“ Gray Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. „
This is a well sized live music bar in the centre of Newcastle that is typically very lively. As mentioned by another reviewer, though the entrance looks a bit shabby and not too hot, inside this place is great for part of a good night.
I say part of a good night, because you probably won't want to spend your whole night in here, but this isn't really any different to anywhere else in that respect and it provides a great place to go halfway through your night.
Once you get inside, you'll find reasonably priced drinks as they go and the atmosphere tends to be pretty decent on most nights of the week. With a youngish crowd and the sort of music you would associate with them, this place may not be for absolutely everyone, but I think most will really enjoy it.
They are not surrounded by other bars/clubs also which is great because it means when you come outside for whatever reason you can grab a few moments of peace.
From the outside Legends looks like your shoddy little club that you get in suburban towns. It has a pathetically small entrance, and looks from the outside that it must be really tiny. The club is in fact not huge, but certainly bigger than it looks. There are two main rooms, House and Trance, and R&B, plus some balconies and what-not. The layout isn't too practical, as the dancefloor just ends where it becomes a carpet basically, which doesn't enclose the dancers too well. The main dancefloor isn't too big, but is always packed with well up for it geordies. In my experience, geordies know how to party better than ANYONE. The DJ is at the edge of the house/dance floor, in front of a hallucingenic screen. R&B isn't really my thing, but this room is always packed to the brim and partying like mad on mondays, fridays, and weekends. Drink prices are reasonable should you go for the special offers. This club, like Foudation, is part of the "Club2k" card scheme, so you can get two for one drinks all night should you have a card. One thing which surprised me was the toilets. Seems to be space age toilets (in the mens I mean), which really look quite funny. You can also get chocolate etc here if you give the bloke a tip. They sell food here, which is quite nice, and the service is quite fast, for a club at least. There isn't too much seating, but who cares about that anyway. The few seats are accompanied by tables, and in between the two main dancefloors. Legends is on until 2am most nights, 2:30am on Fridays, and 4am on Saturdays. Entry is quite cheap, I can't remember exactly how much. The location is good, just round the coerner from the bigg market, so you can come here after Liquid, one of the best bars I've ever been to (I've reviewed it). All in all, this place has a good atmosphere, average prices, and good crowds. The major let down i
s the layout, which fails to contain the excellent crowd into an amazing atmosphere. If the crowd was contained more into one specific area, and the layout rearranged/renovated, this could be one of the best clubs around.
On my first trip see some friends at university in Newcastle i was told that we would probably being going to Legends, fair enough i thought, its a club, it sells booze and more importantly its better than sitting in a student union watching Liverpool fart about for 90 minutes. So off we trundled down the main street of Newcastle and then it dawned on my 'mate' that after 7 months of living in Newcaslte he didn't actually know how to get to Legends, claiming he only knew the way to Legends from the Quayside? whatever. So after wandering about for a while we finally made it to the club, first impression whilst we stood outside, getting ID's checked, was what the hell are we doing here, the front is no more than a wooden door with a reception booth just inside, but as it only cost us a pound to get we continued down the stairs. When you get to the bottom of the stairs theres a bar area and some seats and a small 'corridor' running along the bar and then further accrossthe club. We ventured depper down some more stairs into another bar area and small dancefloor, at this point i was wondering how they would fit more than about 50 people in the club because it was tiny. Then at about five to eleven there was a large gathering of people at a garage door, chanting fire wall? again slightly miffed i was told to wait and see, and sure enough at eleven o'clock some old style devil music came on and the garage door lifted and everyone piled through into a big dance floor area and another bar and food area, at last the club seemed half decent. A revelation came not long after this mesmorising and somewhat memorable event, the downstairs area of the club was the Hip Hop area, nice. So of i went to listen to some decent tunes and a class dj turns up the heat, bringing the night back to a respectable level. The tunes in both parts of the club were pumping but i've got to say that if youre into
hip hop music then Legends on a Thursday night is definately worth it. Fair enough the club might need a slight renovation and the 'firewall' repainted to look remotely like a wall and then it will be a world class club.
I am going to have to disagree with DJlcm about Legends in Newcastle, and say that it is one of THE best clubs Ive been to, and definately one of the best clubs in Newcastle. Legends has something for everyone, with the Mile High Club room playing all the latest House and Trance, and the R&B room playing all the best hiphop and R&B. It is quite a small club - but that makes it even better. In bigger clubs you only end up losing your mates and the sound gets lost. The R&B room is quite small, and has a low ceiling - and I do admit it can get very sweating in there after everyone's been doing their spot of 'bump and grinding'. The Mile High club room is much bigger and also has a nice sitting area upstairs (and the seats are nothing like bus seats - nice red leather seats actually!) There are 3 bars in Legends, so there's never a problem of queing to get a drink. And another point about the drinks - they dont cost a bomb! If you go in quite early (before 10pm) there is a happy hour, and after that the drinks are never that expansive. £2.60 for bottles and £2 for vodka and RedBull - which I thin is pretty good. The DJs are also of very high standard, with the likse of Dave Pearce and Sonique making regualr appearences. If I could recommend a night club to any visitor to the north east Legends would be right at the top of the list!!
Having moved to freezing Newcastle from the red hot clubbing city of Brimingham, my first clubbing experience there was diabolical!!!! The bouncers were arsey to say the least. This is not London you know!!! Once in the club, it felt more like being in a overdecorated bar. The setout was not structured properly. The only seats were seats you get on old buses. The music got my only vote as a wicked female DJ banged hard house out at the bewlidered pissed up geordies. Full of youngsters. Never going again on a Friday night!!!