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      30.07.2001 07:21
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      Ah, the Tuxedo Princess. Or the boat, as it's commonly known in Newcastle. I'll try to talk you through everything their is to know about the boat. Location and getting In It's pretty well placed for people in the Bigg market or the Quayside, just on the gateshead side of the river Tyne. 5 minutes at most. The queue is bad on a Saturday, but I must admit the queues are nothing like Baja, so this is perhaps the easier to get in option. The bouncers are reasonable, nothing like the apes that guard some nightclubs. First impressions It's big with 7 rooms and wow it's on a ship!. Good mix of punter as well on a weekend, which I like with everyone from mid teens to about late thirties and some even older. The idea of different rooms is good as you go to the room with your age group in a way, if that makes any sense. Everyone can feel at home. Can be pricey at the weekend, £6 or £10 to avoid the queue Rooms Chameleon Club The main room which plays dance music, it has a revolving dancefloor! which isn't actually as good as it sounds. Mainly because it's far too packed and you feel like sardines in a can rather than dancers. But secondly if like me you go in pissed, you can feel violently ill at this place, with your stomach turning round at all angles. Good, but not great Angel Room 70's and 80's music. Bit too small for the hordes in at a weekend, but good music and a good change when you've had enough of the Chameleon Room Monte Carlo This is a quieter room if I remember correctly, with a quiz machine and spaces to sit down. This is as good a place as any to warn you, the drinks are a rip off at the weekend!. Raffles Listen to a piano player in the background, eat some overpriced food, relax. Good! Tyne Suite Private functions Miscellenous comments It's easy to fall over and a nother criticism from my friend is that if you are too tall, then you have to duck everywhere. Fairly easy to pull if you want to in my view, or is that just me!. It's also good that you can go out on the decks and get some air, really helps after being in the heat This club is an oddity. It should be really good, but if you go enough you begin to get fed up. It's a club that I go to not very often now, then I really enjoy it. But you won't want to go all the time. But if you have visitors, take them here and they'll love it!

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        10.07.2001 20:25
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        This nightclub is docked on the Gateshead side of the Tyne River. It is most well known for the revolving dancefloor, which I will explain later. It usually stays open until around 2:30 AM, and the music on the bottom level tends to be on the dance side of chart music. The ages vary,. with people coming in ranging from late teens to late thirties, but don't worry about this, as the club has many rooms. Each level has its own type of music, with 70s, 80s, and 90s rooms, if that's what takes your fancy. This concept is good, since it divides the age groups, therefore you can enter the area for your own age group. The revolving dancefloor is situated on the bottom level, it used to spin only occasionally, but due to popular demand now spins all the time. It can be a little tricky stepping on and off, espescially after a heavy nights drinking and when it is full. This is good fun and the concept is a great idea, but unfortunately the revolving floor fills up very fast and is always over-crowded, making dancing almost impossible. On Saturdays this dancefloor often releases so much smoke you can't see your hand in front of your face which is great fun, and on Thursdays there's the Foam Party, where, as you will have guessed, they spray foam over the dancefloor, great fun. It's also surrounded by dancers, who are rubbish, but scantily dressed. The entry price varies a lot. Weekdays is cheapest, with student night in Newcastle being Monday. The prices throughout the week are only about £3 or £2 if you're a student and show your NUS card. However, if you walk across the Swing Bridge, you are likely to come across people handing out free stickers which offer free entry before 11, this is more likely the case on Thursday nights, the night of the Foam Party. On Saturday nights it costs around £7, or £10 if you take the quicker entrance and avoid the queues, which can be quite lengthy on a Saturday, with about a 20 - 3 0 minute wait maximum on your hands for the £7 option, whereas you walk straight in for £10. Drink prices also vary, cheapest night for drinks is without a doubt Monday, where a double vodka + red bull is only £1. Prices on Saturdays can be huge, and they seem to vary at different times of the night which is confusing. With alcopops and pints being about £2.50. Once I was told it would be £10 for a treble vodka + red bull, so be careful on Saturdays to ask the price of such drinks before buying, as you can be caught out with those trebles. The top level of the boat has a decent bar which serves food, and a smaller fast food counter. If you want to get away from the noise and just chat then you can do this on the balcony, or in the bar on the top level, also some rooms lower down are quiet enough to have casual conversation. The only disadvantage of this place I find is that it's on the Gateshead side, so you're most likely to have been drinking in the Quayside or the Bigg Market. This isn't isn't that much of a hinderance though, from the Bigg Market it's only about a 5-10 minute walk, and around 10 - 15 minute walk from the Quayside. I do advise however that on weekdays you go via the Swing Bridge since there are often people handing out free tickets, or discounts on entry and drinks vouchers which are surprisingly good offers They stand on the Newcastle side of the Swing Bridge, probably trying to persuade those on their way to Baja to change their mind. Overall, I would consider this a good all round club, doesn't perform amazingly in any departments, but caters for just about everything you could want in a club. Hardcore dance fans may be a little dissappointed, but most such people will already be aware of this, they tend to fill up at Legends (near Gray's monument) anyway.

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          13.09.2000 05:42
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          Yep. The Tuxedo Princess is a nightclub on a ship! It is arguably the most famous nightclub in Newcastle, and for those of you on a first time visit to Newcastle, this is where you need to be heading, as your night out would not be complete without this experience. It is docked on the Gateshead side of the Tyne, and is easily accessed on foot across a high level bridge or by taxi which will cost a couple of pounds if you have been drinking on The Quayside. Tjose of you who have ever seen pictures of the bridges on the Tyne may have noticed that the ship is absent from these pictures, but it is becoming such a landmark that it is becoming a more common site in more recent pictures. Everyone locally knows of the Tuxedo, has visited it more than once, and could tell you a few hair raising stories I am sure! Now has never been a better time to visit it as it has just undergone a £500,000 facelife in order to keep up with the new clubs which seem to be cropping up at an amazing rate in the town centre. The ship has various levels, from the basement up to the upper deck, each with different rooms playing different music, listened and danced to by different people!!! "The Boat" as it is known locally, is most famous for it's basement level, also known as The Chameleon Suite, which has a revolving dancefloor, and your night would not be complete if you did not fall off it at least once, which is more likely than ever as the refit has produced an even faster dancefloor. The Monte Carlo bar lets you have a view across the Tyne, and if you want to chill out then you need to make a beeline for The Green Room, which surprisingly has never ever been green, or the Piano Bar. Think you are John Travolta or Olivia Newton John? Stuck in the 70's? Just head for Angel Street, where white suits and black shirts would not look out of place. A lot of people visiting the area go clubbing here so you'll fin d a good mix of clientele, from late teens to late thirties, from all walks of life, with differing tastes in music. The door staff are pretty friendly, and the dress code is smart, no jeans or trainers. Get there around 10:15pm or expect to queue for about 30 minutes, and pay £10 on a weekend, less during the week, and on a Monday they have a student special, which is double vodka and red bull for £1. Watch out for the drinks prices though, they have been known to increase steadily thoughout the evening, so be careful what you order. Not for dance music lovers, the boat will suit people who like chart music, and older, and just want to have a good dance.

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