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5 last-minute Christmas nights out you can get to by Metro

Ok, so you may have left planning your Christmas night out until the last minute. No biggie, we’ve found plenty of options still available. And here’s another thing you don’t need to worry about – having a designated driver…

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 16.12.2023

We know the feeling, guys.

What with planning Christmas dinner, attending nativities, navigating your way through enough Santa visits, picking up stocking fillers, battling the latest round of sniffly noses and puzzling over what to get your secret Santa, you can be forgiven for forgetting to book a table for your annual girls’ night out.

It’s a tradition that, as easy as it would be to just forgo, shouldn’t be underestimated. Our friends are the ones who are by our sides through thick and thin, understanding when we can’t be at 100% and putting the fun factor into our lives.

And Christmas is as good a time as any to celebrate them.

So, don’t sweat the small stuff. You focus on reining in the group chat enough to get a date you can all make in the diary – we’ve already found five festive destinations that are sure to level-up your Christmas night out without even trying.

Speaking of making things as easy as possible, we’ve made sure the following five events are all reachable by Metro – so you don’t even need to stress about how you’re getting there.

With trains running every 12 minutes, avoid the traffic, save a few pennies (to spend on cocktails later), and take a quick, reliable Metro journey to any of these festive faves…

HLN Hint: We’d recommend getting a Metro Pop PAYG card, as it’s the most cost-effective way to get around, with travel cheaper than single and day tickets. Plus, it’s capped – so you never end up paying too much. You’re welcome.

Merry Motoon Wylam Brewery

MERRY MOTOON 

Where: Wylam Brewery, Newcastle 

When: 23rd December 

Closest Metro station: Jesmond (16 minutes)

This annual festive soul jamboree returns this Christmas Eve-Eve, providing a quality excuse to get your nearest and dearest together for a glass or two of the good stuff and a night of merriment and dancing to some of the most timeless tunes in history. There ain’t no mountain high enough to stop us from being there.

Tickets: from £8.50 

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STACK Seaburn

CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS AT STACK

Where: STACK, Seaburn

When: Until 23rd December  

Closest Metro station: Seaburn (23 minutes)

STACK are making sure to offer a festive celebration like no other, thanks to their Christmas party nights. Expect live entertainment on the big stage, a spot of bingo to get the juices flowing, awesome street food to keep you fuelled and a huge selection of drinks to wash it all down with. Book tickets to reserve your bench, although walk-ups are always welcome too.

Tickets: from £21.85

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SIX Baltic

FESTIVE DINING AT SIX

Where: Six Restaurant, Gateshead 

When: Until 30th December  

Closest Metro station: Gateshead (16 minutes)

Just because you may have left planning your Christmas night out until the last minute doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice on style. Tables can still be booked at the BALTIC’s iconic rooftop restaurant, where you and the gang can tuck into a sophisticated two- and three-course festive menu whilst enjoying panoramic views across the city below you.

Price: from £34.00pp (two courses)

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Coast Sunderland

FESTIVE DRINKS AT COAST

Where: Coast, Roker

When: Until 31st December  

Closest Metro station: Stadium of Light (22 minutes)

We know there are loads of bars just waiting to host you and the girls this festive season. But have they got the array of Christmas cocktails that Coast have? Because we don’t think they do. Roker’s stylish café-bar has everything from gingerbread martinis and snow white margaritas to festive mojitos, white choctinis and the sinfully indulgent Jack Frost cocktails in the offing – ready to elevate your night out from ordinary to unforgettable, (unless you have too many, that is).

Price: from £9.00 (per cocktail)

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Bongo's Will Rock You Bongo's Bingo Boiler Shop Newcastle upon Tyne

BONGO’S WILL ROCK YOU

Where: Boiler Shop, Newcastle 

When: 21st, 28th – 31st December 

Closest Metro station: Central (1 minute)  

This festive season, Bongo’s Bingo is a kind of magic. Break free from 2023 in style by celebrating (arguably) the greatest rock band of all time at these Queen-inspired bingo nights. Each show will feature Queen’s biggest hits and loads of all-time Christmas classics – not forgetting the crazy prizes and dance-offs that make Bongo’s such a hilarious night out.

Tickets: £16.00

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Make sure to check before you travel for any service changes by visiting Metro | nexus.org.uk or using the Pop App: Pop app | nexus.org.uk.

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