Does anyone else feel as though they have blinked and it’s now February? I feel as though it has gone pretty quickly and usually January feels pretty bloody long but this year it just felt even longer! 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 Caffè 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. I was kindly invited* to try the place out for drinks and some food and I was pleasantly surprised.

The bar has a classic heritage feel to it with copper bar tops. The staff were fab and very attentive whilst the food was professionally plated up. For drinks, I opted for the Virgin Apple Mojito Cocktail that had a combination of ginger ale and apple juice with mint leaves and wedges of lime. I was eager to try the food too. They have an offer where you can get 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 public transport back home.

Lane7 is a venue in the city centre next to the Centre for Life where you can go 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 but 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.

I also 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 to go back ever since. It works out better if there is four of you as they don’t allow more than four people on the course at the same time. 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 entertainment 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 girls.

If you prefer going and exploring the outdoors a bit more then the North is great for that. I always enjoy grabbing my camera and going for a walk, bonus points if you have a dog too. It gives you time to reflect on life or talk about things whilst enjoying each other’s company. First up there is Heaton Park right in the middle of town but you can also explore further a field and head for a walk around Plessy Woods or Bellingham. Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, Blyth and Seaburn all make really good spots for a coastal walk. Grab a hot chocolate or ice cream and enjoy the fresh air.

Finally, you can’t beat a good old classic Cinema date. These days it can get pretty expensive if you go on the regular but there is nothing better than digging into a bucket of popcorn and watching the latest releases. Newcastle itself has three cinemas to pick from: Cineworld, Everyman Cinema and the Tyneside Cinema so guaranteed there will be something for you to watch. If you really want to keep it budget friendly, you can always opt for buying a few films from CEX, grabbing the microwave popcorn and snuggling up on the sofa.

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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*I was kindly given the opportunity to review Destination 1850 however this does not affect my opinions when writing this post.