Newcastle's 'hidden' place to party with wild weekend brunches and celebrity guest list

It was once a very popular restaurant, known for serving up top notch Asian cuisine but now there's a venue in Newcastle that is earning itself a bit of reputation for being THE place to party at the weekend, while keeping its raucous festivities completely 'hidden' from any passers-by.

Any Geordies who are late-20s and over will have no doubt had at least one meal at Fat Buddha, with the 55 Degrees North haunt a massively popular destination for date nights,. birthdays, after work sushi and cocktails or a gettogether with mates on a Friday and Saturday night. Having initially taken up both floors of the two storey premises, in its later days, Fat Buddha was just on the top level with Alpine themed bar Antler below it, before it closed down altogether.

The venue was given a huge transformation to re-open as The Purple Peacock in 2019 and, the instantly attention grabbing bird cages aside, the place now looks completely different from how it did five years ago. A revamp in 2022 brought a real night club feel to proceedings, with the bottomless brunches going up a few notches and dinner shows launching to great success.

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And, as well as now being a mecca for birthdays and hen parties, The Purple Peacock is absolutely bouncing from 1pm every single Saturday, thanks to an atmosphere that feels way more night club than sit down restaurant. Yes, the food is still very much part of the equation, but add into the mix bottomless drinks, a DJ and a stage show and it's giving party palace and that's before we even talk about the huge catwalk that guests can strut their stuff on, when the acts aren't doing the entertaining.

It's no surprise that the new look Purple Peacock has become a huge hit with the celebs, with stars like Vicky Pattison and Chloe Ferry flocking there, as well as big name doppelgangers, thanks to tributes to the likes of Beyoncé and Girls Aloud, with the latter going down a storm as the group themselves descended on Newcastle last weekend.

The Purple Peacock in Newcastle
The Purple Peacock in Newcastle -Credit:Instagram

You can't tell from the outside, but If you're in the Purple Peacock on a Saturday afternoon it most definitely feels like it could be 1am in Ibiza, as drinks flow, tunes are blasted and everyone around you dances like they're auditioning to be in the Pussycat Dolls; meaning it then feels very surreal when you step back out onto the street in daylight and see people walking by carrying their shopping!