The Barracuda is a fun pub/club at the far end of the Newquay strip on cliff road cant be missed with its bright green and yellow exterior! During the day it is open as a general bar and serves food from 10am (breakfast) till 1.30 am (snack attack). Children are also permitted into the bar during the day and one child eats free with a full paying adult. The bar is host to a 21ft screen and shows all the major sporting events one of the best places in Newquay to go for that. At night time Barracuda has a varied weekly line up from Monday nights being £1 a drink night well worth going just for that! Wild Wednesdays with inflatables and you get reduced entry with a banana! And for those that like to sing Sunday night is Karaoke. There are always different things every night and different drinks promotions on each night. The atmosphere is great and they have some great DJs and bands through out the year. If you fancy a top night out in Newquay this is one of the places to go.
For the past week I have been in Newquay with some friends. In between the sunny beaches (yes, it was sunny! All week!) and the local attractions, there were quite a few pubs, bars and clubs that we visited. By only visiting certain places on certain nights my opinion may vary drastically to the next persons. Although this section is for nightclubs in Newquay I have added a couple of pubs as they go hand in hand with the clubs, either they are joined to them or the do deals with each other in terms of entry prices etc. So here goes, in no particular order; ~ The Met Bar & Restaurant For the quiet pre-pub drink this place doesn’t do badly. Apart from the guy behind the bar who had difficultly understanding how to pour an AfterShock - “I’ve never done this before”. From the outside it looks like a restaurant with spacious wooden furniture with clean lines although when I was in there everyone was drinking. ~ The Barracuda Bar Formally The Springbok and before that The Blue Lagoon. This place looks huge from the outside and sits on the edge of the cliff. I’ve been told it used to be a swimming pool and it looks like it, as the far wall is all glass facing out to the sea. During the day they serve meals (2 for £6) in the small front bar. At night they open up the main area (also during football matches for the 21 FOOT SCREEN!!). All the tables are at the side and there is a large dance area on a raised floor. The DJ box is more like a beach hut in the corner with a stage and there are a couple of podiums. On a Monday and Friday it is Pound Party when a selection of about 30 different drinks are...a pound! The club nights (until 2am) are £2/3 entry. ~ Berties I had heard many things about this place. This place is rocking! It is a pub with an adjoining club that opens until 2am. This is the place everyone is. It is on many levels so there are a lot of stairs so you have to be that extra bit careful after a few. On a Monday night it is bargain night. Pints are 70p! Shot of vodka? 80p. Certain weeknights mean certain clubs. Monday = Berties. ~ Buzios This is the place to just relax. Open all day and night. The interior is posh; leather smooth cubicles and the rest. Details like the fact a box of matches is on each table, you get your pint in its proper manufactures glass. On three levels, Buzios is quite large in size. First floor is the bar and main seating area. They serve food until the evening and with the large French Doors open with the sun shining you can’t beat it. Second Floor is the club floor, only open in the evening with a DJ with selected drink Promotions. The Third Floor is the Pool Tables. About 8 Pool Tables and two US 8 Ball tables. £1 per game or £6 per hour. There is a bar on this floor as well. ~ The Beach A nightclub only (most in Newquay have an adjoining bar). This place was a disappointment. They have great drink promotions every night where there are selected drinks at £1.50 that are good value but the whole place could do with improvement. Covered all outside the square building are signs saying ‘4 Bars, 3 Floors, 2 DJs’. Well they are in the middle of some sort of refurbishment (not advertised) that means ‘2 Bars, 1 Floor, 1 DJ’. The place was tiny but used the ‘Mirror On Every Wall To Appear Large r’ trick. The dancefloor was sticky from all the spilt drink. There are loads of Bouncers (with attitude) but none enforce the sign on the pillars saying no drinks on the dancefloor. £3 to get in was not worth it. This place I would expect to be free, even with the drink offers. They cram far too many people in there and it gets absolutely packed with no room to swing a cat, let alone dance. ~ The Sailors Thursday night is Sailors night. Two for One on drinks. The Sailors is another establishment where half is a pub and the other is the club. Unfortunately as we had to leave early on the Friday morning so I only got as far as the pub. The interior is sailor themed with related items on the walls. The pub has a DJ playing popular pop and dance. The club is £3 to get in and according to another member of the group (more hardened than me) the club is very good. ~ The Central As you may have guessed, this pub is in the middle of the town. Many seats outside and many more in this pub is a great place to have a few drinks. Big deals on the Vodka & Red Bull Pitchers. ~ The Chy The Chy is another of the classier bars with the nice furniture ideal to chill out to in the afternoon. There is a balcony overlooking the beach that is great on a nice day. Watch out for the seagulls though, if you manage to keep your food to yourself they are guaranteed to leave a ‘memento’ on your clothing/head/food. ~ Overall Newquay is a great place to go as the nightlife is great, you get many stag/hen parties there and it is very easy to make friends. The locals are very laid back and, according to my cabbie, for the amount of people who visit the violence and trouble is quite low. It’s worth picking up a club guide or speaking to some locals, as only certain clubs are open during the week. When we went to The Beach (£3 entry) we left after one drink as we weren’t impressed, walked around the rest of the town and realised nothing else was open so ended back up in there (Add another £3 each!). Thanks for Reading © tbsgt
Are you the Ultimate clubber or just the kind of person who likes a weekend away from home to check the nightlife out somewhere else for a change? Or maybe you’re the type of person whos out to club and live life to the max, or possibly the casual kind of clubber who goes out on occasional weekends? Whatever nightlife that satisfies your need, Newquay is the 'happening' place to be and will do just that. Through the eyes of the younger generation as well as the more mature this small town situated in Cornwall is the ideal place to let your hair down for the weekend and to enjoy its clubs and pubs no matter what your age group. Although if you prefer to experience the quieter side of Newquay then there's still plenty to keep you occupied such as the beaches and coastal walks, but as my opinion states I'm here to give the low down on Newquays nightlife so I shall begin. Newquay holds a varied nightlife to satisfy even the fussiest of people. So I will start with the two clubs which provide an excellent variety of music to provide a great night out for everyone to enjoy. BERTIES NITECLUB: This is one of my regular weekend visits to my favourite club in Newquay, its varied music with its separated rooms and lively atmosphere is suited to everyone and is most probably in my experience one of the more popular clubs in Newqauy. THE CLUB - LAYOUT, DESIGN AND STYLE: The layout is classy and well designed with three rooms consisting of a main Dance/trance room being the biggest and most popular of the three, an RnB room and a new dance/pop room. The main room holds two dance floors that are posed at different levels with a podium in the middle allowing you to strut your stuff if you so wish. The variety of levels gives a fantastic panoramic view so if you choose to dance on the highest level your able to see everything that’s going on around you. Around the three dance floors the clever de sign really starts to show with its cornered off seating areas each having its own bar where you can sit down talk and drink if you choose not to dance. The design and style provides clubbers with comfort and class but also at the same time space, which is important. The RnB room is small compared to the rest of the club but provides huge leather sofas and a great style of music including some Hip Hop, great if you want to take a rest and chill out for a while. This room is also provided with its own bar for ease of use. The new Dance/pop room is a very different style from the rest of the clubs rooms. It has a slightly 70's feel to it with its bright and colourful lights and huge red velvet sofas situated around the edge of the room below strangely shaped windows giving a view across into the main dance area. The toilets are very classy and clean, with mirrored walls and plenty of private cubicles, especially important if you've had one to many to drink and are feeling on the slightly queasy side!! The only downsider of the design in Berties is the amount of steps, definitely not a positive aspect when your very drunk and cant focus let alone walk straight. The steps become more of an obstacle course in Berties so beware! THE ATOMOSPHERE: The atmosphere all in all in Berties is mixed depending on each and every room you enter. In general its lively, full of young ''up for it'' people looking for a good but still fairly cheap night out with varied music to suit everybodys taste. From my point of view the atmosphere is relaxed compared to bigger clubs and there is very little drug abuse situated in this club and only occasional violence but then that is expected in any club you go to. The Bouncers make you feel very welcome and are friendly but there is a fairly strict dress code in Berties which consists of no trainers, no t-shirts and men are not allowed on the podium or to take there shirts off. PRICE: You can purchase for free a 'Berties Members Privilege card' where if used after 10.30 you only have to pay £2 to get in, this applies for most of the year although in the summer months expect to pay more even if you still use the Membership card. Before 10.30 its £4 and if you don’t have a card this same charge applies. During the summer months due to its popularity and occasionally very popular DJ's playing at Berties such as Dave Pierce, expect to pay without a membership card between £7 and £12. The price of drink is roughly the same as many other clubs although it may be slightly more expensive, but there are drink deals before 11.00pm which work out to be a good deal and end up saving you enough money to buy another drink. The only nights which tend to be cheaper, and this is fairly sexist admittedly, are for women only on Friday and Saturday nights that are dedicated to 'Ladies night' and they will receive cheaper entry. Expect to queue for 30minutes upward during the popular summer months. OVERALL: A brilliant club with varied music and definitely one of the more popular places to be. It also has a great atmosphere with a wide range of music to suit everyone. Excellent and fairly cheap night out, definitely worth a try if you ever visit Newquay. TALL TREES NITECLUB: Again this is for people who enjoy a variety of music and this is probably better for that purpose than Berties although the atmosphere in general is not as nice. Still, I'd recommend this club so read on... THE CLUB - LAYOUT, STYLE AND DESIGN: The layout is simple and open and consists of three rooms each holding their own style of music. The tower block style club includes RnB/Hip Hop floor on the ground level with stairs on the right hand side leading to the next floor, which is based on Dance/Hard house. This is the most popular floor. The third and last floor is Grunge, w hich is on the top level of the club. Each room is spacious with adequate seating around the dance floors and has plenty of small bars to provide for everyone so there is little queuing. The entire design in Tall Trees is basic and dark but with plenty of space and large dance floors. THE ATOMOSPHERE: Tall Trees becomes incredibly busy during the summer months so expect it to be very crowded and very hot! The atmosphere is not as nice as Berties so expect there to also be drug use although i've been told that this has now been reduced and is a lot better. There tends to be more violence in Tall Trees as well rather than other clubs I have been too but like I said this comes with nightlife especially in clubs and its not just in Newquay its everywhere. One to watch out is the Grunge floor as this can become a bit too heavy sometimes so as a tip expect more violence there than the other floors. The Bouncers appear friendly and do there job well sorting any trouble out. The dress code in Tall Trees is fairly casual, trainers are allowed and men are also allowed to take there tops off which many of them frequently will!! PRICE: Newquay is obviously more busy during the Summer months which is expected as it is a popular Tourist area in Cornwall so as with many attractions the price goes up in these months and its just the same for clubs. Expect to pay £7 plus in the summer and around £4 in the winter, queuing times range from 20 minutes to 45 and upward. OVERALL: A good club with a busy atmosphere and a good range of music to suit most people. Again it’s a fairly popular club in Newquay and my opinion is it's worth a try but not before Berties! OTHER CLUBS AND PUBS: Other recommended clubs include Sailors, The Beach, Frisbees, and the 'new' Springbok, which I haven't checked out yet. Each of these clubs mentioned provide a good night out especially on a Friday or Sat urday night and play a good range of music although mainly Dance/Trance and Hard house. The most popular pubs include Berties pub, excellent all through the week and provides you with huge television screens and a lively young atmosphere. The Central is also a very popular pub, which includes a cocktail bar and becomes very busy in the summer months, excellent stop off before moving off to the clubs. CONCLUSION: After an incredibly long opinion, hopefully you've got this far! Although I have specialised in Newquays Night life (and I could go on in more detail but wont!) this place has much more than just night clubs to offer for all people of all ages and tastes. But for the people who want to get away this summer but cant afford to go abroad and still want the nightlife, sun and sea (well maybe not the sun knowing Cornwall!) Newquay is the ideal happening place to go. So in my opinion, check it out this summer because it's definitely worth the experience.