When referring to the English North-South divide, we normally refer to the cultural and economic differences between the two sides. Of course, some are skin-deep whilst others are not. This is regularly highlighted in the media in forms of style, accents, cuisine etc. However, I feel a difference in how individuals relate to one another. Contrasting experiences of nightlife astonished me as not only is one better at providing valuable memories but it is the southern cities that claim to be a better night out.
Newcastle is the Northern equivalent of London with a wealth of bars, pubs, clubs, theatres and music venues. Newcastle’s Digital attracts top DJs from around the world hosting the best drum and bass night in the North East. The Gate is for the indecisive: offering a wide selection of bars and restaurants. For hand-pulled pints and a traditional atmosphere there is the Quayside’s Crown Posada, one of the oldest pubs in town. Finally,Gateshead’s thriving gay scene increasingly attracts members of the LGBT community.
I contrast this with the nightlife capital city of the South-East: Brighton. There is something exciting all week and often the fun will last until sunrise, such examples include HedKandi, The Font and the Honey Club all of which offer a similar clubbing scene. Pints with sea views are expected at The Evening Star with real ales on tap, made in its own off-site brewery. If you like a chaser with your pint, you’ll love The Great Eastern as it’s famous for offering a huge range of whiskies.
But who offers the ultimate package? The award goes to Newcastle – simply because when you leave, the memories of the ‘Toon’ go wherever you go. It is Newcastle that has the ability to inspire the uninspired. North 1- South 0.