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Planning your post-Freedom Day night out? Here are 15 clubs and bars in Newcastle that are fully open this weekend

It’s time to dig out our dancing shoes…

Written by High Life North
Published 21.07.2021


What better place to start than right in the heart of the Toon? After a whole year away from the city’s nightlife scene, it’s hard to remember where to go. So let’s start our night off by enjoying the calm before the storm inside The Continental sipping on their selection of 500 gins (if only we could have them all) and their 30 different types of tonics – a gin lovers’ paradise!

As we head down the famous Diamond Strip on Mosley Street, some old-time favourites like Perdu and House of Smith have now closed their doors…

But there’s no stopping us from indulging ourselves with a treb or two (or three) in Empress Bar for pres, before heading over to theCut to hit their iconic red-lit dance floor and bust some moves – although they may be a little rusty…

Feel like you’re after more of a sophisticated night out? Tup Tup Palace is also back, and from Love Dough on Tuesdays to Persistence on Sunday, they’ve got you covered all week. So put on your best dress and heels and head back onto the dance floor. It’ll take us some getting used to dancing in heels again!



Celebrate Northern Pride Festival this weekend in the best clubs and bars on the Scene. Even though the festival is streamed online this year, it won’t be stopping us having fun and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.

And we know the perfect place for all the Pride action – Rusty’s! With drag queen DJ’s back on the decks to give us some classic cheesy tunes, we can’t wait to be back on the stage-dancefloor of this local legend.

And with no more curfew, our first freedom night out is set to go on into the early hours of the morning. Which means one thing: it’s time to step back onto our fave flashy floor in Powerhouse and dance our socks off to all the best tunes until 5am. It’ll be so worth the hangover!


Recently, the Bigg Market has been all about those alfresco vibes – which we love. But nothing beats a night in the legendary Cosy Joes, belting out some classics from all the decades down the mic.

While you’re in this neck of the woods, don’t forget Popworld. We’ve always had nights to remember here. From brilliant drink deals and all our favourite cocktails to neon-lit settings and disco balls, this is the place to get your pop music fix.

Saving the best until last… Stein Bier Keller. After the tough year we’ve had, it’s time to let our hair down, grab our Bavarian two-pint steins, dance on the benches and embrace the quintessentially German vibes all night here. Prost!



What better way to mark our freedom than with a delicious cocktail or two, in our hands? From espresso martinis to Aperol spritz, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the gorgeous Lelia Lily’s, (which is a perfect setting for the ‘gram, FYI).

Just off Grey Street lies Grey’s Club, and whether you’re desperate to get back two-stepping to disco classics on the terrace at Swingers on Thursdays, or top rock and indie night Rise (on Saturdays) is more for you, Grey’s Club has everything you need for a post-Freedom Day night out to remember.

Have you missed the sound of the bassline drop? Well, the Ballroom is back! For all you house lovers, Cosmic Ballroom’s dance floor is back open for business. With strobe lights, lasers and two rooms filled to the brim with party lovers, those messy nights out have finally returned.

Ok, so this is a little bit further out than Grey Street, but we couldn’t miss out World Headquarters. With big events and bangin’ tunes blasting through their sound system of dreams, Newcastle’s longest-running underground club gives us all those good-time party vibes we’ve all missed so much.



For more of a glamourous night out, the Quayside is the perfect location to get that sense of class – even though we can’t promise that your night will end like that!

After having a makeover, Livello has been reinvented and we’re so excited to see it back at full capacity this weekend. Let your hair down until the early hours with the best of house music and truly gorge cocktails.

Aveika’s late nights also return, with live DJs playing a mixture of lounge, house and pop under the signature Aveika crystal chandelier until the early hours, seven days a week.

Newcastle’s party scene is back!


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