the likes of Earnest Café that hosts movie nights and live gigs, the famous Tyne Bar for their outdoor garden, perfect for those sunny days, and The Cluny for their mind-blowing gigs!
Of course, there’s a whole bunch of things to do a stone’s throw from the university campus. You could check out the Hancock Museum, the Hatton Gallery and their various exhibits! There’s the Tyneside Cinema and the Theatre Royale in town that are great places to soak up some culture! But, if you’re in the mood for something different, try the Alphabetti Theatre for their nostalgic decor and hilarious plays! If comedy is your thing, The Stand is also definitely worth a visit, leave plenty of time to grab a drink before the show in their outdoor garden under the beautiful fairy lights (ideal for non-cliché date nights)! Another place worth visiting is Lane 7 when you want something a little more upbeat than a pub, but not quite the glam of a club. They have bowling,