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Just for the laughs
Member Name: juicy_lucy
Advantages: Good night out
Disadvantages: Acts vary
The Stand comedy club was established in 1995 and now runs three purpose built venues in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle (the latter having opened last autumn) The venue is open six nights a week with a programme of comedy featuring UK and international comedians.
The Newcastle venue is situated on a small side road just off Grey Street and close to theatres bars and restaurants as well as Eldon Square. There is plenty of pay and display on street parking although at night a lot of the spaces are taken. However, the Metro Station is very close by.
Entry is via the bar area which also doubles up as the Bistro and which serves snacks and coffees all day, and it is here as well as online where tickets can be purchased. The bar/bistro is very comfortable with a large bar area and around the room wooden tables of different sizes. Its contemporary but with a cosy twist, so even in the winter it's a pleasant place to sit and while away the time, especially if wanting a break from shopping.
At the back of this room is access to the outside seated area. This has tables and chairs ideal for summer dining and in the winter anyone who chooses to brave the elements are warmed by heaters.
The actual comedy club is down some steep stairs and into a longish corridor which is unadorned apart from posters showing forthcoming artists and a rather incongruous velvet sofa. The toilets are located here and before entering the stage area, a member of staff will check tickets and give guests a ticket so that they can leave and re enter the venue.
The bar area is immediately inside the room and is well staffed so that during the breaks we have never had to wait long to be served. The stage is at the back of the room with a painted design which surprisingly doesn't detract from the show when the comedians are in full flow. Tables and chairs are arranged in two chairs around a small round table although for larger groups, staff will move the chairs so that peope can be seated together. When the place is really busy, people have to sit on long benches which isn't as comfortable and when really busy, there is additional seating behind a curtain, again on benches.
Food can also be ordered before the show begins and this largely consists of snacks and chips.
I have been here on several occasions both as part of a group and in a couple and each time I have not been disappointed. The doors usually open early with the show starting any time between 7.30- 8.30 (stated on the e ticket). The format of the show depends on the comedians, but there are usually two and often three different acts with always a really funny compere who keeps things amusing between acts. The intervals are long enough for toilet breaks and to get to the bar
Address: 31 High Bridge Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1EW
For a great night out I would recommend this venue for anyone who enjoys this kind of thing. The tickets are usually under £10 which represents really good value for a full evening's entertainment and drinks and food are very reasonably priced for a city centre venue. Staff are friendly and helpful and I don't think I have been yet and not had a good evening.
Hopefully the Newcastle venue will open 7 days a week because it would be a very pleasant place for a Sunday evening.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: Comedy club
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