Newcastle has become the ideal playground for stags and hens in search of a good time on their last night of freedom. World-class culture and entertainment blend seamlessly with award-winning nightlife. Eclectic world cuisine served against a vibrant backdrop of stunning architecture and urban city life. Throw in an uncompromising choice of places to stay, along with a handful of stag activities – and why would you look to go anywhere else?
It’s a three to five hour drive along the M1 and A1 from the south and middle of England. If you’re looking for value for money then driving would definitely be the ideal option. The train fare starts from £80 plus for a return if you pick the right dates and manage to book well enough in advance. The journey via train is around three hours from London.
As with the rest of the UK, you can expect the best weather from June through to September. You’ll be glad to hear that Newcastle is actually one of the driest cities in the country; this is wholly thanks to the North Pennines which block the passage of rain clouds over the city. You learn something new everyday!
Getting your accommodation sorted in Newcastle should be a doddle with a great selection of hotels, hostels and accommodation available in the heart of the city. You can hire centrally located serviced apartments for the weekend, which would cost around £40 per person. At some establishments, a deposit is chargeable for single sex parties of a certain number.
If you’re looking for a hotel stay, Newcastle has the largest selection outside of London. Prices start from around £65 to £70 per room per night in a central location. Your hostel options are also fairly abundant. Hire a private dorm with your own bathroom facilities, including continental breakfast, for £16 per person.
Of course, all the stag do favourites such as paintballing, quad biking, five-a-side football and clay pigeon shooting are available here. If you fancy a bit of dog racing then the Newcastle Greyhound Stadium is a great day out with the lads. Place your bets, get the snacks and drinks in and enjoy...to be followed by a visit to their late night bar for further indulgement.
Another stag pursuit which has grown increasingly popular is golf. Whether you’re a pro or never held a golf club before, this can actually prove to be quite a good laugh and it’s a great way to reserve your energy for the night out later! Speak with the club to arrange a course that’s suitable for your group’s level of ability (so as not to suck all the fun out of it) although we recommend limit playing to 9 holes.
Whether you want budget, mid-range or fine dining, Newcastle has something to suit the palates of every taste. The quayside and Central Station are your best bet for a wide range of cafés, bistros, bars and restaurants.
The quayside boasts Cafe 21, The Broad Chare gastro pub and Six, a stunning rooftop restaurant, which combines breathtaking panoramic views with great food. For something different, the city centre is host to Blackfriars, the oldest dining room in the UK, serving up medieval banquets with a sumptuous modern twist.
For the more exotic, Newcastle's enthusiasm for world foods will be a welcome treat, with a choice of Italian, Indian, Mediterranean, Chinese, Japanese and Pan-Asian restaurants (to mention but a few).
Drink & Party
Voted the third best party city in Europe behind London and Berlin, Newcastle is renowned for its social scene. The ‘Diamond Strip’ is host to a series of high-end bars such as Madame Koo (an east-Asian themed underground club), Florita’s Miami Bar, the elegant Perdu, and Tup Tup Palace, an eccentric bohemian hotspot famous for its sunken bar, catwalk and encased white-gold 1995 Dom Perignon bottles setting you back an astonishing £10,000.
Digital, considered one of the UK’s best clubs, hosts the world’s top DJs on a regular basis. Home to three separate clubbing experiences, Digital has a programme of regular nights giving clubbers the option to groove, funk and rock through the decades. More quirky, understated places include The Cut, a club inspired by 70’s Manhattan loft parties, 80’s Berlin squat parties and 90’s Fenham house parties. The club is housed in a series of derelict office spaces.
If the footballer and model-magnet surroundings of the quayside and Central Station are not for you, then a more ‘stag friendly’ part of Newcastle awaits you at Bigg Market. You’ll find the drinks are cheaper than elsewhere, there are plenty of pub grub/restaurant options and some clubs even provide complimentary booth reservations for stag and hen parties.
The Geordies are a friendly bunch and you’re generally safe as long as you keep your wits about you in crowded places (to avoid falling prey to petty theft). Might wanna leave the football shirts at home though...