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      02.11.2005 19:24
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      Dont believe the hype

      I am quite impressed with the amount of people raving about how good Baja is. Well i want to try and counter balance this arguement.

      In Newcastle, when it comes to nights out, there is absolutely everything! There are clubs to suit all; dance, rock, jazz and pop clubs-a-plenty.

      Most people who visit Newcastle, will do the Bigg Market and the quayside. Because of this, it is inevitable you will end up in Baja. Baja is the place to be to get cheezy pop music from all eras, which are guarenteed to put everybody in a good mood. You all know the songs I'm talking about, its like being in a School Disco.

      Costs to get in can vary, but on a monday night its cheap night. It costs £3 on the door. On a weekend i think it goes up, and on certain days you must be 21 to go in. However, in my opinion, if you are 21 and you are going in, then you seriously need to grow up. Baja is where all the underage kids go who cant get in anywhere else. I know because I was one of them!!!

      Drinks are roughly about £2 each, but be prepared to wait awhile for service.

      My problem with Baja is that when you have been in most of the bars in Newcastle, you have probably already been listening to these tunes all night, and this place just mixes them together and lets you dance. But by this point, you are usually quite bored of them.

      My suggestion is to go there once, just so you can say you have been. Soak up the naff cheese of it, and then next time head somewhere you can get some serious clubbing done eg. Digital.

      As for the food, i dont think its cheap at all, and isnt really that nice either. Its the only place you can sit in the place, so be prepared to buy some food otherwise they will turf you.

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        07.08.2005 00:06
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        Bring on the weekend. . . . . . AGAIN!!!

        What is everyone on about saying Baja is too cheesy???!! Thats what its all about man! Its the ultimate night out nothing better than a few sex on the beaches a request of WHAM and a good old dance,Come on you know you love it.Yeah the ques are big but get there early and your laughing..Great dj's get your dancing shoes on only thing is its too bright sometimes, but who cares makes it easier to check out the talent!! After all its Baja beach club the only place to party!!!!!

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          09.10.2003 00:38

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          • "Very bright"

          As a student i felt it would be a good idea, actually forget that, it's my duty to bring you my review on at least one nightclub especially in the clubbing capital of Britain that is Newcastle. let's be honest here though, is Baja really what you and I already know to be a nightclub. It doesn't have well known dj's, it's not pitch black with flashing neon lights and the music isn?t exactly up to much and yet it is probably the busiest nightclub in Newcastle. The reason for its success is simple. It?s damn entertaining. Every night while your there the bar staff will get themselves on the stage and ?perform? which is funny enough but the people you will meet in Baja are just as entertaining in themselves. Baja is open 6 days a week Monday through to Saturday and costs between £2 and £5 to get in though on Tuesday?s entry is free if you have an NUS card. You can also get free access on Monday and Wednesday if you show your NUS card and your there before 10 o?clock and 11 o?clock. Baja is defiantly catered for Students with the likes of Smirnoff Ice, Becks, Archers Aqua, Bacardi Breezer, Kronenburg all available for just £2 a bottle. Having said that on certain nights you can see one or two famous footballers and the odd famous person like Ant and Dec or Jimmy Nail appear from time to time. The club is far from perfect though, the music is probably the worst thing about the place where you end up listening to cheesy classics such as Better the Devil you know, Build me up buttercup and the Shoop Shoop song. Overall though I know I?ll end up going back, even if it?s just to see the lovely ladies, which always seem to be there. I recommend this place to anyone visiting the area.

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          13.06.2003 22:22
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          • "in gateshead to close to sunderland 4 me"

          i am a regular drinker and i regulary go to baja on a monday nite. the place is the best place to go clubbin and it is also situated in newcastle which is the best place tro drink.compared to most places around the north east baja is very cool and is never alowed to over crowd which is good because there is less heat. the prices are great for a club and the music although it maybe corney is different and makes baja unique from all others places which play the same music. there is also a little bar at the back in side baja upstairs with a bar man called alex m he is a legend and if u are noticed as a regular u. i never tire of going to this place. i have expiredced other place such as blu bamboo in newcastles big market which is also meant ot be good but i beg to differ. i have a v.i.p pass for that place and i wud get more satisfaction out of burning the pass. rock on the whitley bay alchies!!!

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            12.01.2003 04:23
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            • CLEANSINESS

            Baja is the worst club I have ever been to. The doorstaff are very rude, eventually when I got inside the queues for the bars and tubs were massive. There was no bog roll in any of the female toilets and the barstaff didn.t know where it was kept and the music is the same every night of the week!! It is good for stag and hen doos!! but not good for every thing else. SORRY BAJA!!

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              30.08.2002 16:07
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              It's not the BIGGEST party on the planet, but it is probably the FRIENDLIEST party in Newcastle. Having lived in Newcastle all my life I have seen the bar and club scene shoot through the roof. There is no end of great nights out in Newcastle and the selection is still growing. 'Baja' as it's known to most people is definitely placed more at the chart and cheese end of the musical spectrum. Expect 80s pop hits, expect practically the same playlist on the same night every week, expect to be doing the actions to every wedding-disco-type-tune that ever hit the airwaves. You can also expect regular features such as the Diet Coke break at 11.30pm, the Weather Girls' (not the real ones) performance to It's Raining Men (the original, not the Ginger version) and a be-masked Michael Jackson moonwalking to Thriller. It's these little touches that really bring the atmosphere together. The decor is, as the name suggests, a beach club, sharks, hawaiian feel, wooden decking, men in shorts and vests (nothing impressive believe me) and some women in bikinis (the guys rate them as pretty tasty I believe). There are two floors, with dance floors upstairs and downstairsm but everyone usually ends up dancing where ever they are. If you are lucky you might get a plastic flower garland from the DJ or TubGirls (woo-hoo!). Baja is not aimed at any particular age group and always attracts a good mix of people. There are general nights when certain groups head there, for example, students seem to be strutting their stuff on Mondays and Wednesdays and locals are hot to trot on Fridays and Saturdays. The other nights are a good mix. Tuesday is a hot tip if you want some room to move because boy does this place get BUSY! On Fridays and Saturdays you will need to queue for AT LEAST 40 minutes. There's usually a burger van to keep people fed and plently of trees for those drink fuelled toilet trips! Lot
              s of people try to persuade the bouncers with tales of their second cousin who's Aunty Joan is the grandmother of the DJ etc etc, sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. Costs on the door are usually very reasonable, even on Fridays and Saturdays I've certainly never paid more than £6. Once in, the drinks are OK for a club in these parts, around £3.00. You can also get bottles from the bikini-clad TubGirls dotted around the place and avoid the wait at the bar. There is no doubt that Baja has a great atmosphere. Corny as it sounds it can feel like a 'family' if you are a regular. I have to say, this is my type of night out with the girls, but it's not everyone's cup of tea. If you like hard dance, or even slightly commercial dance you are unlikely to find that much of it in here. The general conclusion would be that you are guaranteed a great night at Baja as long as you get in early to avoid the queues (10.15pm is a good idea), as long as you like pop and cheese and as long as you can be drunk enough to cope with it getting packed full on the busy nights. And hey, if you don't fancy Baja, the famous 'Boat' is just along the road and the popular 'Sea' nightclub is just across the river.

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              22.08.2001 03:43
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              I've been at university for three years and now I'm back home, I was keen to go to Baja. I visited the club last Wednesday and through my drunken haze, I think it cost me £3. My first impression was that it was far to hot in there. Do they have air conditioning? Drinks are fairly pricy but they sell Moet for £30 (which is apparently cheap but I can't stand the stuff), and these are Quayside prices. The bar staff look like extras from Hollyoaks and the blokes behind the bar seem fairly charming, if a little aloof, but the cliched barmaids in bikinis were a bit irksome. The toilets are brightly lit and quite clean but are also too hot. Other clubbers seemed to be in their mid-twenties and this is fairly normal for the Quayside, the younger drinkers prefering to stay in the city centre where drinks are cheaper. The music was cheesey, but cheesey is good in my book, and most tastes were catered for. In summary, the club is over-hyped, over heated but fairly standard. Its not the greatest nightspot but by no means the worst, and there are offers for students and VIP prize giveaways to keep customers sweet.

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                13.08.2001 05:50
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                Baja Beach Club has been open for a couple of years now and is continuing to pull in new customers who, having been once, just can't seem to stay away! It is not your average club and will not appeal to everyone but I've still to meet someone who has not enjoyed their night there. QUEUE : You really can't be sure of whether or not you're going to have to queue to get in. Weekdays tend not to be as busy and the club is never as packed as it is at a weekend. Weekends are hectic and you are advised to arrive early if you want to get in comfortably. Fridays especially are very busy as Metro FM broadcasts live from the club from 11pm. Generally, the queue tends to begin to form at 10.30 ish and can become extremely long within 15 mins or so. Depending on the night, expect to queue for anything up to an hour to get in unless you arrive before 10.30. SETUP : Baja is an American-style club (I've visited a club almost identical in America) which you can tell from the moment you walk through the doors. The layout of the club consists of a dance floor in the centre of the ground floor with a 'balcony' upstairs overlooking the dance floor. I say a 'balcony,' which it really isn't but I can't think of any other word to describe it. There are six bars in total (3 upstairs and 3 down) which all serve almost any drink you can think of. There are also the Tub Girls who distribute drinks from kiosks set up around the club. There are eight of these in total. There is a cafe upstairs which serves your usual take-away style food. I can't say that I've ever used this because I can't imagine eating food in the middle of a club but my friends have told me that it is good. MUSIC : This could be where you would begin to have problems, if any. Baja likes its cheesy music and you do get a lot of the old classics, including Wham, Erasure and The Jackson Five. You also get the more mode
                rn pop classics such as Five, N Sync and S Club 7. All these are mixed in with some more modern dance anthems. I will admit that it can become a bit boring hearing the same old things again and again but you can never complain because you're always having too good a time! DANCING : The dance floor tends to remain empty until about 10.30 when people start getting tipsy and have the confidence to get up and strut their stuff! However, once one person gets up, everyone gets up! The dance floor does tend to get a bit cramped and, with so many people inside the club, there is not really very much room to move after about 12. This can put a bit of a dampener on things as you begin to get really agitated but you can't help but have fun! PRICES : Entry prices are good during the week at just £3 but are more expensive at the weekend (Friday and Saturday are over-21s nights) when prices are £5! Drinks are reasonably priced with pints and shots around £2 and bottles around £3! There is also a cloakroom for your coat which is £1. Overall, you have not lived unless you have been to Baja! Whether you love it or hate it, at least you'll be able to say you've been when people ask, which they inevitably will. It has become my favourite girly night out but I know that all the guys love it too! Go to Baja and I guarantee you'll leave smiling!!! :)

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                  12.07.2001 23:59
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                  • "Upstairs has no atmosphere
                  • Dj won't take any requests"

                  The Baja Beach Club seems to have ridiculously long qeues that the unsuspecting visitor assumes this is the sign it is good. Unfortunately, it's dreadful. So why does it attract such big qeues you ask? Well I wish I knew the answer. It could be to do with the fact that last time I went they were playing the likes of Hear'Say and S Club &, now I absolutely hate this stuff, but due to the chart success of these bands, obviously a lot of people like this music. Also, they seem to let people in very slowly, which could also be a contributing factor. After the long qeues, which seem longest at around 10:30 to 11, it usually costs around £5 on a Saturday to get in, and about £3 on a weekday. These prices aren't bad, and to be fair, the prices inside, for a nightclub, are reasonable too at just £2 a pint and the same for most Spirits. The Spirits section is huge, which is another good point, and they serve all the common lagers and bitters. There is also an entire Champagne bar, which is a unique addition which few clubs seem to have. The visitors are of mixed ages, though mostly late teens and 20s. The music as I have explained earlier, is pop type music, the worst end of pop too. The DJ does not take requests, so you're forced to endure his selection of music. Even if you do enjoy the music, you'll find it's constantly interrupted by a recording every 5 minutes which says "The Baja Beach Club - the only place to party" in a cheesy American accent. The whole feel of the place is very cheesy, with a wooden beach theme, some sort of big fish (I forget what now) looming over the dancefloor, masses of confetti dropped over the dancefloor every few minutes, and ridiculous dancers performing above the dancefloor. there're also TVs absolutely everywhere, showing the same footage of surfing again and again, which is tedious and irritating, though occasionally it shows footage of BASE jumping, which is more
                  me. Upstairs there is food available, though I'm not sure what the prices are, I didn't bother with that. Upstairs it all seems too bright for a nightclub, the feel that you're on a night out is spoilt, and because it is bright, people are dancin less and it's just that bit too spacious. Certainly no partying atmosphere upstairs. I struggle to see how this club is worth the wait to get in, but if you still want to go, I suggest you arrive before 10PM, as the qeueus get absolutely huge, the biggest in Newcastle. If you want my opinion, Newcastle has so much more to offer, Foundation I believe is the best club in Newcastle, though there're so many clubs you can never try them all.

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                  14.06.2001 22:58
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                  I visited Baja Beach Club in Newcastle 2 weeks ago as part of a hen weekend. It is an excellent night club, but getting in was difficult. We arrived at 10:15 pm and eventually got in at 11.55pm - almost 2 hours later. The queue hardly moved, and 2 hours drinking time was wasted. When we got in it was well worth the wait - the surroundings are that of a beach hut - lots of wood, parasols, palms, bikini-clad women selling bottled drinks. The music was good because it was different - anything from 1950s onwards. "Party music" describes it well. What struck me was we had waited almost 2 hours to get in .. and the club did not appear as packed as I had expected. I am sure they could have squeezed a few more in! I would recommend this night club... but beware the queues, wrap up warm, and remember it shuts at 2am!! Have fun!

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