Michael 84

Newcastle Fashion And Lifestyle Blog

Welcome to the Newcastle fashion and lifestyle blog. Situated in the North East of England, Newcastle is my city of vibrant style and culture, and a really cool place to live. Blogging about nights out in the coolest bars in Newcastle, football and life in the Toon.

Why I Love Blogging In Newcastle/North East

Friday, 2nd September, 2016

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Hey guys!

As you all know, I am from Newcastle and think that it’s a pretty cool city as far as the UK goes. Sure, it’s not London, but what city is! I’ve read from other bloggers that having a blog up here, or even anywhere which is outside of London can make you feel a bit on the outside, because everything is so London-centric. It is true, when I get invite to shows, shops, meetings or press days, 99% are in London. It doesn’t really bother me too much, because of the style of blog I write I don’t feel the need to attend every single thing which I am invited to. There are of course lots of opportunities in Newcastle, which is brilliant, and I think the North East as a whole has taken on blogging well, and there’s now quite a big community of bloggers ranging from fashion to food, lifestyle and everything in between. What do we have that other regions (even London) doesn’t have? Here’s some things.

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NE1 Newcastle Motor Show 2016 – Part 2 – Sports & Prestige Cars

Saturday, 9th July, 2016

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I do like the classic cars in the NE1 Motor Show, they are really cool and the ones from the 90’s bring back memories, but perhaps the cars I like to see the most are the more modern sports cars and prestige cars. Once again there were lots of these out in force, and Grey Street looked beautiful with so many high end modern day cars. A new addition to the line up this year was Tesla, who brought a couple of cars. It was really good to see them up close, and with the bonnet open there was something missing, an engine of course! 😉

Infiniti was there once again, last time round they brought the Red Bull F1 car, and this year they brought the Renault F1 car. Bentley and Aston Martin had their cars there, and I just love them. There’s something which is so brilliant about a DB9, the Vanquish was looking really good. Porsche had a stand with an electrifying looking Panamera, BMW brought out their i8 again alongside the brand new BMW M2 which was just featured on Top Gear, and Jaguar were there with some cars, one of my favourites the F-Type.

Check out all the sports & prestige cars from the NE1 Motor Show below

Check out the pictures from the 2018 NE1 Motor Show

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NE1 Newcastle Motor Show 2016 – Part 1 – Classic Cars

Saturday, 9th July, 2016

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It’s that time of the year again! It’s the NE1 Motor Show in Newcastle, which made it’s debut last year. I was at the 2015 NE1 Motor Show and it was really good and very busy, so I am not surprised it’s made a return. As with last year it’s on Grey Street in the town, I got there fairly early today and it had already been busy. The weather is not the best, but that did not damped peoples spirits who were out in force looking at cars from normal to classic, sports and prestige.

There were cars that had returned from last year, as well as some newcomers. Plenty of vintage cars, sports cars from the 90’s and American muscle cars. The Jaguar E-Type was there with other classic Jags, lots from TVR, Porsche, Austin, Corvette, Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, and more! If you prefer things more modern check out the sports & prestige cars from the NE1 Motor Show here.

I took so many photos again, so I have split this into two parts…Here’s the best of the classic cars from the NE1 Motor Show below.

Check out the pictures from the 2018 NE1 Motor Show

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Newcastle Quayside Last Night

Sunday, 19th June, 2016

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Hey guys!

So last night we went out and went down the Quayside. We watched some of the football, about 60 minutes of the Portual vs Austria game, which was not the greatest game of Euro 2016, and it finished 0-0. I did not see Ronaldo miss his penalty, but I heard about it 😀

It was sunny and a nice night, it’s always good to go down the Quay in the Summer. We went to places like Popolo, Redhouse, Akenside and then headed up and went to Canteen And Cocktails, which is a really cool place. Popolo was really chilled out, and it’s always been a place I’ve liked, and was quite quiet. I was really tired and went home early!

I hope you had a good Saturday night 🙂

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Newcastle Late May Bank Holiday Nightlife Photos 2016

Tuesday, 31st May, 2016

Bank Holidays in Newcastle are a bit of a big deal. It’s a time where people go out, many all day, and stay out until the early hours. This is over the whole Bank Holiday, but many save themselves for Sunday with no work the next day, or on the Monday, and go to work on the Tuesday a bit worse for wear. There’s plenty of different starting points, it could be Jesmond or down the Quay, or have a day drinking at the coast. Here’s some of the best photos from over this Bank Holiday.

Spy Bar, Jesmond

What do you think? Check out more of the Newcastle Bar Reviews over here, including a comprehensive list of nightlife in Newcastle.

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The Botanist Newcastle Review

Sunday, 8th May, 2016

The Botanist Newcastle Review

Do Not Go To The Botanist On A Saturday Night For A Drink

You have been warned. Don’t go to The Botanist on a Saturday night for a drink. We were out at the Weekend and met up with some friends who were already in The Botanist, so went to the bar for a drink.

The Botanist is a bar-restaurant which is fairly new in Newcastle. They take space in the old Monument Mall building, with the entrance a small side door next to Jamie’s Italian. Once you’re in, there’s stairs to climb (they also have a lift), and you’ll have to walk up a couple of flights of stairs to get to the bar. They’re numbered, I think there were 53 if I remember. Once inside the place looks really nice, and the ceiling and rest of the décor is a bit of a feature. The layout is cool, with tables and the bar in the centre, and it has a nice upstairs. They had a live band when I was there on Saturday night, who sounded pretty decent. The drinks are mostly cocktails, with a couple of other options, but this is seen as a place to grab a cocktail, so everyone in the place is ordering and drinking cocktails.

The service…What service? Calling it slow would be so much of an understatement it’s untrue.

Saturday night is of course a busy night, that’s to be said in most bars in Newcastle. This was a reasonably busy Saturday night, but it was not extraordinarily busy, just your average Saturday night bar busy. We were there for around 20 minutes, did not get served, and then left. When you say a bar is busy you’re probably thinking that the bar is packed and it’s 6 or 7 deep of people, with lots of movement. This is not what busy means at The Botanist. I was at the front of the bar, with a person either side of me, and saw the guy next to me who was there before me get served. I stood for around 15 minutes and still did not get served. That’s not too unusual, but what’s unusual is that in that time the guy standing next to me STILL had not got his drinks! The barman who was in front of me was making cocktails, but I have no idea where they were actually going, because nobody at the bar seemed to be moving!

This was the most bizarre experience at a bar I have seen. The bar staff seemed to be making drinks (3 or 4 serving), they looked like they were busy working, but looking around nobody seemed to be moving away from the bar and nobody was drinking. I actually have no idea what to make of it. I go to so many places which do cocktails; Jalou, Revolution, Alvinos, Browns…They all take a little time, but it’s nothing like The Botanist! It’s genuinely the longest I have been at a bar and nobody at the bar actually got a drink! I let my mate stand where I was for 5 or 10 minutes, we still didn’t get served, the guy who I was standing next to STILL didn’t have his drinks, so we left.

If you want to go to the Botanist because of the cool décor my advice would be go, take a couple of pictures, then leave and go somewhere else for a drink. Since I didn’t get a drink I can’t tell you what they were like, other than expensive, which is not a surprise for a place like this, and would not be so appalling if you were able to actually get one of their expensive drinks.

You can pay a visit to their website here, it’s much better than wasting your time visiting it in person. Maybe you can order drinks a few weeks in advance, or B.Y.O.M (Bring Your Own Mojito). Needless to say I’ll not be hurrying back.

On a positive note I now have a new found respect for the other bars which I thought took their sweet time, but they’re actually quite rapid. Check out my other Newcastle Bar Reviews here.

Michael


Newcastle Suit Styling With Topman

Friday, 11th March, 2016

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TOPMAN recently launched their campaign for their suit styling this season, and picked out some of the biggest fashion bloggers in the UK to style a suit for their city. Great Britain, Great Suits, is all about different styles of suits in some of the hottest cities in the UK. These were London, Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and of course Newcastle.

I am proud to say that I represented Newcastle, and spoke of the style trends we have in our amazing city. My suit choice was called “Shades of Blue“, and as the name suggests, was a blue suit, styled with a light blue shirt, and black derby shoes. The colour and style is really great for our city, which is a mix of bustling restaurants and bars, plenty of shopping for the latest fashion and relaxing in a more chilled out environment. Blue is a very versatile colour when it comes to suits; A blue suit is something I think every guy should own, it’s more of a modern colour over the usual black, can be worn in a variety of situations you may find yourself in, and can be styled with so many different colour and texture options.

Of course there’s only one place to shoot this outfit to represent Newcastle; Our iconic Quayside, and managed to get a bit of the Tyne Bridge in too 😉

Check out the campaign, with the Interactive Map here, and all the suiting styles here. This blue suit is available at Topman, you can get all the details on the campaign pages 🙂

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Top 10 Bars In Newcastle

Wednesday, 2nd December, 2015

Ever since I started writing my Newcastle Bar reviews I have had an amazing response from local people who go out every weekend, and those who live outside the city, some even the country, on what bars are the best, which they should go to, and which bars in Newcastle would I recommend. But what makes a good bar? If you ask 10 people in Newcastle, you’re likely to get different answers. That’s because Newcastle has a hugely diverse drinking scene; The more popular of recent years has been the Diamond Strip, but there’s also The Gate, The Quayside, The Bigg Market, Grey Street area, The Central Station and more. There’s also different styles of bars too, from pubs to cocktail bars and late night music bars, traditional party bars and modern gastro late night establishments.

This is my take on the top 10 bars in Newcastle, and they all have to meet a certain criteria. First of all the drinks; It’s why we’re there in the first place. Do they have a good range, and do they do them well? Then there’s the price, is it worth the money? The style of the venue is next, and of course customer service and staff is paramount, nobody wants to go out for a good time and be met with horrible staff. So here they are, the best bars in Newcastle, in no particular order.

Top 10 Bars In Newcastle

Alvinos is an amazing bar

Alvino

Why?Alvino is a cool, chilled out place in Newcastle, on Pilgrim Street which is not overrun by people, and although it can get really busy at peak times, you’re unlikely to have to queue. They play a mix of cool background style music, there’s a good selection of drinks including cocktails and beers. I really like the layout of the place, over 2 floors there’s plenty of seating, then there’s the terrace. This is super cool and a great place to go and chill on a Summer night.

Location – 88 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6SG | Twitter | Website

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Revolution

Why? Revolution sell alcohol, and when I mean alcohol, I mean they don’t skimp on it. Their specialities are cocktails, pitchers of cocktails and racks of shots, and when you buy one, you get exactly what you want. If you’ve ever had a cocktail in here you’ll know it, because you can taste the alcohol, unlike some places in the town which you have to wonder where the alcohol actually is. They do sharing pitchers, you can get a rack of vodka shots which they do a huge range including plenty you’ll not find anywhere else. The building, a former bank, is amazing, there’s simply nothing like it in Newcastle. The music is good, and there’s a nice mix of people too.

LocationCollingwood St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1JF | Twitter | Website

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Jalou

Why? Jalou specialise in cocktails, but they are cocktails with a difference, and they’re so good too. They do the Cookie Monster and Poppin Candy, both really nice and you’ll not find these anywhere else in Newcastle. The music is good, there’s a bit of a dance floor if you like to dance, booths and seating areas inside, a seating area outside, and there’s also a nice selection of the usual alcohol you’d expect to see in any bar. Free entry, it’s a late bar open until 2AM at the weekends, with last entry at 1AM.

LocationNeville St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DH | Twitter | Website

Tokyo

Why? Tokyo is another cool cocktail bar in the town, with quite a small bar on the ground floor which is usually good to just chill, with a bit of random house music usually being played by the DJ. Upstairs is where the place really opens out, literally. The small bar area is met with quite a grand terrace, perfect in the summer, and also not bad in the Winter with the heaters on too. They seem to be selling a bigger range of the usual bar drinks you’d expect to find in a bar along with their cocktails. It can take a little bit of time to get served here on occasions, which is a slight let down.

Location17 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE | Twitter | Website

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Bonbar

Why? Bonbar is a newer bar, located in the Old Assembly Rooms. It’s geared up towards more of a late night crowd, with good music and plenty of drinks. When you go in you’re greeted with the bar right down the middle of the room, with plenty of seating and cool booths all around. It looks and feels quite grand, with an outdoor area to relax and chill, and a VIP room called the 467 Club if you want to spend a fortune in peace. You won’t want to, the main room is cool and you can spend a few hours here with friends, and it’s open until 4AM.

LocationThe Assembly Rooms, Fenkle St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5XU | Twitter | Website

The Quayside Bar

Why? As the name suggests, The Quayside Bar is right on the Quay which is a really nice location in Newcastle. There’s a huge courtyard at the front with seating, great for the summer and there’s plenty of tables and seating around the back with views overlooking the River Tyne. Inside there’s a couple of small nooks to chill out with your friends in, so you’re covered in terms of space. It’s a Wetherspoons pub, so it’s not expensive, and a great bar to start in down the Quayside.

Location – 35-37 The Close. Quayside | Twitter | Website

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Tiger Tiger

Why? When Tiger Tiger is fully open, it’s huge. There’s the whole downstairs which is big in itself, with brand new VIP style seating. You’ll find 7 different rooms over three floors, the place has everything you could want and more; With an 80’s themed room complete with disco ball, VIP karaoke, pop, and beyond the curtain is what we used to call the club, now called the white room. If you want a taste of every kind of club under one roof, this is the place. You can be here for hours and you won’t get bored.

LocationThe Gate, Newgate St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5RE | Twitter | Website

Union Rooms

Why? The Union Rooms is a Wetherspoons pub, which means it’s cheap, but it’s far from nasty. In fact it’s nice, it’s usually always busy, and they do a large selection of drinks. It’s close to the Central Station and close to so many bars, which makes it a perfect meeting bar.

Location48 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1TT

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The Town Wall

Why? The Town Wall, aka The Toon Waal is a bar for friends. It’s like your traditional local pub, but it’s a large city centre bar, with large seating areas and a smaller snug style room. There’s an extensive list of beers including their own Toon Waal Ale, as well as all the drinks you’d expect to find in a pub.

LocationPink Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5HX | Twitter | Website

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Tiger Hornsby

Why? Tiger Hornsby has a bit of history to it; I remember when this was Julies 2, Newcastle Quayside was the cool place to drink, and this establishment was the place to go. I never actually went when the bar was Julies 2, since I was only 17 😉 It became Blue and I loved the place, we went all the time, probably not enough, and then it closed. It is now back, with a cool, more chilled out vibe, while keeping that Saturday night feeling.

Location – 8-10 Close, Quayside. NE1 3RE| Twitter | Website

BONUS BAR! For The Beer And Real Ale Enthusiasts

Bacchus

Why? The Bacchus is a favourite among beer drinkers and has been voted the best bar in Newcastle on numerous occasions, primarily because of the sheer number of beers they have available, from all over the world including the best name for a beer, Hadouken! (Yes, it lends it’s name from Street Fighter). If beer isn’t your thing they do a large selection of spirits, so there’s plenty on offer for everyone. It’s another bar to go to with your friends, sit down with some good alcohol and chill in a grown up setting.

Location42-48 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EW

That concludes the Top 10 bars in Newcastle. I have included the best of all worlds; From the best cocktail bars Newcastle has to offer, to the establishments which take beer to a new level. There’s places to party and let your hair down, and neighbourhood style bars in the middle of the city to relax in with your friends. Remember if you’re looking for a bar crawl, you can try my Newcastle Diamond Strip Bar Crawl, which will definitely give you a great night out 🙂 If you’re a guy, remember to check out my what to wear on a night out guide, which will give you some tips on how to dress when out in Newcastle. Newcastle has well over 100 bars just in the city centre, so condensing them down to a top 10 is obviously no easy task, and there’s plenty of other brilliant establishments which aren’t featured here.