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Geordie Shore / Diamond Strip Bar Crawl In Newcastle

Tuesday, 23rd July, 2013

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When I go out in Newcastle I keep hearing people talk about Geordie Shore, or are asked by tourists and people who have come up to Newcastle where so-and-so bar is, or in general people talking about bars which are seen in Geordie Shore. Well here is a guide to Newcastle, and the bars featured in Geordie Shore.

Background

First of all if you are coming to Newcastle then you probably want to go to more bars than the ones featured in the show; You will probably be here for a whole night or two, and Newcastle has so many bars to choose from. Not only that, most bars are set in areas, the main ones being:

  • The Diamond Strip (Collingwood Street)
  • The Gate
  • The Quayside
  • The Bigg Market
  • Everything In Between

As you can see from the map, if you wanna do a Geordie Shore style bar crawl then you don’t have far to walk; All these bars are more or less on the same street, almost next door to each other. For the purpose of this I have included some other bars since some are similar, in the same area or just on because you should go to more bars! πŸ˜€

You’ll also notice it’s really close to the Central Station, so easy to get to πŸ™‚

The Diamond Strip

It’s currently considered the cool and trendy place to go, and has bars such as Madame Koo, Floritas, House Of Smith, Perdu and Bijoux. Round a couple of corners you have Tup Tup Palace (nightclub) and Ohso. Geordie Shore were famously banned from Perdu and all the bars it’s associated with (The Fluid Group), but I have included it in this guide because it’s the same type of bar as the rest.

The Bar Crawl – Old skool style, no pre-drinking, this is Newcastle, go out for the whole night, not at 11PM!

Start Off – Union Rooms

Let’s make this easy, you can walk pretty much in a straight line for this bar crawl and have a great night. We’ll start at Union Rooms. The Union Rooms is a Wetherspoons chain and is usually a good place to start. It can be busy, but it’s a good place to get a couple of early drinks in, they are cheap, sell a big variety, and you can just chill a little bit before the real start of the night πŸ˜€ If you want to start with food, you can get it there, since they do meals. There is no music in this bar, it’s definitely a “meeting” or talking bar.

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This is what Revolution looks like, on the corner, with the other bars just down the road

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Inisde Revolution on the higher level, it’s pretty full!

Revolution – Cocktails, racks of shots, music, vodka

I love this place, the building is big and amazing, it was actually a former bank. Cool architecture, but let’s talk about the drinks. Revolution is typically a vodka bar, but it does sell beer and other drinks. They do racks of shots, where you can get 12 shots, as well as pitchers of cocktails for all your mates. It’s usually always packed, lots of girls, good music. Price is not the cheapest, but if you get a cocktail you WILL taste the alcohol in these. It’s almost always busy, sometimes it can take a while at the bar but this is a great place.

Floritas Bar
Official Website

Walk past Madame Koo and you will find Floritas next door. Here you will be able to get more drinks, listen to the house music, dance, chill, talk, whatever floats your boat. Have a cocktail, get a beer, or if you wanna splash the cash get a bottle of your favourite spirit or champagne.

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You can sort of see the queue for Perdu, this part of Newcastle gets busy at peak times

Perdu
Official Site

They banned the Geordie Shore cast from going here, but I have included Perdu because it’s a similar type of bar and in the same area. If you are going on a Saturday night at the end of the month expect to queue at peak times, and their door policy can be quite selective. The music is house, and the drinks are not the cheapest, it’s still a decent spot and can attract a good crowd. If you don’t wanna queue, head round the corner to….

Ohso

Just round the corner from Perdu is Ohso. Walk in and you have a choice to make; Go upstairs, for a slightly quieter experience where there is music, or to the larger downstairs. Be wary of the times you go, despite it being a bar and not a club they charge after a certain time to get in.

Bijoux
Official Site

A favourite of the Geordie Shore lot which means it’s got a lot busier, Bijoux is down the street from Perdu/Floritas and across the road. It’s quite a small bar with a back area with seating, the main bar area has tables with a bit of a dancefloor, with a small VIP area. Book yourself a comfortable table which is basically on the dancefloor for an amazing night.

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House of Smith, used to be Baby Lynch

Madame Koo, House Of SmithΒ or Tup Tup Palace

It’s probably time to hit a club now, and the choice is yours. You can head back up the road to Madame Koo or House Of Smith, or check out Tup Tup Palace. Koos is a place for everyone, various music and a diverse crowd. Tup Tup and House Of Smith are the places to go if you are looking for a more upscale end to your night, with house music pumping at Kinky Disco in Tup Tup you can dance the night away. Both clubs embrace the “Dress to impress” statement, to fit in with the crowd you have got to be looking your best.

It’s probably 3AM now, so time to get something to eat and go home! πŸ˜‰

Official Sites: House Of Smith, Madame Koo, Tup Tup Palace

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Mimo, billed as a cocktail bar, just round the corner from Revolution

Other bars – Mimo
Official Site

There are a few more barsΒ I have added which are in the area. Mimo is just round the corner from Revolution. They offer a load of cocktails at a reasonable price, if you are looking for a drink or two early on it could be the place.

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A night I had in Empress, check out the lazers! :mrgreen:

The Empress
Official Site

A late bar which can be good, The Empress is really jumping with loads of great music and a good crowd. The drinks are pretty good, it can take a while to get served depending on how busy it is, and there is usually some kind of offers on.

“A good night out is more about the people you are with, rather than the places you go. You can have an amazing night out anywhere with the right group of people.”

Have fun in my amazing city, Newcastle πŸ˜€ If you want to know more about all the best bars in the Toon, check out my Newcastle Bar Reviews which has the latest information and updates on Newcastle nightlife.

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Michael Adams

About Michael

Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger and T-shirt designer from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

  1. Linda Said,

    Brilliant, helpful, and made me giggle, I am a Geordie Shore fan but I have also wanted to visit Newcastle since I was young, but celebrated my 40 th birthday here and your article has been a great help

    posted on Saturday 19th July, 2014 at 12:19
  2. justene Said,

    Hey a group of 5 of us are coming over on Monday for a night out for one of the girls birthday we really want to make something special of it for us all to remember maybe not so much remember lol but were wondering if we can do a pub crawl like this or something similar for a Monday night please if any info can help it would be much appreciated πŸ™‚

    posted on Friday 27th March, 2015 at 15:55
  3. laura Said,

    It mine n my best friends 30th next year n wana make it a birthday to remember. We would like to have a nite around Newcastle on a pub crawl is there anyone that guides you round pubs n clubs?

    posted on Friday 10th April, 2015 at 22:26
  4. Michael Said,

    Hi Laura,
    You can read this guide for the bars around Collingwood Street (Diamond Strip) and check out all the best bars and a bar map on this page: https://www.michael84.co.uk/newcastle-bars/

    You don’t need a tour guide, there’s lots of bars and most are close to each other; There’s different types (cocktail bars/upmarket/fun bars etc.) all are great but it depends on what kind of night out you’re looking for πŸ™‚

    Michael x

    posted on Saturday 11th April, 2015 at 17:08
  5. Peter Said,

    Looking to organise a group to come up to Newcastle for a weekend.

    We like R&B and Hip Hop, can you recommend anywhere please?

    posted on Tuesday 14th July, 2015 at 22:45
  6. Michael Said,

    Hi Peter,

    You could try Jalou, it’s open till 2AM and they play commercial Rnb & Hip Hop. It’s located at the Central station with plenty of bars around it like Revolution, Perdu, House of Smith, Tokyo.

    Michael

    posted on Wednesday 15th July, 2015 at 22:10
  7. Louise Said,

    Hi michael,
    Thanks for your article. Coming to newcastle in sept, a group of 7 girls for a 30th birthday. Can you recommend where i best to go on which nights fri, sat and the sunday please?
    Much appreciated
    Lou x

    posted on Friday 31st July, 2015 at 22:39
  8. Michael Said,

    Hi Louise, thanks for your comments πŸ™‚ It all depends on what kind of night you’re looking to have, the kind of music you like etc. If you want to go to different areas on different nights you could try Quayside Friday, Diamond Strip Saturday and The Gate Sunday.

    posted on Saturday 1st August, 2015 at 19:33
  9. chris Said,

    hi michael, 8 lads coming up this friday night for a stag, not arriving til 9pm, so wanted to book table services somewhere to guarentee entry etc, where do you recommend and what kind of prices are was talking? cheers!

    posted on Monday 3rd August, 2015 at 16:04
  10. Michael Said,

    Hi Chris,
    9PM is a bit early for a booth, some places don’t shut till 3AM so you’d be there for 6 hours! You can book a table for free at places such as Revolution, Tiger Tiger and plenty of other venues if you ask. Then there’s nightclubs such as Bon Bar and Tup Tup Palace; Tables are subject to a minimum spend, could be anything from Β£120+ (plus tipping the host).

    Note that there’s no such thing as guaranteed entry, if you are too drunk, look too young & don’t have ID or are not dressed for the particular place, they may not let you in.

    Have a good night! πŸ™‚

    posted on Tuesday 4th August, 2015 at 21:43
  11. Claire Said,

    12 of us from Scotland coming for my 30th in sept for a sat night. Looking to start off maybe at cosy joes with a kareoke booth and cheap drink then ideas of a pub crAwl prob around diamond strip? Best club to end up in?

    Thanks

    posted on Tuesday 25th August, 2015 at 20:42
  12. Michael Said,

    Hi Claire,

    That sounds good. Cosy Joes is good for a laugh & is a completely different type of vibe from the Diamond Strip. The best club depends on what kind of night you’re looking for, the more upmarket venues are places like House Of Smith and Tup Tup Palace which are in that area, there’s also a few late bars. Have fun! πŸ™‚

    posted on Thursday 27th August, 2015 at 21:34
  13. Wayne Said,

    Hi Michael,wer off to the toon black eye Friday,any strippers on afternoon teatime or is it just match day,cheers

    posted on Wednesday 16th December, 2015 at 8:10
  14. Michael Said,

    Hi Wayne,

    You’ll probably have to try one of the strip clubs in the city.

    posted on Wednesday 16th December, 2015 at 15:09
  15. Dylan Said,

    Hi Michael,
    Im going to Newcastle 4 march till 7 march.
    We want to go out, and look fore the girls if you know what i mean ahaha πŸ˜‰
    What are the best options, and how much is a vip table included a bottle?

    posted on Friday 12th February, 2016 at 12:42
  16. natalie Said,

    Hi me and my friends are coming newcastle for my birthday and was wanting to go to the bars/clubs as featured on geordie shore. We will be needing to stay in a bnb or hotel can u recomend 1 thats close to the strip please thankyou πŸ™‚ x

    posted on Thursday 10th March, 2016 at 19:40
  17. Michael Said,

    Hi Natalie, Since I live here I don’t stay in the hotels πŸ˜€ I can tell you that Newcastle is compact so as long as it’s in the centre you won’t have far to walk anywhere. The Diamond Strip is Collingwood Street, which is 2 minutes from the Central Station. Hotels close to here include the Hampton by Hilton, Sleeperz Hotel, Royal Station Hotel, and Hotel Indigo on Fenkle Street. There’s an Albatross Backpackers and Heroes Hostel on Grainger Street. There’s plenty of other hotels/hostels around the city too, which are accessible and in various price ranges.

    Have fun! πŸ™‚

    Michael

    posted on Thursday 10th March, 2016 at 22:19
  18. Joe Keeys Said,

    Hi im arranging my bezzies hen do day in newcastle and would like to do some of the geordie shore bars do you do guided day packages or know who does?? πŸ˜πŸ˜€πŸ˜œ

    posted on Friday 15th April, 2016 at 16:28
  19. Michael Said,

    Hi Joe,
    Afraid not! If you head for Collingwood Street you’ll find all the bars on/around that street πŸ™‚ As you can see on the map above, they’re all really close together.

    Have fun!

    Michael

    posted on Friday 15th April, 2016 at 19:45
  20. Gemma campbell Said,

    Hi a group of us are looking to come up this October for my twin cousins bday, we really would like to do bar crawl and see the Geordie shore cast , do u know how we could go about this
    Many thanks

    posted on Tuesday 31st May, 2016 at 7:52
  21. Michael Said,

    Hi Gemma,
    If you wanted to meet the Geordie Shore cast you’d have to contact their agents/management and find out about a PA.

    Michael πŸ™‚

    posted on Tuesday 31st May, 2016 at 10:24
  22. Lisa Said,

    Hi Michael
    My hen do in September an there’s about 20 of us girls coming to do the dimond strip, are u
    Aloud in the clubs, if we did at theme dress up?
    Thank Lisa x

    posted on Monday 13th June, 2016 at 14:50
  23. Michael Said,

    Hi Lisa,
    It will depend on a lot of things, there’s different rules for different bars, it could depend on which night it is and if it’s busy, and also depend on what you are dressed up as. It would be best to contact whichever place you’re going to and ask.

    posted on Tuesday 14th June, 2016 at 12:47
  24. Mr Ghost Said,

    Hi Michael

    Hope all is well.

    In the process of planning a weekend trip to Newcastle to celebrate my birthday in August, and there is about 12+ guys confirmed so far. We have already planned to go suited and booted to prevent any knock backs, and I just wanted some advice as to which would be the best venue to book a table in. We will do the club/pub crawl throughout the day/night and wondered where would be the best place for to end up for the evening. We would like a variety of music and Ladies is the main criteria if I am honest!!!

    I tried the link for Bijoux, however it appears that it no longer works!! Is the club still open?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    posted on Monday 20th June, 2016 at 15:01
  25. Michael Said,

    Hi MR Ghost,
    There’s a couple of places which are decent for a VIP experience, Bonbar and House Of Smith are quite a good club vibe, others like Jalou and Revolution are good late bars which have table service, but maybe not a ‘club’ feel. Avieka/Livello can be good but not always & is fairly pretentious, and Tup Top Palace is catered to more of a young 18-24 “student” crowd. Bijoux is just a late bar and is quite small, probably not the VIP experience you’re looking for. It is still open though. Tiger Tiger is also very good, there’s different rooms with different themes and styles, so you’ll never be bored.
    Wherever you end up you’ll have a good time πŸ˜€

    posted on Tuesday 21st June, 2016 at 12:58
  26. Mr Ghost Said,

    Thanks a lot for getting back to me on this, I really appreciate it.

    I shall have a look into your recommendations.

    Thanks again.

    posted on Tuesday 21st June, 2016 at 14:22
  27. KW Said,

    Hi Michael

    My Cousin and I are coming to Newcastle for a long weekend later this year. As we are both over 40 we were wondering what pubs/clubs are there that we could go to and not feel too old?

    Thank you in advance

    posted on Saturday 25th June, 2016 at 21:32
  28. Michael Said,

    Hi KW,
    Sure there’s plenty for over 40s, it depends on what kind of places you like and what you’re looking for. There’s a few bars and pub types of places, and other music types of bars too. The Diamond Strip (Collingwood Street) is mostly filled with younger people, so maybe that area wouldn’t be for you, but there’s plenty of bars all over the city.

    posted on Sunday 26th June, 2016 at 13:19
  29. Diksha Said,

    Hi,
    I’m coming to Newcastle for my birthday with a group of friends. Are there any good pub crawls on Monday nights or should we only stick with one or two good clubs ?

    Thanks in advance x

    posted on Tuesday 9th August, 2016 at 4:13
  30. Michael Said,

    Hi Diksha,
    It will depend on when you’re coming, at the moment students are not in Uni/college/school so weeknights are quieter, during school time it’s busier. However lots of bars are open on weeknights and it can get reasonably busy.

    posted on Tuesday 9th August, 2016 at 11:14
  31. robert hills Said,

    Hi, we are organising to come up to newcastle for a stag weekend, whats the top 5 places you would recommend to give the stag a good send off?

    posted on Friday 26th August, 2016 at 15:20
  32. Michael Said,

    Hi Robert,
    It depends on what kind of night you’re looking to have, what kind of music you like and what ages you are.

    posted on Friday 26th August, 2016 at 19:47
  33. robert hills Said,

    hi, we are all around the 30 mark, army guys and ex army. we like to have a good time when we are out, we do like clubbing and that kind of music, but we also like to stitch the guys up on karaoke too!

    posted on Tuesday 30th August, 2016 at 8:44
  34. Michael Said,

    Hi Robert,
    If you like a good old fashioned pub crawl with cheesy pop music, “fun-pubs” and lots of drinking then the best places are probably around The Gate and Bigg Market area, as well as a couple of places near the Central Station. If you like Karaoke then Cosy Joes could be an option, they have Karaoke upstairs and even do private booths (pods) if you want something more private. That’s around the Bigg Market Area. The Gate Area has more fun pubs as well.
    If you want more of a VIP/Upmarket/Cocktail type of night then The Diamond Strip (Collingwood Street) is probably your best bet, with bars like Revolution, House Of Smith, Floritas and Perdu, with Tup Tup and BonBar close by.

    Have Fun! πŸ™‚

    posted on Tuesday 30th August, 2016 at 20:29
  35. Dani84 Said,

    Thanks for the info!! What time do people generally go out in Newcastle? And what time is best to hit Floritas then House of Smith / Madame Koo?

    posted on Wednesday 29th March, 2017 at 12:54
  36. Michael Said,

    Hi Dani84,
    It depends on the bars and crowd you go with really; The pubs and general bars get busier earlier on, you could go out for 7 or 8, but most late bars will not be open or be quiet at that time. Some Younger people (18-23) go out later, even 10 or 11 and don’t do the old school bar crawls and just do a couple of bars or even just a club/late bar. For those bars mentioned, I would say Floritas after 9, House of Smith & Madame Koo after 10/11. Of course if you’re coming for a night out in Newcastle (or anywhere else) you probably want to stay out for as long as possible so going out earlier is always good.

    posted on Wednesday 29th March, 2017 at 22:17
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