Newcastle's Indigo bar closes as Gate goes family friendly

Crown Estate 'negotiated surrender' of night spot's lease and reveal plan to change up The Gate

The Gate houses a number of bars and other entertainments venues

Popular city night spot, Indigo, has had to shut its doors as the owners of Newcastle’s Gate complex strive to make it more family friendly.

‘Closed’ signs have been placed in the windows of the cafe bar, the interior of which is also being stripped.

Located on the ground floor of the Gate, Indigo’s upbeat style and lively music selection made it a favourite with city revellers.

The venue was also known for its contemporary food.

A spokesman for Gate owner, The Crown Estate, said: “Our strategy for the Gate includes rebalancing the occupier mix to cater for a wider cross section of consumers, including families.

“As part of this strategy we have negotiated a surrender of indigo’s lease.

“We will now be working to find a new occupier in line with strategy.”

Revellers in fancy dress outside The Gate
Revellers in fancy dress outside The Gate

The news comes just days after budget hotel chain Travelodge at Silverlink ceased trading following an announcement from landlord The Crown Estate that it intended to take the land back and use it for another purpose.

The Crown Estate told the Journal it was “considering options” for the site.

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