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Tuxedo Princess (Newcastle)
Member Name: NikkiH
Tuxedo Princess (Newcastle)
Date: 13/09/00, updated on 09/07/02 (1912 review reads)
Advantages: mix of music, novelty value
Disadvantages: quite a walk from nearest pub
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.