After-hours activities at Uni undoubtedly play an important role, but everyone has a different idea of a perfect night out. Some enjoy the world-famous Geordie nightlife, but that’s far from being everything Newcastle has to offer.
Here are my favourite exciting teetotal options to inspire your next experience of Newcastle at night.
For anyone who would like to escape reality (without polishing off a whole box of wine!), Mr Mulligan’s Space Golf presents the perfect opportunity. The space themed adventure golf venue promises a crazy and fun night with your friends, leaving you feeling like a creature from another planet.
After playing golf, you don’t have to return to real life straight away, why not first enjoy the “Cosmic Sphere” pizza or the “Apollo Green” pasta in their restaurant? For similar experience checkout Lane 7, or head to The Stand for top comedy nights that are out of this world!
One of the reasons Newcastle is described as a vibrant city is its booming music scene. No matter the venue, the adrenaline rush and happiness you experience listening to live music at a concert can’t be replaced by alcohol.
There’s the O2 Academy, which has already hosted singers like Amy Winehouse, Katy Perry and Adele, with many big name events coming up and the majority selling tickets for reasonable prices.
Next to this, Newcastle is home to many bars and pubs where the best local live music is played and can be enjoyed for free in most cases. Pop down to Tyne Bar, The Cluny, The Dog and Parrot or The Star Inn for a listen!
Although Newcastle is a compact city, there is no shortage of cinemas. Next to Cineworld Cinema Newcastle there is the Tyneside Cinema, which lets you experience cult classics as well as new releases in a stylish, old-fashioned setting. As a student, you are probably always short of money, which makes the decision between popcorn and alcohol pretty easy! Who would go to the movies without any popcorn?
For a visit to the cinema in a more intimate setting, check out movie nights at Quilliam Brothers. Or, volunteer to lend a hand refurbishing Star and Shadow Cinema and enjoy your handiwork for years to come!
Another reason Newcastle is highly enjoyable without any alcohol is the exciting cultural scene! The Theatre Royal regularly presents world-renowned shows that aren’t to be missed. Alternatively, try catching a show in the grand old setting of the Tyne Theatre & Opera House; or visit Laing Art Gallery, BALTIC or Hatton for your fix of enthralling exhibitions.
Plus, take a look at Northern Stage, the largest producing theatre company in the North East, located right here on campus! Often presenting plays from the Newcastle University Theatre Society, why not have a go at hitting the stage yourself?
Last but not least, just go outside and stroll the Quayside at night. The reflection of the Millennium Bridge on the Tyne will leave you speechless and appreciate the city even more.
For extra points, take a picture and share it on Instagram so you fit in with all the other Newcastle students! And check out NCL @ Night for more of the city’s brightest nighttime hot spots to enjoy.
I hope you have enjoyed my alternatives to the stereotypical night out in Newcastle. Spending quality time with our friends away from the busy nightclubs is something we should all do more often.
Plus, you can experience all of the above and wake up the next morning without a hangover! What’s not to love?