STICKY FINGERS: Some cocktails on offer at this unique music bar.
Nightlife may seem like the most important aspect about coming to university when you’re a new student.
If you are a fresher who has just moved to Teesside from afar, you may be wondering where to start when it comes to hitting the town every night.
This Monday to Saturday guide will enlighten you on the best times to visit Middlesbrough’s nightclubs and bars, along with introducing you to some hidden gems in the area.
We have all been there, having a crazy week with our uni friends, out night after night at different pubs and clubs, only to check our bank account afterwards and realise only then, that we’ll be living off beans on toast until our next pay day.
This guide should help you stick to a budget, telling you all the student-special nights and all their amazing drink deals, so you can party on a budget.
MONDAY : Cocktails.
NUTHATCH: Just some of the cocktails on offer at the Nuthatch.
To start your week of at a slower pace, make sure you check out Middlesbrough’s less-boasted about cocktail bars.
Start your night off at the newly opened ‘Nuthatch’ cocktail bar, down one of the quirky side streets full of vintage shops, boutiques and delis. You will find The Nuthatch on Bedford Street, along will O’Connell’s bar, for those who prefer a few pints whilst they watch their Monday night football.
Be sure to book your table if you are in a group of over four people, as this can get pretty busy! Open from five o’clock until midnight you can choose to spend your night here or move along to some other gorgeous cocktail bars in the area.
If you do choose to try out some other places nearby, Macy Browns, located round the corner from the Nuthatch on Linthorpe road, also offers a range of cocktail deals for students to take advantage of.
The Dickens is also a very popular place for students on any night of the week. They have a seperate newly refurbished cocktail bar if you are having a more relaxed casual drink.
Other places who offer cocktails include Valentino’s restaurant and Sticky Fingers, which is a funky little music bar with live bands.
STICKY FINGERS: Live music cafe/bar.
- The Nuthatch offers a specials menu with cocktails of just £5.
- Macy Browns lets you choose head or tails on a coin, and once flipped, if you choose correctly, you win a free cocktail, which is definitely worth a try.
- Dickens Inn offers 10% off food and drink for students, plus pints for £2.50.
Coming for cocktails is a great start to your week of partying, or it is also a great pre-drinking opportunity, to get you out your flat a bit earlier and make the most of Middlesbrough’s bars.
TUESDAY: Mixtape at the Townhouse.
Every Tuesday night, The Townhouse bar hosts a student only night called ‘Mixtape’ with budget drink deals and cheap entry.
Mixtape is a lively student night which is guaranteed to be packed with people just like you, wanting to let their hair down and dance the night away.
The Townhouse is a bar that suddenly turns into a club scene when it is filled with students, so you can choose to sit down at the table or get right in the middle of the dancefloor.
There is music for everyone at Mixtape (hence the name), so whatever your preferred genre, you will be guaranteed to enjoy this. If you get there early, there are live bands worth checking out, who play from around 9:30pm until 11.
- Free entry until 10:30, so it’s worth getting there early, or it’s only £3 after that!
- £2 double vodka with mixer, including energy.
- £2 draughts.
- £1 shots, yes you read that correctly.
CLEAN CUD KID: Before their live performance at Mixtape.
For drink prices this cheap, you can’t afford to miss out on this. The townhouse is located on Linthorpe road, and there is a handy pub next door called the ‘Swatters Carr’, where you can have some pre-drinks before you enter Mixtape.
If you’re still in the party spirit when Mixtape closes, there is a free shuttle over to Spencleys Emporuim, to carry on your party at another popular event called ‘YoYo’.
Tuesday nights should never be underestimated in Middlesbrough, with students out and about until the sun comes up. Head over to The Townhouse this Tuesday if you’re feeling in the party mood.
WEDNESDAY: Go Ninja.
Go Ninja is a popular mid-week student night held at Spencleys Emporium. They hold some very fun events such as pyjama parties and foam parties, which is a change from your usual get your glad rags on and head into the town for a dance.
This is the perfect night out to let your hair down if the middle of the uni week is becoming a bit too stressful!
The Go-Ninja night out is packed with something for everyone, if you’re into getting your face painted there will be chance to get that done, along with henna tattoos, pillow fights and even snacks, what more could a student want?
With a free bus running from the SU on campus, it would be a great chance to get there early for some pre-drinks!
- Free bus taking you right to the doorstep! Get some cheap drinks from the SU before.
- £1 drinks from 11pm
- promotional events giving you the chance to win various drink deals, including a £50 bar tab, that’s the night paid for!
Creeps Thursday at Medicine Bar is an indie/alt/trash theme disco held in a really funky venue.
The main creeps disco is held in the basement of Medicine Bar, which gets very hot and chlaustrophobic, so if this isn’t your thing, I would stay away from here!
The crowded nature of the basement adds to the atmosphere of this popular night out, with the dancefloor being immediately in front of the DJ booth.
Although indie music isn’t everyone’s scene, there will usually be a themed night each week, which includes an hour of Beyonce, Kanye West, or themes such as ‘guilty pleasures’ or 90’s, so there is bound to be something that you just can’t afford to miss.
The dress code for creeps is pretty casual, so girls, don’t turn up in your stiletto’s, stick a pair of converse or chunky boots on and you’ll be good to go.
- £4 entry
- £1 shots including sambucca and shots
- £2.50 doubles with mixer
- Giveaways on the night and promotional competitions which are worth getting involved!
Medicine bar is located near the cinema in Middlesbrough if you are wondering where to go, and is open from 10pm onwards, with the main basement opening at 11pm, when all the fun begins.
At the end of the night when you are feeling a little worse for ware, McDonalds is a short stagger down the road to get your greasy food fix.
FRIDAY: Southfield Road and SU Bar.
With a range of different student friendly bars right on campus, along with Teesside Uni’s very own Student’s Union Bar, there is no Friday night spent with nothing to do.
Start your night in the Dickens Inn, choosing between cocktails or your regular spirit and mixer. If you decide to venture out of there before hitting the SU, grab a drink or two in The Southfield or The Star.
The campus will be buzzing with students flittering between the SU and surrounding bars, which is a lot safer and much friendlier environment.
The Students Union Terrace Bar and club hold a range of different nights for students, even getting in some guest performers such as Radio 1’s Scott Mills and Greg James, and even DJ’s such as Sigma.
Make sure you get your tickets early for these freshers events so you don’t risk missing out!
There is no point listing the endless amount of drink deals and ticket prices here. This is an on-campus night, therefore you are bound to find yourself still having some spare money at the end of the night.
SATURDAY: The Middlesbrough Empire.
This is Middlesbrough’s main night-life venue, with a lot of young people guaranteed to attend each week.
Although it is not a student-specific night out, you will find that this will not burn a hole in your bank card!
The music played here ranges between chart music, older ‘throwback’ style music and dance music.
If you haven’t been to any of the other night out events I have told you about previously through the week, this is the perfect night to end the week at uni and get your dancing shoes on.
- £4 entry before 11pm
- £2.90 double vodka & mixer
- £1 shots including sourz.
- Cocktail deals
On special events such as bank holidays, Empire will put on live music bands, or hire out fun fair ground attractions such as helter skelters, and a free fall jump from the top floor of the venue into an airbag at the bottom. Scary!
Keep a look out for events coming to Empire, or just let your hair down and have a dance on a normal Saturday night.
SUNDAY: Cure your hangover the Teesside Way.
If you are a born and bred Teessider, you will already know that the chicken parmesan, or ‘parmo’ as we call it, is a god send after a night out, or a week’s worth of night’s out in this case.
If you are new to the area and you haven’t heard of the parmo, you are missing out massively.
The infamous Teesside parmo consists of chicken covered in breadcrumbs, topped with bechemel sauce and melted cheese. Served with chips and garlic sauce and you have the perfect hangover cure.
Here are the top 5 places to grab yourself a parmo on a Sunday:
- Central Park
- Uno Ristorante
- Al Forno’s
- Classic takeaway parmo – Ring up the takeaway closest to you if you are too hungover to move, and get one delivered right to your door, or grab one after a night out if you need your fix of
All of these restaurants are situated on Linthorpe Road, walking distance from most halls of residence, so you have no excuse not to try one of thes delicious Teesside delicacies, and I promise you, it won’t disappoint.