Does anyone else feel as though they have blinked and it’s now February later this week? I feel as though it has gone pretty quickly and usually January feels pretty bloody long! I also find that this month tends to make you feel a bit like you are in a downward spiral so what better way than to pick yourself up and go out for the day or night with your best friend, partner, family member or just celebrate some alone time. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite places in the North where I like to go to socialise and spend time away from doing University work which is all I spend my time doing these days

There are plenty of nice bars to sit with a group of mates to catch up in Newcastle City Centre. Eden is one of my favourites however the newest addition is Destination 1850. It opened late last year just in front of Central Station opposite Cafe Nero. I thought with it being right next to the train station which is full of all the hustle and bustle that it would be quite busy and loud but it was actually rather peaceful. Mr C and I were kindly invited* to try the place out for drinks and some food and I was pleasantly surprised. The bar has quite an antique feel to it with copper bar tops and feels as though it is keeping with the classic heritage that is around the city centre. The staff were fab and very attentive whilst the food was professionally plated up. Mr C had an Americano whilst I opted for the Virign Apple Mojito Cocktail that had a lovely combination of ginger ale and apple juice with mint leaves and wedges of lime which was quite refreshing. We weren’t really that hungry but I was eager to try some of the food that they had on offer so we got a selection of plates to share: Halloumi Fries with pomegranates, mint yogurt and coriander, Chorizo and Smoked Paprika Dough Sticks served with balsamic and olive oil and a Southern Fried Chicken Wrap that came with sweet chilli cream cheese, mozzarella, lettuce and red onion. I highly recommend it as a place to go for drinks before you explore Newcastle’s nightlife or as a bite to eat to miss the rush hour on public transport back home.

Next up is Lane7; a venue in the city centre next to the Centre for Life where you can go as a group for food, bowling, ping pong, mini golf, karaoke, pool and beer pong. I’ve been here a handful of times and it easy really affordable and a brilliant place to get together in a group to have a bit of a laugh. I went with a group of friends last time and my competitive side came out quite a bit. They have a place where you can get a bite to eat as well as being able to let your hair down with some alcoholic drinks. The prices vary however a game of bowling or mini golf ranges from between £6.50-£8.00 depending on the day and time. You can also get student discount if you have an NUS card too.

Sticking on the activity front, I highly recommend Ghetto Golf which is down near the Biscuit Factory. I’ve only been once for my cousins birthday but I’ve been trying to arrange for a group of friends to come back with me since. I think it does work out better if there is two to four people as they don’t allow more than four people on the course at the same time. Again, if you have a bit of a competitive streak then this is perfect place for you. The drinks can be quite expensive however I do believe that you are paying for the entertain of the golf course which is exciting to say the least. This would be the ideal place to come if you are wanting to go on a double date or with your girl group.

Other recommendations that I have include: a cinema trip, Tapas Revolution in Eldon Square have such nice food too and if you prefer to do something during the day then I can’t recommend The Great British Cupcakery or the Dispensary Coffee House enough!

Where’s your favourite place to go for a date in Newcastle? I think there is so many other cool places to go too.

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