The Ten Best Bars and Nightclubs in the North East According to Google Reviews

The North East is famous for its party people who come out every Friday and Saturday to enjoy all the nightlife the area has to offer.

With shows like Geordie Shore showcasing Toon’s nightlife attractions, plus a number of other buzzing nightclubs in Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham – there’s plenty to see and do in the North East in the last hours.

And while many may have their favorite night spot that has stood the test of time, others may be on the hunt for something cooler this weekend – having seen their favorite nightlife hub come and go. with the ever-changing face of the local landscape.

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So here at ChronicleLive, ahead of the busy holiday weekend ahead, we thought we’d take a look at all the late night bars and nightclubs in the area, compiling a top ten list of the most favorable according to the ever-stalwart Google reviewers.

10. Pop World – 14 Bigg Market, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

pop world

3.8 out of 5 stars based on 348 reviews

At number 10 there is none other than Pop World, which sits in the bustling and bustling Bigg’s Market. Dubbed “a late-night bar with a difference”, it’s an exciting establishment packed with personality.

Hosting an abundance of different local DJs every night, revelers can dance to nerdy music on the spectacular dance floor, with retro wigs, goggles and inflatables also available to add an element of madness to their evening.

Gemma Brians wrote: “I love coming to Popworld. It has the best atmosphere and lovely, friendly staff, including DJs, bar staff and doorman.

“DJ Trig is very entertaining playing the best music and creating a fantastic atmosphere. Always a pleasure to visit.”

9. Sinners – 63 Newgate Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Fishermen in Newcastle
Fishermen in Newcastle

3.8 out of 5 stars based on 402 reviews

Open seven nights a week, Sinners in Newcastle. Billed as “Newcastle’s (and probably the world’s) most infamous, notorious and favorite student treble bar”, the description pretty much says it all.

With two music floors playing contrasting indie and house music on each – students flock to Sinners no matter the day to make the most of the cheap highs and lackluster Gotham-like atmosphere (RIP!).

Joshua Beck, commented: “Not bad honestly, I always thought Sinners had a bad reputation but after going inside it’s totally unwarranted.

“Sleek vibe, great alt-rock/metalcore playlist, live DJ, and they sell buckets every day of the week. If you’re a Rise fan or miss how sticky Gotham’s floors used to be, Sinners might be for you.”

8. Howlers – 28-32 Collingwood St, Newcastle upon Tyne

Howlers, which includes a giant ball pit
Howlers, which includes a giant ball pit

4 out of 5 stars based on 166 reviews

The only bar in Newcastle with an adult ball bar. . . Yes, you read that right!

Howlers on Collingwood Street is sort of a mega club with different areas inside one big building. The piece de resistance is undoubtedly the fancy ball pit that punters can make the most of while enjoying cold refreshments.

All in all, a place where some adults can be big kids if they want – while more serious parties can enjoy a sizzling night out in another part of the club.

Vince Smith, reviewed the bar and said: “First time and I have to say we had a great night. It’s a big club with three different big areas with different types of music. There was also entertainment on the main stage.

“There’s a ball pit that people seemed to like but not for me.”

7. Fabio’s – 66 Saddler Street, Durham

4 out of 5 stars based on 186 reviews

The only entry on this list located in Durham is none other than Fabio’s on cobbled Saddler Street. Sitting above an Italian restaurant, the impressive nightclub promises a spectacular evening for those who choose to visit.

Slightly out of the way for those unaware, many people walking the streets of Durham may not even know the place exists – but once they find out they won’t stop never to come back.

They also won Best Night Club of 2018 at the Best Bar None awards.

Felicity Ap, said: “Such a great atmosphere! Dance floor and bar downstairs and seating upstairs. Bar staff super friendly and efficient.

“Good selection of cocktails and good music!”

6. Digital – Times Square, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle's biggest nightclub: Digital
Newcastle’s biggest nightclub: Digital

4 out of 5 stars based on 519 reviews

In the heart of bustling Times Square is Digital – a popular music venue and nightclub that hosts a number of club nights and occasionally live musicians and DJs. With a huge sound system and resident DJs on site, you can feel every sound wave flowing through you at this great nightclub.

A student favorite due to cheap drinks and a central location means it always bounces back and scores high on this list respectively.

Damilola Oderinde, wrote: “A bustling nightclub, great music and fairly cheap drinks. You’ll always want to come back here.”

5. Flares – 33 Mosley Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Flares on Mosley Street in the center of Newcastle
Flares on Mosley Street in the center of Newcastle

4.1 out of 5 stars based on 260 reviews

Flares in Newcastle upon Tyne is a throwback to the 70s, with wacky wallpaper and glitter balls hung everywhere. Visitors can expect nerdy pop anthems to spin throughout the night, while other punters strut their stuff on the classic light-up dance floor.

And it’s not just old timers who experienced 70s nightlife who often take a trip down memory lane, with younger generations and college students often attending on Friday and Saturday nights.

Paul Stray, said: “We had a fantastic evening! A really good and lively evening with drinks at great prices, music on tap and all the staff while having fun went the extra mile for providing me and my party with excellent service.”

4. Jalou – Neville Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne


4.1 stars out of 409 reviews

Newcastle’s Quayside neighbor Jalou just missed out on pole position. A dimly lit late-night bar with an impressive amount of cocktails on offer, the establishment makes guests feel welcome with luxe cabin seating and refreshing R&B.

The number one hotspot for young people, as well as those who want a ‘classier’ night out, there is always something exciting going on at Jalou.

Louie M, commented: “We were out for bachelor parties and even though this place wasn’t on our itinerary, it became our favorite spot instantly! Chilled vibe, diversity of people and great DJ/music -you !”

3. Independent – Holmeside, Sunderland

Independent on Holmeside, Sunderland
Independent on Holmeside, Sunderland

4.2 out of 5 stars based on 197 reviews

The only Wearside-based establishment on this list, Independent have been a fixture in Sunderland for the past two decades as clubs have come and gone. Originally located across the road, the old club was demolished to make way for new buildings, forcing owner Ben Wall to move next door.

However, Independent 2.0 managed to convey the same vibe to their new home – known for playing 2000s indie anthems into the wee hours of the morning. They also invented the famous blue pint, which has become a club classic for locals, with no other competitor able to do it in the same way.

Jack Mccaig, wrote: “Awesome atmosphere, cheap drinks and great if you like indie music!”

2. Global Headquarters – Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne

A DJ spins his decks at global headquarters
A DJ spins his decks at global headquarters

4.4 stars orout of 5 based on 169 reviews

Global Headquarters takes silver in terms of Northeast nightclubs. Newcastle’s oldest underground club born in 1993, Worldie’s is a dark and drab setup but works perfectly for the clientele.

Known for their acceptance and diversity, those who head to WHQ can expect a plethora or different genres of up-and-coming talent in the industry – bringing a “credible, cosmopolitan alternative” to a commercially saturated downtown.

Michael Shaftoe said: “I’ve been going to the club for a really long time now. I can honestly say it’s by far the best club in Newcastle. The atmosphere is amazing, the music is outstanding and the door staff and the Bar staff are the friendliest around.”

1. Hoochie Coochie – 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Crowds throng to Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle
Crowds throng to Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle

4.5 out of 5 stars based on 410 reviews

Top of the list is none other than Pilgrim Street’s Hoochie Coochie – a candlelit bar during the week, transformed into a soul, funk and jazz club from Friday to Sunday.

Described by many as ambient and uplifting, the incredibly friendly establishment offers a safe and hassle-free place for Tyneside night revelers, offering calm and scenic tunes with a refreshing selection of drinks.

The club also often features live performances by skilled musicians, which keep the atmosphere as chilled as a cucumber all night long.

Hal Property, wrote: “This club is my happy place.

“The place is great and the staff is great. The philosophy is essential to create a good atmosphere.

“Never make the mistake of bothering the DJ with a request – they don’t play the requests.”

What is your favorite night spot in the North East? Let us know.

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