Gay Newcastle

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     Base Sauna, Blandford Street, is now a swingers' club.

     SR44 not here a silver oxide battery, but is Adrian's newest venture, located between The Eagle and Number 52 Sauna. It has a blank and dark façade on Scotswood Road, its entrance is round the back. No disturbing the neighbours with loud squeals of delight. It is an over 18s club. Open every weekend.

     The Yard continues to provide a central focus for the gay quarter. Its corner site and welcoming aspect are legendary, and now the frequent karaoke nights make it a hoot for all. Don't forget that Heavens Above opens it doors a little later in the evening for more action.

     Secrets Bar, located at the St. James' Boulevard end of the Scotswood Road parade is now attracting a lively crowd.

   Boulevard, Churchill Street, where burlesque meets Broadway, offers escapism and fun. See the Boulevard Website for more details

   Number 52 Sauna on Scotswood Road has expanded for Easter 2017. New larger changing room, additional showers, new hot tub, and bookable luxury rooms with more to come.

     Eazy Street gives us fabulous shows most nights, and a riot at weekends. It's brash, it's bright, it's in your face, and most of all, it's frivolous and fun. Grab some of the action soon.

   Sunset Boulevard has finally set. Closure came as bills mounted. Gay bars are not immune to the downturn in the economy; glitter balls are no guarantee of profits.

   Switch thrives after its major makeover.

   The Eagle. Some say only the brave venture into the catacombs; in reality it's a space for men to let their hair down. Those without hair surely have something to loosen instead.

The Powerhouse Club, Westmorland Rd.

Powerhouse Club, Westmorland RoadThe Powerhouse, Newcastle's longest running Gay Nightclub, is at the corner of Westmorland Road and St. James' Boulevard.

Its cavernous innards on four floors are a challenge for the unwary. Try to remember landmarks for getting out again, but in the meantime have fun on the various themed spaces.

The large square building houses the club and the two adjacent and remodelled shops form Gossip, the warm up bar to the club. At club opening the doors swing and it becomes part of the main party. To the rear of the ground floor with its entrance facing the coach station is The Vault, a haven for the more mature crowd.

The fun starts on Friday at 2300hrs until 0400hrs the following morning with entry at 8. The Saturday scene is much the same but for the 10 entry fee. Sunday is another overnighter, closing at 0400hrs Monday morning for 4. Monday and Thursday evenings start at 2300 and for 3 you can stop until 0300hrs the following morning . The club is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

There is something for everyone at The Powerhouse, which operates a drug free policy. A Copenhagen 1801 Ltd venue.

Gossip Bar, Westmorland Road.

Gossip Bar, Westmorland Road

Warm up to the activity in The Powerhouse by visiting Gossip. Modern decor and plasma screens help put you in the mood. It is situated next door to The Powerhouse, and at club opening time the doors swing wide to make the bar part of the main action.

A Copenhagen 1801 Ltd. venue.

Central Bar, Marlborough Crescent.

Gay_Central_Exterior02Once the White Bull, The Central Bar is at the junction of Marlborough Crescent and Westmorland Road.

As the banner says, Eat, Drink, Dance. Central has it all. Live drag, local DJs as well as top tunes create a great setting for a fun night out. It offers a wide selection of beers, wines and lagers, as well as ciders and cocktails.

Times are 1000hrs to 0100hrs Sunday - Thursday, 1000hrs - 0300hrs Friday and Saturday.

This venue has gained popularity since the new proprietor took over in 2015. A recent visitor wrote, "New management, new staff, new faces, new look. Its a breath of fresh air to have a fun, friendly clean and camp bar on the scene. Its getting busier and busier and as a regular it's almost like a 2nd home. After the recent refurbishment there is now a great new food menu for a breakfast or lunch time snack. Every night brings you a different vibe with various drag and DJ hosts. The drinks are reasonably priced too."

Eazy Street Bar, Westmorland Road.

Eazy Street Caberet Bar, 8-10 Westmorland RoadThis swish new cabaret bar is aimed at the Bohemian gay crowd. It opened opposite the Centre for Life next to the Dog and Parrot on All Fools Day 2010 and serves cocktails, beers and wines in a flamboyant party atmosphere. Sounds are variable, but not objectionably loud.

Manager Paul Rowe says that Eazy Street brings the best of international cabaret to Newcastle. It is hosted by Miss Kitty, with DJ Ross on the decks providing party sounds.

Happy Mondays feature Miss Kitty, Rude Boy and The Eazy Street Follies, and on Thursdays DJ Ross takes control. Footloose Fridays are given over to Miss Eazy and the Cast for non-stop partying from 2000hrs, while the weekend line-up promises some of the best partying around. A HH Leisure Ltd venue.

Opening times: Mon-Thurs 1700hrs - late; Fri-Sat 1200hrs - late; and Sun 1500hrs - late.

Boulevard, Churchill Street.

The Boulevard, Churchill StreetBoulevard is the place where burlesque meets Broadway. Shows change with the seasons, and doors open at 1900hrs. There are standing places, seated areas and a VIP balcony seated area with complimentary champagne.

Professional female impersonators and dancing boys will entertain you whilst you mingle with the in crowd in this purpose built venue. See more at the Boulevard Website.

A Copenhagen 1801 Ltd venue.

The Yard Bar, Scotswood Road.


Visit the Yard. Adrian has done us proud with its airy style. Light oak and fresh bright decor abound. It is simple and effective. Once popular with the older crowd (it had the nickname "Graveyard" for a while) it is now part of the mainstream, and welcomes all ages and temprament.

It is next to Switch, and contrasts with the bright and brash in a more mellow mood. There is space to stop and natter, or pop upstairs to Heavans Above for a more lively bop.

The Yard is open until 0200hrs except Sunday evening when it shuts at 0030hrs.
A Fat Boy Leisure Ltd. venue.

Switch, Scotswood Road.

Switch, Scotswood Road

Find the newly refurbished Switch between The Yard and The Bank. It takes no prisoners in its headlong dash to hardcore disco and head splitting sounds.

Switch is now re-establishing itself as the centre for hedonism and fun. The closed period seemed to be switch off for many.

    Sun: 2100hrs - 0200hrs
    Mon: 2100hrs - 0200hrs
    Tue: Closed
    Wed: 2100hrs - 0300hrs
    Thu: 2100hrs - 0200hrs
    Fri: 2100hrs - 0230hrs
    Sat: 2000hrs - 0300hrs

The Loft is now incorporated into the main venue.  There is a rooftop terrace for those quieter romantic moments.

A Copenhagen 1801 Ltd. venue.

The Bank Bar, Scotswood Road.

The Bank, showing adjacent venues, Scotswood Road

On the left is the conversion from an old Lloyd's bank to a trendy bar.

Colin welcomes you to this thumping venue with traditional hours and some late openings. It is promoted as a wine bar, but it also sells traditional beers and imported lagers.

The decor is old bank and 1970s kitsch, complete with potted plants! The sound levels attract the lager boutique crowd and deter the more level headed. Ear defenders are definitely recommended

The Bank entrance, Scotswood Road

The Bank is on Scotswood Road, almost next to the Yard. As you can see, Switch bar and The Loft lie between the two. For the sake of identification, the massive blue Centre for Life is visible in Marlborough Crescent.

Daytimes are relaxed in the company of Greta la More a North East institution. Evenings are lively with karaoke and Drag Attack nights.

A Copenhagen 1801 Ltd. venue.

The Eagle Bar, Scotswood Road.

The Eagle has landed!Far from being a 1950s boy's comic, The Eagle is for grown up men! Its log-cabin interior will appeal to the Lumberjack in you, and we all know what Monty Python had to say about them, don't we! See here for the words.

The ground level main bar is long and rather narrow with tabled booths and some barstools fashioned on the "ample is not enough" principle. There is a minstrel's gallery for sitting quietly and observing the action, and a lower "Men Only" bar in the basement area. The Eagle, Scotswood Road

The decor is functional, and I especially like the ventilators running the length of the bar that by turns extract the smells and deliver fresh air. The sound system is not intrusive, and there are handy notices around the place to remind us that, amongst other things, "The only un-natural sex act is one which it is impossible to perform" from the erstwhile Doctor Kinsey.

The attractive and attentive bar staff keep the place going and a warm welcome is assured. The Eagle is the only bar catering for the leather, denim, and uniform crowd in Newcastle.

The Eagle is open from 1700hrs daily, and it closes at 2300hrs Monday & Tuesday evenings, at 0100hrs Thursday to Sunday mornings, and at 0030hrs Monday mornings.

I think we can confidently proclaim that The Eagle has landed!

A Fat Boy Leisure Ltd. venue.

SR44 Gay Club, Scotswood Road

SR44 Entrance at Rear Scotswood Road
SR44 Entrance at Rear - How Camp!This new venue is open every Friday and Saturday. Entrance is free on Fridays but there is a 5 admission fee on Saturdays. Expect lively dance tunes, promotional booze specials, and dimly lit corners for canoodling. Adjunct to The Eagle.

The entrance is in the lane at the rear of the block containing The Yard, Switch, The Eagle, No52 and Secrets. It is the roller shuttered door to the right of the gated rear entrance to The Eagle in the above picture.

See the Eagle and promotional fliers for the various themes.

A Fat Boy Leisure Ltd. venue.

Number 52 Gay Men's Sauna
Scotswood Road

Number 52 Sauna Scotswood RoadThe Number 52 Sauna is located at (Guess where?) No. 52 Scotswood Road, just west of The Eagle.

For travellers by car, there are on-street parking bays, and by prior arrangement the staff will ensure that your tickets are kept up to date during your visit. There is also a large 24hr NCP car park beyond The Jurys Inn at Times Square.

Pedestrians will find the place by continuing west from The Centre for Life along Scotswood Road.

The clean, newly extended facilities are on three floors with a secluded smokers' patio to the rear. The ground floor is for changing showering, steaming and the Jacuzzi as well as the licensed snack bar which offers some Internet terminals free of charge, with Wi-Fi coverage within the building.

The ground floor is also the location of the bookable rest rooms,  for you to relax in luxury and privacy. Prices start at 20 for 4 hours.

The first floor is the location for the spacious sauna, another shower area, some large rest rooms, a television lounge, and a veranda for parading and nattering. Once on the top floor the pace quickens as a huge screen erotic cinema awaits alongside some smaller rooms, glory holes, and a series of dark rooms.

As a whole the fellows behind this new bright venture have put a lot of thought and not a small amount of cash into their business. Attendance is good both during the weekday daytimes as well as the weekend evenings, with a mix of ages and preferences as you would expect from a bright thriving gay venue.

Standard entrance is 11 for members and 13 for visitors.

Members only: Monday - Friday 1100 - 1200 9; Saturday 0600 - 1200 9; Sunday 0600-1200 & 1800 -2200 9
Joining is free of charge and all users receive a 5 return voucher for every entry as above paid.

Send a text message reading "52offers" to 88802 at your standard text rate and join the VIPs who receive up to date info and offers free of charge.

No. 52 offers Luxury Private Rooms for as little as 20.
Inside, the real beds have double comfy mattresses with allergy free duvets and pillows. Watch the TV with freeview, use the power points and USB ports for your mobile devices, or enjoy the free wifi. Stay for an overnight or two during normal weekends or three at Public Holiday weekends.
Book by telephone in advance with a credit/debit card.

This venue offers fetish nights, Dare to Bare, Father and Sons, as well as a free buffet every Tuesday from 1430. There is always something new at fifty-two!

The website gives more information, current news and offers, and an opportunity to see what others are saying about it all.

Opening times are Mon to Thur 1100hrs to 2200hrs; Fri 1100hrs to Sun 2200hrs 24 hour opening. Public holidays 1200hrs to 2200hrs. Closed Xmas Day.

Tel:0191-221-2189 Email:

Secrets Bar, Scotswood Road

Secrets Bar, Scotswood Road
Secrets is a laid back bar that attracts a mixed age crowd for nattering and chilling. It is at the junction of Scotswood Road and St. James' Boulevard; just keep going past the Eagle, No52, and Nice 'n' Naughty.

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