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'Raising the bar' is a best practice scheme which Newcastle City Council's Safe Newcastle unit have introduced in the summer of 2015 in hopes that it can encourage late night venues to go over their licensed conditioning requirements champion the safety policies and procedures they have in place.

In return, successful venues will receive a 30% discount on their 'Late Night Levy' annual fee and an accreditation certifying the venue for their upkeep of public order, noise reduction, safety and public health.

Newcastle's 'Late Night Levy' is annual levy fee that licensed premises authorised to supply alcohol between midnight and 6am are required to pay, contributing to the council and police services provided during the night time economy.

Raising the Bar has proved to be a great success as 109 venues have demonstrated that they can 'raise the bar' and provide night time safety.

Safe Newcastle is the Community Safety Partnership and Drug Action Team for Newcastle upon Tyne and is a partnership working together to help make Newcastle a safe city to live and work.

Listed below are the venues that have been accredited under the best practice scheme 'Raising the Bar'.


Asda Hyena Cafe Madisons & Soho Soho Rooms
Aspers Casino Keel Row Lloyds No 1 Springs Kingston Club
Aveika Label SR 44
Bank Bar Live Theatre Sunset BLVD
Barluga Livello Switch Bar
Blackie Boy Lloyds No 1 - Quayside The Eagle
Boulevard Malmaison The Empress
Bridge Tavern Newcastle O2 Academy The Forth Hotel
City Vaults Newcastle United Football Club The Mile Castle
Cosmic Ballroom Newcastle University Students' Union The Mushroom
Cosy Joes Number 52 The Quilted Camel
Destiny Perdu The Telegraph
Digital and The Other Rooms Pitcher and Piano The Town Wall
Euro Hostel Pop World The Yard
Flares Powerhouse Tiger Tiger
Harrys Bar Riverside Tokyo
Hood Street Club Sam Jacks Trillians
University of Northumbria at Newcastle    


Alvinos Bar Gusto Ohso/Mono
Apartment (Floritas/Madame Koo/House of Smith) Holiday Inn Newcastle Jesmond Players
As You Like It International Centre for Life Pumphreys No 1 Bar
Bar Bannatyne Jazz Cafe Revolution
Bar Loco Metro Radio Arena Spot White Snooker Club
Bierrex Mr Lynch Staybridge Suites
Centurion Bar & Brasserie Nancy's Bordello Bar The Assembly Rooms
Dat Bar @ The Theatre Royal Newcastle Racecourse The Head of Steam - Neville Street
G Casino Nitehawks Tyneside Cinema
Glasshouse Novotel Newcastle Airport The Long Bar
The Newcastle Arms Vermont Hotel  


Bar 24 Diamonds Gentleman's Club Newcastle Gosforth Marriott Hotel
Beehive For Your Eyes Only Basement Bar Pleased To Meet You
Blue Velvet Getting Casino Popolo
Britannia Hotel Gotham Town Sinners
Central Oven & Shaker Greys Club Surtees Hotel
Lounge 2 Hop & Cleaver The Charles Grey
Club Luna Hotel Du Vin The County Hotel
Copthorne Newcastle Kiss The Globe
Departure Lounge Lady Grey's The Red House and Bob Trollop
Dial A Drink Lane 7 The Strawberry

Applications will be open again for more venues next year, if you're interested to apply for the scheme, you can contact Safe Newcastle by emailing latenightlevy@newcastle.gov.uk or phone Christine Knox on 0191 277 7831 for more information and future updates about the scheme.

Be Safe, Be Socialable. 

Page last updated: 
14 March 2018
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