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Totally agree. I teach students and recent graduates and they often know nothing of any counterculture, heritage, alternative arts scene or the surrounding areas outdoors amenity despite being at Newcastle Uni for 5 years.
 

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Agree. Thing is, NCC has pushed the nightlife/Part City element for years (and both unis do now because they know that will appeal to the kids, who look more like Bigg Marketeers/Geordie Shore knock-offs, than the students of yesteryear) at the expense of anything else. There is other 'culture' here, but it's not celebrated and little or no effort is made to attract family visitors. There is the inevitable lack of joined up thinking that should be involved in 'selling' the north-east as an attractive tourist destination that includes Newcastle; rather, we have the beaches and castle and then we have Newcastle and Geordie Shore. Watching David Olusoga's programme about the house in Summerhill should have been an eye opener when it was talking about the engineering and scientific community Newcastle had; however, the current mood was perfectly encapsulated when he visited the Guildhall, a stunning building which, rumour has it, has been targeted by a developer to turn it into a cafe/bar. Is that the best we can do?
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Newcastle is too big a city to be pushing one type of nightlife.

I know that if any bloke that lived South of the River Sheaf suggested to his partner that they could go for a romantic weekend break to Newcastle, I strongly suspect they'd be met with consternation.

If they suggested Liverpool, or Bristol, or Belfast, they'd be in for more luck. Not that these cities are bigger, but they are presumably perceived as being more cosmopolitan, diverse, sophisticated and urban.

Newcastle has a reputation as a Newquay of the North in the minds of the younger British generation. As they grow older and travel as couples rather than a group, Newcastle falls off the agenda somewhat.

There needs to be a bit of a push- now that the Bigg Market has chosen spit and polish over pig and whistle- to portray Newcastle as the occasionally sophisticated, eclectic and diverse place it really is. There will always be the bull steroid medium t shirt no matter the BMI/ thick eyebrows with lashes and concealer as subtle a 17th century german church roof like any city, but the reputation has stuck and will always remain.

Thats why I liked the idea of the Quayside- a place to keep all the riff raff, and well overlooked- leaving the rest of the city (with notable exceptions) free for quieter and better pub/food venues. Now the Diamond Strip attracts the Stag and Hen parades its all got a bit mixed up. It's a bit like Durham when I was a kid. There was one side for one demographic, and the other side for the next. Then they opened the Bishops Mill and Champagne Bar, and it all got a bit mixed up, leaving the Market Place taxi rank possibly the most dangerous line up than a Kim Yong Un family get together.
 

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Yep, it will be a slow boat to change the reputation of the city but without some different messages which to be harsh encourage couples to stay in quality hotels and spend on expensive drink as opposed to stag and hens necking carling. It would be better for the city with higher spends and less hassle but you have to contend with Greshams law of bars, bad ones drive out good ones and ultimately that will require a decision by the city to change it's message [and regulation with that].

It's do able - I can point to a number of ski resorts which used to target the snowsports equivalent of stag and hen - they realised they had lots of people creating a mess, scaring the horses and they weren't making that much money. It required co-ordinated and occasionally left field thinking [banning overnight coach parking for example so the el cheapo bus transport groups couldn't be run economically].
 

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I visited Edinburgh one year not long after the festival and found I'd wandered in to a romantic weekend promotion. The galleries were empty, but, and outside it was a bit like the summer day when ants take to the wing.
 

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The Mean-Eyed Cat

This micro-pub was mentioned in the forum when it opened in March 2018. The review is from today's Telegraph:

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As Alf says, this micro-pub has previously been covered on this forum, along with a few others of this fairly recent development of "Micro-Pubs", as shown in the extract from the INDEX . . .

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Mh - Mn

MICRO PUBS / MICRO BREWERIES . . .
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Bedlington - Box Wood Tap Micropub, Front Street West, Bedlington
Newcastle and the North East - PUBS and CLUBS (CIU etc)...
Newcastle and the North East - PUBS and CLUBS (CIU etc)...
Beer Street - Micropub, next to Box Social (original location of Split Chimp Micropub) Forth Street Arches
Newcastle and the North East - PUBS and CLUBS (CIU etc)...
Newcastle and the North East - PUBS and CLUBS (CIU etc)...
Newcastle and the North East - PUBS and CLUBS (CIU etc)...
Berwick - Curfew Micro Pub, 46A Bridge Street, Berwick upon Tweed
Newcastle and the North East - PUBS and CLUBS (CIU etc)...
Box Social @ Arch 11 (formerly Split Chimp) behind Central Station
Newcastle and the North East - PUBS and CLUBS (CIU etc)...
Newcastle and the North East - PUBS and CLUBS (CIU etc)...
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D.E.A.D. (Drop Everything And Drink) - New Micropub to open on High Bridge
Newcastle and the North East - PUBS and CLUBS (CIU etc)...
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Hexham - Plans to turn waiting room at Hexham Railway Station into a Micropub
Tyne Valley Area (Hexham, Corbridge, Prudhoe, etc) -...
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Jesmond - Micropub at a Newcastle 'corner shop' called Rehill's, is given the green light (December 2017)
Newcastle and the North East - PUBS and CLUBS (CIU etc)...
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Mean Eyed Cat Micro Pub, St Thomas Street
Newcastle and the North East - PUBS and CLUBS (CIU etc)...
Monkseaton Metro Station - The "Left Luggage Room" Micro Pub
Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, Cullercoats & Monkseaton...
Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, Cullercoats & Monkseaton...
Newcastle and the North East - PUBS and CLUBS (CIU etc)...
Newcastle and the North East - PUBS and CLUBS (CIU etc)...
Newcastle and the North East - PUBS and CLUBS (CIU etc)...
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Ouseburn - Newcastle Brewing Ltd, a Micro Brewery proposed for Arch 2, Stepney Bank, Ouseburn, Newcastle
Newcastle and the North East - PUBS and CLUBS (CIU etc)...
Newcastle and the North East - PUBS and CLUBS (CIU etc)...
Ouseburn Area - Developments
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=140015622&postcount=8292
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Palace of Arts, Micro Brewery - Wylam Brewery, Exhibition Park
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=128444722&postcount=556
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=129140019&postcount=561
Pele Tower Micro Pub, Corbridge
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=141683543&postcount=8526
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=146295665&postcount=644
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Rowlands Gill - Micropub on Station Road in the premises of a former glass art studio in Rowlands Gill
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=143221522&postcount=8721
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South Shields - Strettle Memorials building, proposals for a new Micro Pub on Westoe Road
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=137512319&postcount=1034
Split Chimp "Micro Pub" - Railway Arches, 11 Forth Street (initially) then in May 2016 re-located to Railway Arches, Westgate Road
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=123926682&postcount=6286
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=129660582&postcount=6976
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=130686014&postcount=7014
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=132145966&postcount=7101
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=132352387&postcount=7121
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=132602219&postcount=7167
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=135869259&postcount=7640
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Three Mile Inn, Great North Road, Newcastle - Another 'Micro Brewery' launched (at the Three Mile) called Artisan Brew Co
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=128301112&postcount=6887
Town Mouse Ale House, Micropub, St Mary's Place - The former 'Kuppa Coffee' basement café
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=136083344&postcount=7653
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=137146542&postcount=7817
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=138631368&postcount=8073
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=139156105&postcount=8173
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=144525004&postcount=8863
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University - The "Stu-Brew" Micro-Brewery at Newcastle University
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=143900650&postcount=8771
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Whitley Bay Brewing Company, Micro Brewery, King George Bar, in 42nd Street, Whitley Bay
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=134094959&postcount=7408
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=134411945&postcount=7437
Whitley Bay - Gilbert and Smith's Micro Pub, 201 Park View
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=153070720&postcount=9450
Whitley Bay - Micro Pub/Brewery at 36 Park View: The Dog & Rabbit
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=131958823&postcount=1368
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=131981091&postcount=1370
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=133528025&postcount=7314
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=134390794&postcount=7435
Whitley Bay - Storm Cellar Micro Pub, York Road.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=148934747&postcount=9156
Wobbly Duckling Ltd, Micro Pub - Railway Arch 10, Forth Street
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=144545232&postcount=8865

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Ratty does a good job doesn't he.

Fitzy's Tynemouth

This from an informent. Fitzy's Tynemouth is marked as closed for refubishment but informant felt it looked a bit more 'final' than that.
 

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Ratty does a good job doesn't he.

Fitzy's Tynemouth

This from an informent. Fitzy's Tynemouth is marked as closed for refubishment but informant felt it looked a bit more 'final' than that.
Someone said the same to my mam just the other day, she commented when she was in a couple of weeks ago that people were coming up to the door and when being told they needed to wear a mask to come in and at all times when they weren't seated...just didn't bother going in
 

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The story historic bar, Balmbra's, Cloth Market, Newcastle which is set to rise from the ashes

Chronicle Live website article from 17/09/20

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The story of Newcastle's historic bar, Balmbra's, which is set to rise from the ashes

Balmbra's, in Newcastle's Cloth Market, is namechecked in the Geordie anthem, Blaydon Races, and is where the famous song was first performed

It was in 2014, in its then guise as a Motown theme bar, that a fire badly damaged the interior of the building.

But now, the owners of the building, the Malhotra Group, are redeveloping the bar, with help and financial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, administered by Newcastle’s BID company NE1 Ltd.

We revealed how the frontage will be restored and signage will be replaced with a reproduction of the original from the 1900s. The leisure group is working closely with the conservation team at Newcastle City Council to protect the building. Three bay windows will be reopened and one of the most famous parts of Balmbra’s, the barrel-vaulted roof, will be preserved.

In the short term, a pop-up bar to bring the building back into public use.


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Also posted to "Bigg Market" thread

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Clover & Wolf, Brigham Place, South Shields, Development of the existing external terrace area involving siting of shipping containers etc - Planning Approval

On South Tyneside Council Planning Portal when checking it on 21/09/20

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Application Number - ST/0125/20/FUL

Site Address - Clover & Wolf Brigham Place South Shields NE33 2DL

Development of the existing external terrace area involving siting of shipping containers with associated development including a roof canopy, stairs, external decking, other associated structures and external alterations to create a two storey mixed use development comprising of retail (Class A1), restaurant/cafe (Class A3), drinking establishment (Class A4) and assembly and leisure (Class D2) uses for a temporary period of no more than 15 years.

Current Status - FINAL DECISION

Decision - Grant Permission with Conditions 18-09-2020


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Dazzling new shipping container village to be built at Clover & Wolf, off Brigham Place in South Shields town centre - 'Jacks Yard' will create 35 jobs

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Shields Gazette article from 21/09/20

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Dazzling new shipping container village to be built in South Shields town centre - 'Jacks Yard' will create 35 jobs

Plans for an eye-catching entertainment and business hub in South Shields have been given the go-ahead by council bosses.

The project will redevelop the outdoor drinking terrace of the Clover & Wolf, off Brigham Place, transforming the site into a two-storey shipping container village as part of a bid to revitalise the area.

The development, which will be called ‘Jacks Yard’, will feature a central courtyard, retail units and a food and drink unit on the ground floor and a drinks servery/dining area on the first floor balcony.


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Revolution could close bars, including in Newcastle, amid major restructure plans

Chronicle Live website article from 25/09/20

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Revolution could close bars amid major restructure plans

Revolution Bars Group, which runs two sites in Newcastle, has called in business advisors

The group, which has a string of bars and restaurants across the UK including Revolucion de Cuba and Revolution in Newcastle city centre, is reported to have called in business advisors Alix Partners to weigh up its options.

The chain, which furloughed 2,775 staff during lockdown, has reopened 39 of its 74 bars and of its North East venues just Sunderland remains temporarily closed.


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Not too surprised about Revolution. It doesn't seem as popular as it once was and is now much more for the younger crowd whereas it used to attract a good mix of people.
 

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Not too surprised about Revolution. It doesn't seem as popular as it once was and is now much more for the younger crowd whereas it used to attract a good mix of people.
Yes and their model is 'pack 'em tight' with usually fairly high rent city centre properties, not a good place to be in the current circ's.
 

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I would place a bet that Revolution closes and they keep Revolucion deCuba open. They’re fairly close together and the latter hasn’t been open that long so I imagine Revolution will close . I imagine it is very difficult to maintain Revolution on Collingwood street in the current restrictions- it’s not a massive bar and to have people just sitting in those booths means they must have a rather small capacity for the next 6 months at least, it is also for the younger crowd and it’s definitely about the vodka shots rather than the food and compared to their newer bar on the Bigg Market - or Cloth Market I should say- and therefore IMO is more attractive it the current market. The cloth market bar also has a large roof bar area - again attractive when you want good ventilation where as Collingwood doesn’t. When I was out in the town in August you couldn’t get in Revolucion de Cuba but Revolution there was no problem. It’s a Shame really as Revolution has an impressive interior from their day as a bank.
Then again I may be totally wrong, both Newcastle bars may stay open- the city is after all a party city and once this is over I am sure it will be again. Many other cities such as Manchester and Liverpool and Leeds have multiple Revolution bars and they may just close some in those cities so there is just one Revolution bar representative in those cities.
As for Sunderland, if it ain’t open now it doesn’t bode well for any restructure of their estate.
 
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