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First things first here. Let's sum it up. Newcastle is the very best night life I have ever experienced.
The drinks you need to have tried are trebles & skittles. To me, the epitome of a Newcastle night out.
Every Friday of freshers was spent at Dirty Pop at o2 Academy. Simply because you'll have people piling the deals on you, it boded well since I accidentally saw Example perform there (so much better live). The rest of freshers was generally centered around the student union, to which I don't think I've been back for a night out since.
My favourite places are Sinners and probably Bambu or Perdu in the centre.
Sinners is notoriously grimy, but it's dirt cheap and has the best vibe. For something a little more up market, but just as boiling hot, try The Basement by Monument.
Bambu is one of those 'set up for the night' clubs, it has the perfect balcony for dancing with sets of sofas easy to fall back on.
Whenever I've been to Perdu, I've spent my entire night there. Absolutely brilliant music and cheap drinks. This is for dancing. Literally dance the night away.
Just past the train station, the big club is Digital, I've only ever been a few times but it has the best selection of music 'rooms' and usually has a bit to suit everyone tastes. There is Gotham City nearby which always seems to be populated by the thirty something hanging onto their youth, with students after cheap drinks interspersed.
For a different location, the Quayside is an entirely separate night out in most cases. Bar 32 and Chase pretty much always have 3 drinks for a fiver, which include trebles. Perfect for the first location on a night out. Then finish up with Riverside. I've never even had a similar night out in Riverside. There is usually a lengthy wait but it's well worth it once inside.
Of course Newcastle has so very much more to offer, but these are just a few of my favourite places.
If any of you freshers to be need any advice then tweet me @Phibster, it's nice to have someone on hand you can ask those random questions to!