Sarah, Gateshead: The
Bigg Market is what two minutes away from the Quayside. I don't
go out often, why because the whole of newcastle is filled with
lads (and lasses) who spend too much money trying to drink them
selves into oblivion. It doesn't matter where you go it's the same
the only thing different about the people who go to the Quayside
is that they have a little bit more money to waste.
Gemma, Chester - le - Street: The
Bigg Market is getting worse, there is always trouble and it isn't
very up-market. The Quayside is much better. All around the country
people slag off Geordie girls and I think the Bigg Market is the
The Bigg Market has always been a haven for young people and there
are plenty of bars to suit all ages and tastes around the city.
If you don't like the Bigg Market stay away and don't winge.
Anon, Grainger Street, Newcastle:
The Bigg Market is a haven of shocking bars full of charvers with
Ben Sherman shirts and tatoos of spiders on their foreheads drinking
until they beat each other to a pulp. It is probably the most threatening
place in Newcastle, I can't imagine why anyone would enjoy themselves
Rutt, Holywell: Most people
seem to have hit the nail on the head, the big market is nothing
more than a squalid, after school club for charvas. On one hand
it would be nice to get it cleaned up and get some nice clean bars,
but i cant help but think that prehaps the big market has a purpose
after all it keeps all the charvas away from respectable people,
and for the same reason i think the drinks prices are fine ive never
thought of the big market as expensive! If i want cheap drinks id
go to the big market however i want a good quality bar with a better
class of person so i go to the quayside, you get what you pay for!
Leave the "meat market" as it is and keep the type of person who
drinks there away from the rest of us, we want to have a good night
without a fight breaking out every few minutes.
dave wardle, gosforth: the
bigg market is a great night out all u complaing about the music
should shut up and live a little or go 2 somre country club newcastle
is all about the bigg market
Surely one of the reasons the Bigg Market is so samey is because
the council keep granting licences to the same bar owners! "Another
bar/cafe/club? What a brilliant idea! We haven't got enough of those..."
I agree with most of you guys with regards to the Bigg Market being
rubbish. Teenagers and birds with blotchy legs in tight tops and
mini skirts, and those young 'uns who like to go out, get trolleyed
and have a fight, before a kebab, seem to be the only people going
there. Maybe I'm wrong, but because of this I haven't been to the
biggy in 5 yrs - Quayside offers class, reasonable priced drinks
(£2.50 a treble vodka inc mixer) and decent women to look at. Does
anyone wonder why it's nicknamed the meat market? - Horrible,dirty,urine
As a university student you pick up many friends, many of those
wish to enjoy a visit to anothers home town. On three occasions
i have took my friends to the lights and splendor of Newcastle.
Where did we go? The Quayside! a great example of what Newcastle
can offer with its elegant drinking spots! Imagine what they would
have thought of me and Newcastle if the first point of call was
the Bigg Market, i might as well go to to the hospital with a pint
in my eye. However regarding the prices, i am afraid thats the same
everywhere round the country, and we are just merely catching up!
Try going to London with £40 in your wallet, and buy one round!.....yes
i thought not!
David Bentley, Whitley Bay: Old ploy pack them in, they spend
alot you spend little, make a lot of money, thats all the people
think about that run these places,drab cheap and nasty.
Louise, Newcastle: Mick's comments are so accurate, the Bigg
Market is a land where 'charva' culture prevails. Most people quickly
grow out of it and migrate down to the Quayside. The Bigg Market
would need to have a massive overhaul to make it an attractive venue
for the majority of us.
Newcastle upon Tyne: The Bigg Market has always been over-run
by under-age drinkers and charvas, whose antics become somewhat
tiresome after a while. I like the Quayside... and Jesmond isn't
bad, but is it just me or are Newcastle sadly lacking in PROPER
PUBS?? I mean somewhere with good beer where you can actually hear
yourself speak, sit down, socialise etc. The stupid prices, deafening
music and 10 minute bar queues are OK once in a while but I'm sure
someone's missing a trick here. Perhaps things will improve once
/ if the licensing hours are sorted out.
Davidson, Jarrow: I always go to the bigg market to start off
a night out and some bars are'nt bad, but it has rapidly went down
hill in the last couple of years. there is a lot more to offer at
the quayside, trendier bars, nicer women, and better clubs.
Haren, Newcastle: Can't help with agree about the ridiculous
prices, but it's not all young people who frequent the pubs in the
Bigg Market. It's a pity about the loud music and the agressive
attitude of the doorstaff though
Newcastle: The Bigg Market's a victim of its own success. Once
known as one of Britain's best nights out, it's become over-run
by "Charvers" who have just about reached the drinking age (or otherwise!).
The Quayside is far better. But both are getting ridiculous for
the price of beer. At least some of the Quayside's PUBS are still
PUBS, although the trendy chain bars are starting to get a foothold.
And Jesmond? Well there's the answer to why they need to start charging
university top-up fees but then that's politics...
Andy, Co Durham: I agree with
Barry when he says that the Bigg Market is more of a place for 17-18
year-olds, but I don't think it'll be like that for too long. With
new bars and clubs in the area such as The Gate, Tigar Tigar and
the new night club Blu-bam-bu attracting a more grown-up crowd,
I think it's best days are yet to come. I think people will soon
begin to consider the Bigg Market and surrounding area as an alternative
to the Quayside.
Mick, Newcastle: The Bigg
market is, always has, and always will be an awful place to go for
a drink. There's no fun going to a place where the music makes your
ears bleed, the beer is awful and the staff in the bars look disgusted
to be serving you. Underdressed grandmothers with tattoos and teenagers
with hairsprayed fringes seem to be prevalent. Awful. Truly awful.
ferret, washington: been there
got the T shirt and its true the music is poor and the same everywhere
you go, i'll not even mention the price of the bottles but its not
going to be long before we see £5 a bottle. As much as i hate to
diss my home town i cant help but tell it like it is, and we dont
all fight ive known times when me and a few of my mates got talking
to another group of lads and lass's now we team up and where out
round the toon just about every weekend.
nick, chester le street:
i agree, by the time you are out of your teens you want to hear
decent tunes in a clean environment, drinking decent beer/lager
without kids who've had a few too many shandies kicking off. If
you have any taste you will hit the quayside, jesmond or if you're
a bit older.... the haymarket. The bigg market is great for one
thing, it keeps the toerags away from the rest of us!
craig, south shields: The
bigg market has lost its talent but beleive it or not, South Shileds
is jumpin now. Loads of ladys and cheap beea. aaaaaaaaaaaiy
george lee, north shields:
Your suggestion to have JESMOND as a better drinking area is betond
belief this is a residential area and its to be hoped it stays that
way ,I do not live in jesmond but I do understand why people in
that area who have lived there for years are sick of students and
beer drinkers spoiling a once respected place ,let the clubbers
get to the quayside or the bigg market, keep the place free of the
rubbish these people deposit there. g.l. n/shields.
THE FITZ, NEWCASTLE:
i think the big market is far to expensive, two alco pops at £6.60p
is a big rip off. if your out of work you've got no chance of a
good booze up! bring back the old prices....pleese!
I used to go to the Bigg Market when I was younger, but by the time
you reach 19 or 20, you quickly grow tired of it. The average age
of the punters is about 17-18, and they all get drunk far too easily
and start fights (lasses as well as lads), push their way through
the queues, or shout abuse. The bars don't offer much variety, with
the music being very samey, and the pints taste like water, but
the bottles are too expensive. Then at 11.00, everyone piles out
into the streets, fight some more, shout a bit more abuse, if they
can still talk, and then the queues for taxis is a nightmare. It's
a very claustrophobic atmosphere in the Bigg Market, and I doubt
I'll ever go back for a drink there.