Head of Steam @ the Cluny
Once the home of a bottling plant for a Scotch whisky called the Cluny, this is now a funky, post-industrial bar that thinks like a pub. The decor is pinewood and red-brick, while the bar is L-shaped with raised areas and corners into which the lively crowd disperses. Outside, the Cluny is overshadowed by a massive viaduct and three bridges, one of which carries traffic westwards into the nearby city centre. There’s also a patch of green on which you can enjoy your drink when the sun shines.
The Cluny is one of only two pubs in Newcastle to be in the Good Pub Guide, The outlet opened for the first time in 1999. The Head Of Steam Ltd took over in November 2002 and it has since built a reputation as a GREAT BAR and top live music venue. It attracts different types of people from the whole of Tyneside, including many arty and music people.
It has a large comfortable (but clearly ex-industrial) main L-shaped bar; a 300 person capacity function room with bar, on two levels, with a stage. This is a major live music venue and it is also regularly hired out for weddings, parties and meetings; a gallery, with comfortable settees, which is part of Newcastle’s art scene.
Live music is very important to us at the Cluny. It is fundamental to the soul of the outlet. It is now recognised as one of the most important venues for breaking bands in the region and a natural outlet for mid-range, underground national and international touring bands – and that understanding will grow even stronger this year.
We recently installed a fantastic new sound system with 48 channel desk and top of range Yamaha amps and cracking speakers. Sound quality is magnificent and bands love playing here