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.||
PUBS AND BARS
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
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.