Newcastle's gay scene can be found a few minutes walk away from the Central station. Unlike Manchester, there's no gay village as such which is both disappointing and surprising considering the city's reputation for a buzzing nightlife. The council have been keen to establish a gay village, but the idea doesn't seem to have been taken up.


Situated on Scotswood Rd, Switch originally replaced the old Strings bar and fast became one of the most popular and well established popular venues on the scene! Busy throughout the day and night, this venue offers a relaxed atmosphere during the day serving bar meals until 7pm and appeals to a more mixed crowd including families. On an evening Switch has a very different atmosphere blasting music out till the early hours and also offers 'Happy Hour' promotions on drinks.

Mims is a refurbished pub and is more intimate and also boasts a lively first floor space. Just down the road from both is The Dog newly re-opened but just as lively as its predecessor. Other gay pubs can be found in Scotswood Road. Rockies and another refurbishment The Yard and the recommended Heavens Above, the Newcastle Gay Scene's longest owned and operated safe LGBT space.


The major gay venue is The Powerhouse in new premises near Scotswood Road. Boasting two dance floors and visits from many well know nights, so it's worth checking out. Other nights worth checking are Universal at the Newcastle Uni Students Union on the third Thursday of the month, and fresh and funky beats in Quirky at the Hyena Cafe in Leazes Lane on the second Sunday of every month. Some guides list Rockshots but it's now not gay every night, so check before going.


Newcastle boasts two gay saunas. Top2Bottom in Blandford Street is new and is open daily from noon till midnight. Slightly out of town is Blue Corner in Heaton Park Road. Shabbier it's open daily from 10am till 10pm except on Sunday between noon and 8pm.

Revised December 2014.


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