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Newcastle's gay scene can be found a few minutes walk away from the Central station. Unlike Manchester, there's no gay village as such which is both disappointing and surprising considering the city's reputation for a buzzing nightlife. The council have been keen to establish a gay village, but the idea doesn't seem to have been taken up, writes OutUK's tynesider Kelvin Marsh.
The Angel of the North
Photo: Newcastle Gateshead Initiative


Easy Street on Westmorland Street has entertainment 7 nights a week with live Cabaret and Karaoke many evenings. There are live drag DJ's every single night and top international cabaret every Thursday. Just down the road in Marlborough Crescent is The Central, a bar with great atmosphere and the best drag Dj's and hostesses. This friendly venue is a must visit bar on the Newcastle scene.

Scotswood Road is home to many of the gay bars and pubs, Switch for example is one of the most popular and well established venues which is busy throughout the day and night. They offer a relaxed atmosphere during the day serving bar meals until 7pm aimed at a more mixed crowd including families. On an evening Switch has a very different atmosphere blasting music out till the early hours and has Happy Hour promotions on drinks.

City Centre. Photo: OutUK.
Newcastle has a thriving Gay scene with several pubs and night clubs within a short distance of each other, although many of them have changed hands and changed names in recent years. Secrets is a popular bar with music and a DJ as a regular feature on most nights. Live music, salsa, talent nights and stand up comedy acts can be seen there too.
The Yard is the perfect place to start your night, have a seat when waiting for your mates to arrive. They often have some kind of drink offer available and also here you'll find the recommended Heavens Above, Newcastle Gay Scene's longest owned and operated safe LGBT space.

The Bank Bar is another fun & fabulous bar in Newcastle's Pink Triangle. It makes the bold claim of being Newcastle's number 1 bar for entertainment, with plenty of laughs. Karaoke and open cabaret events are held on weekdays and all the Bank Holidays have special themes.

In contrast, The Eagle is the city's manliest bar. This cruise & fetish bar caters to the leather, denim and uniformed crowd. This is not a venue for dancing. It's instead a place to chill out in one of the wooden booths and people-watch. Downstairs is a strictly male-only bar with some strip shows.


The major nightime venue is The Powerhouse in Westmorland Road which is near to Scotswood Road. It boasts two dance floors with booth seating and 3 bars in sleek interior across 2 levels. There are visits from many well known nights, so it's worth checking out. Nowadays they welcome all to the club, but there's still a gay friendly atmosphere as they aim to offer a safe environment which is free from discrimination to all people, regardless of gender, sexuality and age.

The building also features The Pink Room bringing you the best party atmosphere, the best chart, pop, cheese and camp music, and some of the biggest names in drag on the Newcastle gay scene!

Grey's Monument.
Photo: Richard Kenworthy
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Newcastle boasts two gay saunas. Base in Blandford Street is open daily from noon till midnight. They have a large eucalyptus steam room, hot dry sauna and a 13 men jacuzzi as well as free wifi, full food menu and hot and cold drinks available through the day. Newer on the scene is Number 52 which has a good reputation for friendly staff and clean amenities. There's a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi which is always nice and hot!
Base Sauna Newcastle (85-89 Blandford St, NE1 3PZ; T: 0191 232 9772)
Easy Street (8-10 Westmorland Street; NE1 4DP; T:0191 222 0646; Website)
Heavens Above (2 Scotswood Rd, NE4 7JB; T: 0191 232 2037)
Number 52 Sauna (52 Scotswood Rd, NE4 7JD; T: 0191 221 2189)
Pink Room (15-19 Westmorland Road, NE1 4EQ; T:0191 261 6824)
Powerhouse (7-19 Westmorland Rd, NE1 4EQ; T: 0191 261 9326)
Secrets (78 Scotswood Road, NE4 7JB; T: 0191 2326536)
Switch (4-10 Scotswood Rd, NE4 7JB)
The Bank Bar (12 Scotswood Road, NE4 7JB; T:0191 230 3863)
The Central (Marlborough House, Marlborough Crescent, NE1 4EE)
The Eagle (42 Scotswood Road, NE4 7JE; T:0191 230 4416)
The Yard Bar (2 Scotswood Rd, NE4 7JB; T: 0191 260 3960)

Revised July 2017.


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