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A Night Out on Newcastle Quayside

NewcastleGateshead Quayside it one of my favourite places on the planet, the river, the bridges, the views, I can’t get enough! Even though I’ve lived in Geordieland for well over a decade I never bore of this part of the city.

As well as being a great place to soak up the culture during the day (thanks to attractions like The Baltic, The Sage and the Sunday Market), the Quayside is also a top destination for a night out and whenever my friends come to visit I have a list of riverside venues that I love to take them to. Here’s what I got up to on a recent night out with the girls in Newcastle

las iguanas quayisde newcastle restaurant

First things first, we had to line our tummies with a substantial meal so we headed for the South American restaurant Las Iguanas, just a stone’s throw from the Millennium Bridge. I am a big fan of Las Iguanas, the food is hearty and full of flavour and the cocktails are ALWAYS two for one! I devoured a whole rack of ribs and washed it down with several caipirinhas, whoever said “eating is cheating” was mad if you ask me!

After a a good feed me and the girls were ready to paint the Toon red!

After our meal we had several options for where to go nearby, Pitcher and Piano is always a popular choice with a prime location overlooking the River Tyne, I love the cocktails at Chez Mal too (the bar /brasserie inside Malmaison Hotel) but on this occasion, it was the Slug and Lettuce that lured us in.

Credit: Slug and Lettuce

I hadn’t been in the Slug and Lettuce for years but I’d heard it had recently had a makeover and like Las Iguanas, they were also offering two for one cocktails, so I was keen to check it out. We grabbed a table in the centre of the main bar area and had waitress service so no need to queue in our killer heels, yay! The decor was bright and modern and there was a DJ playing a mixture of chart music. We ordered a round of espresso martinis and I could feel myself getting in to the party spirit!

The espresso martinis at Slug and Lettuce were so good I decided to order another one! The girls decided they’d had enough caffeine and choose other cocktails from the vast selection on offer. We still got half of them free though as you can mix and match the drinks, it was turning in to a rather cheap night out.

As you can imagine, I was rather fuelled up by this point and the dance-floor was calling. There is a small dancefloor in Slug and Lettuce but we decided to move on to more of a club type venue and found ourselves in Aveika. My mates brother joined us, he’s recently moved to Newcastle so I spent the night engaged in my favourite topic of conversation ‘Rachel Recommends…’, I think the poor lad knew the city as well as any born and bred Geordie by the time I’d finished bending his ear!

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Aveika was a great place to let our hair down, the DJ played a great mix of club classics that reminded us of our hedonistic uni days and holidays to Ibiza. The service at the bar was hit and miss and the female dancers looked a bit bored as they girated in lycra above the dance floor but the music kept us in there for the rest of the night (that and the fact we couldn’t face the hike up Dean Street in our stilettos!)

It was a top night and I think it’s fair to say there were a few sore heads the next morning!

Where are your favourite places for a night out in Newcastle?

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Rachel Kershaw

I'm a proud ambassador for all that's great about Geordieland and love sharing the best of what NewcastleGateshead has to offer. I may not be a Geordie born and bred but I've lived here for a over a decade and am proud to call this fabulous region my home!


  1. It’s so long since I’ve had a proper girls night out dancing! I think after reading this, another one is on the cards!

    JH |

  2. I neeed a girls night out like this!! Been so busy to organise though! The food looked great

    • I know what you mean, we try to get together about 4 times a year but even that’s so hard when we all live in different parts of the country! One of the girls asked where the Tuxedo Princess nightclub had disappeared to which gives you some idea of how long it had been since out last night out together on the Quayside!

  3. las Iguanas is a great place to start a night out with their 2 4 1 happy hour. You looked lovely too, please you had a fun night.

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